A Charlie Brown Christmas
Studio: Bill Melendez Productions Release Date : December 9, 1965 Series: Peanuts
  1. General Info

Cumulative rating:       (4 ratings submitted)

Associated Studios

United Feature Syndicate

Synopsis

Charlie Brown is depressed because Christmas has gotten too commercial. He's given the chance to get into the spirit by directing the Christmas play, but it's up to Linus to show him the true spirit of Christmas.

Characters

Charlie Brown
(Voice: Peter Robbins)
Linus Van Pelt
(Voice: Christopher "Chris" Shea)
Lucy Van Pelt
(Voice: Tracy Stratford)
Sally Brown
(Voice: Kathy Steinberg)
Snoopy
(Voice: Jose Cuauhtemoc "Bill" Melendez)
Pig-Pen
(Voice: Geoffrey Ornstein)
Freida
(Voice: Ann Altieri)
Shermy
(Voice: Chris Doran)
Schroeder
(Voice: Chris Doran)
Violet
(Voice: Sally Dryer)
Patty
(Voice: Karen Mendelson)

Credits

Director

Jose Cuauhtemoc "Bill" Melendez

Producer

Jose Cuauhtemoc "Bill" Melendez

Film Editor

Robert T. "Bob" Gillis

Executive Producer

Lee Mendelson

Graphics

William "Bill" Littlejohn

Graphic Blandishment

Robert W. "Bob" Carlson Jr.
Herman R. Cohen
Bernard Gruver
Ruth Kissane
Edward "Ed" Levitt
Manuel "Manny" Perez
Beverly Robbins
Frank Smith
Dean Spille
Reuben Timmins
Russ von Nedia
John Walker
Eleanor Warren
Joaquin Rodolfo "Rudy" Zamora
Alan Zaslove

Original Music

Vince Guaraldi

Writer

Charles M. Schulz

Music Sources

Anschütz, Ernest : "O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) "
van Beethoven, Ludwig : "Für Elise "
Wesley, Charles : "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing "

Broadcasters

CBS

Awards

Won the 1965 Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program

Milestones

The first Peanuts special.

Trivia

Lee Mendelson states in an interview that on one of their first meetings, Mendelson told Charles Schulz that they would have to add a laugh track to the special. Schulz said, "I quit!", and walked out of the room. It was decided from that point that no laugh track would be put into the cartoon.
The heads at CBS at this time were so disgusted at the special that they almost refused to air the cartoon saying it was too slow and way too religious. When it aired, it gained a 45% viewer shared across the country and maintained lavish reviews. The CBS head called Mendelson to buy five more specials, but used the justification that his aunt didn't like it to continue his negative opinion towards the cartoon.

Video Information

VHS

United States

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Laserdisc (CAV)

United States

A Charlie Brown Christmas

DVD

United States

A Charlie Brown Christmas (Remastered Deluxe Edition)
Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Edition
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas - 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Peanuts 1960's Collection
Peanuts Deluxe Collection
Peanuts Classic Complete Holiday Collection

United Kingdom

Peanuts 1960's Collection

BluRay Disc

United States

Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Edition
A Charlie Brown Christmas

4K Ultra HD

United States

Peanuts Holiday Collection
A Charlie Brown Christmas

Technical Specifications

Running time: 25:25
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 4 : 3 (Television)
Color Type: Color
Sound Type: Mono
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Language: English
Original Countrie: United States

Reviews and Comments

From TibbyH :

It should run forever.
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From eutychus :

I am old enough to remember when this was first broadcast, Coca Cola commercials and all. Since then, there has not been a year gone by when it hasn't been a part of my Christmas celebration. The producers took a major gamble making this, not only with having Linus taking two minutes to tell the Christmas story straight out of the Bible, but in wondering if the beloved Peanuts characters could successfully make the transition from the comic pages to the TV screen. One of the ways they stayed true to the characters was to have actual children voice the characters instead of using adults trying to mimic the kids voices. (In some cases, the dialogue had to be recorded a few short phrases at a time and then edited together!)

Happily, it worked, and it opened the door to a whole series of prime-time Peanuts specials. But for my money, none of them worked as well as the first. It has become a perennial and almost universal Christmas classic, which still holds up as well as it did when I first saw it when I was ten years old.


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History

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    Sources

    Robert W. "Bob" Carlson Jr.: Graphic Blandishment
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Herman R. Cohen: Graphic Blandishment
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Bernard Gruver: Graphic Blandishment
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Ruth Kissane: Graphic Blandishment
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Edward "Ed" Levitt: Graphic Blandishment
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    William "Bill" Littlejohn: Graphics
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    Manuel "Manny" Perez: Graphic Blandishment
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Beverly Robbins: Graphic Blandishment
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    Frank Smith: Graphic Blandishment
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Dean Spille: Graphic Blandishment
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Reuben Timmins: Graphic Blandishment
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Russ von Nedia: Graphic Blandishment
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    John Walker: Graphic Blandishment
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Eleanor Warren: Graphic Blandishment
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Joaquin Rodolfo "Rudy" Zamora: Graphic Blandishment
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    Alan Zaslove: Graphic Blandishment
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    Jose Cuauhtemoc "Bill" Melendez: Producer
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    Lee Mendelson: Executive Producer
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    Vince Guaraldi: Original Music
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    Robert T. "Bob" Gillis: Film Editor
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)

    Charles M. Schulz: Writer
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    Jose Cuauhtemoc "Bill" Melendez: Director
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)