Saturday, 22 December 2007

Bill Melendez & Charles M. Schulz "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

Released in December 1965, directed by Bill Melendez and wonderfully written by one of the all time greats, Charles M. Schulz, A Charlie Brown Christmas has some of the best lines ever, usually delivered by Lucy Van Pelt: (When licked on the face by Snoopy: "I've been kissed by a dog, I've got dog germs, get hot water, get some disinfectant, get some iodine!" Or, on listening to Charlie play Beethoven on piano: "Everyone talks about how great Beethoven was. Beethoven wasn't so great. He never got his picture on bubble gum cards did he. Have you ever seen his picture on bubble gum cards, mm? How can you say someone is great if they never go their picture on bubble gum cards." Some girl Lucy. You have Snoopy being directed by Lucy to play every animal in her play, Charlie worrying because no-one has given him a card, a traditional story of the nativity, Christmas carols, and a happy ending. Also one of the most intelligent cartoon series written with telling comments here about the commercialism of Christmas, beautiful illustrations, great music, children's natural voices for the cast. If you've never seen it before, follow the link above. You are in for thirteen glorious minutes of quintessential Christmas family viewing.

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