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November 18, 2007

There Are None So Blind…

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Just a random thought here… Ever notice how cartoonists use eyeglasses as a shorthand for “not being able to see well” — when in fact eyeglasses, you know, tend to correct that problem? You never saw Mister Magoo wearing eyeglasses, after all.

Which brings to mind, especially since the season approaches… Has there ever been a better version of A Christmas Carol than Mister Magoo’s? I mean seriously. Okay, sure, Alastair Sim… but consider the achievement of remaining true to Dickens’ book, being entertaining, scary and family-friendly all at once, and doing it all in low-budget cartoon.

This movie was, of course, the peak of Magoo’s career. I don’t think either of my kids know who he is, though they did both see this movie many years ago.

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