It was the first. Some say it was the best. Charlie Brown got animated in 1965 in A Charlie Brown Christmas. And we all know this classic so well.
Charlie Brown is depressed as usual. Christmas is coming and no one seems to recall what the holiday is all about. His attempts to turn the tide with a mangly tree are met with resistance. Will Charlie Brown finally get everyone to see the light?
We all remember that wonderful tree. A true diamond in the rough that Charlie Brown nurtures and tries to help thrive. That little scrawny tree becomes a star.
This special almost never aired. The CBS network hated the jazz score, wanted a laugh track, disliked the morals provided, and asked for the jettisoning of the Bible verse by Linus. They were convinced no one would like it. And then it became a massive hit.
Being a lifetime Charlie Brown fan, this special is one of many I have seen over the years. It is also one of my favourites.
P.S. A Charlie Brown Christmas is copyright 2012 to Charles M Schultz.
P.P.S. It is 10 days till Christmas!!!!!!!!!!