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Charlie Brown Christmas 50th Anniversary, A: Deluxe Edition
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A Charlie Brown Christmas 50th Anniversay Deluxe Edition (DVD)
Christmastime is here. Happiness and cheer. And for Peanuts fans everywhere, it just wouldn't be Christmas without this classic holiday delight. Christmas lights may be twinkling red and green, but Charlie Brown has the Yuletide blues. To get in the holiday spirit, he takes Lucy's advice and directs the Christmas play. And what's a Christmas play without a Christmas tree? But everyone makes fun of the short, spindly nevergreen Charlie Brown brings back – until the real meaning of Christmas works its magic once again in this Remastered Deluxe Edition with Improved Picture and Audio.]]>
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First broadcast on December 9, 1965 (even before I was born) – but remaining the perennial-favorite Christmas special during that full half-Century (the only possible rival being Rankin-Bass’ beloved original stop-motion “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer”) but in a sense “A Charlie Brown Christmas” evokes more of the true Christmas Spirit (and inherent authentic message) that is quite sincerely-heartfelt and genuinely moving in a number of places: as when Linus reminds his friends (and us all) about the true meaning of Christmas (beyond the simple materialism and superficial-glitter), and also when the powerful compassion of Charlie Brown’s friends literally transforms the sad/shabby downtrodden and undernourished little misshapen tree into a joyously-healthy-happy-strong ‘Tannenbaum’ worthy of the Christmas celebration!
And to Top it all off = that brilliant and inspiringly jazzy & uplifting Music-Score from the ingenious composer-performer Vince Guaraldi* = giving all of us some of the best most joyous Christmas gifts ever!
Way ahead of its time in 1965 = and perhaps needed even more now, to bring some genuine Christmas-Cheer to our somewhat forlorn-tenuous times.
Note: this special was directed by the brilliant Bill Melendez, the inspired director-producer of most of the Charlie Brown TV specials and movies and hallowed voice of ‘Snoopy’ (prior to his passing in 2008) = handpicked by creator Charles Schulz to bring the ‘peanuts’ gang to animated ‘Life’
note*: towards finale the 'Peanuts' perform a moving rendition of "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing!" =Music by the great composer Felix Mendelssohn, and words by the British-born Charles Wesley
The Christmas tree is such a hoot, I had one like this for my first Christmas on my own many years ago.
The sad little tree turns out to not look so bad after they get done with a few decorations. It is a good show for all ages . I love how on digital I can watch any time of the year. I play this in the car while driving to work and have it plugged into the radio. I don't need to see the video as I know what is going on, the audio is all I need to laugh as I drive.