A Charlie Brown Christmas ()

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

  • Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations.
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ann Altieri ...
Frieda (uncredited) (voice)
Chris Doran ...
Schroeder / Shermy (uncredited) (voice)
Sally Dryer ...
Violet (uncredited) (voice)
Snoopy (uncredited) (voice)
Karen Mendelson ...
Patty (uncredited) (voice)
Geoffrey Ornstein ...
Pig-Pen (uncredited) (voice)
Peter Robbins ...
Charlie Brown (uncredited) (voice)
Linus Van Pelt (uncredited) (voice)
Cathy Steinberg ...
Sally Brown (uncredited) (voice)
Lucy Van Pelt (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

Bill Melendez

Written by

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

Produced by

Bill Melendez ... producer
Lee Mendelson ... executive producer

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 (uncredited) (song: "Surfin' Snoopy")
John Copolla ... musician: trumpet (uncredited) (song: "Surfin' Snoopy")
Eddie Duran ... musician: guitar (uncredited) (song: "Surfin' Snoopy")
Pat Firth ... musician: bass (uncredited) (song: "Surfin' Snoopy")
Jerry Granelli ... musician: drums (uncredited)
Vince Guaraldi ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Fred Marshall ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Frank Snow ... musician: trumpet (uncredited) (song: "Surfin' Snoopy")
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • O Natal de Charlie Brown (Brazil)
  • Čarlio Brauno Kaledos (Lithuania)
  • Feliz Natal, Charlie Brown (Portugal)
  • Рождество Чарли Брауна (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Snoopy és a karácsony (Hungary)
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  • 25 min
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Budget $150,000 (estimated)

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Trivia Broke many of the rules prevalent for animated holiday specials during the 1960s: it didn't make use of a laugh track; real children were used for the character voices instead of adult actors imitating children's voices; and Biblical references were used to illustrate the true meaning of Christmas. See more »
Goofs When Charlie Brown consults Lucy for psychiatric help, her sign (as read from the front) says, "The Doctor Is Real In". However, when seen from the side angle, the sign simply says, "The Doctor Is In". See more »
Movie Connections Edited into A Charlie Brown Kwanzaa (2000). See more »
Soundtracks Christmas Time Is Here See more »
Quotes Charlie Brown: I guess you were right, Linus. I shouldn't have picked this little tree. Everything I do turns into a disaster. I guess I really don't know what Christmas is all about.
[shouting in desperation]
Charlie Brown: Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?
Linus Van Pelt: Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about.
[moves toward the center of the stage]
Linus Van Pelt: Lights, please.
[a spotlight shines on Linus]
Linus Van Pelt: "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not:"
[Linus drops his security blanket on purpose]
Linus Van Pelt: "for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'"
[Luke 2:8-14 KJV]
Linus Van Pelt: [Linus picks up his blanket and walks back towards Charlie Brown] That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
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