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A Charlie Brown Christmas



The Peanuts gang in a classic Christmas special.
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  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1965
  • Running Time: 30 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The true meaning of Christmas is more than commercialism. Sweet and warmhearted. Themes include compassion, integrity, and gratitude.

Positive role models

Charlie Brown and gang learn important lessons about the true meaning of Christmas. Some of the kids are cutting to Charlie Brown, but they all rally around him in the end.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable

"Stupid," "blockhead."


One of the themes is that the commercial/material spin on Christmas is unfortunate.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that A Charlie Brown Christmas is a heartwarming classic that focuses on the religious aspect of Christmas. At the story's climax, Linus quotes one of the nativity stories from the New Testament and the Peanuts characters join in singing religious carols. Several uses of the words "stupid" and "blockhead," primarily by Lucy.

What's the story?

In A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, Charlie Brown is depressed by the Christmas season because it's so commercial, but cheers up when Lucy asks him to direct the holiday pageant. But the bossy Lucy doesn't allow him to do much directing and sends Charlie off to buy an aluminum Christmas tree. Instead, he's drawn to a sad little fir tree, which everyone mocks. Linus makes a speech about the true meaning of Christmas; moved by his words, the Peanuts gang then transforms the little tree by adding beautiful decorations, and Charlie Brown finally celebrates a merry Christmas.

Is it any good?


As Charlie Brown discovers the true meaning of Christmas when he buys a forlorn little tree, this classic communicates a timeless message brimming with holiday spirit. The first of Charles Schultz's television specials based on his long-running comic strip, A Charlie Brown Christmas set the standard for those that followed. Simple drawings, a gently meandering story, Schultz's beloved characters, and Vince Guaraldi's lively musical score combine to make this something the entire family will want to watch every year.

The image of the pathetic but endearing Christmas tree, unable to support even one decoration, cleverly parallels the Charlie Brown character. That sad fir springing to life at the end, as Charlie's melancholy dissipates, resonates with young and old alike. Filled with humor, A Charlie Brown Christmas, is a wonderful antidote to the holiday blues.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about A Charlie Brown Christmas' message. Does the true meaning of Christmas get lost in materialism?

  • Can you think of real world examples of how that is true?

  • How could you work against that -- either in your family or in society?

  • How do the Peanuts learn and demonstrate compassion, gratitude, and integrity in A Charlie Brown Christmas? Why are these important character strengths?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 9, 1965
DVD/Streaming release date:September 12, 2000
Cast:Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins, Sally Dryer
Director:Bill Melendez
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Friendship, Holidays
Character strengths:Compassion, Gratitude, Integrity
Run time:30 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of a 3 year old Written bypbandnv December 17, 2009

Lucy can be a little scary for some kids...

I love this movie, but the other reviewers are correct in pointing out the over-use of the word "stupid" by Lucy on many occasions. We have taught our daughter that some words can be hurtful toward others; "stupid" being one of them... she refuses to watch this unless we promise to fast-forward through these parts. Otherwise -- it's a masterpiece.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent of a 5 and 7 year old Written byJamie and James March 15, 2010

Perfecto, classic!

This is exactly what my family needed-all the great morals in Christmas. I love it because it's funny and heartwarming. My notes-we watch it every Christmas-it's a classic in our house! It sends great messages to kids! Plus, at Christmastime, they'll gladly sit down and watch it-unlike other movies, you know how kids are-mostly because of Snoopy-Charlie Brown's dog!
What other families should know
Great messages
Adult Written byjillianlovescats March 8, 2010

A Charlie Brown Christmas Rocks!!!!!

I will always loves this movie/dvd!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models