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50 Years Later – Behind the scenes of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’


By Lance UlanoffMashable, SouthFloridaReporter.com, Dec. 1, 2015 – Good grief. It’s been 50 years since CBS first aired A Charlie Brown Christmas, the classic Peanuts special that’s become a staple of our holiday television-viewing experience. That’s a half-century of exploring the true meaning of Christmas; five decades of wonderment at the synchronous dancing twins; generations of chills as the Peanuts come together to turn a sad little tree into the best tannenbaum ever.

We know the show so well that many of us can recite the dialogue from memory. Yet, surprisingly, the Charles Schulz creation, which airs again on November 30 at 8 PM ET on ABC (after a one hour special), still holds a few surprises.Did you know that the special wasn’t always called A Charlie Brown Christmas?

 The Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California, recently dug into its archives and unearthed the first page of A Charlie Brown Christmas‘s draft script. It’s riddled with pencil markings and held together with the yellowing tape. Some of it is typed, but a significant portion is hand-written. According to the museum, animator Melendez used the script to help synchronize the dialogue with the animation.