Saturday, December 24, 2016


Welcome to another installment of FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, where we give our recommendation on a family-friendly movie to enjoy. In honor of the Christmas season we bring to you the review for A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS.

A Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 television film adaptation of the world famous ‘Peanuts’ comic strip about Charlie Brown and his friends during the Christmas season. The plot of the special revolves around Charlie feeling depressed during the Christmas season under the belief that people have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas and the holiday has become over-commercialized and secularized. The special was written by ‘Peanuts’ creator Charles M. Schultz and directed by Bill Melendez.

This film holds a special place in my heart. All throughout my childhood this was a Christmas staple and a film that I find beautiful to this day. The greatest thing about A Charlie Brown Christmas is how beautifully woven the message of the film is with the Peanuts characters we all know and love. They all did exactly what we’d expect and they manage to tell a touching story that was very meaningful to me as a child (and has only become more meaningful over the years with confusion with how we treat Christmas as a holiday). The film brilliantly exemplifies, to me, what the holiday season is about and is always a great film to come back to to be reminded of all the themes of the holiday.

The music in the film is also delightful. It’s very much within the Peanuts ambit of work, but it also has a certain cheer that makes me smile during the holiday season. The older style of animation really fits this film as well. It has a certain charm that never fails to pull me into the warm memories of home for the holidays which is a super intangible thing in looking at a film.

This isn’t a perfect film to be sure. Though it is short it has moments where it drags. Additionally, some of the old sound effects and voices can be a touch grating at times. Finally, at the end of the day this movie has a thoughtful message but amounts to little more than a pleasant diversion. That’s not a terrible thing, per se, but it is a sign that the film is not absolutely stellar as a whole.

Overall, I think A Charlie Brown Christmas is a delightful film that I go back to annually to get me really in the holiday spirit. This is a great film for the entire family and is a short but pleasant diversion from our modern world. Definitely check it out this weekend!

Ryan’s Score: 8/10

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