A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) is an American television special in which Charlie Brown, repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. The show is based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez.
- [First lines]
- Charlie Brown: I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I'm not happy. I don't feel the way I'm supposed to feel. I just don't understand Christmas, I guess. I like getting presents and sending Christmas cards and decorating trees and all that, but I'm still not happy. I always end up feeling depressed.
- Linus Van Pelt: Charlie Brown, you're the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem. Maybe Lucy's right. Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you're the Charlie Browniest.
- [Lucy is helping Charlie Brown with his Christmas depression]
- Lucy Van Pelt: You need involvement. You need to get involved in some real Christmas project. How would you like to be the director of our Christmas play?
- Charlie Brown: [excited at the opportunity] ME? You want ME to be the director of the Christmas play?
- Lucy Van Pelt: Sure, Charlie Brown. We need a director, you need involvement. We've got a shepherd, musicians, animals, everyone you need. We've even got a Christmas queen.
- [Lucy is in Charlie Brown's face, making it obvious it's her, and Charlie Brown rolls his eyes]
- Charlie Brown: I don't know anything about directing a Christmas play.
- Lucy Van Pelt: Don't worry, I'll be there to help you. I'll meet you at the auditorium. Incidentally, I know how you feel about all this Christmas business, getting depressed and all that. It happens to me every year. I never get what I really want. I always get a lot of stupid toys or a bicycle or clothes or something like that.
- Charlie Brown: What is it you want?
- Lucy Van Pelt: Real estate.
- Charlie Brown: I guess you were right, Linus. I shouldn't have picked this little tree. Everything I do turns into a disaster. I guess I really don't know what Christmas is all about. [shouting in desperation] Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!
- Linus Van Pelt: Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. [moves toward the center of the stage] Lights, please. [a spotlight shines on Linus] "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men.'" [Linus picks up his blanket and walks back towards Charlie Brown] That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
- Linus Van Pelt: I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It's not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.
- Sally Brown: I've been looking for you, big brother. Will you please write a letter to Santa Claus for me?
- Charlie Brown: Well, I don't have much time. I'm supposed to get down to the school auditorium to direct a Christmas play.
- Sally Brown: [hands a clipboard and pen to Charlie Brown] You write it and I'll tell you what I want to say.
- Charlie Brown: [sticks pen in his mouth] Okay, shoot.
- Sally Brown: [dictating her letter to Santa Claus as Charlie Brown writes it for her] Dear Santa Claus, How have you been? Did you have a nice summer?
[Charlie Brown looks at her]
- Sally Brown: How is your wife? I have been extra good this year, so I have a long list of presents that I want.
- Charlie Brown: Oh brother.
- Sally Brown: Please note the size and color of each item, and send as many as possible. If it seems too complicated, make it easy on yourself: just send money. How about tens and twenties?
- Charlie Brown: TENS AND TWENTIES? Oh, even my baby sister!
- Sally Brown: All I want is what I... I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share.
- Charlie Brown: Sally, come here.
- Linus Van Pelt: What do you want her for?
- Charlie Brown: She's gonna be your wife.
[Sally Brown is seen surrounded by hearts and clapping her hands in glee]
- Linus Van Pelt: Good grief.
- Sally Brown: Isn't he the cutest thing?
[Linus hides himself under his blanket]
- Sally Brown: He has the nicest sense of humor.