[DVD Review] A Charlie Brown Christmas

Of all the Christmas specials produced in the 1960s that have gone on to become part of the national vernacular, A Charlie Brown Christmas probably holds up the best. It’s about as much fun to watch parodies of those Rankin-Bass Christmas specials (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Coming To Town) as it is to actually watch them, and the Grinch, however awesome it remains, will forever be somewhat tainted by the awful film version. In stark contrast, Brown seems in almost pristine condition, untouched by the technological and cultural shifts that have taken place in the forty years since it was first aired. Some of that can be attributed to how well crafted it is (it doesn’t waste a second of its exceedingly short running time), but more specifically, it remains one of the only pieces of modern media to impart a ‘very important message
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