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Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's 'Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol' Gets Memorialized in New Book
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2009

A revealing new book by Darrell Van Citters, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol: The Making of the First Animated Christmas Special, recently published by Oxberry Press, has reinvigorated the beloved, if not oft forgotten Christmas classic: Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, composed by Broadway's Jule Styne and Bob Merrill (Funny Girl). While once the reigning champion of holiday broadcasts, and the first animated Christmas special to be produced specifically for television in the 1960s, Mr. Magoo has since taken a back seat to such flashier programs as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas over the years. (more...)

New Book On 'Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol,' With Styne & Merrill Score, To Be Published In September
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2009

Mr. Magoo and Charles Dickens may have seemed like an odd match at the time but Americans of a certain age will remember that the pairing resulted in bit of pure magic. Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol was the first-ever animated Christmas special, and is now the subject of a splendid new book by Darrell Van Citters. Van Citters will be previewing an advance copy of the book at the up-coming Comic-Con International in San Diego, July 23-26. The book is set for publication this fall. (more...)