December 1, 2011 9:02 AM
The miracle of A Charlie Brown Christmas
It almost didn't happen:
The story of the hasty, last-minute creation of A Charlie Brown Christmas reads like one of those God's-hand-in-man's-work miracles. Charles Schultz's stubborn insistence on the aesthetic he desired - no laugh track, children's voiceovers, Vince Guaraldi score - and most of all Linus's clear reading of the Gospel of Luke - culminated in a finished product which studio execs believed doomed to failure, but which garnered 50% viewership for its 1965 debut and which has become a timeless national treasure:
November 25, 2011 12:00 A.M.
The Gospel According to Peanuts
How A Charlie Brown Christmas almost didn't happen
Few headlines about network television make me giddy. Fewer still make me hopeful that all is good in the world. But back in August of 2010, I read the following headline from the media pages with great excitement: "Charlie Brown Is Here to Stay: ABC Picks Up 'Peanuts' Specials Through 2015." The first of these to be made, the famous Christmas special, was an instant classic when it was created by Charles Schulz on a shoestring budget back in 1965, and thanks to some smart television executives, it will be around for at least another five years for all of us to see and enjoy.
What people don't know is that the Christmas special almost didn't happen, because some not-so-smart television executives almost didn't let it air. You see, Charles Schulz had some ideas that challenged the way of thinking of those executives 46 years ago, and one of them had to do with the inclusion in his Christmas cartoon of a reading from the King James Bible's version of the Gospel of Luke.
Read more at National Review Online
The reason A Charlie Brown Christmas has endured is because the message is timeless- the true meaning of Christmas, which the elites had a problem with even 50 years ago. In fact, I've decided to invest in a copy of the remastered edition for our family DVD library - just in case it someday disappears forever:
Barbara, I want you to know that you are one of the people that I am thankful for! You bring positive stories, with thoughtful political commentary and always bring a bright spot to my day! I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas! God Bless!
Posted by: Heather P | December 1, 2011 8:40 PM
Thank you, Heather. I've really wanted to focus on the positive for the rest of the year. All else is a big distraction from our faith, family and friends. Mery Christmas to you and yours!
Posted by: Barbara | December 1, 2011 9:05 PM