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Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol

Episode Summary

The nearsighted granddaddy of all animated Christmas specials. Guests: Anthony Caruso & Julia Colburn from Tis the Podcast. Find show notes at

Episode Notes

🎄 It’s a very special Scrooge Sunday episode as we nearly-blindly fumble back to 1962 to celebrate TV’s first ever animated Christmas special.  


🎙 Guests:  

Anthony Caruso (@acaruso929) and Julia Colburn from Tis the Podcast.  


💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. Jim Backus, the voice of Mister Magoo, based his portrayal of Thurston Howell III from Gilligan’s Island on another character he played on a radio show hosted by another famous future Scrooge, Alan Young.  

2. Nephew Fred is cut entirely to make room for a song about Broadway that sometimes also gets cut entirely.  

3. The ghosts of Christmas Present and Past show up out of order for no clear reason, but an A.V. Club article from 2012 tried to find one.  

4. Tiny Tim is an English-speaking Gerald McBoing-Boing.  

5. This special invented a flavor! Razzleberry pie is now a thing that exists, made with raspberries and blackberries.  

6. The Ghost of Christmas Past looks like Toon Link from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.  

7. Marie Matthews, the voice of Young Scrooge, was on a 2009 panel revisiting the special. She’s now the last surviving member of the cast.  

8. Is Belle’s hair supposed to look like an actual bell?  

9. How is a mouse in the future the only one who can see Scrooge with any of the ghosts?  


“Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol” © 1962 UPA Pictures, Inc.  

Full show notes with links at  
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