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A Charlie Brown Christmas 1965

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

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Christmas is not Christmas without Charlie Brown.
revisiting a classic, love it
WOW ~ So many new links to a CLASSIC!
A Charlie Brown Christmas is the first prime-time animated TV special based upon the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was produced and directed by former Warner Bros. and UPA animator Bill Melendez, who also supplied the voice for the character of Snoopy. Initially sponsored by Coca-Cola, the special debuted on CBS in 1965, and has been aired in the USA during the Christmas season every year since: on CBS through 2000, and on ABC since 2001. Long an annual telecast, the special is now shown at least twice during the weeks leading up to Christmas. The special has been honored with both an Emmy and Peabody Award.
MOOD: Ack!

I hate Sundays... the end of the weekend... The next two weeks are full weeks-no days off.... ugh... but then after the next two week is two weeks of NO SCHOOL!!! Winter Holiday! WOO HOO!!! I'm so excited! Although I really don't know what are my plans are for Christmas...

Do any of you get the comic strip "For Better or Worse"? it's a comic about a pretty much normal family, a mum, dad, three kids; one who is about 10, another in college, and another you is married and has a child. I love this comic strip, well anyways this was todays strip:

Well now I'm in the mood to go watch it... lol there's also another Christmas special that was made in '92 I think called 'It's Christmas Time Again, Charlie Brown' which is just hysterical! Everytime I watch it I laugh so hard, that sometimes I cry! lol ttyl ~Audrey
"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. Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?"

"Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights please.

'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! For, behold, I bring you tidings o great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, 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, and good will toward men.'

That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."

Merry Christmas.
Love it! Love Christmas! YAY!
So, this is my wonderful way(translate: lazy) of seeing what everyone wants this year without perusing journals...just my own! yay! What do you want for xmas? Just curious as to what's on all my friend's on RT's Christmas lists this year. Might it be ROTK EE? Or the game...? Or.....Pearl Jam's new cd? heheh ok so probably not the last one.

Of course, this would only be a list of people who visit my journal I guess. Which, since I rarely venture to other's journals is kind of selfish huh? Or maybe it isn't. Maybe I'm just retarded. Oh well. Either way, Let's start our xmas wish list.

I'm hoping to get at least one season that I don't have of South Park on DVD
Just classic and a perfect tale of Christmas. What makes the Peanuts gang so incredible is how we can identify which each of them...I wish my friends and I sang "Hark the Herald Angels Sing!" around a Christmas tree...

Is there such a thing as Acquired Attention Deficit Disorder (AADD)? It's probably one of those things that's over-self-diagnosed, like temporary insanity. And like temporary insanity, I'm sure it's even legitimate in some cases. Either way, I still feel all scattered and unfocused. It could be lack of sleep. I've been getting bad about that again. It's not insomnia. I think that was just some thing I was going through in early summer.

Maybe it's the AADD, but the main thing that struck me about watching the Charlie Brown Christmas Special tonight was how slowly it moved. Compared to the kids of today, we must've been Zen masters. The characters all talk slowly with lots of pauses. The transitions are fairly long -- lots of walking between places. There's that nice jazzy theme music that is to your typical Yu-Gi-Oh soundtrack what wind chimes are to monkeys banging pots and pans.

This should have been calming, but I actually started getting antsy, like I was just waiting for stuff to happen and waiting for them to get on with it. It could've been a lot of things besides impatience, though. It could be because I don't think I missed this annual tradition once until I was about 10. I more or less picked up the point about commercialism then, and I see now that there's not much else there.

In fact it's a bit disappointing in its resolution. There's this big play the kids are supposed to put on, but you never see how it turns out. Instead, Charlie Brown has a breakdown of some sort at the rehersal and Linus launches into this long recital from the Bible about the angels appearing before the shepherds that is more or less illustrative of the true nature of Christmas.

This soothes and inspires Brown and he takes out his little traditional, non-commercial Christmas tree home and tries to decorate it with one of the flashy decorations from Snoopy's award-winning, but commercialized, yard display. The tree wilts, he laments his own ineptitude and storms off into the house.

The Peanuts gang has by now caught up to him and stands staring at the tree. Linus praises the tree and the gang, which, mind you, ridiculed this tree moments before, becomes emboldened. They take all of the decorations from Snoopy's yard display and miraculously transform the pathetic little tree into a majestic tannenbaum and start singing a carol around it. Charlie Brown hears this, comes out, is enheartened, and joins the gang in their song. Roll credits.

They're together, they're smiling, they're singing carols in that typical Schulzian way, where their noses move to the top of their heads and all you see are their mouths. For the elementary school set, I suppose this is resolution enough. There's some sense that the gang has seen the error of their ways and have forgiven and embraced Brown's view of the holiday. You see the rough symbolism about the resurrection of the dead, or near-dead tree through the gratitude and admiration of the gang.

But on this particular viewing I was kind of struck how they reconstructed the tree with the implements of commercialism which festooned Snoopy's display. How does that work symbollically? And forget the fact that Christmas trees had nothing to do with the birth of Christ, which if we are to believe Linus's recital, is the true meaning of Christmas.

And I think Snoopy was oddly absent during the destruction of his display. What would his view be? As the creator and benefactor of the display, does that actually make him a symbol of commercialism himself, and in effect the villain of the story? I was also a little struck by the concept of an owner being lauged at, mocked, and ridiculed by his OWN DOG earlier in the story when everyone was mocking him for picking up the little tree. If you can't count on YOUR DOG, ferchrissake...

But right around there I realized I was thinking about it way too much. The program is itself something of an institution beyond its actual thematic or narrative merits. It has its place in the idyllic holiday scene right on that 42-inch plasma screen hung lovingly opposite the stocking-laden fireplace and next to the properly trimmed and lighted Christmas tree. It's a way of tying today's kids, pining for their Transformers, video games, and Barbies, to a more innocent time, when kids like us were pining for, well... Transformers, video games, and Barbies.
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