A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
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Critic Reviews for A Charlie Brown Christmas
... a funny and tender and joyous celebration of the holiday spirit and still one of the most beloved Christmas specials...
The result is poignant and provides an appealing lesson about the true meaning of Christmas.
A true classic in every sense of the word!
It's truly wonderful; even followers of Zoroaster can dig it. The choreography is particularly spiffy.
One of the childhood favorites that still holds up thirty years later.
Audience Reviews for A Charlie Brown Christmas
Seeing as how this is one of my absolute favorite Christmas films of all time, I could easily ramble on about it for hours, but just for the sake of time, let me say that THIS is how a Christmas special is done. Perennial sad sack Charlie Brown is bummed out, and is having a hard time getting into the spirit of Christmas, especially with the growing focus on commercialism. On top of that, his earnest efforts to put on a decent Christmas play keep getting thwarted. It's fun for kids, and has a great message, but it's smart and thought provoking for adults as well. I'm glad that there's an overtly religious message in the movie. It took balls for them to keep it in, and you'd never see that kind of thing happen today in a modern animated special. That's what made Peanuts and Charles Schultz himself so brilliant. The kids are basically adults trapped in kid's bodies, but they still also act and talk like kids sometimes. This type of stuff treats kids with respect, and doesn't dumb things down for them. It's smart, mature, very clever, and vastly entertaining. One last thing to conlude the review on- the music: absolutely genius.
I've seen this many times since 1965. It is to the point where I know exactly what is coming in the next scene, but I don't mind watching it each year. It still rings true every Christmas.
Not a movie, but a classic