History WesternAnimation / ACharlieBrownChristmas

12th Sep '16 11:04:22 AM DynamiteXI
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** Another one called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajg8QrSsr_A A Charlie Brown Kwanzaa]]", featuring generous helpings of JiveTurkey, RefugeInVulgarity and CrossesTheLineTwice.

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** %%** Another one called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajg8QrSsr_A A Charlie Brown Kwanzaa]]", featuring generous helpings of JiveTurkey, RefugeInVulgarity and CrossesTheLineTwice.
2nd Jun '16 8:54:57 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 8:51:23 PM Soufriere
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* DawsonCasting: 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.

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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 8:28:23 PM Soufriere
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* DemotedToExtra: Shermy, a major character in the early days of the newspaper strip, has ''one line'' in the whole special, reflecting the increasing rarity of Schulz's use of him (he made his last appearance four years later).

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* DawsonCasting: 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.
* DemotedToExtra: Shermy, a major character in the early days of the newspaper strip, has ''one line'' in the whole special, reflecting the increasing rarity of Schulz's use of him (he made his last appearance in the strip four years later).



* GagDub: A 10-minute version featuring the cast of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', which can be found on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20Of_mna-Rs YouTube]]. It features J.D. as Charlie Brown and Dr. Cox as Linus.

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* %%* GagDub: A 10-minute version featuring the cast of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', which can be found on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20Of_mna-Rs YouTube]]. It features J.D. as Charlie Brown and Dr. Cox as Linus.
2nd Jun '16 8:12:36 PM Soufriere
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Produced on the cheap-and-quick for Creator/{{CBS}} in [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation 1965]] (a careful viewer will notice that it's rife with [[OffModel animation errors]] due to its rushed production), ''A Charlie Brown Christmas'' has nonetheless gone on to become one of the most iconic Christmas works of all time. It's also one of the most ''successful'' of all time, having been reliably on TV from its debut to the modern day. In fact, if you're from a Christmas-celebrating household, chances are you've already watched this more times than you can count and we don't have to tell you ''anything'' about the plot. But then again, where's the fun in that?

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Produced on the cheap-and-quick for Creator/{{CBS}} in [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation 1965]] 1965]][[labelnote:†]] (a careful viewer will notice that it's rife with [[OffModel animation errors]] due to its rushed production), production)[[/labelnote]], ''A Charlie Brown Christmas'' has nonetheless gone on to become one of the most iconic Christmas works of all time. It's also one of the most ''successful'' of all time, having been reliably on TV from its debut to the modern day. In fact, if you're from a Christmas-celebrating household, chances are you've already watched this more times than you can count and we don't have to tell you ''anything'' about the plot. But then again, where's the fun in that?



And yet... there's a ''[[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments reason]]'' this 25-minute cartoon has aired on network TV every December for 50 years, originally on CBS and now on Creator/{{ABC}}. The special's perennial appeal is so strong that when it was edited for time with the greater number of commercials allowed in recent years, fans raised such a stink that it was later regularly broadcast with the original length in an hour timeslot with a new segment, ''Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales'', being commissioned to fill up the remaining time [[note]]Of course, the fact that the network could then sell twice as many commercial spots with a consistently good rated rerun was appealing as well.[[/note]]. Furthermore, the special, that originally no one had faith in, is getting the anniversary treatment on this year's 50th anniversary with a two hour special called ''It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown.'' Better yet, this was only the first of many specials focusing on the ''Peanuts'' gang.

