History Trivia / ACharlieBrownChristmas

2nd Jun '16 8:56:24 PM Soufriere
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* DawsonCasting: [[invoked]] Famously averted. Schulz insisted on having actual children voice his characters, the first time something like that had ever been done in a cartoon. However, some of the kids in this special were so young they couldn't read well yet (or, in Sally's case, at all), so they had to be fed their lines, leading to the stilted delivery that became emblematic of the franchise.
2nd Jun '16 7:12:46 PM Soufriere
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* {{Blooper}} / OffModel: Several animation errors exist, one of the more obvious being the fact that the words on Lucy's psychiatric help desk change twice in less than a minute. Among others:
** Lucy accidentally calls fear of cats "ailurophasia" instead of "ailurophobia."
** Sally trips over the line "All I want is what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share." This is due to the fact that the girl who voiced her was so young that she hadn't learned how to read yet and had to be fed her lines word by word, and in some cases, syllable by syllable.

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* {{Blooper}} / OffModel: {{Blooper}}[=/=]OffModel: Several animation errors exist, one of the more obvious being the fact thanks in no small part to its cheap and rushed production.
** One
that Schulz himself often pointed out was that Charlie Brown's tree inexplicably grows a few branches between its introduction and the point where Charlie "kills" it.
** The
words on Lucy's psychiatric help desk "Psychiatric Help 5¢" stand change twice in less than a minute. Among others:
minute.
** Given the insistence by Schulz and Mendelson on using actual children to play the ''Peanuts'' characters (and child-actors weren't really a thing in 1965), it's no surprise some lines were flubbed.
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Lucy accidentally calls the fear of cats "ailurophasia" instead of "ailurophobia."
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"ailurophobia".
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Sally trips over the line "All I want is what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share." This is due to the fact that the girl who voiced her was so young that she hadn't learned how to read yet and had to be fed her lines word by word, and in some cases, syllable by syllable.



* ChristmasRushed: Schulz was given six months to complete the special in time for the holiday season, and animating didn't start until the third month in; the results are quite conspicuous.
* EditedForSyndication: In its original 1965 broadcast, this cartoon clocked in at just over 26 minutes. Nowadays, American TV networks have a ''lot'' more time devoted to commercials than back then. So for most of its subsequent airings, several scenes have been cut short (the first dancing scene) or cut out entirely (much of the beginning). Even in its first VHS release, the scene of the kids throwing snowballs at the can on the fence was cut out. It was restored for its second VHS release and was re-instated in network broadcasts in 1997 (with the Coke can redesigned.)

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* ChristmasRushed: Schulz was and his team were given six months to complete the special in time for the holiday season, and animating didn't start until the third month in; in.[[labelnote:*]] Most of the results are quite conspicuous.
first two months was spent trying to figure out how to properly animate such artistically abstract characters - translating a comic strip like this to animation had never been done before (aside from Melendez's own ''Peanuts'' commercial spots).[[/labelnote]] The [[OffModel result]] speaks for itself.
* EditedForSyndication: In its original 1965 broadcast, this cartoon clocked in at just over 26 minutes. Nowadays, American TV networks have a ''lot'' more time devoted to commercials than back then. So for most of its subsequent airings, several scenes have been cut short (the first dancing scene) or cut out entirely (much of the beginning). Even in its first VHS release, the scene of the kids throwing snowballs at the can on the fence was cut out. It was restored for its second VHS release and was re-instated in network broadcasts in 1997 (with the Coke can redesigned.)redesigned).



*** Interestingly enough, Coca-Cola offered to restore the cut sponsor tags when the special was [[{{Remaster}} remastered]], but Schulz Studios turned them down, believing ''A Charlie Brown Christmas'' to be perfectly fine without them. To be fair, they would undermine the anti-commercialism message of the story.
** The recent showings on ABC (which generally broadcasts both a cut version and the uncut version over a given holiday season) have taken further cuts, removing such iconic moments as Lucy pestering Schroeder over the proper playing of "Jingle Bells," to even cutting poor Shermy's only line.
* ExecutiveMeddling: CBS executives had some issues with the special as it was originally put together. They objected to:

