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(The New York Times)   "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" turns 50. I can't see where this is going   (nytimes.com ) divider line
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2012-12-23 12:24:05 PM  
It's one of my absolute favorite Christmas specials.

In my book, it's just as important as the adaptations of A Christmas Carol starring Alastair Sim, George C. Scott, and Michael Caine.
 
2012-12-23 12:24:31 PM  
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Don't worry, I've got your Backus.
 
2012-12-23 12:26:34 PM  
Oh, Magoo, you've done it again

/and again
//and again
///and again
////....
 
2012-12-23 12:32:37 PM  
Where's Charley? Mestah Magloo!
 
2012-12-23 12:37:14 PM  
I forgot how brilliant it was. I actually cried last night watching it. It could also be teh fact I was watching it with my pregnant wife whose hormonal mood swings are getting to me.. Other than that. It really does belong in the list of best christmas specials.
 
2012-12-23 12:40:20 PM  

chicagogasman: I forgot how brilliant it was. I actually cried last night watching it. It could also be teh fact I was watching it with my pregnant wife whose hormonal mood swings are getting to me.. Other than that. It really does belong in the list of best christmas specials.


That's just it.

It has its humor and its jokes, but it also has a surprising amount of pathos with such songs as "Wonder was Warm," "Alone in the World," and "The Lord's Bright Blessing."

Don't get me wrong, I love A Charlie Brown Christmas, but I think Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol deserves as many kudos. I rather enjoy it.
 
2012-12-23 12:58:41 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: It's one of my absolute favorite Christmas specials.

In my book, it's just as important as the adaptations of A Christmas Carol starring Alastair Sim, George C. Scott, and Michael Caine.


Agreed. But for live action, the Alastair Sim version tops the rest.
 
2012-12-23 01:05:50 PM  
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"Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol is the greatest Christmas special ever made, and if you don't agree with me, you should just go jump off a bridge because there is no joy in your life."
 
2012-12-23 01:10:16 PM  
Useless triva Mr. Mago cartoons won two Oscsrs in the 1950's
 
2012-12-23 01:15:27 PM  

vabeard: Agreed. But for live action, the Alastair Sim version tops the rest.


As live action goes, the Alastair Sim one is the gold standard by which all others shall be judged, and with good reason.

I like the Patrick Stewart TV version, even though the rest of the movie can't quite rise to meet Stewart's performance.
 
2012-12-23 01:54:58 PM  
La! La! La-la-la-la-la!

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2012-12-23 01:57:43 PM  
Mentioned it earlier this week in another thread that it was the best.

Works better without the framing, though you lose the opening number.
 
2012-12-23 02:27:33 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: vabeard: Agreed. But for live action, the Alastair Sim version tops the rest.

As live action goes, the Alastair Sim one is the gold standard by which all others shall be judged, and with good reason.

I like the Patrick Stewart TV version, even though the rest of the movie can't quite rise to meet Stewart's performance.


The role of Scrooge will always be defined by Alastair Sim, in my opinion. George C. Scott also did well, but he had a great supporting cast.

Sir Patrick was hindered by a substandard supporting cast. I almost turned that off when the character of "Cratchit" was introduced.
Don't even get me started on the hatchet job that Jim Carey did with the character of Scrooge.
 
2012-12-23 02:33:50 PM  

Ceiling Moran: La! La! La-la-la-la-la!

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The villain song... LOVE IT.

"We're just blankety blank blank... NO GOOD!"


OtherLittleGuy: Mentioned it earlier this week in another thread that it was the best.

Works better without the framing, though you lose the opening number.


I actually don't mind the framing device too much.

I can see *why* people would want to lose it, but I dunno... it kinda adds a touch of unique character to the whole thing, the whole premise that it's a show.


Waldo Pepper: I watched it or the first time in decades, truly a wonderful show.


I still have to get it on DVD, but aye... I love it to pieces.


Friskya: The role of Scrooge will always be defined by Alastair Sim, in my opinion. George C. Scott also did well, but he had a great supporting cast.


Agreed on all counts.


Friskya: Sir Patrick was hindered by a substandard supporting cast. I almost turned that off when the character of "Cratchit" was introduced.
Don't even get me started on the hatchet job that Jim Carey did with the character of Scrooge.



