Since its top-rated debut on CBS in December 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas has been one of America's most beloved television shows. Year after year, fans of all ages tune in to the Emmy-winning Christmas special that has earned a permanent place in the nation's popular culture.
This collector's treasury contains the entire script of A Charlie Brown Christmas, illustrated with full-color stills from the animated film. Producer Lee Mendelson and animator Bill Melendez pay tribute to the program with personal memories and reflections about the show, including charming anecdotes about their long friendship and working career with Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz. Offering rare, behind-the-scenes insights, they also share memories of the late, great jazz pianist/composer Vince Guaraldi and provide never-before-published background sketches, storyboards, production sheets, and other materials that bring the making of the show to life.
A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition also brings the sound of the show home with the piano/vocal musical scores for Guaraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here" and "Linus and Lucy," two songs that have become standards of American popular music.
As the very first Peanuts special, A Charlie Brown Christmas brought Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang to television. In addition to breaking the mold by using jazz music (which exposed millions of people to jazz for the first time and inspired a generation of jazz pianists), A Charlie Brown Christmas broke new ground by using real children for the voices instead of adult actors. Schulz, Mendelson, and Melendez created these and other innovations that made A Charlie Brown Christmas a unique and timeless work of animation art.
A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition celebrates this award-winning and history-making show with warmhearted memories, fascinating trivia, and colorful animation art that will delight fans of all ages.
Lee Mendelson , one of the men behind all of the Peanuts cartoons, has created a tribute book for one of the most watched and appreciated Christmas specials. Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by J. Carroll
If you always wanted to see music cues or script treatment for this classic, this book is for you. Inclusions of this type are extensive. Read morePublished on July 12 2001 by A. Person
Great Book! Goes into the details of the creation of the Charlie Brown Christmas Special. It even includes sheet music for "Linus and Lucy" and "Christmas Time is... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2001 by Charles Duncan
My earliest memories of watching the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, was when I was in kindergarten. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2001 by Michael W. Howe
Absolutely delightful. This strongest memory of my childhood is that every year, while decorating our Christmas tree, we would watch the Charlie Brown Christmas movie. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2000
In the television show, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown searches for the true meaning of Christmas and helps infuse it into all the Peanuts gang. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2000 by Donald Mitchell
I purchased this book yesterday, and it's beautifully done. Includes entire script of film with glossy prints of many cells. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2000 by Red State Gal
This book offers a glimpse into the history and making of this holiday classic TV special, as well as paying tribute to Peanuts creator, Charles Schulz through interviews with Bill... Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2000 by "howardj15"