First up – A Charlie Brown Christmas
Ahhh, the Vince Guaraldi score comes on – now sing-along, I know you know it:
Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year
Snowflakes in the air
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share
Most of us of a certain age could recite the script by heart. First aired in 1965, it has been a staple of the Christmas season for most of my life. In 1965 I was 9, too old for Santa and on the pursuit of “cool”. Charlie Brown and his gang were every kid in school, from the popular to the outcast. The music was cool, the story was cool, even more, it was not our parents Christmas, it was ours.
Next up: Prep & Landing
Ever wonder how Santa gets all those gifts under the tree by Christmas morning, all around the world? Meet the team of Prep & Landing. Wayne, call sign “Little Drummer Boy”, has been with this elite unit for 227 years. Lanny, call sign “Tree Skirt”, a P&L rookie. Maggie, call sign “Jingle Belle”, North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center Coordinator (N.P.C.E.C.C.C. for short). They are Santa’s (call sign Big Guy) advance men, parachuting into each home to make sure all is ready for his visit. Favorite quote, reindeer Dancer to Dasher “How will we make it through all this snow?” Dasher: “Laughing all the way my friend, laughing all the way.”
Get the picture? If you missed this you must see it. It’s cool, it’s hip, you will want their tech toys. When I saw the previews for this new special, I thought, oh no, not another “lame Christmas special” (oops, that’s from The 12 Pains of Christmas, we’ll talk about that another day). But I LOVED this animated fun fest, for the inside jokes, the tech gadgets, just the basic originality of it all. I’m pretty sure kids did not get half the jokes, but I am sure they loved the animation. Today’s kids will just have to share this one with “yesterdays” kids.
If you missed either of these Christmas classics, old and new, ABC will run them on-line starting December 9 at abc.go.com. I love Charlie Brown and the gang and always will, but I can make room in my Christmas viewing schedule for this new and fun feature.
What did you think? Is Prep & Landing worthy of a place in the “classic” holiday TV schedule?