History YMMV / ACharlieBrownChristmas

3rd Jun '16 12:09:28 AM mlsmithca
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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Sums up the initial thoughts of the network before the special aired.
** The creators as well -- when Charles Schulz, Lee Mendelson, and Bill Melendez saw the final cut for the first time, they thought this would be the last animation ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' would ''ever'' do.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Music/VinceGuaraldi's soundtrack qualifies from beginning to end. Many people have credited it as their first exposure to jazz.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgoPl35n_AY "Linus and Lucy"]] in particular is pure EarWorm for anyone who's ever heard it.
*** And became '''the''' iconic ''Peanuts'' tune, to the point that it's the official ThemeSong for the franchise in all but name.

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Sums up the initial thoughts of the network before the special aired.
**
aired. The creators as well -- when Charles Schulz, Lee Mendelson, and Bill Melendez saw the final cut for the first time, they thought this would be the last animation ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' would ''ever'' do.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Music/VinceGuaraldi's soundtrack qualifies from beginning to end. Many people have credited it as their first exposure to jazz. \n** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgoPl35n_AY "Linus and Lucy"]] in particular is pure EarWorm for anyone who's ever heard it.
***
it. And became '''the''' iconic ''Peanuts'' tune, to the point that it's the official ThemeSong for the franchise in all but name.



* MemeticMutation: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G8XH4WDxP4 the dance sequence]], see that kid in the orange shirt with spiky hair in front of Linus? That's "5". Given that he wasn't very notable even in the comic strip, most people know him just for that dance he's doing. You know the one.
** Taken mainstream when the cast of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' made a GagDub of the special.

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* MemeticMutation: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G8XH4WDxP4 the dance sequence]], see that kid in the orange shirt with spiky hair in front of Linus? That's "5". Given that he wasn't very notable even in the comic strip, most people know him just for that dance he's doing. You know the one.
**
one. Taken mainstream when the cast of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' made a GagDub of the special.



* NarmCharm: Some of the children providing the voices were too young to understand their lines, resulting in the classic awkward delivery that later became a staple of all ''Peanuts'' specials. Most notable with the little girl who played Sally; she couldn't read and had to be fed her lines one at a time.

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* NarmCharm: NarmCharm:
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Some of the children providing the voices were too young to understand their lines, resulting in the classic awkward delivery that later became a staple of all ''Peanuts'' specials. Most notable with the little girl who played Sally; she couldn't read and had to be fed her lines one at a time.



* ValuesDissonance: The overt biblical message might be a little uncomfortable/unwelcoming for those who celebrate Christmas as a secular holiday.
** CBS actually worried about this at the time. By 1965, Christmas was already largely secularized, especially on television, so one of their major complaints about the special was in fact Linus's Bible recitation; they feared a backlash from the less-religious (keep in mind this was years before the rise of the Christian Right as a political and media force).
* ValuesResonance: The shots at holiday commercialism and presentation of the Biblical TrueMeaningOfChristmas have only become more relevant. (well, YourMileageMayVary on the latter)
* TheWoobie: Charlie Brown as always, but also his tree. No wonder he chooses that one.
** A 2005 tribute album to the special and its music includes a new song, written by David Benoit and Lee Mendelson and sung by Music/VanessaWilliams, called [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic "Just Like]] [[TheWoobie Me"]]. It's basically Charlie Brown's thoughts when he picks up the tree, except set to sad music. And honestly, [[TearJerker the lyrics are ridiculously depressing]].
--> ''Hello little tree...''\\
''Kinda looks like me,''\\
''Standing all alone,''\\
''Sorta like it's been disowned...''

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* ValuesDissonance: The overt biblical message might be a little uncomfortable/unwelcoming for those who celebrate Christmas as a secular holiday.
**
holiday. CBS actually worried about this at the time. By 1965, Christmas was already largely secularized, especially on television, so one of their major complaints about the special was in fact Linus's Bible recitation; they feared a backlash from the less-religious (keep in mind this was years before the rise of the Christian Right as a political and media force).
* ValuesResonance: The shots at holiday commercialism and presentation of the Biblical TrueMeaningOfChristmas have only become more relevant. (well, YourMileageMayVary on the latter)
relevant.
* TheWoobie: Charlie Brown as always, but also his tree. No wonder he chooses that one.
**
one. A 2005 tribute album to the special and its music includes a new song, written by David Benoit and Lee Mendelson and sung by Music/VanessaWilliams, called [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic "Just Like]] [[TheWoobie Me"]]. It's basically Charlie Brown's thoughts when he picks up the tree, except set to sad music. And honestly, [[TearJerker the lyrics are ridiculously depressing]].
--> ''Hello -->Hello little tree...''\\
''Kinda
\\
Kinda
looks like me,''\\
''Standing
me,\\
Standing
all alone,''\\
''Sorta
alone,\\
Sorta
like it's been disowned...''
2nd Jun '16 9:31:21 PM Soufriere
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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Sums up the initial thoughts of the producers before the special aired.
** The creators as well -- when Charles Schulz and Bill Melendez saw the final cut for the first time, they thought this would be the last animation ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' would ''ever'' do.

