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Christmas and Disney Films

By Dave Shute

MBTeal Logo 2013Welcome to the third stop aboard Magical Blogorail Teal. Enjoy the ride as we explore this month Disney Christmas films–shorts, movies, TV shows and more!


My colleagues on Teal will talk elsewhere about a couple of my favorite Disney Christmas films–The Santa Clause and Mickey’s Christmas Carol.

(Mickey’s Christmas Carol is great, but as a kid I preferred Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol even though it scared the heck out of me…)

Charlie Brown ChristmasSo my topic is a little different–Disney but not Disney–A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Now Charlie Brown, of course, is not a Disney character, nor was the film a Disney work.

But Bill Melendez, the animator of A Charlie Brown Christmas, also animated at Disney in the late 30s and early 40s, working on Pinocchio, Fantasia and Dumbo.

After leaving Disney he worked on other classics like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, and later became the animator of all the Peanuts work–including A Charlie Brown Christmas.

I was–and this won’t surprise you–an odd little kid, so I really identified with Charlie Brown, seeing in him my same issues of simultaneously being lost in the world and refusing its compromises.

So I loved all the Peanuts specials, and it was never really a holiday season until my sister and I watched Charlie Brown with my mom.

Now, slightly better adjusted–or, more to the point, just not caring how I fit with the world–I see the work more on its merits, and less about me.

And A Charlie Brown Christmas is a truly great piece of Christmas work for almost any family not put off by its insistence that Christmas is really about someone who was born more than 2000 years ago…


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1 Mary ~ Capturing Magical Memories { 12.09.13 at 8:34 am }

I also can relate to Charlie Brown. (let’s not revisit my middle school years) But I had no idea the relationship of the animators between Disney and Charlie.

2 Melissa { 12.09.13 at 8:56 am }

Great post Dave! I had no idea there was a connection between Charlie Brown and Disney.

3 Rosanne @ The Disney Point { 12.09.13 at 9:33 am }

That’s a really cool back story! The Disney historian nerd inside of me is jumping up and down. Thanks for sharing. (And the Mr. Magoo Christmas Carol also scared the heck out of me!)

4 Donna Kay { 12.09.13 at 9:57 am }

We watched Charlie Brown the other night, there’s something special about seeing it on network TV rather than a DVD. I still remember the joy we got from watching it, Rudolph, Frosty and the Grinch each year as kids. If you happened to miss them you had to wait a whole year to be able to see them again.

5 Tricia from Return to Disney { 12.09.13 at 12:36 pm }

Charlie Brown is an annual tradition in our house too – we’re in trouble if the networks decide to quit airing it someday!

6 Lisa @home is where the mouse is { 12.09.13 at 5:22 pm }

A Charlie Brown Christmas is my favorite Christmas special of all time. I still remember watching it as a kid and being so excited.

7 Mike { 12.09.13 at 5:33 pm }

I love Charlie Brown Christmas! Thanks for writing today Dave!

8 Deb @ Focused on the Magic { 12.10.13 at 10:24 am }

A true Christmas classic! I love Charlie Brown Christmas! I had no idea about the Disney connection, cool!

9 Beth~ A Disney Mom's Thoughts { 12.10.13 at 12:10 pm }

who knew!! I’m so glad to learn this tid bit of trivia!!

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