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Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol

Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962) - Lee Orgel and Abe Levitow teamed up again to stake their place in both television and animation history with this hour long adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. It was television’s first animated special and blazed the trail for all the animated specials to follow, whether they were holiday themed or not. This Christmas perennial is highly regarded for its heart and for the song score by Broadway composers, Jule Styne and Bob Merrill. It just celebrated its 45th anniversary in December 2007.

45th anniversary reunion:

Back row, L to R: Darrell Van Citters, Corny Cole (layout), Phill Norman (background), Bob Singer (layout), Annie Guenther (color models), Paul Carlson (production coordinator)
Middle row, L to R: David Weidman (background), Marie Matthews (actress), Jane Kean (actress)
Seated, L to R: Gloria Wood (background), Laura Olsher (actress)
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A book on the making of this ground breaking special has just been completed and is awaiting publication:


Click here for more info on this book


(Click any image to enlarge.)
Cel set-ups from the film:


Layout by Shirley Silvey, BG by Bob Inman (reproduction)


Layout by Dick Ung, BG by Jack Heiter


Layout by Dick Ung, BG by Bob Inman

Backgrounds from the film:


Layout by Dick Ung, BG by Bob Inman


Layout by Shirley Silvey, BG by Bob Inman

Backgrounds paired with film stills:




Layout by Lee Mishkin, BG by Bob Inman