"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
The show wasn't well received by the suits at CBS, according to the book A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition. After watching a screening, they were so unimpressed that they decided to not let the Time magazine critic see it – even though he was waiting out in the hall.
Quietly panicking, executive producer Lee Mendelson spoke up. "Won't it be worse if we don't show it to him?" he asked.
The execs relented, and the critic loved it. His review called it "one children's special this season that bears repeating." Which, of course, it has.
If you are unable to watch tonight, you can conjure up the magic in your own imagination with this list of quotes from the film at IMDB, which includes my personal favorite:
Look, Charlie, let's face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It's run by a big eastern syndicate, you know.
And along those lines, I only hope that, at some point during the broadcast, we get to see an advertisement in which Santa rides on a huge Norelco electric razor. Then we can say that the holiday season has truly begun.