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A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

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

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Cast

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

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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9 December 1965 (USA)  »

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Feliz Natal, Charlie Brown  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

A version with a laugh track was produced but later discarded after the success of the broadcast version. See more »

Goofs

During the final scene, the gang is singing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing". Shermy, the boy in the yellow on the right side of the screen, disappears after the gang greets Charlie Brown. In Shermy's place is the boy in a blue coat who is still on the right side of the screen. So Shermy disappears and out comes a clone of the blue boy. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Followed by It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown (1976) See more »

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Charlie Brown Theme
(uncredited)
Music by Vince Guaraldi
Performed by the The Vince Guaraldi Trio
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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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