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The Impact of A Charlie Brown Christmas

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We all love the Christmas season: the gifts, the music, and the iconic movies involving the holiday add magic to the year. However, one movie that I remember the most was A Charlie Brown Christmas. From the simplistic style of the animation to the wholesome message of the story It turned into a must-watch Christmas movie for families all around the world! 

By the 1960s, Charles M. Shultz’s comic strip The Peanuts became a huge success which had gotten the attention of Lee Mendleson. They both agreed that they wanted to work on a film that was around half an hour long. So they hired animator Bill Melendez since he had worked with Shultz on Ford Motor Company commercials featuring The Peanuts gang. So all three of them tried to find a sponsor to fund the project which Coca-Cola was interested in doing but they needed to pitch the whole special in 5 days. So all of them came up with an ideal 30-minute film consisting of winter scenes, a school play, a scene to be read from the bible, and a soundtrack combining jazz and traditional music. 

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When the special was finished nearly everyone who worked on it hated it and when they showed the film to the network executives in New York it also had a negative response. Most of the complaints were that I was “slow-paced” and that the animation was “too simple”. But the executives invited television critic Richard Burgheim of Time Magazine to review it. He reportedly loved it and praised it. The special was released on CBS on December 9th, 1965 at 7:30 ET and was viewed by 45% of people watching TV at the time. And it turned out to be a huge hit with families all across the county! Many people love the simple and cute message of the special and the adorable and charming characters featured in it. Many people hail it as one of the greatest pieces of Christmas media of all time. And with the smooth and relaxing soundtrack made by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. I could understand why people would make such a big statement like that. There is nothing to hate about the special

It’s just very simple and it just executes everything perfectly. And now we should just all relax and get all our loved ones around us and just watch A Charlie Brown Christmas.

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Ivan Amador, News Reporter
Being fun creative and adventurous is a lot of things people want to have in a person, but when I met Ivan Amador, a News Reporter in Journalism, he fit that criteria for everyone. Being friends with Ivan can prove to you that it would be the greatest decision of your life. This guy has a lot of energy in order to keep the hype up for a group of people and friends. I think of Ivan when I interviewed him as a loyal man with definitely a lot of free will, that he is able to just live his life the way he wants to. When it comes to the future I definitely see that he would be the best news reporter in Journalism to bring energy and amazing work to the class.  Ivan loves lasagna, he finds it an incredible Italian food that he thinks “it’s impossible to mess up and it’s easy to make”. He finds it more of his favorite to the point where he would eat lasagna as his only meal for the rest of his life. To go along with that he also likes to add his favorite drink, which is a Hispanic drink called Fresca, he describes it like it was Sprite and Squirt mixed together and it’s delicious. Food is not the only thing interesting about him, he also is very charming when it comes to friends, he met one of his friends with one of his favorite songs called “Coming at Your Love” by Redbone, it was in a movie, and after the movie he met a brand new friend cause of it. Ivan also would love to have you as his friend, since he finds his friends as his favorite people because they reflect him too. Ivan’s interests are so expandable to the point where he listens to almost every piece of music he can, so a good man to talk to about artists and songs for sure. He was in a band and loved to perform, and it became the most memorable thing for him since he loved having the crowd cheer him on. Ivan is also a fan of the classics, leading him to have his favorite video game Black Ops 1, since it was very fun hanging with family as well as playing the game. His dream hangout is to watch Guardians of the Galaxy 3 since his friend was away at the time, and he deeply wanted to see it. That’s what makes Ivan great: he is fully committed to watching a movie with someone, to the point where he doesn’t watch it himself unless his friend watches it with him.  Most movies were listed, since apparently Ivan can’t seem to watch a show, cause it goes on for way too long, I don’t blame him, I feel the same way. He states his favorite show is “The Mandalorian”, but hasn’t seen the newest season, but however, he does like “Phineas and Ferb” and “The Simpsons”. I would assume he likes shows that reset everything after the episodes, which is honestly incredible, because keeping up with a story is way harder than watching one episode for one story. Along with his favorite show, he finds Monster Inc. to be his favorite movie, because he found it so funny for him. Also, another funny and favorite movie is “HeavyWeight”, mostly because Netflix at the time didn't have many options, and it was the only Disney film on Netflix during the time, but at least he enjoyed it. Along with a movie, Ivan would love to have In the Flesh by Pink Floyd as a theme song, when he lived his life, because the guitar part was amazing, and he found out also through a movie.

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