Thursday, December 16, 2010

45 Years of A Charlie Brown Christmas

There's been so much written about this award-winning classic already (both online and in the "real" world), that there's not much of anything I can say that hasn't already been said.
I could go on about the characters, the sad little tree, the commercialism of Christmas or the wonderful Vince Guaraldi soundtrack. But I won't.

I could also comment on the religious aspect of the show - since it's one of the rare instances of Christian propaganda that seems to be accepted and tolerated by even the most ardent believers in separation of church and entertainment. But I won't go there either, even though I just did. ;)

I could trace it's broadcast history and talk about how it's been edited (or some say "censored") over the years, but you can get all that on Wikipedia. I just wanna share some great old TV Guide ads and thank the late great Charles Schulz, Bill Melendez and the aforementioned Mr. Guaraldi for creating a simple, wonderful half-hour of animation that has defined how people think about Christmas for the past 45 years. In the words of Lucy Van Pelt, "Charlie Brown is a blockhead, but he did get a nice tree".

1 comment:

Writer said...

I love A Charlie Brown Christmas. I listen to the soundtrack throughout the year. And I will now be singing "Christmastime is here..." for the rest of the day... :)

I saw the Raggedy Ann and Andy ad too. Do you remember a Raggedy Ann and Andy movie in which the beginning of the movie is live action and then it becomes a cartoon and one of the pretty dolls gets kidnapped? It came out probably around the time of the Dot and the Kangaroo movie.