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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 <>

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9 December 1965 (USA)  »

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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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[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.
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A Very Different Christmas
14 December 2003 | by (Pocatello, Idaho, USA) – See all my reviews

A Charlie Brown Christmas is probably the most unique Christmas film you can find. It's different because the Peanuts gang seem melancholy and introspective much of the time. I mean, do kids really worry about the commercialization of Christmas?!

Nevertheless, the special really speaks to adults and probably older kids, and keeps you thinking after it's over. It has a very good message, and the music, while also melancholy, sticks with you for a long time afterwards. You could probably play a few notes of their "Christmastime" song, and I'll immediately picture this film. This movie should definitely become part of anybody's holiday collection, even if it's only to stand out from the other material.

My IMDb Rating: 9/10. My Yahoo! Grade: A- (Almost Perfect)

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