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*** Interestingly enough, Coca-Cola offered to restore the cut sponsor tags when the special was [[{{Remaster}} remastered]], but Schulz Studios Schulz's estate turned them down, believing ''A Charlie Brown Christmas'' to be perfectly fine without them. To be fair, they would undermine the anti-commercialism message of the story.
** The recent showings on ABC (which generally broadcasts both a cut version and the uncut version over a given holiday season) have taken further cuts, removing such iconic moments as Lucy pestering Schroeder over the proper playing of "Jingle Bells," Bells", to even cutting poor Shermy's only line.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Ultimately averted. CBS executives had some [[{{Understatement}} some]] issues with the special as it was originally put together. They objected to:to…



** The Music/VinceGuaraldi jazz score for the program.
** In other words, nearly ''everything'' that makes this program a timeless classic. Fortunately, Charles M. Schulz and Bill Melendez stuck by their guns and were vindicated the moment it aired.
* MagnumOpusDissonance: '''Nobody''' behind the project thought it was any good when they finished; Lee Mendelson and the rest of the team felt they "ruined Charlie Brown" when they looked at the final cut before it aired.
** It apparently took a while for Charles M. Schulz himself to realize how iconic this special had become. In the late 1980's he fretted that he hadn't produced his "own ''Film/CitizenKane''" and invested a good deal of time and money on his intended masterpiece, the flop live-action/animated combo ''It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown''. Any fan could've told him he'd already made his ''Citizen Kane'' way back in 1965. (For added irony, Creator/OrsonWelles didn't consider the actual ''Citizen Kane'' to be his masterpiece.)
* NetworkToTheRescue: CBS made some cuts to the special in the '90s because shows made more room for commercials by then (see EditedForSyndication above). When ABC acquired the rights in 2001, they blocked out a full hour for the special so that it could run uncut, commissioning ''Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales'' to fill the extra time. (ABC does air cut half-hour versions some years, but the full version ''will'' be shown at some point during the season.)
* TheRedStapler: The trope was reversed for this special considering that it ''destroyed'' the market for AluminiumChristmasTrees so completely that later generations have to be reminded that such Christmas decorations actually existed.
** Replicas of the little flimsy tree Charle Brown gets are now being sold.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Apparently when the project was started, CBS just wanted this to be a regular goofy ''Peanuts'' short that just happened to take place at Christmas time. They weren't expecting the shots at commercialism and Linus's big speech. It's a good thing the special didn't go this direction, too, because it wouldn't be nearly so memorable otherwise.
** The slam against commercialism and the Bible recitation were only two of what the suits perceived as a laundry list of "issues" with the show. Others were the lack of a LaughTrack of all things [[note]]the laugh track was standard equipment for comedy shows and cartoons (such as Creator/HannaBarbera's) at the time[[/note]], the use of actual children for the voice acting instead of adults, and the Music/VinceGuaraldi jazz score. (The tune [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6zypc_LhnM "Linus and Lucy"]] became an icon of the franchise, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Guaraldi#Compositions_for_Charles_Schulz.27s_Peanuts Vince scored 17 other ''Peanuts'' specials and the feature film ''A Boy Named Charlie Brown'']] before his death). Thank goodness Schulz and Melendez stood their ground.
** "Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales" seems to fit the idea of what CBS expected. So in a way, ABC got what CBS originally wanted.

