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McGrath on Charlie Brown, Bill Melendez, and Christmas

December 24th, 2008 at 7:25 pm

“… When it came time to animate Charles Schulz’s Peanuts world, it was Bill Melendez who did a lot of the heavy lifting. He and his team came up with all the groundbreaking stuff we don’t even think about anymore …

“… Most of all, they resisted any attempts to cute-up or pull punches with the rather melancholy, serious subtext that beats at the heart of that special.

“It’s an amazing feat, now, looking back at this thirty-year-old special, and soberly realizing that practically none of those decisions would likely have stood today, in our market-researched and thoroughly-picked-over network culture. I mean — a jazz soundtrack?…”

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