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And yet... yet… there's a ''[[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments reason]]'' this 25-minute 26-minute cartoon has aired on network TV every December for 50 50+ years, originally on CBS and now on Creator/{{ABC}}. The special's perennial appeal is so strong that when it was edited for time with to accommodate the greater number of commercials allowed in recent years, the modern era, fans raised such a stink that it was later regularly ABC agreed to broadcast with the original length it uncut in an hour timeslot hour-timeslot with a new segment, ''Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales'', being commissioned to fill up the remaining time [[note]]Of time. [[note]] Of course, the fact that the network could then sell twice as many commercial spots with a consistently good rated popular rerun was appealing as well.[[/note]]. Furthermore, the special, [[/note]]

This humble television special
that originally no one had any faith in, is getting the anniversary treatment on this year's 50th anniversary with a two hour special called ''It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown.'' Better yet, this in – CBS was fully-prepared to disown it and only aired it out of legal obligation[[labelnote:*]] (they quickly changed their tune when the first ratings came in; ''literally half of many specials focusing on America'' watched it; for reference, the only other things on American TV to earn that high an audience share are the Super Bowl [sometimes] and the final episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'')[[/labelnote]] – ended up turning ''Peanuts'' gang. into a multimedia juggernaut, with several dozen more specials over the next four decades, a short-lived SaturdayMorningCartoon, five theatrical films, and a Broadway musical. In 2015, ABC aired a two-hour special called ''It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown'', which focuses on the enduring popularity of ''A Charlie Brown Christmas''.









* AluminumChristmasTrees: The {{Trope Namer|s}}, of sorts (the other half would be the actual aluminum Christmas trees themselves). The special's lampooning of them is partly credited with their manufacturer taking them off the market after that Christmas. Other than their mention here, they've been so utterly forgotten that most viewers born after 1960 think it's something made up for the show. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminum_Christmas_tree But they were real]].

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The {{Trope Namer|s}}, TropeNamer, of sorts (the other half would be the actual aluminum Christmas trees themselves). The special's lampooning of them is partly credited with their manufacturer taking them off the market after that Christmas. Other than their mention here, they've been so utterly forgotten that most viewers born after 1960 think it's something made up for the show. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminum_Christmas_tree But they were real]].



* ChekhovsGun: Snoopy's Christmas lights (which he puts on his ''dog house'' for the big neighborhood Christmas light display contest... which he wins). Said lights, a symbol of "Commercialization," ironically become the trimmings that give Charlie Brown's tree new life!

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* ChekhovsGun: Snoopy's Christmas lights (which he puts on his ''dog house'' for the big neighborhood Christmas light display contest... which he wins). Said lights, a symbol of "Commercialization," "Commercialization", ironically become the trimmings that give Charlie Brown's tree new life!



* DemotedToExtra: Shermy, a major character in the early days of the newspaper strip, has ''one line'' in the whole special, reflecting the increasing rarity of Schulz's use of him in the strip (he made his last appearance four years later.)

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* DemotedToExtra: Shermy, a major character in the early days of the newspaper strip, has ''one line'' in the whole special, reflecting the increasing rarity of Schulz's use of him in the strip (he made his last appearance four years later.)later).



* DownerBeginning: For once, Charlie gets the worst of the story out of the way -- he goes to the skating pond feeling depressed and has a painful and humiliating accident being thrown against a tree by Snoopy and buried in snow when the amount on the tree's branches falls on him.

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* DownerBeginning: For once, Charlie gets the worst of the story out of the way early -- he goes to the skating pond feeling depressed and has a painful and humiliating accident being thrown against a tree by Snoopy and buried in snow when the amount on the tree's branches falls on him.



* EverybodyDoTheEndlessLoop: The "dancing" scene, which is also one of the most-parodied scenes from the special.
* {{Filler}}: ABC's current televising strategy is combine this with ''Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales'' to fill an hour.

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* EverybodyDoTheEndlessLoop: The "dancing" scene, which is also one of the most-parodied scenes and iconic sequences from the special.
* {{Filler}}: ABC's current televising strategy is to combine this with ''Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales'' to fill an hour.



* HearMeTheMoney: Lucy loves to hear that old money plink, that beautiful sound of cold hard, cash, that beautiful, ''beautiful'' sound...

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* HearMeTheMoney: Lucy loves to hear that old money plink, that beautiful sound of cold hard, hard cash, that beautiful, beautiful ''beautiful'' sound...sound…



* LongRunners: It's only one special, but considering how many consecutive years it's been shown on TV? It ''definitely'' counts.

