It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown

It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown is the 36th prime-time animated TV special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It originally aired on the CBS network on November 27, 1992.[1]

It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown
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GenreAnimated television special
Created byCharles M. Schulz
Written byCharles M. Schulz
Directed byBill Melendez
Voices of
  • Jamie E. Smith
  • Mindy Ann Martin
  • John Christian Graas
  • Marnette Patterson
  • Phillip Lucier
  • Lindsay Bennish
  • Sean Mendelson
  • Deanna Tello
  • Matthew Slowik
  • Brittany M. Thornton
  • Bill Melendez
Theme music composerVince Guaraldi
Opening theme"Christmas is Coming"
Ending theme"Linus and Lucy"
Composer(s)Vince Guaraldi
David Benoit
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)Lee Mendelson
Producer(s)Bill Melendez
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture format4:3
Audio formatMonaural
First shown inNovember 27, 1992
Chronology
Preceded byIt's Spring Training, Charlie Brown (1992)
Followed byYou're in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown (1994)

The program is composed of various storylines from the comic strip. It was the first Christmas-themed Peanuts special since the inaugural A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965, though an episode of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show featured a new Christmas vignette in 1985. This was the final "new" Peanuts animated special to air on CBS. The network cancelled all future animated specials in 1990, even though they still aired in re-runs until 2000.

PlotEdit

It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown is composed of several Christmas-themed story lines, all taken directly from the Peanuts comic strip:[2]

  • Charlie Brown tries to sell wreaths door-to-door.
  • Peppermint Patty worries about her Christmas book report.
  • Peppermint Patty and Marcie attend a performance of Handel's Messiah. The following day at school, Peppermint Patty writes about the performance. Neither her nor Marcie know Handel's first name, so Peppermint Patty credits the piece to "Joe Handel."
  • Snoopy becomes a Santa on the street, Lucy and Sally beg to differ.
  • Woodstock and his bird friends play chamber music inside a snowman's hat.
  • Charlie Brown tries to explain the true meaning of Christmas to Sally, who is convinced that the true meaning of Christmas is getting all you can get while the getting is good when she is writing a letter to Santa, but she tunes them out. She also writes to Mrs. Claus, Mary Christmas.
  • Snoopy, Woodstock and his friends dance with the candy canes that were on Charlie Brown's tree.
  • Sally goes to Linus's house for the meaning of Christmas and complains to Linus about calling birds in "The Twelve Days of Christmas". Linus tells Sally about Albert Schweitzer and how he does not like Christmas presents because he hated to write thank-you notes. Sally asks who Albert Schweitzer was.
  • Charlie Brown sells his entire comic book collection in order to buy Peggy Jean a nice pair of gloves, only to find that she has already bought a pair.
  • The kids participate in a Christmas play, where Marcie plays The Virgin Mary, Franklin gets the role of Gabriel, Peppermint Patty reluctantly plays a sheep, and Sally, who has to say the line "Hark!" in the same play to summon a herald angel, inadvertently yells "Hockey stick!". Later, Harold (herald) Angel drops by to visit Charlie Brown, looking for Sally (Harold Angel similarly appeared in A Charlie Brown Christmas).

CastEdit

  • Jamie E. Smith as Charlie Brown
  • John Christian Graas as Linus van Pelt
  • Marnette Patterson as Lucy van Pelt
  • Mindy Ann Martin as Sally Brown
  • Matthew Slowik as Harold Angel
  • Phillip Lucier as Peppermint Patty
  • Lindsay Benesh as Marcie
  • Sean Mendelson as Franklin
  • Deanna Tello as Peggy Jean/Violet/Patty
  • Brittany M. Thornton as Frieda
  • Bill Melendez as Snoopy and Woodstock

Production notesEdit

Music scoreEdit

Rather than having a new musical score composed for It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown, jazz composer Vince Guaraldi's musical scores were reused and performed by jazz pianist David Benoit. It was the first time Guaraldi's music had been used in a Peanuts special since It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown (1976).[3]

Benoit previously had scored an episode of This Is America, Charlie Brown.

ReleaseEdit

Broadcast historyEdit

It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown was first shown on CBS on November 27, 1992, and was the last Peanuts special to have its television premiere on that network. The show received a 10.0 rating and was watched by about 9.3 million households.[4]

The special no longer airs on American television as both CBS and its successor "Peanuts" broadcaster, ABC, abandoned it in favor of other specials. In Canada, YTV still airs it as a standalone special as of 2012.

Home mediaEdit

A VHS release was made available at Shell gas stations a few months prior to the TV airing, which would make this the first Peanuts special released directly to video.[5]

Paramount gave it another video release in 1996, and it was later included as a bonus special on the DVD and Blu-ray of A Charlie Brown Christmas by Warner Home Video, who currently owns the rights to both specials.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. p. 150. ISBN 9781476672939.
  2. ^ "A trove of yule's neglected videos". The Washington Times. 1993-12-16. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  3. ^ Bierbaum, Tom (23 November 1992). "Review: It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown". Variety. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Nielsen Ratings/Nov 23-29". Press-Telegram. 2 December 1992.
  5. ^ McGuire, Scott. "Peanuts: List of Video (VHS) Releases". fivecentsplease.org. Derrick Bang, Scott McGuire. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  6. ^ McGuire, Scott. "Peanuts: List of Current US DVD and Blu-ray Releases". fivecentsplease.org. Derrick Bang, Scott McGuire. Retrieved 26 March 2020.

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