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** The Music/VinceGuaraldi jazz score for the program.
score.
** In other words, nearly ''everything'' that makes this program a timeless classic. Fortunately, Charles M. Schulz Schulz, Lee Mendelson, and Bill Melendez stuck by to their guns and were vindicated the moment it aired.
aired. [[note]] It also helped that they were smack up against a set-in-stone deadline, and Coca-Cola was satisfied with the special (it would have probably cost CBS more at that point to ''not'' air it, as that would jeopardize sponsorships).[[/note]]
* MagnumOpusDissonance: '''Nobody''' '''''Nobody''''' behind the project thought it was any good when they finished; Lee Mendelson and the rest of the team felt they "ruined Charlie Brown" when they looked at the final cut before it aired.
** It apparently took a while for Charles M. Schulz himself to realize how iconic this special had become. In the late 1980's he fretted that he hadn't produced his "own ''Film/CitizenKane''" and invested a good deal of time and money on his intended masterpiece, the flop live-action/animated combo ''It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown''. Any fan could've told him he'd already made his ''Citizen Kane'' way back in 1965. (For added irony, Creator/OrsonWelles didn't consider the actual ''Citizen Kane'' to be his masterpiece.)
masterpiece either)
* NetworkToTheRescue: CBS made some cuts to the special in the '90s because shows made more room for commercials by then (see EditedForSyndication above). When ABC acquired the rights in 2001, they blocked out a full hour for the special so that it could run uncut, uncut[[labelnote:*]] (aside from the aforementioned Coca-Cola references)[[/labelnote]], commissioning ''Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales'' to fill the extra time. (ABC does air Note that ABC also airs a cut half-hour versions some years, but the full version during the season, but there ''will'' be shown at some point during least one full-length airing.
* NotScreenedForCritics: CBS was so disappointed in ''A Charlie Brown Christmas'' before its first airing that they refused to let any TV critics see it beforehand, terrified that
the season.)
inevitable avalanche of bad reviews would sink everyone's careers. They were eventually forced to relent in recognition of what happens when this trope is played, and let one writer from Time Magazine in – he watched the special at CBS's office and then left without saying a word. Initially, this vindicated CBS's decision, but when the next issue of Time came out, the critic's review of the special was ''glowing''.
* TheRedStapler: The trope was reversed for this This special considering that caused an inversion – it almost-singlehandedly ''destroyed'' the market for AluminiumChristmasTrees AluminumChristmasTrees so completely that later generations have to be reminded that such Christmas decorations a thing actually existed.
** Straight example: Replicas of the little flimsy tree Charle Charlie Brown gets are now being sold.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Apparently when the project was started, When CBS just ordered this special, they wanted this to be a regular lighthearted goofy cartoon with the ''Peanuts'' short characters that just happened to take place at Christmas time. time (evidently the suits hadn't read the comics very closely). They weren't expecting the shots potshots at commercialism and or Linus's big speech. Bible recitation. It's a good thing the special didn't go this direction, too, because it wouldn't be nearly so memorable otherwise.
** The slam against commercialism and the Bible recitation were only two of what the suits perceived as a laundry list of "issues" with the show. Others were the lack of a LaughTrack of all things [[note]]the laugh track was standard LaughTrack[[labelnote:†]] (standard equipment for comedy shows and cartoons (such as Creator/HannaBarbera's) at the time[[/note]], time – see Creator/HannaBarbera's output from this era)[[/labelnote]], the use of actual children for the voice acting instead of adults, and the Music/VinceGuaraldi jazz score. (The tune [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6zypc_LhnM "Linus and Lucy"]] became an icon of the franchise, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Guaraldi#Compositions_for_Charles_Schulz.27s_Peanuts Vince scored 17 other other]] ''Peanuts'' specials and the feature film ''A Boy Named Charlie Brown'']] ''WesternAnimation/ABoyNamedCharlieBrown'' before his death). Thank goodness Schulz and Melendez stood their ground.
** "Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales" seems to fit the idea of what CBS expected. So in a way, ABC got what CBS originally wanted.paid for.
13th Apr '16 4:57:59 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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*** Interestingly enough, Coca-Cola offered to restore the cut sponsor tags when the special was [[{{Remaster}} remastered]], but Schulz Studios turned them down, believing ''A Charlie Brown Christmas'' to be perfectly fine without them.

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*** Interestingly enough, Coca-Cola offered to restore the cut sponsor tags when the special was [[{{Remaster}} remastered]], but Schulz Studios turned them down, believing ''A Charlie Brown Christmas'' to be perfectly fine without them. To be fair, they would undermine the anti-commercialism message of the story.
13th Apr '16 4:49:52 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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** The slam against commercialism and the Bible recitation were only two of what the suits perceived as a laundry list of "issues" with the show. Others were the lack of a laugh track of all things [[note]](many cartoons in the 1960's had laugh tracks, for example see pretty much the entire Creator/HannaBarbera library prior to 1973)[[/note]], the use of actual children for the voice acting instead of adults, and the Music/VinceGuaraldi jazz score. (The tune [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6zypc_LhnM "Linus and Lucy"]] became an icon of the franchise, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Guaraldi#Compositions_for_Charles_Schulz.27s_Peanuts Vince scored 17 other ''Peanuts'' specials and the feature film ''A Boy Named Charlie Brown'']] before his death). Thank goodness Schulz and Melendez stood their ground.