to:

* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Sums up the initial thoughts of the producers network before the special aired.
** The creators as well -- when Charles Schulz Schulz, Lee Mendelson, and Bill Melendez saw the final cut for the first time, they thought this would be the last animation ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' would ''ever'' do.



** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgoPl35n_AY "Linus and Lucy"]], in particular, is pure EarWorm for anyone who's ever heard it.

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** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgoPl35n_AY "Linus and Lucy"]], Lucy"]] in particular, particular is pure EarWorm for anyone who's ever heard it.



* FirstInstallmentWins: This special still reigns as the most popular ''Peanuts'' special of all time, to the point some aren't aware how many there are outside this (there's dozens.)
* MemeticMutation: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G8XH4WDxP4 the dance sequence]], see that kid in the orange shirt with spiky hair in front of Linus? That's "5." Given that he wasn't very notable even in the comics, most people know him just for that dance he's doing. You know the one.

to:

* FirstInstallmentWins: This special still reigns as by far the most popular ''Peanuts'' special of all time, special, to the point some aren't aware how many there are outside this (there's dozens.)
dozens).
* MemeticMutation: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G8XH4WDxP4 the dance sequence]], see that kid in the orange shirt with spiky hair in front of Linus? That's "5." "5". Given that he wasn't very notable even in the comics, comic strip, most people know him just for that dance he's doing. You know the one.



* MisaimedMarketing: In the original broadcast, there were ads for Coca-Cola in opening and closing credits -- in a show that protests the commercialization of Christmas.

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* MisaimedMarketing: In the original broadcast, there were ads for Coca-Cola in opening and closing credits -- credits… in a show that protests the commercialization of Christmas.Christmas. [[note]] Note that Schulz was never averse to merchandising ''Peanuts'' itself even before 1965 – he had already worked with Bill Melendez producing ''Peanuts''-themed commercials for Ford.[[/note]]



** Similarly, the awful animation, a direct result of an abysmal budget. The sponsors offered to have it spruced up when it became a hit, but Schulz turned them down, saying it was fine as-is (though that never stopped him from pointing out its flaws.)
* NotSoCrazyAnymore: The joke about Sally asking Santa for "tens and twenties" has dated rather poorly due to inflation. Granted, even today that's still rather a lot of money to give to a child Sally's age, but you need to imagine that she's asking for ''hundreds'' to translate the sheer excess to the present day. [[note]]$10 in 1965 money equals about $75 in 2015 money[[/note]]

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** Similarly, the awful animation, a direct result of an its abysmal budget. budget and extremely compressed production schedule. The sponsors offered to have it spruced up when after it became a hit, but Schulz turned them down, saying it was fine as-is (though that never stopped him from pointing out its flaws.)
flaws).
* NotSoCrazyAnymore: The joke about Sally asking Santa for "tens and twenties" has dated rather poorly due to inflation. Granted, even today that's still rather a lot of money to give to a child Sally's age, but you need to imagine that she's asking for ''hundreds'' to translate the sheer excess to the present day. [[note]]$10 [[note]] $10 in 1965 money equals about $75 in 2015 money[[/note]]money.[[/note]]



* ValuesResonance: The shots at holiday commercialism and presentation of the ''Biblical'' TrueMeaningOfChristmas have only become more relevant.

to:

** CBS actually worried about this at the time. By 1965, Christmas was already largely secularized, especially on television, so one of their major complaints about the special was in fact Linus's Bible recitation; they feared a backlash from the less-religious (keep in mind this was years before the rise of the Christian Right as a political and media force).
* ValuesResonance: The shots at holiday commercialism and presentation of the ''Biblical'' Biblical TrueMeaningOfChristmas have only become more relevant.relevant. (well, YourMileageMayVary on the latter)



** A 2005 tribute album to the special and its music includes a new song, written by David Benoit and Lee Mendelson and sung by Music/VanessaWilliams, called [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic "Just Like]] [[TheWoobie Me."]] It's basically Charlie Brown's thoughts when he picks up the tree, except set to sad music. And honestly, [[TearJerker the lyrics are ridiculously depressing]].

to:

** A 2005 tribute album to the special and its music includes a new song, written by David Benoit and Lee Mendelson and sung by Music/VanessaWilliams, called [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic "Just Like]] [[TheWoobie Me."]] Me"]]. It's basically Charlie Brown's thoughts when he picks up the tree, except set to sad music. And honestly, [[TearJerker the lyrics are ridiculously depressing]].
13th Apr '16 4:55:35 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* NotSoCrazyAnymore: The joke about Sally asking Santa for "tens and twenties" has dated rather poorly due to inflation. Granted, even today that's still rather a lot of money to give to a child Sally's age, but you need to imagine that she's asking for ''hundreds'' to translate the sheer excess to the present day.

to:

* NotSoCrazyAnymore: The joke about Sally asking Santa for "tens and twenties" has dated rather poorly due to inflation. Granted, even today that's still rather a lot of money to give to a child Sally's age, but you need to imagine that she's asking for ''hundreds'' to translate the sheer excess to the present day. [[note]]$10 in 1965 money equals about $75 in 2015 money[[/note]]
29th Mar '16 5:05:13 AM Mdumas43073
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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Music/VinceGuaraldi's soundtrack qualifies from beginning to end. Many people have credited it as their first exposure to jazz music.

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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Music/VinceGuaraldi's soundtrack qualifies from beginning to end. Many people have credited it as their first exposure to jazz music.jazz.
29th Mar '16 5:03:46 AM Mdumas43073
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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The entire soundtrack. Yes, for a ''30-minute animated special''. There was even an album of Music/VinceGuaraldi's music released, and it too has become a perennial holiday favorite. For many people, the score was their first exposure to jazz music.

to:

* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The entire soundtrack. Yes, for a ''30-minute animated special''. There was even an album of Music/VinceGuaraldi's music released, and soundtrack qualifies from beginning to end. Many people have credited it too has become a perennial holiday favorite. For many people, the score was as their first exposure to jazz music.music.
29th Mar '16 5:00:13 AM Mdumas43073
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* ValuesDissonance: The message can become a little uncomfortable/unwelcoming if you do not happen to be a Christian but celebrate the secular, non-commercial values of Christmas nonetheless (such as family, togetherness, goodwill, etc.).

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* ValuesDissonance: The overt biblical message can become might be a little uncomfortable/unwelcoming if you do not happen to be a Christian but for those who celebrate the secular, non-commercial values of Christmas nonetheless (such as family, togetherness, goodwill, etc.).a secular holiday.
29th Mar '16 4:58:08 AM Mdumas43073
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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The entire soundtrack. Yes, for a ''30-minute animated special''. There was even an album of Music/VinceGuaraldi's music released, and it too has become a perennial holiday favorite.
** The jazzy [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgoPl35n_AY "Linus and Lucy"]] is pure EarWorm.
*** And became '''the''' iconic ''Peanuts'' tune, to the point that it's the official ThemeSong in all but name.

to:

* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The entire soundtrack. Yes, for a ''30-minute animated special''. There was even an album of Music/VinceGuaraldi's music released, and it too has become a perennial holiday favorite.
favorite. For many people, the score was their first exposure to jazz music.
** The jazzy [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgoPl35n_AY "Linus and Lucy"]] Lucy"]], in particular, is pure EarWorm.
EarWorm for anyone who's ever heard it.
*** And became '''the''' iconic ''Peanuts'' tune, to the point that it's the official ThemeSong for the franchise in all but name.
7th Dec '15 12:46:51 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ValuesDissonance: The message can become a little uncomfortable/unwelcoming if you do not happen to be a Christian but celebrate the secular, non-commercial values of Christmas nonetheless (such as family, togetherness, goodwill, etc.).



** ValuesDissonance: On the other hand, the message can become a little uncomfortable/unwelcoming if you do not happen to be a Christian but celebrate the secular, non-commercial values of Christmas nonetheless (such as family, togetherness, goodwill, etc.).
6th Dec '15 7:23:03 PM LyraConvoy
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** ValuesDissonance: On the other hand, the message can become a little uncomfortable/unwelcoming if you do not happen to be a Christian but celebrate the secular, non-commercial values of Christmas nonetheless (such as family, togetherness, goodwill, etc.).
30th Nov '15 6:04:14 PM Tuckerscreator
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* FridgeLogic: Charlie Brown, at one point, mentions how he never gets a Christmas Card and says, "I know nobody likes me. Why do we have to have a holiday to remind me?" Uh...isn't LINUS supposed to be his friend? Doesn't LINUS like him? So why can't Linus send him a Christmas card?! True, he sees Charlie Brown every day, but he must know how much Charlie wants one. Why not send him one? Or even better, a Christmas Present, if he's supposed to be his BEST friend! This trouper always sends cards to HER friends, even ones she sees or talks to every day!
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