I don't know if it's a case of Patrick Stewart overpowering everyone else or the rest of the cast failing to rise to his level.

Hell, maybe both.

As for the animated Jim Carrey one... the less said, the better. I don't think I actively disliked an adaptation of A Christmas Carol until I saw that one.
 
2012-12-23 03:17:33 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: [media.trb.com image 320x240]

"Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol is the greatest Christmas special ever made, and if you don't agree with me, you should just go jump off a bridge because there is no joy in your life."


Heard Gris raving about it for over a week. Recorded it last night, and tried to watch it this morning. I didn't get 3 minutes into it before hitting 'delete'.
 
2012-12-23 03:21:48 PM  
And the Detroit Lions have won nothing of consequence since Mr. Magoo bought them.
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/Linked for taste of hot, hot despair.
 
2012-12-23 03:51:59 PM  
 
2012-12-23 04:14:06 PM  
This is our partially-blind dog, Magoo. He bumps into things.

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2012-12-23 04:27:45 PM  

Ceiling Moran: You can watch it on Youtube.


I still want to snag a DVD copy of it, but that's awesome. Thanks, Ceiling Moran!
 
2012-12-23 04:58:14 PM  
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Sure. Mr. Magoo?
 
2012-12-23 06:12:26 PM  
Shut up. This is my absolute favorite version of the tale.
 
2012-12-23 06:16:58 PM  

good_2_go: Pants full of macaroni!!: [media.trb.com image 320x240]

"Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol is the greatest Christmas special ever made, and if you don't agree with me, you should just go jump off a bridge because there is no joy in your life."

Heard Gris raving about it for over a week. Recorded it last night, and tried to watch it this morning. I didn't get 3 minutes into it before hitting 'delete'.


Why?
 
2012-12-23 06:19:24 PM  

good_2_go: Pants full of macaroni!!: [media.trb.com image 320x240]

"Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol is the greatest Christmas special ever made, and if you don't agree with me, you should just go jump off a bridge because there is no joy in your life."

Heard Gris raving about it for over a week. Recorded it last night, and tried to watch it this morning. I didn't get 3 minutes into it before hitting 'delete'.


you big dummy, it doesn't even get into the main show in 3 minutes. you gave up watching the opening credits.
 
2012-12-23 06:25:28 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Ceiling Moran: La! La! La-la-la-la-la!

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x305]

The villain song... LOVE IT.

"We're just blankety blank blank... NO GOOD!"


OtherLittleGuy: Mentioned it earlier this week in another thread that it was the best.

Works better without the framing, though you lose the opening number.

I actually don't mind the framing device too much.

I can see *why* people would want to lose it, but I dunno... it kinda adds a touch of unique character to the whole thing, the whole premise that it's a show.


Waldo Pepper: I watched it or the first time in decades, truly a wonderful show.

I still have to get it on DVD, but aye... I love it to pieces.


Friskya: The role of Scrooge will always be defined by Alastair Sim, in my opinion. George C. Scott also did well, but he had a great supporting cast.

Agreed on all counts.


Friskya: Sir Patrick was hindered by a substandard supporting cast. I almost turned that off when the character of "Cratchit" was introduced.
Don't even get me started on the hatchet job that Jim Carey did with the character of Scrooge.


I don't know if it's a case of Patrick Stewart overpowering everyone else or the rest of the cast failing to rise to his level.

Hell, maybe both.

As for the animated Jim Carrey one... the less said, the better. I don't think I actively disliked an adaptation of A Christmas Carol until I saw that one.


This one is pretty good.
 
2012-12-23 06:46:08 PM  

Ceiling Moran: You can watch it on Youtube.


Thank you sooooooooo much. There's a distinct lack of American Christmas specials here in Sweden, and this happens to be one of my absolute favorites!
 
2012-12-23 07:39:34 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: vabeard: Agreed. But for live action, the Alastair Sim version tops the rest.

As live action goes, the Alastair Sim one is the gold standard by which all others shall be judged, and with good reason.

I like the Patrick Stewart TV version, even though the rest of the movie can't quite rise to meet Stewart's performance.


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/Stewart was pretty good, though
 
2012-12-23 08:38:46 PM  
Of all the Christmas Carol adaptations, one of my faves is An American Christmas Carol starring Henry Winkler.

http://christmas-specials.wikia.com/wiki/An_American_Christmas_Carol
 
2012-12-23 09:23:20 PM  
Some razzleberry dressing would be nice... It's a wonderful version!
 
