“A Charlie Brown Christmas” special for 2015 marks the fiftieth year this animated film has been shown on television. The movie, which started its run on the small screen in 1965, aired at 9 p.m., ET, on Nov. 30. The offering on Monday had been digitally remastered from the original.
Meanwhile, to show how important these Charles Schulz characters are to America, ABC made sure the beloved show was preceded by another offering about Peanuts and the gang. Called “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown,” the program was hosted by Kristen Bell.
Bell was in charge while she helped other stars celebrate Charlie Brown’s meek efforts to put everyone in a holiday state of mind for so many years. Matthew Morrison of “Glee” fame was on hand for the happening, singing the tune called “Just Like Me” and Kristen Chenoweth gave a rousing rendition of “Happiness” from the Broadway hit, “Peanuts.”
Also on hand to celebrate fifty years of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” through this special about the long-running show were amazing artists such Sarah McLachlan, Vince Guaraldi, David Benoit and The All-American Boys Chorus. Boyz II Men and Pentatonix entertained as well.
That said, the main event was enjoyed by millions as Schroeder revisited Beethoven on the piano, as the twig that symbolized the meager tree in this tale made its entrance, and as the Christmas dance took plaee, causing everybody to rock out, on the small screen and in our living rooms, too.
And finally, when the part where everyone sang “Christmastime Is Here” came to pass, all fans both near and far knew that another “A Charlie Brown Christmas” 2015 had made the start to their holidays even brighter — for the fiftieth year in a row.