The Butchering of A Charlie Brown Christmas

by Sal on December 11, 2009

in Culture,Media,Pop Culture

Classic Christmas movies and TV specials have a special place in the hearts of most Americans.  What adult today doesn’t have fond memories of watching such Christmas classics as Miracle on 34th Street, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the original Dr. Seuss cartoon, not the Jim Carey flick), and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (sidenote:  watched it last night.  It never gets old).  One of those classics is A Charlie Brown Christmas, which, as well as being a fun, nostalgic story, has a message about the true meaning of Christmas vs. the rampant commercialism that has risen around the holiday.  It is a classic that many of us remember and cherish.

On Tuesday, ABC broadcast A Charlie Brown Christmas, but cut out some of the classic moments in the film – presumably to sell more advertisements (a bit of irony there, considering the theme of the show).  Some of these classic moments include, as chronicled by David Horiuchi of Armchair Commentary:

Gone was Sally’s materialistic letter to Santa, which finally sends Charlie screaming from the room when she says she will settle for 10s and 20s.

Gone even was poor Shermy’s only line. He thought he had it bad because he was always tasked to play a shepherd. He had no idea.

Gone was Schroeder’s miraculous multiple renditions of “Jingle Bells” from a toy piano, including the one that sounds distinctly like a church organ.

Gone was Linus using his blanket as an improvised slingshot to knock a can off the fence no one else can hit, complete with ricochet sound effect.

Gone were the kids catching snowflakes on their tongues and commenting on their flavor.

This is something that Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives should be able to unite behind (but please, don’t get the government involved…)  Don’t cut the Christmas classics!  Next thing you know, they’ll be cutting out the scene in Christmas Vacation where Chevey Chase first gets his Christmas lights turned on, causing havoc with his neighbors.  This is an outrage.  ABC should be ashamed of themselves for doing a disservice for the children of today, who will now grow up not ever knowing the full story of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

H/T: Instapundit

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Chris December 11, 2009 at 8:01 pm

And if they need to cut more and at the same time, decide to be PC with the Peanuts, I would not be surprised if Linus’s monologue on the meaning of Christmas is edited/cut…


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