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Scenes of the Season: The dance from A Charlie Brown Christmas

It needs no introduction…

I always think of this as the “Snoopy dances” music, but really the main bit of music is apparently

Vince Guaraldi Trio, “Linus and Lucy” – from A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Original Sound Track Recording Of The CBS Television Special

As with White Christmas, the Charlie Brown Christmas special is required viewing for me—as for so many people—during the holiday season. Originally broadcast in 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas has been shown every Christmas since then.  I don’t know if it feels as much a part of Christmas for people in their 20s as it does for those those of us who are somewhat older, but I hope so… For people of my ilk, the sounds of it—the voices, the music, and for me especially that dance—are just about as much a part of Christmas as “Jingle Bells” and the visuals are almost as iconic as a Christmas tree.

A Charlie Brown Christmas is the first prime-time animated TV special based upon the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was produced and directed by former Warner Bros. and UPA animator Bill Meléndez, who also supplied the voice for the character of Snoopy. Initially sponsored by Coca-Cola, the special aired on CBS from its debut in 1965 through 2000, and has aired on ABC since 2001. For many years it aired only annually, but is now telecast at least twice during the Christmas season. The special has been honored with both an Emmy and Peabody Award…. (via Wikipedia.)

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.

 

What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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