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A Charlie Brown Christmas - TONIGHT!!! - 11/27/07

Old 11-27-07, 08:18 AM
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A Charlie Brown Christmas - TONIGHT!!! - 11/27/07



"A Charlie Brown Christmas" 8 pm ET

The ABC Television Network will celebrate the joy of the holidays with the classic animated Christmas-themed PEANUTS special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, airing TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT). The hour will also include a series of Christmas-themed animated stories entitled "Charlie Brown Christmas Tales," based on Schulz's work, in which each of the beloved PEANUTS characters - Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and Sally - star in his or her own charming animated vignette.

PEANUTS focuses on the anxieties and joys of childhood as expressed by an ensemble cast of children who often seem wise beyond their years. Among them are the lovable Charlie Brown, who perseveres despite continuous failure; the philosophical, blanket-carrying Linus; the fussbudget Lucy, who dispenses psychological advice for a nickel from behind a concession stand; and toy-piano virtuoso Schroeder. Central to the comic strip is Charlie Brown's dog, Snoopy, who first stood on his hind legs in 1956 and became extremely popular for his imaginative adventures as a number of characters.

In the digitally-remastered 1965 special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees everywhere during the Christmas season. Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant, and Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, Charlie Brown needs Linus' help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is.

The cast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" includes Peter Robbins ("Charlie Brown"), Christopher Shea as ("Linus"), Tracy Stratford ("Lucy"), Chris Doran ("Schroeder") and Sally Dryer ("Violet").

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" was executive-produced by Lee Mendelson and created and written by Charles M. Schulz. Bill Melendez is the producer and director, and Vince Guaraldi is the music composer.
http://abc.go.com/specials/cbrown_christmas.html

A little early, IMO (heck, it's not even December yet), but this is my favorite Christmas special. It still amazes me that they include Linus's reciting of the Christmas story, which was controversial even back in 1965.

A friend of mine gave me this ornament over the weekend:



It shines a light on Linus while he recites the story. Pretty cool.

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Old 11-27-07, 08:54 AM
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This is an hour. Are they going to add the God awful It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown to the second half-hour?
Old 11-27-07, 09:42 AM
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Way too early. I'll watch my DVD of this in a couple of weeks.
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I've loved this since I was a wee lad.

My wife only just saw it for the first time a couple of years ago!
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I'll be there!
Old 11-27-07, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Tracer Bullet
Way too early. I'll watch my DVD of this in a couple of weeks.
Yeah it does seem a bit early.

I always seem to miss the specials when they're on CBS.
Old 11-27-07, 10:45 AM
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I think I saw it's on again next week...
Old 11-27-07, 11:38 AM
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Its not even frickin' December yet!
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Originally Posted by DJLinus
A friend of mine gave me this ornament over the weekend:



It shines a light on Linus while he recites the story. Pretty cool.
Awesome. I need one of those.
Old 11-27-07, 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Snowmaker
Its not even frickin' December yet!
Its after thanksgiving, and besides they will probably repeat it closer to christmas.
Old 11-27-07, 07:44 PM
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Way to early. I wonder if we'll get Grinch, Frosty and the like this year?
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Originally Posted by Timber
Way to early. I wonder if we'll get Grinch, Frosty and the like this year?
I am assuming with the writer's strike, it would be more likely that specials will be rerun.

I don't recall as many specials playing last season, for example Rudolph.

edit: For example, I just saw a commercial for "Shrek the Halls" tomorrow at 8 on the same channel (abc)

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Old 11-27-07, 09:13 PM
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Wow, on the second one, Sally's voice was like fingernails on a chalkboard.
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Watched this tonight while I was on the treadmill at the gym.

Originally Posted by Timber
Way to early. I wonder if we'll get Grinch, Frosty and the like this year?
Yep, we'll be getting the Grinch (animated and the sucky movie). Here is ABC's Christmas/New Year's line-up: http://abc.go.com/specials/holiday/index

Rudolph, Frosty, and others on CBS: http://tv.popcrunch.com/cbs-christma...als-announced/

NBC has It's a Wonderful Life and some variety shows: http://www.nbc.com/Movies_Specials_More/
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Originally Posted by jonw9
I don't recall as many specials playing last season, for example Rudolph.
Last few years alot of these specials were on ABC Family...
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Originally Posted by jonw9
I am assuming with the writer's strike, it would be more likely that specials will be rerun.
Hope to catch Christmas in Pacland this year.
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Originally Posted by DJLinus
...It still amazes me that they include Linus's reciting of the Christmas story, which was controversial even back in 1965.
These days, I'm glad ABC hasn't edited the ending(yet!) when the Peanut's gang yells, "Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown" to "Happy Holidays, Charlie Brown".
Old 11-28-07, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by jonw9
I am assuming with the writer's strike, it would be more likely that specials will be rerun.
Not entirely sure that has anything to do with it. Most primetime shows would normally be going into haitus/repeats soon anyway anticipating that people will be holiday shopping/cooking/partying/etc.

Last few years alot of these specials were on ABC Family...
Yeah, didn't they do something like the 25 days of Christmas where they showed all those specials every night?
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Originally Posted by Keith123
These days, I'm glad ABC hasn't edited the ending(yet!) when the Peanut's gang yells, "Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown" to "Happy Holidays, Charlie Brown".
The word "holiday" is derived from "holy day", so that wouldn't work,

"SEASON'S GREETINGS, CHARLIE BROWN!"
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Originally Posted by Charlie Goose
"SEASON'S GREETINGS, CHARLIE BROWN!"
"Happy Festivus, Charlie Brown!"
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"Happy Non-Denominational H***day Funfest, Charlie Brown!"
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Originally Posted by magiccmom
Wow, on the second one, Sally's voice was like fingernails on a chalkboard.
I don't think it was Fergie though... unless clips from The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show were incorporated.

Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson* was the voice of Sally Brown in two Charlie Brown specials: It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown (1984), and Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown (1985). She also voiced Sally in the 1985 version of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.


*The chick in Black Eyed peas and currently a solo act
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^ really? Wow. You learn something new everyday.
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Originally Posted by DJLinus
A friend of mine gave me this ornament over the weekend:



It shines a light on Linus while he recites the story. Pretty cool.
How's the sound? Thinking about getting one of these for mom.
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The sound is not bad at all. I definitely recommend getting this if you want it (or your mom). And the Hallmark photo I posted makes the light look yellow, but it is actually white (an LED, maybe?).

Literally all of my co-workers are in some cubicle decorating contest, but I didn't really want to go all out for it. I didn't want to be the office Grinch, either (I loooove Christmas), so tonight I made a purchase:



Kind of pricey for what it is, but I've been wanting one of these since it came out a couple of years or so ago. I didn't buy the "official" Linus security blanket, because that was really overpriced. Luckily, I found a reasonable facsimile at a nearby department store.

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