A few fun facts about A Charlie Brown Christmas courtesy of mentalfloss.com…
- CBS didn’t like it.
- The ad agency handling the sponsorship of the show didn’t like it.
- Even Charles Shulz was embarrassed by some of the program’s technical shortcomings, including continuity issues. “I thought it was a disaster because the drawing was so poor.”
In short, A Charlie Brown Christmas was a flawed and underfunded TV special that could have easily been left to collect dust on the shelves of pop culture history.
And yet this underdog of a special won a 50 share — fully half of the population watched when it originally aired — and went on to become a beloved classic. Why? Here’s one reason…
Being perfect is not a prerequisite to being valued.
It’s true of little Christmas trees.
It’s true of animated specials about little Christmas trees.
And it’s true of people.
– Matthew Porter