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** The slam against commercialism and the Bible recitation were only two of what the suits perceived as a laundry list of "issues" with the show. Others were the lack of a laugh track LaughTrack of all things [[note]](many [[note]]the laugh track was standard equipment for comedy shows and cartoons in (such as Creator/HannaBarbera's) at the 1960's had laugh tracks, for example see pretty much the entire Creator/HannaBarbera library prior to 1973)[[/note]], time[[/note]], the use of actual children for the voice acting instead of adults, and the Music/VinceGuaraldi jazz score. (The tune [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6zypc_LhnM "Linus and Lucy"]] became an icon of the franchise, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Guaraldi#Compositions_for_Charles_Schulz.27s_Peanuts Vince scored 17 other ''Peanuts'' specials and the feature film ''A Boy Named Charlie Brown'']] before his death). Thank goodness Schulz and Melendez stood their ground.
21st Dec '15 8:54:17 PM Superfield
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** Sally trips over the line "All I want is what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share."

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** Sally trips over the line "All I want is what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share."" This is due to the fact that the girl who voiced her was so young that she hadn't learned how to read yet and had to be fed her lines word by word, and in some cases, syllable by syllable.
19th Dec '15 10:03:32 AM bowserbros
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* ChristmasRushed: Schulz was given six months to complete the special in time for the holiday season, and animating didn't start until the third month in; the results are quite conspicuous.



** Coca-Cola was the special's original sponsor, and a brief scene mentioning this was animated for the broadcast. Once their sponsorship ended, that scene had to be excised and was thought lost for decades until a film reel containing it was discovered, digitized, and uploaded onto the internet (rights issues prevent it from being on the DVD cut, though every other scene cut over the decades is restored.)

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** Coca-Cola was the special's original sponsor, and a brief scene mentioning this was animated for the broadcast. Once their sponsorship ended, that scene had to be excised and was thought lost for decades until a film reel containing it was discovered, digitized, and uploaded onto the internet (rights issues prevent it from being on the DVD cut, though every other scene cut over the decades is restored.)restored).
*** Interestingly enough, Coca-Cola offered to restore the cut sponsor tags when the special was [[{{Remaster}} remastered]], but Schulz Studios turned them down, believing ''A Charlie Brown Christmas'' to be perfectly fine without them.
16th Dec '15 6:52:15 PM Brandon
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** "Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales" seems to fit the idea of what CBS expected. So in a way, ABC got what CBS originally wanted.
16th Dec '15 6:49:59 PM Brandon
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** Replicas of the little flimsy tree Charle Brown gets are now being sold.
30th Nov '15 10:07:23 PM C2
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** The recent showings on ABC have taken further cuts, removing such iconic moments as Lucy pestering Schroeder over the proper playing of "Jingle Bells," to even cutting poor Shermy's only line.

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** The recent showings on ABC (which generally broadcasts both a cut version and the uncut version over a given holiday season) have taken further cuts, removing such iconic moments as Lucy pestering Schroeder over the proper playing of "Jingle Bells," to even cutting poor Shermy's only line.
13th Oct '15 9:13:44 AM dsneybuf
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** In other words, nearly ''everything'' that makes this program a timeless classic. Fortunately, Creator/CharlesMSchulz and Creator/BillMelendez stuck by their guns and were vindicated the moment it aired.
* MagnumOpusDissonance: '''Nobody''' behind the project thought it was any good when they finished; Creator/LeeMendelson and the rest of the team felt they "ruined Charlie Brown" when they looked at the final cut before it aired.

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** In other words, nearly ''everything'' that makes this program a timeless classic. Fortunately, Creator/CharlesMSchulz Charles M. Schulz and Creator/BillMelendez Bill Melendez stuck by their guns and were vindicated the moment it aired.
* MagnumOpusDissonance: '''Nobody''' behind the project thought it was any good when they finished; Creator/LeeMendelson Lee Mendelson and the rest of the team felt they "ruined Charlie Brown" when they looked at the final cut before it aired.
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