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A Charlie Brown Christmas -- It's bound to be a white Christmas with this classic! From creator Charles M. Shultz and producer Bill Melendez, it's A Charlie Brown Christmas. Not only does this timeless special have the distinction of warming hearts young and old, but it has won both an Emmy and a Peabody Award. Whether you are seeing this holiday masterpiece for the first time or the first time in years, you have doubtless heard of that ol' blockhead Charlie Brown and the little tree that could. Filled with mythology as the gang tries to put on a holiday play, kids big and small will end up with a pretty decent dance party, a lesson for the ages and some good old-fashioned fun. As for the tree -- it's amazing what a little love can do.
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Charles M. Schulz (written by)
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Release Date:
9 December 1965 (USA) See more »
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Happiness is watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas." See more »
Plot:
Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Wonderful, accidentally powerful special See more (126 total) »

Cast

  (in alphabetical order) (verified as complete)
Ann Altieri ... Frieda (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)

Directed by
Bill Melendez 
 
Writing credits
Charles M. Schulz (written by)

Charles M. Schulz  comic strip "Peanuts" (uncredited)

Produced by
Bill Melendez .... producer
Lee Mendelson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Vince Guaraldi 
 
Film Editing by
Robert T. Gillis 
 
Animation Department
Bob Carlson .... graphic blandishment
Herman Cohen .... graphic blandishment
Bernard Gruver .... graphic blandishment
Ruth Kissane .... graphic blandishment
Ed Levitt .... graphic blandishment
Bill Littlejohn .... graphic blandishment
Manuel Perez .... graphic blandishment
Beverly Robbins .... graphic blandishment
Frank Smith .... graphic blandishment
Dean Spille .... graphic blandishment
Reuben Timmins .... graphic blandishment (as Ruben Timmins)
Russ von Neida .... graphic blandishment
John Walker .... graphic blandishment
Eleanor Warren .... graphic blandishment
Rudy Zamora .... graphic blandishment
Alan Zaslove .... graphic blandishment
 
Music Department
Vince Guaraldi .... conductor
Colin J. Bailey .... musician: drum set (uncredited)
Monty Budwig .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Lee Charlton .... musician: drums (song: "Surfin' Snoopy") (uncredited)
John Copolla .... musician: trumpet (song: "Surfin' Snoopy") (uncredited)
Eddie Duran .... musician: guitar (song: "Surfin' Snoopy") (uncredited)
Pat Firth .... musician: bass (song: "Surfin' Snoopy") (uncredited)
Jerry Granelli .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Vince Guaraldi .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Fred Marshall .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Frank Snow .... musician: trumpet (song: "Surfin' Snoopy") (uncredited)
 
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25 min | Argentina:30 min
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia:
The version of the show broadcast on CBS-TV until 1997 and older video releases are edited: they leave out a scene where the gang throws snowballs at a can on a fence. The Paramount and Warner video releases are complete and unedited.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Linus makes his speech, he walks up to Charlie Brown and convinces him that what he said is what Christmas is all about. After that, Charlie Brown picks up the tree and starts walking out. However, when he walks past the other kids, Linus is within the crowd, despite the fact that he wasn't supposed to be there.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 know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem. Maybe Lucy's right. Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you're the Charlie Browniest.
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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful, accidentally powerful special, 19 November 2006
Author: lauraeileen894 from United States

It's almost Christmas, and the Peanuts gang is eagerly anticipating it… well, except good ol' Charlie Brown, who just doesn't feel quite right about the festivities this year. Oh, he likes presents and sending cards (even though he never receives them, as indicated by the echo in his mailbox) and all, but Charlie Brown can't quite get into the spirit. It's most likely the crass commercialism that's tainted the holiday, from little sister Sally's epic letter to Santa to the pink aluminum Christmas trees for sale. In a rare show of generosity, crabby Lucy tries to lift Charlie Brown's spirits by letting him direct the school's annual Christmas play, but the rest of the kids are too self-absorbed to cooperate. It will take a pitiful little Christmas tree and some help from the ever introspective Linus to restore Charlie Brown's love of the holidays.

A staple of Christmas since 1965, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was the first animated "Peanuts" special, and easily the best. The animation is crude yet has a sweet charm to it. In a rarity in animated films, real children with no acting experience voiced the entire cast of characters (excluding Snoopy). The result is jarringly realistic, since some of the kids are mush mouthed and stumble over words like "syndicate". It introduced the legendary "Linus & Lucy" tune (which would become the "Peanuts" theme song), provided by Vince Guaraldi. Handpicked by Charles M. Schulz himself, Guraldi was responsible for the "Peanuts" specials' uniquely sophisticated sound. The music manages to bring to mind both images of childhood innocence and smoky jazz clubs.

But amidst all the familiar antics (Snoopy's shameless mugging, Linus's blanket, Charlie Brown's melancholy), there is something truly powerful at the heart of "A Charlie Brown Christmas". In our confusing, politically correct climate, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" teaches us the true meaning of Christmas; none of that bland, "family and friends" garbage, but the honest to God meaning of Christmas. Without being preachy, histrionic, or self-indulgent, we learn that Christmas isn't about presents, shopping, or trees, but about a baby born in a humble stable who would grow up to die for our sins. In 1965 that was simply common knowledge, but it is so easily forgotten in the harried, materialistic New Millennium. It is keeping this message in mind that Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang learn that Christmas should unite us, and spread the feeling of love and acceptance into a harsh world.

So for those of you who feel the way Charlie Brown felt in the beginning about Christmas, watch this special with a loved one. It is almost magic, the way it will restore your faith…

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