A Charlie Brown Christmas - The Making of a Tradition

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Since its top-rated debut on CBS in December 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas has been one of America's most beloved television shows. Year after year, fans of all ages tune in to the Emmy-winning Christmas special that has earned a permanent place in the nation's popular culture.

This collector's treasury contains the entire script of A Charlie Brown Christmas, illustrated with full-color stills from the animated film. Producer Lee Mendelson and animator Bill Melendez pay ...

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Overview

Since its top-rated debut on CBS in December 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas has been one of America's most beloved television shows. Year after year, fans of all ages tune in to the Emmy-winning Christmas special that has earned a permanent place in the nation's popular culture.

This collector's treasury contains the entire script of A Charlie Brown Christmas, illustrated with full-color stills from the animated film. Producer Lee Mendelson and animator Bill Melendez pay tribute to the program with personal memories and reflections about the show, including charming anecdotes about their long friendship and working career with Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz. Offering rare, behind-the-scenes insights, they also share memories of the late, great jazz pianist/composer Vince Guaraldi and provide never-before-published background sketches, storyboards, production sheets, and other materials that bring the making of the show to life.

A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition also brings the sound of the show home with the piano/vocal musical scores for Guaraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here" and "Linus and Lucy," two songs that have become standards of American popular music.

As the very first Peanuts special, A Charlie Brown Christmas brought Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang to television. In addition to breaking the mold by using jazz music (which exposed millions of people to jazz for the first time and inspired a generation of jazz pianists), A Charlie Brown Christmas broke new ground by using real children for the voices instead of adult actors. Schulz, Mendelson, and Melendez created these and other innovations that made A Charlie Brown Christmas a unique and timeless work of animation art.

A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition celebrates this award-winning and history-making show with warmhearted memories, fascinating trivia, and colorful animation art that will delight fans of all ages.

Surrounded by other kids with extremely commercial ideas about Christmas, Charlie Brown struggles to understand the true spirit of the holiday.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired in 1965, and for many of us Christmas just wouldn't be the same without this classic tale of a boy's search for the true meaning of Christmas. A beautifully illustrated volume celebrating this beloved holiday TV classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition, will be treasured by Peanuts fans of all ages.
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Rather than using a book to generate a movie, A Charlie Brown Christmas puts the dialogue of a television special right on the printed page along with all of our favorite Peanuts characters. The story is familiar and worthy of repeating season after season. Charlie Brown is dejected by all the "greedy buying and selling that had become Christmas" but is unable to pull together his friends for a peaceful and successful performance of their holiday play. His efforts to bring just the right Christmas tree to the stage leave him even more dejected when the one tiny tree he finds falls to the ground with the weight of a single ornament. "Everything I touch gets ruined!" he moans. But spurred by the sweet innocence of Linus, the others decorate the little tree until it becomes a beautiful centerpiece for the season. Each Peanuts character in the story provides a "teachable moment"¾Charlie Brown's idealism, Sally's youthful selfishness, Lucy's arrogance, Linus' thoughtful caring. It is a story of simplicity, sincerity and friendship that reminds readers of the essence of the Christmas holiday with humor and page after page of well-loved artwork. 2001, Little Simon, $5.99. Ages 4 up. Reviewer: Karen Leggett
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060198510
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/1900
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles M. Schulz, the most popular cartoonist in history, published the comic strip, Peanuts, in 2,600 newspapers worldwide and won several prestigious awards, including the Congressional Medal of Honor. Mr. Schulz died February 12, 2000, the night before his farewell Peanuts comic strip was published.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2001

    Excellent tribute to a wonderful short film!!!!!!

    This book is a great tribute to the short film, 'A Charlie Brown Christmas.' It is a tradition, in my family, to watch the short film every year. I was excited when I heard there was going to be a book coming out about it. This book is an excellent tribute to 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'!!!! Highly recommended for someone who has watched the show for countless years, or someone who just discovered the joy Peanuts brings to peoples' lives. I LOVE this book! I will read it every year before the show comes on!!! You have to get this book if you love the show!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2008

    Fascinating celebration of an American classic

    Penned by producer Lee Mendelson and with an introduction by [recently deceased] animator Bill Melendez, this book tells the story of how one of the all-time classic Christmas television specials came to be. Production was a truly 'seat of your pants' affair, and up until the ratings came in, CBS was genuinely afraid they had a dud on their hands. Instead, they got an instant classic that continues to be must-see holiday fare for millions of families today, which through the simplicity and timelessness of its characters and story, remains as relevant today as it was in 1965.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    One of a Kind

    'A charlie Brown Christmas,' one of the great classics of all time. This book brings back so many good childhood memories. All of Charles Schulz's books have good moral values. This story especiallyy hits home for me. It reminds me of the way Christmas's used to be. Whenever I read this story it brings me back to the good ole days of being a kid. I think every family should own a copy of the greatest Christmas story ever written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2000

    A great , warm Book...

    This book brought a big smile on my face, it is a very cute book. This book gives great background on the making of the movie, A Charlie Brown Christmas. I really am very happy to have bought this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2000

    A Christmas Classic Movie

    Generations of families have gathered together to watch the Charlie Brown Christmas Film. This book shows the behind-the-scenes account of the making of this cherished holiday film. Add this to your collection of Charlie Brown. *****

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