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* LongRunners: It's only one 26-minute special, but considering how many consecutive years it's been shown on TV? It ''definitely'' counts.



* LyricalDissonance: "Christmas time is here... Happiness and cheer..." And yet the song sounds so sad...
** Well, more wistful than sad -- kind of like "White Christmas."
** Possibly, it's meant to symbolize Charlie Brown's inner depression and how the Christmas spirit seems shallow to him.

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* LyricalDissonance: "Christmas time is here... Happiness and cheer..." And yet the song sounds so sad...
sad.
** Well, more wistful than sad -- kind of like "White Christmas."
Christmas".
** Possibly, Possibly it's meant to symbolize Charlie Brown's inner depression and how the Christmas spirit seems shallow to him.



* MoodWhiplash: The scene goes from Charlie Brown being mocked, berated, and jeered and without even pausing to take a breath dives into Linus reciting a verse from the [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] that shames everyone there into realizing the TrueMeaningOfChristmas.
** The song being played during the Ice Skating Sequence. The lyrics suggest something cheery while the overall tone in the singing and piano playing is very depressing.

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* MoodWhiplash: The scene goes from Charlie Brown being mocked, berated, and jeered jeered, and without even pausing to take a breath dives into Linus reciting a verse from the [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] Literature/TheBible that shames everyone there into realizing the TrueMeaningOfChristmas.
** The song being played during the Ice Skating Sequence.Sequence, "Christmas Time Is Here". The lyrics suggest something cheery while the overall tone in the singing and piano playing is very depressing.



* NewerThanTheyThink: Charlie Brown is obviously suffering from holiday depression (as did Schulz himself), but it wasn't diagnosed as something clinically much later. [[invoked]]
* OffModel: This special was produced cheaply and quickly; the animation suffered as a result. Look for things like, say, one kid in the background suddenly popping in front of Linus' head for one frame, or the arrangement of words on Lucy's booth changing ''twice'' in the course of a minute.

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* NewerThanTheyThink: Charlie Brown is obviously suffering from holiday depression (as did Schulz himself), but it wasn't diagnosed as something clinically until much later. [[invoked]]
* OffModel: This special was produced cheaply and quickly; the animation suffered as a result. Look for things like, say, one kid in the background suddenly popping in front of Linus' Linus's head for one frame, or the arrangement of words on Lucy's booth changing ''twice'' in the course of a minute.



** Originally, after the title card appeared, Snoopy tossed Linus at a billboard for Coca-Cola (the special's original sponsor.) Modern broadcasts cut to commercial after the title card instead, while home video releases fade to black. However, a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4eDW1DZofU black-and-white print of the sequence with the Coke billboard, derived from the original color master]], was discovered and posted to Website/YouTube in 2012. And shortly after that, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo1PstQ1Yg8 the original color version derived from a promotional tape reel]] was also found and uploaded.

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** Originally, after the title card appeared, Snoopy tossed Linus at a billboard for Coca-Cola (the special's original sponsor.) sponsor). Modern broadcasts cut to commercial after the title card instead, while home video releases fade to black. However, a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4eDW1DZofU black-and-white print of the sequence with the Coke billboard, derived from the original color master]], was discovered and posted to Website/YouTube in 2012. And shortly after that, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo1PstQ1Yg8 the original color version derived from a promotional tape reel]] was also found and uploaded.



* TheSyndicate: Mentioned by Lucy. (Or perhaps this was a reference to United Feature Syndicate, which distributed Peanuts in print.)

