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Monday Memos: A Charlie Brown Christmas…celebrating 50 years of T.V. magic!!!

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to discuss an event that we all experience every year. This isa charlie brown christmas something that we all grow up with, and no matter how old or young you are, it still has the same affect. What am I talking about you may ask? A little movie that we all love known as ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’! In 1965 ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ first aired on CBS, and thus started a Christmas tradition that would continue to enchant families for decades. The movie was commissioned by ‘The Coca-Cola Company’, which asked ‘Peanuts’ creator Charles M. Schulz and his team to create the special in 6 months, after they viewed an unaired documentary staring Schultz called ‘A Boy Named Charlie Brown’. This year ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ turned 50 so let’s discuss why this amazing movie has become engraved as a part of our Christmas tradition. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!

 

Although there are so many things about this movie that we love, I think that the 3 main things that you can pinpoint that makes ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ different than other Christmas specials is: the characters, the music, and the risks that this movie takes. One of the most important aspects of a great story is for it to have amazing, memorable characters that we can relate to. The Peanuts universe has brought us a lot of beloved characters from Lucy (the girl we all love to hate), Linus (the intelligent and practical one), Sally (the little sister we all wish we had), Snoopy (the cool one we all wish we were), and of course the wonderfully hilarious and fun Charlie Brown who we can all relate to on some level. Of course ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas wouldn’t be nearly as memorable without it’s amazing music. Whether you love more traditional sounding Christmas music such as ‘Christmas Time is Here’ and ‘Hark the Harold Angels Sing’, or music that brings a fresh feel to the season such as the unforgettable piano jazz number ‘Linus and Lucy’ (which you can check out in the video below), this movie will have you humming along to its’ diverse soundtrack long after Christmas is over. Finally, we need to discuss the incredible risks this movie takes. One of these risks is not using music in the style of what was popular at the time. A lot of times movies use catchy, modern sounds in order to easily win over an audience. ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ uses the opposite (and often risker approach) of using genres that weren’t necessarily in the forefront of the American public’s mind in the 60s, and thus makes very unique music that instantly mesmerizes you because it’s so different. Another risk that this movie takes is that it used actual child actors to voice the characters, and because of this adds a larger sense of authenticity to the roles. Shows/movies are notorious for using adults to portray teens and children, (because of legal, financial, and other reasons), so to use a cast that was primarily made up of children was very groundbreaking at the time (and is still VERY uncommon today). Using children actors also added a sincerity and innocence to the roles that really brought these characters to life on screen, and has set a bar that all Charlie Brown specials have had to try to live up to ever since. Because of all of these reasons, we can see why we love Charlie Brown so much, and why we’ll continue to sing, dance, and laugh along to ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ for the next 50 + years.

 

 

 

 

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Monday Memos: Top 5 movies to watch this Halloween

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos we’re going to talk about one of the best parts of fall… Halloween movies. Technically we could watch these movies at any point of the year, but there’s just something about fall that makes these movies even better. Now even though there are always new movies that come out during this time of the year, I thought that it would be fun to make a list of 5 Halloween movies that we already know are awesome (and honestly fall would feel empty without). I will say that there won’t be any “horror” or “scary” movies on here because I want to keep the list very family friendly, so you can feel comfortable watching any of these movies with your entire family. So now let’s get to the list! Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!

 

5) Pooh’s Huffalump Halloween Movie:

Pooh's_Heffalump_Halloween_MovieWe’re kicking things off with this movie because honestly who doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh. This is a really cute movie that’s story and characters will entertain kids, and give older audiences a kick of nostalgia. The plot has a little suspense but at its’ core is a really sweet story of friendship, and is definitely another classic story in this beloved franchise.

4) Halloweentown:

Now this is a true Disney Channel classic! Every Disney Channel fan knows that once October hits, we’ll get to see p21485_d_v8_aaall 4 Halloweentown movies. I put the 1st one on this list because this is the story that started it all for this franchise. What I love most about this first film is that we are introduced to amazing characters, a really interesting story, but also get a dose of reality because of the characters relationships with each other. I also love that each film switches up the plot and characters, but we still see a lot of the familiar faces that we’ve grown to love.

 

3) Casper:

This is a great movie to watch during October, because it’s funny, the cast does a great job of bring these characters to life, and it will keep you entertained and engaged from beginning to end. this is definitely a film you’ll want to see again and again, and even though the movie originally came out in 1995 (wow!), it still holds up really well today. On a side note, the music in this movie is AMAZING, especially that ending song sung by Little Richard (just check out the video below)!

 

1)E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial:

Of course a Halloween list wouldn’t be complete without ET. This is an iconic film that has an amazing cast that bring these awesome characters to life, a great story, cool music, and is a movie that we’ve all seen but will continue to watch again and again. I had a really had time deciding whether this or the next movie that we’re going to talk about should be #1 so that’s why I’ve left it to you to decide. Let me know on the comments below which film you think should be #1. You can also check out one of the most iconic scenes from the movie below, which happens on…Halloween!

1) It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown:

I honestly had a REALLY hard time choosing between It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown & E.T, because they’re both amazing films, and iconicIts-the-great-pumpkin-Charlie-Brown in their own way. So like I said above, I’ll leave it up to y’all to decide which one is your favorite. This is another AMAZING film that has unforgettable characters, and a story that we continue to fall more in love with every year. With the newest Peanuts movie hitting theaters this year (personally I’m so excited to see it), we continue to see that the Peanuts characters never get old, which is why this movie has a very special place in film history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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