19 December 2013

{Book Review} A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition

By: Me My Shelf And I | 19 December 2013 at 9:15 AM | | | | | |


A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition
Author: Lee Mendelson with reminiscences by Bill Melendez
Pages: 192
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: It Books
Rating: 5 Birds

No holiday season would be complete without watching Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang give a forgotten tree a little love, recite the Christmas story, and sing "Silent Night."
For nearly fifty years, since first airing in December 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas has been one of America's most beloved television shows and is a holiday television staple. Every year millions of fans tune in to the Emmy-winning Christmas special featuring Vince Guaraldi's iconic jazz score and Charles Schulz's Peanuts characters as they remind Charlie Brown, and all of us, of the true meaning of Christmas.
A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition is a lushly illustrated tribute to the beloved television classic that takes readers behind-the-scenes of the Peanuts holiday special. It includes the script of A Charlie Brown Christmas, more than two hundred full-color pieces of original animation art, Vince Guaraldi's original score and publication notes for the songs "Christmas Time is Here" and "Linus and Lucy," and a look at the making of the feature from producer Lee Mendelson and original animator, the late Bill Melendez. The two share their personal memories and charming reminiscences on the Christmas special and reflect on their three decades of working with Peanuts creator, Charles M. Schulz.
A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition is a delightful and fitting salute to the holiday special that never fails to deepen your love of Christmas, touch your heart, and give you hope.

I remember getting cozy on the couch with popcorn, every Christmas to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas with my family. It’s a holiday tradition in my house, something my mom remembers as vividly from her childhood as I do mine. And every year it’s on TV, even though we have the DVD there’s something about watching it with the rest of the world that makes it even more Christmas-y.

Being able to read through, and see all the fantastic little bits of behind the scenes stuff, including awesome photos and all the music was a treat like you wouldn’t believe for me. With every movie these days, you always (eventually) get some kind of Behind The Scenes footage. Bloopers and parts that were cut. Thanks to YouTube, we see it immediately in fact. Very rarely do we have a peek into the way TV used to be made, let alone a classic cartoon special like this one! I think my favorite part was how they decided on the characters voices, and why they needed to sound a certain. You may think that’s simple, or it would be very straight forward – but it’s not always the case.

At the very end of this adorable, coffee table sized book is an illustrated script! You could act out the whole thing if you wanted too! It was amazing how reading the words brought everything back like I was watching it.

This beautiful book would make a great holiday gift for anyone who grew up with A Charlie Brown Christmas, and I should know – I’m giving it to my mom! Don’t worry she doesn’t read my blog…lol. I’ll be writing in the front “Thanks for sharing this tradition with me” – did your heart just melt a little? Mission Accomplished.

Haver a very Charlie Brown Christmas everyone, and don’t forget to check this book out as well as check your local listings so you can watch it this holiday season with your family!



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