“Humbug!” to Carrey. Three Cheers for Magoo!

magooThere are more movie and TV adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol than you can shake a stale candy cane at.

And I say “Humbug!” to Bill Murray, Jim Carrey, and most of the modern portrayors of Ebenezer Scrooge.

For my money, the best Scrooge of all time is Quincy Magoo, star of Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962), the very first animated TV holiday special.

Maybe it’s because Magoo is the first Scrooge I remember from childhood.

More likely, it’s because I’ve watched Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol at least 40 times.

But none of that really matters. I just love Mr. Magoo, voiced by the late Jim Backus. Plus, the songs from that little TV show are still fantastic after 47 years. (By the way, the same songwriters wrote Funny Girl years later.) And who the hell can resist the great Gerald McBoing-Boing’s performance as Tiny Tim? (It was a very rare speaking role for Gerald, incidentally.)

Anyway, as we slip into Christmas week, you can be sure that time will be blocked out in this household for at least one viewing of Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol. It’s conveniently available on DVD. And Netflix has it.

I’ve got no business or marketing message today, though I could probably come up with one, given the time.

Just watch Magoo this week, if you get a chance. Trust me.

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