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May 24, 2013



There's a nice piece in today's SM County Times about the production of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on it's 50th anniversary. The reporter missed the B'game connection but otherwise did a nice job:

Back in 1965, when CBS bigwigs got their first peek at "A Charlie Brown Christmas" during a meeting with its creators, they thought they had a flop on their hands. The animation was deemed too crude, the pace too sluggish, the story too thin. And that offbeat jazz soundtrack? It was all wrong for a children's show.


"We sat there in complete despair," says Lee Mendelson, who directed and served as executive producer for the "Peanuts" special. "I remember them saying, 'We'll put it on one time, and that will be it.' We thought we had ruined Charlie Brown."


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