A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

TV Movie  |  TV-G  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family  |  9 December 1965 (USA)
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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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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)  »

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Feliz Natal, Charlie Brown  »

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$150,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)


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1.33 : 1
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When viewing the rough cut of the show, both Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson were convinced that they had a flop on their hands. After it premiered, they were happily surprised and shocked at the high ratings and excellent reviews that the show received. Today, the show remains the second longest-running Christmas special on US network television (the 1964 Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) premiered one year earlier and is still broadcast every year on US network television). See more »


When Charlie Brown consults Lucy for psychiatric help, her sign (as read from the front) says, "The Doctor Is Real In". However, when seen from the side angle, the sign simply says, "The Doctor Is In". 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.
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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.
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13 November 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" is a cartoon for children, but speaking as an adult, I love this little film. I have ever since I was a child, and I watch it every holiday with my wife and children. It is obvious the producers and actors took great care to make a quality product. Charles Shultz added to his legacy with this 60 minute film.

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