LA Times on the Ironies of "A Charlie Brown Christmas"
The Los Angeles Times has published a feature article about A Charlie Brown Christmas, detailing the progression of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts newspaper strip into the beloved animated special (free registration required). Among other facts, the newspaper notes that Schulz was highly reluctant to do the show at all, but then became the only one involved who didn’t think it would be a flop on its first airing. The article also notes that the famous holiday special, which decries excessive commercialism during the Christmas season, has since become a magnet for advertisers, who can pay more than $200,000 for a 30-second spot during the show.
A Charlie Brown Christmas airs tonight, December 6, on ABC.