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History of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' (VIDEO)

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Dec 10th 2009 11:10AM
A Charlie Brown ChristmasThe TV holiday season would be incomplete without a chance to watch 'A Charlie Brown Christmas.'

Yesterday marked the 44th anniversary of creator Charles M. Schulz's first animated television special with the Peanuts Gang. It's the longest running cartoon special in history.

Find our more and watch the full 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' special after the jump!

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Charles Schulz's family not thrilled with PBS doc - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 9th 2007 6:03PM

Charles SchulzI'll say right up front that I am a huge Charles Schulz fan. I think Peanuts is one of the most important things in the history of pop culture (not just comics, but in all of pop culture - film, literature, TV, music and art). It's the type of comic that's entertaining and fun for all of the obvious reasons but something that can also show you a little bit about how to live your life too. I mean, who doesn't like Snoopy or A Charlie Brown Christmas?

So I've been a little antsy about a new biography of Schulz that is coming out next week, Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography, by David Michaelis. It's a bio that supposedly gives a fuller picture of Schulz, including the sad, unhappy parts of his life. Now I see that I'm not the only one who is a little antsy about the book and a new American Masters that will profile Schulz too.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas... Scrubs style - VIDEO

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 9th 2006 10:46PM
Scrubs castTake everyone's favorite Christmas special, mix in a little wackiness from everyone's favorite medical sitcom, and what do you get? You get the video that's after the jump: a ten-minute version of A Charlie Brown Christmas with the voices of the cast of Scrubs dubbed in.

And don't think that this is just Zach Braff, John C. McGinley and company doing a literal reading of the Charlie Brown script; it's more like a Scrubs episode, complete with flashbacks, girl names, and penis jokes. Even the characters are the same. Except here, JD looks like Chuck, Dr. Cox looks like Linus, Carla looks like Lucy, etc. (And there's even a Cox Rant (tm) or two in there, in places you wouldn't expect). I'll let you be surprised at where the other voices pop up.

The video was made during season three for a cast Christmas party. It's very funny and definitely worth a look.

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ABC re-airing A Charlie Brown Christmas this month

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 4th 2006 7:01PM

charlie brown christmasJust like last year, ABC is airing A Charlie Brown Christmas twice this year. If you missed it when it aired late last month, you can catch it again on ABC on Sunday, December 17 at 7 pm. I recorded the special when it aired in November but haven't yet gotten around to watching it. When I do finally get time to sit and watch it, I'll do my usual ritual of dousing the lights, unplugging the phone and immersing myself in the special as I've done every year since I was a kid. I could purchase the DVD, but I have no interest in that. I like keeping this special tied to the holiday season, it's like a gift I get to unwrap and enjoy at the end of every year. I only wish ABC had also re-aired It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, since my local station moved it to 3 am so they could air some insipid midterm election debate.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas airs November 28

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 14th 2006 6:01PM
a charlie brown christmasApparently the Walgreens across the street from me isn't the only one getting in the Christmas spirit early. This year, Charles Schulz's seminal Christmas classic A Charlie Brown Christmas will air not in December, but on November 28 at 8 pm. After missing It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown this year when it was pre-empted by a midterm election debate, I'm glad I found out about this. I watch A Charlie Brown Christmas every year, but I normally don't start looking for it until December. Last year they actually aired the special twice, so maybe we'll see it again in December, but for now set your DVRs and mark your calendars so you don't miss it. While I enjoy other Christmas specials like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas still stands out as the most profound and affecting sentiment of the holiday season.

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Early news: A Charlie Brown Christmas turns 40

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 17th 2005 1:13PM

I've been a great admirer of Charles Schulz and Peanuts for most of my life. The simplistic drawings, complex characters, not to mention the profound sadness and unrequited love that propelled the strip drew me in as a youngster and remain affecting even today. The existential humor of the strip, the core of which was Charlie Brown's Sisyphusian existence, also expanded to the early television specials, including A Charlie Brown Christmas, which turns 40 this year. I make a point of watching the show every year, and can become quite agitated if I miss it. While I still admire other classics like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Burl Ives' soothing, grandfatherly voice is one of those harbingers of Christmas I always look forward to) I will run several red lights and cause massive traffic accidents just to make it home in time to see A Charlie Brown Christmas. It's easy to forget after forty years just how groundbreaking the show was. When it was conceived, many thought an animated Christmas special with religious overtones centering on a chronically depressed child would fail, but the naysayers were proven wrong, and what might have been a gaudy, diluted version of the strip became an animated study in spirituality and human compassion that, years later, can still warm the heart of a secular person such as myself.

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