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A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

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Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.


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Uncredited cast:
Ann Altieri ...
Freida (voice) (uncredited)
Chris Doran ...
Schroeder / Shermy (voice) (uncredited)
Sally Dryer ...
Violet (voice) (uncredited)
Bill Melendez ...
Snoopy (voice) (uncredited)
Karen Mendelson ...
Patty (voice) (uncredited)
Geoffrey Ornstein ...
Pig-Pen (voice) (uncredited)
Peter Robbins ...
Charlie Brown (voice) (uncredited)
Christopher Shea ...
Linus Van Pelt (voice) (uncredited)
Kathy Steinberg ...
Sally Brown (voice) (uncredited)
Tracy Stratford ...
Lucy Van Pelt (voice) (uncredited)


When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas paegent. Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus' help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Release Date:

9 December 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Feliz Natal, Charlie Brown  »

Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


(1 October 2015) The US Postal Service issued a set of ten postage stamps with various scenes from the TV special, to celebrate its 50th anniversary. See more »


When Lucy first changes the "out/real in" sign on her psychiatric help stand, the sign is next to the word "is." In some subsequent shots, the sign is next to the word "doctor." See more »


[first lines]
Charlie Brown: [Charlie Brown and Linus stop at a wall on their trip to the pond for ice skating] I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I'm not happy. I don't feel the way I'm supposed to feel.
[begins to walk with Linus again]
Charlie Brown: I just don't understand Christmas, I guess. I like getting presents and sending Christmas cards and decorating trees and all that, but I'm still not happy. I always end up feeling depressed.
Linus Van Pelt: Charlie Brown, you're the only person I ...
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Linus and Lucy
Music by Vince Guaraldi
Performed by the Vince Guaraldi Trio
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Completely Irresistible
7 December 2004 | by (Long Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

How can you not love it? I'm a 46-year-old Jewish agnostic, and this still makes me laugh and brings a tear to my eye after dozens of viewings; and I don't think it's just nostalgia. I think if you can't enjoy this, you might as well just pack it in. Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without this and the ORIGINAL Grinch. Too bad the follow-ups, with the exception of course of It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, have never matched its humor, charm and heart. Favorite funny line? Lucy complains about always getting toys and bikes and clothes. "What do you want?" Charlie Brown asks. "REAL ESTATE!" Favorite touching moment? The transformation of the scrawny tree into a beautiful one of course.

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