A Charlie Brown Christmas

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A Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 animated television special, and is the first TV special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz.wikipedia
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A Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 animated television special, and is the first TV special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz.
Peanuts achieved considerable success with its television specials, several of which, including A Charlie Brown Christmas and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, won or were nominated for Emmy Awards.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (soundtrack)

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Its jazz soundtrack also achieved commercial success, selling four million copies in the US.
It is the soundtrack to the Christmas television special of the same name.

Charlie Brown

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In this special, Charlie Brown finds himself depressed despite the onset of the cheerful holiday season.
Titled A Charlie Brown Christmas, it was first aired on the CBS network on December 9, 1965.

Bill Melendez

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Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the program made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965.
The Peanuts television specials, A Charlie Brown Christmas and What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?, which he directed, were each honored with a Peabody Award.

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Its success paved the way for a series of Peanuts television specials and films.

Aluminum Christmas tree

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Charlie Brown decides they need a Christmas tree for "the proper mood", and Lucy sends him to get a "great big, shiny aluminum tree... maybe painted pink".
The aluminum Christmas tree was used as symbol of the commercialization of Christmas in the highly acclaimed and successful 1965 television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, which discredited its suitability as holiday decoration.

Lucy van Pelt

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Lucy suggests he direct a neighborhood Christmas play, but his best efforts are ignored and mocked by his peers.
In A Charlie Brown Christmas, Lucy reverses the placard from displaying its "Out" side to reveal the words "Real In".

Peter Robbins (actor)

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The producers picked eight-year-old Peter Robbins, already known for his roles spanning television, film, and advertisements.
Most distinctly, at the age of nine, Robbins provided Charlie Brown's voice in one television documentary, six Peanuts television specials and one movie from 1963–69, including the film A Boy Named Charlie Brown and the television specials A Charlie Brown Christmas and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

Charles M. Schulz

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A Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 animated television special, and is the first TV special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz.
He often touched on religious themes in his work, including the classic television cartoon A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), which features Linus quoting the King James Version of the Bible to explain "what Christmas is all about".

Sally Dryer

Dryer first started as the voice of Violet in A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1963) and A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), before going on to Lucy in four Peanuts specials Charlie Brown's All-Stars (1966), It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966), You're in Love, Charlie Brown (1967), and He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown (1968).

Lee Mendelson

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Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the program made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965.
After a hurried six-month production period, A Charlie Brown Christmas aired December 9, 1965 on CBS.

Shermy

Shermy appears in multiple animated Peanuts TV specials (although he becomes more of a minor character after the 1960s), beginning with A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965, where he has one line of dialogue.

Pig-Pen

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Though "Pig-Pen" is proud of his uncleanliness, Charlie Brown is the only other Peanuts character to unconditionally accept "Pig-Pen" for who he is, even defending "Pig-Pen's" uncleanliness in one strip (which was re-used in A Charlie Brown Christmas):

CBS

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Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the program made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965.
CBS was the original broadcast network home of the animated primetime holiday specials based on the Peanuts comic strip, beginning with A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965.

Christmas tree

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Charlie Brown decides they need a Christmas tree for "the proper mood", and Lucy sends him to get a "great big, shiny aluminum tree... maybe painted pink".
The TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) was influential on the pop culture surrounding the Christmas tree.

Schroeder (Peanuts)

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In one famous scene of A Charlie Brown Christmas, Schroeder is playing part of Linus and Lucy and Snoopy comes out of nowhere and starts dancing on the piano, until Schroeder and Lucy start looking at him angrily and Snoopy stops dancing and looks embarrassed.

Laugh track

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Its lack of a laugh track (a staple in US television animation in this period), in addition to its tone, pacing, music, and animation, led both the producers and the network to predict the project would be a disaster.

Colin Bailey (drummer)

Colin Bailey
The first instrumentals for the special were recorded by Guaraldi at Glendale, California's Whitney Studio with bassist Monty Budwig and drummer Colin Bailey.
In 1963 he moved to Los Angeles to play with the Victor Feldman Trio, and in 1965 he recorded the soundtrack for A Charlie Brown Christmas with Vince Guaraldi in Whitney Studios in Glendale, CA.

American Broadcasting Company

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ABC currently holds the rights to the special and broadcasts it at least twice during the weeks leading up to Christmas.
Since 2000, ABC has also owned the television rights to most of the Peanuts television specials, having acquired the broadcast rights from CBS, which originated the specials in 1965 with the debut of A Charlie Brown Christmas (other Peanuts specials broadcast annually by ABC, including A Charlie Brown Christmas, include It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving).

True meaning of Christmas

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Schulz's main goal for a Peanuts-based Christmas special was to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.
The topic was taken up by satirists such as Stan Freberg and Tom Lehrer during the 1950s and eventually by the influential TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas, first aired in 1965 and repeated every year since.

Patty (Peanuts)

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Patty made her television debut in the 1965 classic A Charlie Brown Christmas, and appeared in many of the succeeding specials and theatrical animated films, most recent of the specials is Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown.

Violet (Peanuts)

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Violet's personality was much more forceful and recognizable compared to the more generic early Peanuts characters like Patty and Shermy, which allowed her to survive slightly longer than those founding characters when a new wave of characters; Linus, Lucy and Schroeder; were introduced (as an example, Violet has key roles in the TV specials A Charlie Brown Christmas and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown).

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program

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A Charlie Brown Christmas was awarded the Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program in 1966.

Limited animation

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The movement of Schulz's characters, particularly the Peanuts gang, was very limited.
Bill Meléndez used a form of limited animation to adapt the Peanuts franchise to television and later film; in addition to the cost and time concerns (especially for his first special A Charlie Brown Christmas, which was given only a $76,000 budget and four months to produce 30 minutes of animation), Meléndez also noted that Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz had designed the characters with a flat style well-suited for limited animation.

Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales

In subsequent years, to allow the special in an hour timeslot to be broadcast uncut for time, the animated vignette collection, Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales, is broadcast in the remaining time for that hour.
It has since been broadcast each Christmas season after that as a companion segment in an hour-long slot featuring an unedited version of A Charlie Brown Christmas.