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It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown is the second Christmas-themed animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts. It was originally released on VHS as a promotion at Shell gas stations in September 1992 before airing on CBS on November 27th of the same year.

Synopsis

The special is made up of several Christmas-themed vignettes, all based on storylines from the strip.

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"I think they look better when they have a little star or an angel on top."

  • Linus attempts to sled down a hill in a paper box.
  • Charlie Brown tries to sell Christmas wreaths door-to-door, despite that it isn't even Thanksgiving yet. Sally tries to help by telling his customers the wreaths are made from trees grown in the forests of Lebanon, but this does not help.
  • Peppermint Patty worries about her Christmas book report.
  • Peppermint Patty and Marcie attend a performance of George Frideric Handel's Messiah.
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The birds as "Santa's helpers".

  • Snoopy works as a street corner Santa Claus, and Lucy and Sally find it questionable.
  • Woodstock and his bird friends play chamber music inside a snowman's hat.
  • Charlie Brown tries to explain the true meaning of Christmas to Sally (who mistakenly thinks that it is about "getting all you can get while the getting is good") when she is writing a report for school, but she will not listen. She later starts writing a letter to Santa, but then tries writing to Mrs. Claus.
  • Snoopy, Woodstock and his friends dance with the candy canes that were on the Brown family's tree.
  • Sally goes to Linus's house, where he tries to read the meaning of Christmas to her, despite her constant interruptions. Sally hears "The Twelve Days of Christmas" playing on the radio, asking what calling birds are supposed to be. Linus explains what calling birds are, and also tells her about Albert Schweitzer and how he disliked Christmas presents because he "hated having to write thank-you notes."
  • Charlie Brown wants to buy a nice pair of gloves for Peggy Jean, but the gloves in question cost twenty-five dollars. He sells his entire comic book collection in order to buy the gloves. But as soon as he has made his purchase, he runs into Peggy Jean at the store and finds out that her mother has just bought her a pair of gloves, so he instead gives the gloves he bought to Snoopy.
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Marcie as Mary and Peppermint Patty as a sheep.

  • The children participate in a Christmas play, in which Sally, who is playing the part of an angel who has to say the line "Hark!" to summon a herald angel, continually rehearses her single line, and Peppermint Patty is forced to play a sheep to Marcie's Mary. Sally ends up saying "Hockey stick!" when she finally goes onstage, much to Charlie Brown's embarrassment. Later, a kid named Harold Angel comes by to visit Sally.
  • In the final scene, Lucy tells Linus to get out of the beanbag he is sitting in, but Linus refuses, saying that they remembered the time when they opened presents under the Christmas tree, and asking why Lucy can't be nice all the time like she was on Christmas morning. Lucy storms off, telling him that he's driving her crazy. The special ends with Linus saying, "Joy to the World".

Notes

Availability

After its debut as a direct-to-video release sold exclusively at Shell gas stations, It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown was released on VHS again four years later by Paramount Home Video in 1996. Paramount later included the special on the original DVD release of A Charlie Brown Christmas in 2000. It has since accompanied A Charlie Brown Christmas on all of its subsequent releases, including the "Remastered Deluxe Edition" DVD and Blu-ray released by Warner Home Video in 2008 and the upcoming 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release, as well as its iTunes and a PlayStation Network digital downloads.

Cast

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Voice actor Character
Jamie E. Smith Charlie Brown
Bill Melendez Snoopy
Woodstock
Marnette Patterson Lucy van Pelt
John Christian Graas Linus van Pelt
Mindy Ann Martin Sally Brown
Phillip Lucier Peppermint Patty
Lindsay Benesh Marcie
Sean Mendelson Franklin
Deanna Tello Peggy Jean
Matthew Slowik Harold Angel
unknown Violet Gray
Patty
Frieda

External links

Christmas Specials Based on Comic Strips
Peanuts A Charlie Brown Christmas • "The Play" • It's Christmastime Again, Charlie BrownCharlie Brown's Christmas TalesI Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown • "Christmas is Coming"
Garfield A Garfield Christmas Special • "Heatwave Holiday" • "Caroling Capers" • "Home for the Holidays"
Popeye Seasin's Greetinks!Mister and Mistletoe • "Spinach Greetings"
Dennis the Menace "The Christmas Story" • "The Christmas Horse" • "The Fifteen-Foot Christmas Tree" • A Dennis the Menace Christmas
Other comic strips The Captain's Christmas • "Hazel's Christmas Shopping" • "A Christmas Tale" • "Just 86 Shopping Minutes Till Christmas" • "Christmas with the Addams Family" • A Family Circus ChristmasZiggy's GiftThe Bestest Present • "North Pole Cat" • A Wish For Wings That WorkA Christmas Angel • "A Baby Blues Christmas Special" • "A Huey Freeman Christmas"

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