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It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown is the third Christmas animated production based on the comic strip Peanuts, and the second one produced as a prime-time special. 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 Friedrich 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 Browns' Christmas tree.
  • Sally goes to the van Pelts' house, where Linus tries to read the meaning of Christmas to her, despite her constant interruptions. She hears "The Twelve Days of Christmas" playing on the radio and asks what calling birds are supposed to be. Linus explains what they are, and also tells her about Albert Schweitzer and how he disliked Christmas presents because he "hated having to write thank-you notes".
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Charlie Brown is dismayed to find that Peggy Jean already has a pair of gloves.

  • Charlie Brown wants to buy a nice pair of gloves for Peggy Jean, but the pair in question cost twenty-five dollars. He sells his entire comic book collection in order to buy them. But as soon as he does so, he runs into Peggy Jean at the store and finds out that her mother has just bought her a pair, so he gives the pair he bought to Snoopy instead.
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Marcie as Mary and Peppermint Patty as a sheep.

  • The children participate in a Christmas play, in which Peppermint Patty is forced to play a sheep to Marcie's Mary, and Sally is playing the part of an angel who supposedly has to say the line "Hark!" before "Harold Angel sings". She continually rehearses it, but ultimately ends up saying "Hockey stick!" instead when she finally goes onstage, much to Charlie Brown's embarrassment. Later, a kid named Harold Angel comes by to visit her.
  • In the final scene, Lucy tells Linus to get out of the beanbag he is sitting in, but he 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. She storms off, telling him that he's driving her crazy. The special ends with him 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 2017 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release, as well as its iTunes, Amazon Video, and 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
Violet Gray
Matthew Slowik Harold Angel
unknown 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 on Its Way" • "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" • "Krazy's Krismas" • "It's Better To Give" • "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"
WildBrain
WildBrain "Twinkle's Wish" • "Christmas" (Yo Gabba Gabba!) • A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! Christmas Special! • "SheZon's Greetings"
Studio B Productions Snowden: Raggedy Ann & Andy's Adventure • "Snow Biz" • The Legend of Frosty the Snowman • "Jungle Bells" / "Goat of Christmas Presents" • "Kid vs. Kat vs. Christmas" • "Fangs for the Memories" • "Hearth's Warming Eve" • "I Heard the Barks on Christmas Day" • "Christmas Evil" • "Hearthbreakers" • "Charles Dickens" • "A Hearth's Warming Tail" • "Robert Edwin Peary" • "The Hearth's Warming Club" • My Little Pony: Best Gift Ever
CINAR / Cookie Jar Entertainment "Madeline's Christmas" • The Real Story of O Christmas Tree • "The Night Before Christmas" • "The Best Christmas Present Ever" • "Abe and Babe's Christmas Lesson" • "Sally Cat's Christmas Dream" • "The Big Apple Christmas Caper" • "Santa Needs Help" • "Christmas Star" • Arthur's Perfect Christmas • "Caillou's Christmas" • Caillou's Holiday MovieGotta Catch Santa ClausThe Velveteen Rabbit • "A Holly Johnny Christmas" • "That's Swellaphant!"
DIC Entertainment The Littles Christmas Special • "Christmas Memories" • "North Pole Cat" • "Xmas Marks the Spot" • "The Year Scroogenip Swiped Christmas" • "Koopa Klaus" • "Santa Claus is Coming to Flatbush" • "Christmas in July" • "The Night Before Cave Christmas" • A Christmas Adventure • "Merry Christmas, Super Dave!" • Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas • "Across the Delaware" • A Hollywood Hounds Christmas • "Do Not Reboot 'Til Christmas" • "Kilo Is Coming to Town" • "It's a Gorganus Life" • "Madeline at the North Pole" • "Just Like Old Times" • Twas the Night Before BumpyJingle Bell RockSonic Christmas BlastThe Adventures of SnowdenA Christmas Carol • "Holiday on Ice" • "A Gadget Boy Christmas All Around the World" • "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" • "Witchmas Carole" • "The Christmas Phantom" • "Berry Merry Christmas" • "Santa Claw" • "The Claw Who Stole Christmas"
Ragdoll Productions "Christmas Tree" • "Making Christmas Cards" • "Crackers" • "Christmas Carols" • "The Perfect Tree"
Decode Entertainment "Santa Sword is Coming to Town" • "Secret Santa" • "Last Day of Christmas" • "A Very Sadie Christmas" • "His Master's Choice" • "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" • "The Nutcracker" • "The Happy Holidays Issue" • "How to Make a Christmas Miracle" • "Lobster Claus is Coming to Town"
Halifex Films "A Song For Everyone" • "The Holiday Tree" • "A Wish World Christmas"
Iconix Brand Group A Charlie Brown Christmas • "The Play" • It's Christmastime Again, Charlie BrownCharlie Brown's Christmas Tales • "Berry Merry Christmas" • I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown • "Christmas is Coming" • "Christmas is on Its Way"
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