Darrell Van Citters' definitive book on MAGOO'S CHRISTMAS CAROL is now available and can be ordered thru the book's website and also at ComiCon in San Diego coming up soon.
By all accounts this book is a dream come true for fans of the show, which was the first original prime time animated Christmas special, and features original songs by Jule Styne and was directed by Abe Levitow, one of Chuck Jones' lead animators. Magoo portrays himself, playing Scrooge in a Broadway stage version of Dicken's classic, populated by original characters from the story and featuring voices by Morey Amsterdam and the always wonderful Paul Frees. The illustrations I have seen from the book are first rate, depicting behind the scenes photos and production artwork. Notably, the color of the film stills and artwork does justice to the piece that no currently available home-video release does. Copies autographed by various surviving participants are available in limited quantities, so if you love this film you will want to snap this up.
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