The Great American Christmas Creep

No, I don’t mean that jerk who hangs around way too long at Christmas parties just to get a load off of free booze, I mean the practice, termed in the highly materialistic 80s as Christmas Creep where stores put holiday merchandise and begin holiday sales campaigning before the accepted holiday season. While retailers around the world force Christmas trees on their shoppers earlier these days, the US has made it into an art form, taking the first sales of the season from Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) to this year’s 3 weeks before Hallowe’en. It’s about this time of the year I notice myself and others about my age start to sound just like our parents when we start crabbing about being subjected to Christmas carols 5 minutes before Christmas Eve (as well as too many shoppers, not enough snow, not enough parking spaces, too much traffic, crappy sale prices, too much snow, too many snow days, not enough wrapping paper, not enough Christmas bonus). But we can all take comfort that indeed, we’re not getting older (we are, just not that much older), the Creep was pissing people off all the way back to 1974 when Charlie Brown commented on the rise of materialism in It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown. Check it: Courtesy Kitty Rawwrr

A very Merry Christmas 2016 from Yello80s

From Yello80s.com may you have a blessed and joyous Christmas this year- no matter how you celebrate it, your specific traditions or lack thereof, we hope the love of Christ envelopes you and G-d makes His presence known in your life on this holy day. This year I’ve wrestled with Christmas for perhaps the first time in my life. It’s been a year of loss and re-defining and discovery. 2016 has challenged everyone I know in various ways but over the past several years I’ve become very dissatisfied with the trappings of this season. I still love the music and the cheesy tv specials; the giving and the decorating and all the miracles… but this year I understood in a whole new, grown up light those frustrated words of Charlie Brown in my favourite Christmas special: “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!” The show-stealing reply of Linus is a tear-jerker for me every year. But I was always Linus in the crowd- thinking to myself, of course Christmas isn’t about Santa and trees and presents. How trite to make it *only* about those things. How one -dimensional. Then my grandmother passed suddenly in August and Christmas, all it’s symbolism both Christian and secular, all came from her. And now I find myself as Charlie Brown, asking not in frustration but seriously, can’t anyone tell me what Christmas is all about? And luckily, the little Linus voice inside me, maybe my ancestors speaking over me, is answering: Courtesy Sval777 The text is from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 2, verses 8 through 14, King James Version. “8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” This iconic scene so replayed and so remembered by America almost didn’t make it in. Station executives didn’t like the special to begin with and only aired it because they were pushed to fill up the airtime with no other alternatives so close to Christmas. Charles Schulz was advised he couldn’t write in something so religious, it wouldn’t make it to television but he is remembered as saying, “If we don’t, who will?” And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown. As an 80s kid, that message got to me through TV. Today’s kids might hear that message of joy in a text- whatever, however, peace to you in the name of the LORD and joy to your family and friends this day. love, Yello80s.com

80s Animated Soundtracks: I Want to Remember This

Bon Voyage Charlie Brown (And don’t come back!) was the 4th Charlie brown movie to be produced and thought by many to be the best of them at the time though considered to be the darkest of the films at the time. What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown? Is the next in line after Bon Voyage and caps up the storyline. The poignant I Want to Remember is a fan favourite but the singer is not credited. Anyone have any idea? Courtesy wileyk209zback

What the heck, ABC?

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So looks like ABC isn’t showing It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown this year. Luckily for us, YouTube provides! Take a minute and watch this classic goofy Peanuts special in which Lucy tries yet again to get presents for pretty girls, courtesy March Avenue.

