8.4/10
25,910
131 user 43 critic

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Clip
2:47 | Clip

Watch Now

From $9.99 (SD) on Prime Video

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

Director:

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.

Director: Bill Melendez
Stars: Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea, Sally Dryer
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (TV Special 1973)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown's for Thanksgiving, and with Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, he attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner.

Directors: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman
Stars: Todd Barbee, Robin Kohn, Stephen Shea
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam
Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray
Frosty the Snowman (TV Short 1969)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Jimmy Durante
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

Director: Larry Roemer
Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Larry D. Mann
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn
Charlie Brown's All Stars! (TV Short 1966)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When his team is offered membership in the Little League, Charlie Brown finds he must make a difficult moral decision.

Director: Bill Melendez
Stars: Peter Robbins, Sally Dryer, Christopher Shea
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The Peanuts gang prepares for the holidays in their own unique ways.

Director: Bill Melendez
Stars: Jamie E. Smith, John Christian Graas, Marnette Patterson
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The Peanuts gang prepare for Easter in their own clumsy ways.

Director: Phil Roman
Stars: Todd Barbee, Melanie Kohn, Stephen Shea
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

With the help of Linus and Peppermint Patty, Charlie Brown tries to pluck up the courage to talk to his crush, the Little Red-Haired Girl.

Director: Bill Melendez
Stars: Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea, Sally Dryer
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

When Snoopy is sent back to the puppy farm for obedience training, he free-loads at Peppermint Patty's instead.

Director: Bill Melendez
Stars: Peter Robbins, Gabrielle DeFaria Ritter, Christopher Shea
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown! (2008 DVD re-release) See more »


Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 December 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Feliz Natal, Charlie Brown  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Over the decades, with American TV networks making more broadcast time for commercials, this special was increasingly cut for time until there was a storm of protest from fans. When the special was acquired by the ABC TV network, a compromise was reached to both answer those complaints and to take advantage of the opportunity to sell more advertising time for a reliably high-rated annual rerun. This consisted of broadcasting an uncut version of the special in an hour timeslot, and using the remaining time after the special to run a companion piece, Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales (2002). See more »

Goofs

While at her psychiatry stand and naming Chalie Brown's possible phobias, Lucy says, "How about cats? If you're afraid of cats, you have ailuroPHASIA.", If Charlie Brown were indeed afraid of cats he would have ailuroPHOBIA. Ailurophasia is, literally, "Speaking cat". 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 ...
See more »


Soundtracks

Christmas Time Is Here
(uncredited)
Music by Vince Guaraldi
Lyrics by Lee Mendelson
Performed by the The Vince Guaraldi Trio and members of the choir of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, San Rafael, California
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Completely Irresistible
7 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

How can you not love it? I'm a 46-year-old Jewish agnostic, and this still makes me laugh and brings a tear to my eye after dozens of viewings; and I don't think it's just nostalgia. I think if you can't enjoy this, you might as well just pack it in. Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without this and the ORIGINAL Grinch. Too bad the follow-ups, with the exception of course of It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, have never matched its humor, charm and heart. Favorite funny line? Lucy complains about always getting toys and bikes and clothes. "What do you want?" Charlie Brown asks. "REAL ESTATE!" Favorite touching moment? The transformation of the scrawny tree into a beautiful one of course.


45 of 52 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 131 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial