Parents' Guide to

A Charlie Brown Christmas

By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

The Peanuts gang in a classic Christmas special.

Movie G 1965 30 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 36 parent reviews

age 5+

Surprisingly depressing

Other than the historical value of looking in on a cultural need that led to the perception that projecting neurosis onto cartoon characters was entertaining, not much here. While a somewhat useful discussion ensued about what animated bullying, anxiety, and depression look like, this wouldn't be our target Christmas viewing. Any nostalgia quickly evaporated as we tried to explain to our daughter what social shaming has to do with the spirit of Christmas. The language didn't bother us as much as having to tolerate 20 min of cruelty in order to enjoy 5 min of redemption. The math just didn't pencil out for us. We will be donating this sad piece of animated history to the local library.
age 5+

Nostalgic, but not very child friendly

The best Christmas music, but lots of rude speech between kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (36 ):
Kids say (40 ):

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.

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