Break out the popcorn, here come the Peanuts

The Peanuts movie is coming out this Friday and I’m wiggling around doing the Snoopy dance via GIPHY cos I just can’t wait to go! I’ve even bought some nifty yellow nail polish to go my claws up like Megan Trainer’s Charlie Brown Shirt-style. I’m looking forward to the film not only because Charlie Brown was an absolute favourite in the house amongst my grandfather’s family (My uncle had Snoopy penants draped across the walls of his room, we had little Snoopy figurines tucked up on the window shelves, my mother had the comic books and of course we never missed a TV special!) but because it appears from the trailers that this won’t suck as much as it could. In fact, maybe not at all. Meghan Trainor Better When I’m Dancin courtesy MeghanTrainorVEVO I’m not saying that out of a negative perspective actually. I’ve seen many a book character get butchered when it goes to TV and let’s not even go there when it comes to film. Let’s be honest here: the animation for the Peanuts specials was pretty crap (I was just watching the Great Pumpkin the other night and had another eye-shock of terrible on-screen adaptation). This always struck me because if you’ve ever read the original comics, particularly the ones going back to the 60s, it’s not like Charles Schulz couldn’t draw. And it wasn’t like he created simple characters to get out of detail either- the characters are kids and have clean, simple lines but they’re not badly drawn. When they made the leap to TV however, 2 awful things happened. 1. someone didn’t waste any frames in the animation and 2. the voice actors grew up and not much consistency was made in the way of trying to keep them sounding somewhat similar during the years. As a Schulz fan that breaks my heart because when I think of American icons, Peanuts is right up there and it’s an injustice to the creator to slapdash it. Luckily the score by Vincent Guaraldi always but always saved the day and the dialogue couldn’t be beat (Linus still makes me cry when he quotes the Gospel of Luke). Courtesy Fox Family Entertainment So because this is 2015 there certainly isn’t money or time to make 2D films anymore- Charlie Brown’s bulbous head is truly bulbous in 3D and the colouring much more life-like (shading! I like it!). As Mr. Boo says, “It’s like 3-2-dimensional. You know what I mean.” Indeed. The producers thank G-d decided to incorporate the Guaraldi Trio’s requisite Linus and Lucy, Skating and Christmastime is Here in the soundtrack. I don’t know about you but though Mr. Guaraldi passed in 1976 it so feels to me that he’s never gone; his music seems so timeless. The timing of this release is spot -on: like many other classics in the last couple of years, The Peanuts comic strip celebrates it’s 65th anniversary this year and the 50th anniversary of Charlie Brown’s debut on the small screen. I’ve read a few reviews and the outlook is good- we are promised that Charlie Brown has not updated to the point of his own Twitter account or WordPress Site and dialogue seems true to Schulz’ very special tone. What I fear is our tendency to go either under or over kids’ heads, missing them in entirety. What I mean is filing the edges off anything rough or writing jokes ‘intended for adults because the kids won’t get it.’ Charlie Brown and pals acted like actual children; their words commenting on everything going on around them in the world. There was no sexual demoralizing and the sense of justice was very strong (Linus: …I thought little girls always believed everything that was told to them. I thought little girls were innocent and trusting.   Sally: Welcome to the 21st century!). And of course because it’s an anniversary year, there’s no better excuse to roll out the exclusive merchandise!  Make sure you check back to Yello80s or subscribe for email updates- we’ll be taking a look at the new stuff in the coming weeks.

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving 2013 Schedule on ABC

Cover of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving"
Cover of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Ok so it’s a little early but get your DVR‘s set up now because I’m one of those people who files in the back of my mind when my favourite holiday shows are on, then thinks about it about a week before the day, then thinks about it about…oh, 3 hours after it actually showed. This is why I have everything on DVD. But who’s with me on this- isn’t it all part of the experience to sit there through the commercials, knowing other families across America are laughing at the Allstate Mayhem guy and wondering who picks out all that wierd, pop-ish music for Apple at the same time?? I’m a sucker for that. I never want commercials to go away! So anyway for 2013 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is airing on ABC Thursday 28th November (that’s Thanksgiving btw) at 8p EST and will air with Spanish audio via SAP. Following will be the Peanuts special This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers. I don’t know about you but Black Friday was never a shopping day in my house, it was put up the tree day so ABC will be getting me in the mood on Friday 29th November with Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (squeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!) at 8p EST followed by Shrek the Halls at 8:30. For more ABC programming see TV by the Numbers for the full holiday schedule right up to New Year’s Eve.  
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20131025-232145.jpg photo courtesy basementrejects.com Set your DVRs to ABC 8pm EST on 10/31/13 for Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown so you don’t miss when the Great Pumpkin rises from the most sincere pumpkin patch and flies around giving toys to good little girls and boys. Or something like that. Don’t miss this yearly tradition!!