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A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

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4:00 | TV Program
Depressed at the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find a deeper meaning to Christmas.

Director:

Bill Melendez
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Uncredited cast:
Ann Altieri Ann Altieri ... Frieda (voice) (uncredited)
Chris Doran Chris Doran ... Schroeder / Shermy (voice) (uncredited)
Sally Dryer Sally Dryer ... Violet (voice) (uncredited)
Bill Melendez ... Snoopy (voice) (uncredited)
Karen Mendelson Karen Mendelson ... Patty (voice) (uncredited)
Geoffrey Ornstein Geoffrey Ornstein ... Pig-Pen (voice) (uncredited)
Peter Robbins Peter Robbins ... Charlie Brown (voice) (uncredited)
Christopher Shea ... Linus Van Pelt (voice) (uncredited)
Cathy Steinberg Cathy Steinberg ... Sally Brown (voice) (uncredited)
Tracy Stratford ... 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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Happiness is watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas." See more »


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Trivia

Snoopy's dog house is blue in this special. In subsequent versions it is red. See more »

Goofs

When Linus is making his speech Charlie Brown is behind him and to his left, and he has is not wearing his red coat. When Linus is briefly shown from his right Charlie Brown is in the background wearing his coat. When the shot cuts back to a front view the coat is off again. 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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Alternate Versions

The 2015 "50th Anniversary" broadcast on ABC inserts credits for Peter Robbins (voice of Charlie Brown), Christopher Shea (voice of Linus), and Tracy Stratford (voice of Lucy) at the end. Prior to this, none of the voice actors received onscreen credit for their work. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The Christmas Show (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Charlie Brown Theme
(uncredited)
Music by Vince Guaraldi
Performed by the The Vince Guaraldi Trio
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A bulwark against my parents' insanity
20 May 2006 | by dantownSee all my reviews

Charlie Brown saved my little soul. I assume I have one. Talk amongst yourselves. In 1965, my parents were transitioning from college graduates and fine people to bereft psychically-crippled people who were dysfunctional relicts living in Appalachia, with no direction, and a hellish road to nowhere. They were hung/strung out to dry by company policies which had no category for " special cases in need of emergency psychological help". Then came Charlie Brown's Christmas. What a great gift to me. A cool jazz soundtrack, and a hopeful story. This cartoon sings. It is a true work of art, however minor in the grand scheme of life. It is relentlessly hopeful. A child of ten needs a relentlessly hopeful message before hydra-headed reality descends upon him. Reality is negotiable, once you reach the age of majority. A life of crime is a choice for example. A life of accomplishment is also a choice. Charles Schultz's brilliant cartoon gave me a choice in the midst of my parents' psychic nightmare. I thank Charles Schulz. He saved my life.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1965 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Color

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4:3
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