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
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When they first saw the show, CBS executives were horrified at the idea of an animated Christmas special with such a blatant message. They also strongly objected to the fact that the show had no canned laughter. In addition, they greeted Vince Guaraldi's jazz score as an intrusion in the special that audiences would never accept. However, when CBS learned to their astonishment of the special's spectacular ratings earned on its initial broadcast and the glowing reviews for it, the network promptly contracted the producers for more specials. See more »
When Charlie Brown is wearing his coat it is red. On the stage after bringing in the little Christmas tree he takes the coat off and the color has changed to orange. See more »
[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]
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 ...
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Original uncut telecast version featured sponsor plugs within the context of the film. During the main title sequence we see Snoopy tossing both Charlie Brown and Linus during the opening "Christmas Time Is Here" song. Charlie crashes into a tree as the main title credits are seen (as we have all been familiar with over the years). However, all current prints do not show us what happens to Linus...in the uncut version, Linus crashes into a Coca-Cola sign (indicating the show's sponsor). Also, after the final credits (while the Peanuts gang sing "Hark The Herald Angels Sing"), there is a subtitle that says "Merry Christmas from your local Coca-Cola bottler". Due to subsequent FCC laws precluding sponsor plugs in the context of children's programs, these two elements have been edited out of all current prints (even in the so-called "uncut" versions shown over the past three years on CBS, as well as all home video releases from Paramount and Warner Bros.). See more »
This is the beloved classic! This is the tender, caring Charlie Brown Christmas that keeps the family warm holiday season after holiday season! What is Christmas about? Why is everything becoming so commercial? These questions were asked back in 1965, and the answers hit the nail right on the head. Today, the meaning is just that much more impactful because, frankly, today is even more commercial and soulless than 1965.
The writing is typical Peanuts wry, and is well-placed by the children actor's voices. Having children do children voices is actually kind of rare, but this shows it shouldn't be: they do really well and it's touching to hear them.
The animation itself is starting to get a bit dated and is a little slow/jerky, but considering the belovedness of this classic... people are either going to get offended at the mention of that fact or will claim that it doesn't matter. So there you go. It's enjoyable anyways.
And, of course, Snoopy rules.
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