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* TheSyndicate: Mentioned by Lucy. (Or perhaps this was This could also have been a reference to United Feature Syndicate, which the group that distributed Peanuts in print.)''Peanuts'' to newspapers (and owned its copyright until recently).
22nd Feb '16 5:10:15 PM Mdumas43073
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Produced on the cheap-and-quick for Creator/{{CBS}} in [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation 1965]] (a careful viewer will notice that it's rife with [[OffModel animation errors]] due to its rushed production), '''''A Charlie Brown Christmas''''' has nonetheless gone on to become one of the most iconic Christmas works of all time. It's also one of the most ''successful'' of all time, having been reliably on TV from its debut to the modern day. In fact, if you're from a Christmas-celebrating household, chances are you've already watched this more times than you can count and we don't have to tell you ''anything'' about the plot. But then again, where's the fun in that?

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Produced on the cheap-and-quick for Creator/{{CBS}} in [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation 1965]] (a careful viewer will notice that it's rife with [[OffModel animation errors]] due to its rushed production), '''''A ''A Charlie Brown Christmas''''' Christmas'' has nonetheless gone on to become one of the most iconic Christmas works of all time. It's also one of the most ''successful'' of all time, having been reliably on TV from its debut to the modern day. In fact, if you're from a Christmas-celebrating household, chances are you've already watched this more times than you can count and we don't have to tell you ''anything'' about the plot. But then again, where's the fun in that?
6th Feb '16 11:39:50 PM nombretomado
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Produced on the cheap-and-quick for Creator/{{CBS}} in [[TheDarkAgeOfAnimation 1965]] (a careful viewer will notice that it's rife with [[OffModel animation errors]] due to its rushed production), '''''A Charlie Brown Christmas''''' has nonetheless gone on to become one of the most iconic Christmas works of all time. It's also one of the most ''successful'' of all time, having been reliably on TV from its debut to the modern day. In fact, if you're from a Christmas-celebrating household, chances are you've already watched this more times than you can count and we don't have to tell you ''anything'' about the plot. But then again, where's the fun in that?

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Produced on the cheap-and-quick for Creator/{{CBS}} in [[TheDarkAgeOfAnimation [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation 1965]] (a careful viewer will notice that it's rife with [[OffModel animation errors]] due to its rushed production), '''''A Charlie Brown Christmas''''' has nonetheless gone on to become one of the most iconic Christmas works of all time. It's also one of the most ''successful'' of all time, having been reliably on TV from its debut to the modern day. In fact, if you're from a Christmas-celebrating household, chances are you've already watched this more times than you can count and we don't have to tell you ''anything'' about the plot. But then again, where's the fun in that?
18th Dec '15 9:13:36 AM RichardX1
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-->'''Charlie Brown''': Am I right?... I said, ''AM I RIGHT??!''



-->'''Charlie Brown''': Am I right?... I said, ''AM I RIGHT??!''
18th Dec '15 9:13:02 AM RichardX1
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** Amusingly enough, the music picks up right after he explains his signal for "Pick up the tempo." The key to comedy is timing.
13th Dec '15 11:46:49 AM bowserbros
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Produced on the cheap-and-quick for Creator/{{CBS}} in 1965 (a careful viewer will notice that it's rife with [[OffModel animation errors]] due to its rushed production), '''''A Charlie Brown Christmas''''' has nonetheless gone on to become one of the most iconic Christmas works of all time. It's also one of the most ''successful'' of all time, having been reliably on TV from its debut to the modern day. In fact, if you're from a Christmas-celebrating household, chances are you've already watched this more times than you can count and we don't have to tell you ''anything'' about the plot. But then again, where's the fun in that?

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Produced on the cheap-and-quick for Creator/{{CBS}} in 1965 [[TheDarkAgeOfAnimation 1965]] (a careful viewer will notice that it's rife with [[OffModel animation errors]] due to its rushed production), '''''A Charlie Brown Christmas''''' has nonetheless gone on to become one of the most iconic Christmas works of all time. It's also one of the most ''successful'' of all time, having been reliably on TV from its debut to the modern day. In fact, if you're from a Christmas-celebrating household, chances are you've already watched this more times than you can count and we don't have to tell you ''anything'' about the plot. But then again, where's the fun in that?


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* LimitedAnimation: Well, what would you ''expect'' from a Dark Age cartoon with a six-month production schedule?
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