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A Charlie Brown Christmas (Remastered Deluxe Edition)

Ann Altieri , Chris Doran , Bill Melendez    Unrated   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
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This half-hour Christmas show is one of the truly lovable animated specials in TV history, a status proved by its annual network telecast since 1965. A Charlie Brown Christmas was the first, and best, of a series of programs based on the Charles M. Schulz cartoon strip "Peanuts." Hapless hero Charlie Brown finds himself depressed at Christmastime, searching for the true meaning of the holiday amidst the glitz and commercialism of the modern age. Appointed director of the school holiday pageant, Charlie Brown ventures out with Linus to buy "a great, big, shiny aluminum Christmas tree." Instead they bring back a miserable tree--a real one. A Charlie Brown Christmas shows off the "Peanuts" gang doing what they do best: Lucy is bossy, Snoopy is crazy, Linus is sweet, and Pig Pen is, well, filthy. Instead of using adult actors trying to sound like kids, the production features real children providing the voices, an endearing effect. The jazz music score, composed by Vince Guaraldi, has become a classic in its own right; like so much about this program, it's an unexpected but perfectly right choice. --Robert Horton


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5.0 out of 5 stars Still brings tears to your eyes! Dec 2 2003
Format:DVD
A TRUE Christmas classic. There are lots of great Christmas movies and TV shows that are fun to watch each year, from CHRISTMAS VACATION to THE GRINCH. But there is something special about Charlie Brown's take.
First of all, it's the only mainstream Christmas classic that actually DARES to bring the story of the birth of Jesus to front and center!! When Linus takes centerstage and quotes the bible for us, you can almost feel the air suck out of the room. It's a moment of simple drama that can really bring a tear to your eye. Linus, without saying a harsh word, essentially tells everyone to "shut up and remember the meaning of this holiday!" It's a beautiful moment.
There's plenty of amusing stuff too. The pitiful tree...Snoopy's hijinks, etc. It's not laugh out loud funny, of course, but sweet and innocent. These are kids who live in a world without adults...and don't seem to need them either! It's always a nice 22 minute trip down memory lane. Every adult should own this...if only to take minute to journey back to childhood. And kids need to keep seeing this. I'm glad it has remained a classic.
The animation is no great shakes, of course, but the style is executed marvelously. The voice acting, on the other hand, leaves nothing to be desired. The kids involved have done a terrific job. The music, ever present, is great, as we've come to expect from any Peanuts special. All in all, this is a MUST OWN DVD.
(I do wish there were more extras available. Other than a 2nd Christmas special...it's okay, but no classic...there is nothing. Can't believe there isn't some little documentary or something out there.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Dvd, but 1960's Collection a better deal... Aug. 18 2010
Format:DVD
I bought this dvd years ago and considered it an absolute essential cartoon to own. However since then the boxed set Peanuts 1960s Collection was released which not only contains the Christmas special but also 5 other Peanuts cartoons from the 1960's (including the Great Pumpkin episode, another classic), and being only a few bucks more than this it is a far better deal. The boxed set doesn't have the other Christmas cartoon on this dvd, the 90's-era "It's Christmastime Again" (which was ok) but in all honesty it's not really missed. I still think this is an excellent dvd to own, but if you want a little more bang for your buck go for the boxed set and you'll really have a good Charlie Brown collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a 30 Minute Cartoon, Or More? Dec 3 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Well, I was never really a big Peanuts fan. But, this deserves special attention. From the start, Charlie grabs us. The truth is that many people get depressed around Christmas; and since Charlie feels that no one likes him, he especially gets depressed. (Holidays always seem to rub it in if we feel alone.) Also, he is disturbed at the huge commercial aspects of Christmas. Charlie is then called upon to direct a Christmas play and get a tree for the play. It is clear that the other children are distant from Charlie, and it is also clear that they expect a tree that will reflect the commercialized aspect of Christmas. He takes a stand and buys the tree that seems to need a friend. Linus' role is very well done here. Notice he does not criticize the tree itself or Charlie's intentions! But he is concerned that Charlie will be taunted for this. The next scene is done well. Charlie tried (even if unkowingly) to bring the true meaning of Christmas into a crowd that concentrated on the commercial aspects. As Linus fears, Charlie was in fact taunted and mocked for carrying the true meaning of Christmas in a commercial society. When Charlie is mocked, Linus (who also seemed to be carrying the true meaning of Christmas) shows bravery and confronts everyone with the true meaning of Christmas. It is almost as if he carried it, but was