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A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Cast: Tracy Stratford, Christopher Shea, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Kathy Steinberg, Ann Altieri, Peter Robbins

Director(s): Bill Melendez

Language: English

Genre: Fantasy / Animated

Not a real movie!

Synopsis

One of the most endearing of all Peanuts' specials finds Charlie Brown nurturing the thinnest, scraggliest Christmas tree ever. At first the gang makes fun of Charlie for choosing such an ugly tree for the holiday but a timely assist from Linus makes the true message of the season come shining through. Everyone realizes in the end that a little affection can make all the difference in the world... even to a tree.

 

Papamikey wrote on December 19, 2005, 3:36 pm
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Another classic we watched this weekend. Still holds a powerful message about "The True Meaning of Christmas" and anti-commercialism.

Though, it's funny, most of the "flow" of the movie doesn't make much sense and only seems like isolated clips from the comic strip...but still, it's charming.

Pops Mikey!

motleymitch wrote on December 20, 2005, 2:28 am
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Gotta love that clip of the whole crew bopping around and feeling the groove (pictured above).
A defining moment in 60's x-mas cheer (read: kitsch). I was such a good Jew to watch all these x-mas specials......hey, it beats Hannukah Harry and the Hannukah bush!
Deril wrote on December 20, 2005, 1:06 pm
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For sure, one of my personal favs as a kiddy. Havn't seen it this year yet though
Papamikey wrote on December 20, 2005, 1:09 pm
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I've seen it twice, once on CBC and once on YTV...I also saw a SEQUEL to it as well, which was MUCH more cynical and "modern".

The voices sounded funny, too.

Like when Velma is done by Mindy Cohn in "What's New Scooby Doo?"...it just doesn't sound like OLD SCHOOL Velma anymore...

Or when Shaggy is done by the same guy who does Fry in Futurama, gimme Casey Kasem anyday!
kimberly wrote on December 20, 2005, 3:37 pm
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all these x-mas classics are on all the time.. at least 3 times a week, even treehouse is airing them, when i was a kid it was on only once! just like the wizard of oz if u missed it u would have to wait till the next year to watch it. we watch the return of frosty last night with john goodman( sully) as the voice of frosty.. it was cute.
Papamikey wrote on December 20, 2005, 3:48 pm
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What REALLLLY drives the nostalgia home is the spinning CBS sign...

kimberly wrote on December 20, 2005, 3:52 pm
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ah yes......
Jefferygn wrote on December 20, 2005, 8:06 pm
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Brilliant. nuf said.
Papamikey wrote on December 21, 2005, 10:26 am
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Wow.

Now, I figured the Grand Poobah of Bitter would have slammed a "pop culture" icon like A Charlie Brown Christmas...which, ironic to its main theme, has become about as commercial a Christmas Special as it can get (save Rudolph).

What a wacky and zany world we live in.
motleymitch wrote on December 22, 2005, 11:50 pm
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One thing I can tell you about Jeff is that since I've known him (1981? Geeez!) he has always had a soft spot for the Peanuts gang. And Spock (geek).

Nooooooooooo!!!!!

Jefferygn wrote on December 23, 2005, 6:44 am
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Yes, it is true, there are just few sacred cows in my life, but Peanuts is one of them.

Jefferygn wrote on December 23, 2005, 6:49 am
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Oh yeah, and while we're at it, the soundtrack to the special is arguably the best Christmas music ever written, save Handel's Messiah.

(any of you LOTR circle jerkers even know what that is? I'll give you a hint, it has nothing to do with that lame Howard Shore dreck that played over the end of those stupid circle-jerk-inducing movies...)
MasterWoodsman wrote on December 23, 2005, 8:38 am
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Will you lay off the whole LOTR Circle-Jerk theme? Jeez!

Your fixations are starting to show in the online world, Jeffay!

I was watching the extended version of Return of The King last night, and as usual I was blown away by the sheer depth and effort that went into this trilogy. So next time ya want to bash the LOTR, leave the cookie out of it!

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