This movie barely missed out on being No. 6 falling two points shy of overtaking its next competitor, which you all know I can’t reveal. And now I feel sad because, after recently watching this one I would’ve voted for it in my top 10. Okay, so maybe I’m not sad, but still, this film is deserving as it is the story of a little boy trying to find the true meaning of Christmas.
No. 7 – A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Directed by: Bill Melendez. Starring: Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang.
Total Points: 113 (Highest Rank No. 1 – three times. Named on 21 ballots (57-percent) with an average ranking of 5.4. Not ranked on Kevy’s ballot).
Plot Outline: Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.
Memorable Quote: Linus: 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.
My take on the film: The only movie on this list, so-far, that actually mentions the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of Christ. I didn’t vote for this special because I hadn’t seen it in a long long time, but after watching it recently, it would’ve definitely made my top 10. It’s short (26 min) but it touches on so much. Charlie Brown gets upset at how commercialized Christmas has become that he doesn’t feel in the Christmas mood. But thankfully, Linus reminds him and the rest of the Peanuts gang what Christmas is truly about. Oh, and let’s not forget about the little Christmas tree Charlie Brown picked out. By the way, this will be shown tonight (Sunday) on ABC at 7pm.
Fun facts about the special: Bill Melendez tried to talk Charles Schulz out of using Biblical references (especially Linus’s speech) in this special. Schulz reportedly won him over by saying, “If we don’t do it, who will?”