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One of my favorites, A Charlie Brown Christmas, is on tonight. Oy, I cry every time they sing “Christmas Time is Here”, and LMAO at the dance scene in the auditorium every time.

Little Pam was 2 years old when it first aired in 1965.

NPR had a great piece on this morning about the history of Vince Guaraldi’s classic soundtrack and the special. The boneheads at CBS almost killed the cartoon because 1) it had a jazzy score, 2) the kids doing the voices weren’t professional actors, and 3) it didn’t have a laugh track.

You can only imagine how crappy the special would have been if CBS’s brainiacs had their way.

I don’t know how long this will be up on YouTube before it’s yanked (it appears to have been up for two years already), but here’s the whole program… 🙂

Some trivia from the Wikipedia entry:

  • The actors, all children, learned their lines phonetically, often not knowing what they meant. This led to the now-familiar Peanuts delivery style.
  • All of the versions of the show broadcast on CBS between 1968 and 1996, and the earliest home video release were edited to completely delete the scene where the gang throws snowballs at a can on a fence.
  • Just before her remarks about Christmas being a big commercial racket, Lucy refers to Charlie Brown simply as “Charlie”. This is the only time she does this in any of the TV specials; every other time it’s “Charlie Brown”.

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