A Charlie Brown Christmas is the first of the animated Peanuts specials produced by cartoonist Charles Schulz and director Bill Melendez. Schulz demanded and got full creative control from CBS, and insisted on keeping a scene in which Linus reads a passage from Luke 2:8-14 to explain to his friends the true meaning of Christmas. Along with the laughs that Snoopy and the gang provide, children love seeing Charlie's tree, a pathetic sapling, magically elevated to holiday splendor by the efforts of the kids. And then there's Vince Guaraldi's score, which introduced the famous track "Linus and Lucy," that the kids dance to at every free moment.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Favorite Holiday Movies and Specials*
The holiday season is all about good will, family gatherings, sing-alongs, and, of course, great movies. The season has inspired some of Hollywood's most treasured films, and classic TV specials that keep families viewing year after year.
As our holiday gift to you, we at Grandparents.com have created this video featuring scenes from 16 of our favorite holiday movies and specials. Each is a classic in its own right, and has its own take on the season. We're certain our video will give you some smiles, add to your fond memories, and maybe even inspire some holiday dinner-table debate about the greatest holiday film.