afraid to unleash it; and when he saw Charlie show bravery that he would be mocked for, he felt he had an obligation to act. Through this, the mood of the children change. So, Charlie and Linus carry the true meaning of Christmas in a society that does not; Charlie is mocked and taunted; Linus feels compelled to step in; the mood of the whole gang changes for the better. Even if you don't really care for The Peanuts, you should watch this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not Christmas without Charlie Brown Dec 15 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Well let me tell you I am a big fan of A Charlie Brown Christmas! It just puts you in such a good mood! Charlie Brown the loser we all love to love teaches us the real meaning of Christmas with the help of Snoopy, Lucy and all the gang. This just sums up the happiness that Christmas brings to me... And contains the very cool Snoopy Dance! Check it out to help you get in touch with your inner child and find that holiday spirit!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I grew up watching this each year. Feb. 14 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This was my first exposure to Charlie Brown outside the comic strip. I was no older than C.B. himself at the time, I've grown older Charlie Brown is still a kid and he's still searching for the meaning of Christmas. And with a little help from his friend Linus Van Pelt and a lot of help from St.Luke he succeeds. I won this in a holiday contest but if I had the money, I'd gladly go out & buy it, this is one of those videos that's too good to just rent, you gotta have it to keep. The label says it all "a Peanuts© classic" and it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Christmas special Jan. 14 2004
Format:DVD
I realize that I am writing this several weeks after Christmas, and this is a Christmas DVD, but this is the first year that I missed watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on television, so I rented the DVD. Ever since I was a little boy, this has been my favorite Christmas special, and one that I always looked forward to watching every year. I grew up reading the Peanuts comic strips and I grew up watching the Peanuts Christmas special.
Charlie Brown is depressed. He can't seem to get himself into the Christmas spirit. He doesn't like the commercialism of Christmas and scarcely knows the true meaning of Christmas. Lucy selects Charlie Brown to be the director of their Christmas play and he decides to get a Christmas tree for the production. The other kids tell him to get a "nice shiny aluminum tree, maybe a pink one", but Charlie Brown and Linus bring back a sad looking real tree. Charlie Brown is almost laughed out of the auditorium, but when he asks if anyone knows what Christmas is all about, Linus has the answer. Linus recites a passage from the Bible telling of the birth of Jesus. Charlie Brown is cheered and leaves with the tree. He tries to decorate the little tree, but even that is ruined. Linus and the gang follow behind, fix up the tree, and at the end, they show the true spirit of Christmas.
It is a sweet little Christmas special, filled with memorable moments that will always make me smile. The one thing that amazes me is that Charles Schulz was able to include Linus's speech near the end about the birth of Jesus. I don't imagine that would have been able to be included today, but I think the special is all the stronger for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great classic
awesome.
Published 16 days ago by Lana
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Brown Christmas.
I only watch the "classic" show. No flaws with the DVD.
Published 26 days ago by Olderbro26
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas classic!
A gem from childhood. Linus' speech is, as always, beautiful.
Published 1 month ago by Gordon Tebbutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVE THE CLASSICS
Published 1 month ago by Carol Droeske
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Gift for my Father
My father loves Christmas and Christmas movies and tries to watch them on television whenever he can, but now he can watch them whenever he wishes to.
Published 3 months ago by Robsha
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great movie!
Another great classic to add to our collection! Thank you so so very much. I received this in excellent condition!
Published 3 months ago by LMN
4.0 out of 5 stars good
We enjoy watching this every year. its a classic. Not much else I can say about it. Fun to have.
Published 5 months ago by Toys4myboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic...!
This is truly a classic production by Charles M. Schultz. Peanuts will always live on....! :) Love how it also portrays the true biblical meaning of Christmas...
Published 5 months ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic that never grows old.
With the special spirit of Christmas being expunged from most media shows nowadays, it's so beautiful to watch this little special. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Snowy Angel's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars The Christmas Collection
This is a classic and a must see every year at least once along with the Grinch and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
Published 6 months ago by escanga10
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