Parents' Guide to

Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Respectful Magoo treatment of Dickens is fun for kids.

Movie G 2004 48 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

One of the Few LEGIT Family-Friendly Versions of Charles Dickens' Classic

This is in my book THE least scariest depictions of "A Christmas Carol," making it a safe choice for little kids (or easily-creeped-out adults like myself... -_-) PLus, the songs and animation can actually be really fun! :D (And BTW, we live in an age of activism. It's come to a point where everyone's getting "offended" at things that aren't even offensive. Thus I must make it clear that this cartoon is NOT a mean jab at handicapped people. Good grief... -_-)

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Great messages
age 4+

Artistic quality is poor.

The animation is disorienting, dull and simplistic (in fact, the whole show is disorienting), the songs aren't memorable, and the children's voices aren't very good, especially when they sing. Harmless for preschoolers who have nothing better to watch (or nothing better to do), but those who are at least 6 should instead be introduced to a different version. I'm surprised that Sir Alistair Cooke thinks differently, but I have my opinion, just as he has his. If most of you agree with Cooke and not me, I rest my case.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The Jule Styne songs aren't terribly catchy, the line-art animation is coloring-book simplistic, and Bob Crachit looks like George Jetson. Still, for the younger set this is an appropriate Christmas Carol that does indeed preserve much of Dickens' pathos and quotes his dialogue directly, not rewriting or dumbing down. It's indeed compelling to see Magoo, even with a few bad-eyesight-gags mixed in, playing the storybook miser straight, right down to tearful regret.

Following this, more Magoo cartoons came out as mini-editions of classic literature -- casting Magoo as Don Quixote, Long John Silver, Dr. Frankenstein, and the Count of Monte Cristo, among others -- that (not unlike PBS-TV's Wishbone) treated the stories seriously and made the themes accessible to child viewers.

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