The first, and still one of the best
Movie Lover: Thomas Bromley
Fort Lauderdale, FL US
-- November, 16, 2007
When it premiered in 1962, the notion of animated television specials as holiday perennials was still a few years in the future. Before Rudolph and his Island of Misfit Toys, before Charlie Brown and his woeful little tree, before The Grinch carved the roast beast, there was Quincy Magoo in the immortal role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Many other cantankerous characters have filled the shoes of Charles Dickens's haunted miser in the years since, in serious adaptations or in loving parodies, but Magoo's remains not only one of the best holiday cartoons of all-time, but a surprisingly faithful reflection of the original story. Add in the wonderful songs, and you have a Broadway-style musical worthy of the best of the later Disney scores (Little Mermaid era). This does not get as much exposure on broadcast or cable as some of the other classics, which makes it a must for your DVD collection, as this is one Christmas Carol you'll want to see again and again. God bless us, everyone (and pass the razzleberry dressing)!