Set the example for peace and respect, and though cynicism might offer ease and comfort, never lose faith in yourself. I do not have enough kind words to articulate how much I honor this half-hour special. As someone who does not observe Christmas, I do not know whether or not Linus's scripture recitation distills the holiday's meaning as he suggests it does, but I appreciate that its ultimate goal is not conversion.
Maybe I shouldn't have watched this with my students but I did. And I've never wanted to bury my head in the ground more. (Maybe a little more when I saw Knowing.) Sorry Charlie...sorry Angelo and the other 196 fans. If offered this one again or a noose...I'll take the latter.
Absolutely perfect translation of the spirit of the Peanuts comic strips.
This has that rare combination of melancholy and discovery of warmth that makes It's a Wonderful Life so memorable.
Everything just works here. Especially the soundtrack.