Tuesday, November 28, 2006

TONIGHT ON ABC TV . . . (the following is lifted from an earlier post)

A Charlie Brown Christmas is known for being an innovative animated show, in part, because of its use of a jazz soundtrack, and jazz versions of many holiday classics.

At the time it was first made - in 1964 - the tv execs objected to not only the music, the use of children to voice the characters, and the lack of a laugh track, but the speech by Linus on the true meaning of Christmas, which quotes from the book of Luke:

"And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were afraid ... And the angel said unto them, "Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings o great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord."

"And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men.""That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown." - Linus Van Pelt

With the holidays upon us, Linus' wise words should guide us - and should guide me in particular - Peace on Earth, and good will toward men.


Blogger Ryan said...

This is my favorite Christmas Show! I have loved Peanuts ever since I can remember. This episode is a must see! Hopefully I will be backin time from class to watch.

3:35 PM  
Blogger sage said...

there was a good piece about it on NPR this morning

4:49 PM  
Blogger PixieGaf said...

I love Peanuts! Especially this Christmas Show it brings back so many good memories.

5:00 PM  
Blogger prunella jones said...

I'd rather watch this than It's a Wonderful Life during the holidays. It's so cute.

5:27 PM  
Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

"I've been kissed by a dog! I have dog germs! Get hot water! Get some disinfectant! Get some iodine!"

I love the end when they "ooooh" around the christmas tree.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Ffleur said...

I love the kids voices. Apparently some were so young, they couldn't read and just repeated the lines as they were read to them.

I even can hear a sort of mistake when a child stumbles over a word. Just adds to the charm of this classic!

2:39 PM  

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