2012-12-23 10:06:54 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: It's one of my absolute favorite Christmas specials.

In my book, it's just as important as the adaptations of A Christmas Carol starring Alastair Sim, George C. Scott, and Michael Caine.


For me, Christmas cannot pass without Alastair Sim and Jim Backus, in that order. Then I require Badder Santa with Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Murray in Scrooged, Rudolph with Burl Ives, Elf, Love Actually, Trading Places, A Christmas Story, A Charlie Brown Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation...

Jesus Christ, I've got a lot of work to do.
 
2012-12-23 10:12:52 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Ceiling Moran: You can watch it on Youtube.

I still want to snag a DVD copy of it, but that's awesome. Thanks, Ceiling Moran!


I hate to shill for The Man, but here's the DVD if you're interested:

Link

/The Little Drummer Boy can suck it, though.
//Always thought he was a pain in the ass...
 
2012-12-23 10:14:54 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Ceiling Moran: You can watch it on Youtube.

I still want to snag a DVD copy of it, but that's awesome. Thanks, Ceiling Moran!


shiate. Link again, I suck at HTML:

Link
 
2012-12-23 10:19:29 PM  

bhcompy: 24.media.tumblr.com

/Stewart was pretty good, though


:D

Scrooooooooged... good stuff!


MC Wafflestick: Some razzleberry dressing would be nice... It's a wonderful version!


Woofle jelly cake, too!


Sgt Oddball: I hate to shill for The Man, but here's the DVD if you're interested:


I'll definitely get it at some point. I have to!

Thank ya kindly!


Sgt Oddball: For me, Christmas cannot pass without Alastair Sim and Jim Backus, in that order. Then I require Badder Santa with Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Murray in Scrooged, Rudolph with Burl Ives, Elf, Love Actually, Trading Places, A Christmas Story, A Charlie Brown Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation...

Jesus Christ, I've got a lot of work to do.


Tis the season to fire up those DVDs!

I *love* marathon viewing of holiday stuff!
 
2012-12-23 10:28:04 PM  

good_2_go: Pants full of macaroni!!: [media.trb.com image 320x240]

"Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol is the greatest Christmas special ever made, and if you don't agree with me, you should just go jump off a bridge because there is no joy in your life."

Heard Gris raving about it for over a week. Recorded it last night, and tried to watch it this morning. I didn't get 3 minutes into it before hitting 'delete'.


You're just awful. You have awful taste. You probably like "A Christmas Story," and that's one of the worst insults I could direct at anyone.
 
2012-12-23 11:51:13 PM  

Anonymous Bosch: good_2_go: Pants full of macaroni!!: [media.trb.com image 320x240]

"Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol is the greatest Christmas special ever made, and if you don't agree with me, you should just go jump off a bridge because there is no joy in your life."

Heard Gris raving about it for over a week. Recorded it last night, and tried to watch it this morning. I didn't get 3 minutes into it before hitting 'delete'.

You're just awful. You have awful taste. You probably like "A Christmas Story," and that's one of the worst insults I could direct at anyone.


Take it easy. I watched it last night just because I hadn't seen it in probably 30 years. It was pretty good, but wasnt something id watch every year. Some of the songs were just stupid.

And Christmas story is good as well, it's just overexposed.
 
2012-12-24 01:51:50 AM  
It is on Netflix at the moment. I haven't watched it yet this year but probably will tomorrow.
 
2012-12-24 12:23:07 PM  
One of my favorites last year I could not find it on TV so I streamed it over Amazon.com. I plan to watch it tonight the same way. Anyone remember when they used to show it the first Sunday after Thanksgiving on WOR in NYC?
 
2012-12-24 01:18:07 PM  
Since we're all linking to versions of A Christmas Carol, here's my favorite

Scrooge

/father christmas...
 
2012-12-24 02:33:47 PM  
I would suggest everyone get copies of Jim's and his wife's books.
Excellent easy reading, you will be through before you know it. Awesome from Hollywood in the early years.
The only one I was not able to go through was his wife's book where she detailed taking care of him at the end. I bought it, but gave it to the wife.
 
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