–THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS–

–THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS–
December 9th, 1965, was the premier airing of a groundbreaking animated special on television. The creation of A Charlie Brown Christmas began in the spring of 1965 when the advertising agency representing Coca-Cola approached an associate of Charles M. Schulz asking if the artist might be interested in producing a half-hour Christmas television special for the company. Until this time, Mr. Schulz had hesitated to allow his comic strip characters to be used in this other medium. Therefore, this would be the first time the Peanuts characters would be animated.

In response to learning of the proposal, Mr. Schulz was very specific about which elements he wanted to include—if he agreed to the project. This would be the first Peanuts television special, and Mr. Schulz wanted the show to include the true meaning of Christmas. During their discussion, Mr. Schulz stated, “If we’re going to do a Christmas show, then we ought to talk about the true meaning of Christmas . . . maybe have Linus read something from the Bible.” (page xii in Forward by Bill Melendez). This idea came to fruition with Linus’s recitation of the Christmas story from the Gospel according to St. Luke toward the end of the special.


TO DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THIS ENTIRE ARTICLE, PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK: A Golden Charlie Brown X-Mas Article
Here are some photos June took of her personal collection of Peanuts Christmas ornaments (circa 1982), book cover, and video cassette cover.
{All photos taken by June McCrary Jacobs.}

Peanuts Xmas Ornaments

 

Charlie Brown Xmas Video Cover

Peanuts Xmas Book Cover

 


Comments

  1. kentuckygal50 says:

    I remember watching this show numerous times over the years.