A Charlie Brown Christmas: This Has the Best Animated Special Musical Score of All Time"A Charlie Brown Christmas" (1965), directed by Bill Melendez for his production company Lee Mendelson Film Productions, is based on the cartoon characters created by illustrator Charles M. Shulz. It is shown, recently twice, on one of the major TV networks every year in the run-up to the Christmas season. In 2012, for instance, it was broadcast on ABC on November 28th and scored its highest ratings in three years. It became the highest-rated special of the year, drawing 8.9 million total viewers, which is about what a top current episodic show will draw every week.
|Ah, to be young and want to hang out by stone walls in the snow|
|Charlie was a big reader|
|Schroeder did a lot of playing in this one!|
|Linus with a shepherd's crook|
|The Doctor is out!|
|Snoopy rockin' away!|
|Snoopy's doghouse is always a highlight|
|The children are going wild!|
|Very sparse drawing, simple but effective|
The jazz music is as distinctive as the characters themselves, with vigorous piano which at times becomes almost staccato. While it seems like absolute perfection now, becoming iconic in its own right, the idea of using adult jazz for a children's show was revolutionary, but now the music is a key part of why the show is so timeless.
|"I think it's a fine tree"|
|I love their hats|
|Reminds me of the Whos in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"|