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Tis the season for TV shows and movies to help get you into the holiday spirit – and A Charlie Brown Christmas has been a holiday TV tradition for a half-century now.
It was the very first animated special featuring the Peanuts characters and, according to CNN, TV executives feared it would “bomb with the public.”
Of course, they were very wrong as the animated special broadcast on December 9, 1965 was an immediate hit, critically and commercially, becoming a holiday favorite with families across America and beyond.
This coming Monday, November 30, ABC, which airs the half-hour cartoon annually in December, will also premiere a new special hosted by Kristen Bell entitled “It’s Your 50th Birthday, Charlie Brown.”
In addition to showcasing a digitally remastered version of the 1965 special, the anniversary special will celebrate 50 years of the iconic classic with live performances of composer Vince Guaraldi’s famous soundtrack. Including Kristen Chenoweth singing “Happiness” from the Peanuts Broadway hit, an original song, “Just Like Me,” sung by Matthew Morrison as well as other musical guests like Boyz II Men and Sarah McLachlan performing classic tunes.
To kick off the anniversary celebration for the beloved Christmas show, a special booklet of Peanuts stamps featuring 10 still frames from A Charlie Brown Christmas was made available on October 1, and Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and the gang are also featured in The Peanuts Movie which opened in theaters on November 6 – the first Peanuts film in 35 years.
It’s Your 50th Birthday, Charlie Brown will air at 8pm/7pm central.
And if you’re a fan, here’s an interesting piece of trivia you may or may not know:
Which famous rock group was next door while the voices for the Christmas special were being recorded?
Jefferson Airplane. And, after the session, the band members asked the kids for their autographs.