The good news is that the book, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, The Making of the First Animated Christmas Special will be back in print and, pending shipment from the printer, available next week. The first edition exceeded sales projections and sold out so thank you to all of those who contributed to its success! This new edition is not a straight reprint of the first one; once the book was published, people came forward with new information, art or documents that helped to refine the story of the film’s production. There is no new art in the book but for those of you who are completists, here’s a compendium of what you will find new in this next edition:
p. 14-Short identified for background painting.
p. 22,23-New information regarding sponsors
p. 33-New theory regarding changed order of ghosts
pp. 41, 44, 45 & 49-New information regarding who did which voices
p. 48-New picture
p. 50, 51-New information on the dialogue recording session
p. 55-New information on Royal Dano’s role
p. 77-New information on an uncredited sequence director
p. 79-Graveyard sequence director corrected
p. 90-New information regarding NY debut party at the 21 Club
p. 97, 98-1977 paperback mentioned
pp. 116, 117-Credits added and corrected
p. 23, 32, 55, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 108, 109, 111, 112, 113, 126-Production drafts, which UPA staffers told me didn't exist, came to light after the book had been sent to the printer. I was able to positively ID artwork as a result and have made the corrections in the new edition.p. 75, 86, 87-A few of the background paintings have now been positively identified as the work of others.
This edition has a smaller print run than the first so don't wait until Christmas. You can pre-order the book here.