Who was Lee Orgel?

In the Gay Purr-ee production photo above is (left to right): Lee Orgel, Judy Garland, Henry G. Saperstein, Robert Goulet, Abe Levitow and Chuck Jones. Who was Lee Orgel you ask? Let Darrell Van Citters tell you.

Animator Van Citters is expanding on his great book about the history ofMr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol with an incredible blog containing additional information on the artists, writers, director and producers of this groundbreaking 1962 TV special.

Perhaps the most unsung of behind-the-scenes latter-day UPA personnel was Orgel – a talented, perhaps visionary, producer who had a successful career in 60s animation, as well as being a writer on the 1966 Batman TV show. Read all about him in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2.


  • Bud

    I love the Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol blog! I love the history of the film as much (if not more) than the film itself. Great job, Mr. Van Citters!

  • Michael

    Well, I never thought I’d see it: a producer being praised on Cartoon Brew. I’d like to think it might be the start of something but I suspect it’s only ’cause he’s long dead.

  • http://www.MouseTracksOnline.com Greg Ehrbar

    If you love the music from Magoo’s Christmas Carol, thanks to Darrell Van Citters there is a rare Overture on the DVD and a downloadable soundtrack album on iTunes and amazon.