It was all too appropriate for an anti-commercial Christmas classic airing every year since 1965 to be removed in 2020 to a paid streaming service run by a technology giant.
That was the widespread reaction in October when Apple TV Plus received exclusive rights to the Peanuts catalog, including Charlie Brown’s much-loved Christmas, not to mention “Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving” and “This is the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” . “This meant that families could no longer watch ABC’s holiday promotions – they would have to be broadcast on the service, which Apple has been using since its debut last November.
On Wednesday, Apple eased its broadcasts by announcing a deal that will allow PBS to show versions without special ads for Thanksgiving on Sunday and Christmas special on December 13. The announcement did not say whether the special offers would return to public television after 2020.
But at least for this year, it was the tale that can fit in a special Christmas show from 1965, long appreciated for being ahead of its time in its anti-consumer message. In the 25-minute spoiler production, if you haven’t seen it in the last 55 years, Charlie Brown, dealing with a bit of seasonal depression, admits he just can’t catch the Christmas fever like everyone else.
“Charlie Brown, you’re the only person I know who can have a wonderful season like Christmas and make it a problem,” his friend Linus tells him.
Charlie worries about his sister Sally, saying that all she wants is “my fair share,” and Linus’ sister, Lucy, complains about her gifts, while what she really wants is real estate.
“Look, Charlie, let’s face it,” Lucy tells him. “We all know that Christmas is a big commercial rocket.”
Without going into the full synopsis of the plot, they break down some fierce dance moves, recite a Bible verse, a light tree is well decorated, and Christmas is saved.
The deal between Apple and PBS was made too late to save this year’s Big Pumpkin show for Halloween, which caused a murmur of discontent among those mourning the loss of what had long been a nationwide experience. This was the first time since 1966 that the special broadcast was not broadcast on network television.
Special Thanksgiving, sandwiched between its slightly more popular neighbors, first aired in 1973.
Receiving the Peanuts collection, the legacy of popular cartoonist Charles Schultz, is seen as a coup for Apple TV Plus, a $ 5-a-month streaming service that Apple relies heavily on and positions itself as a competitor to streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Disney Plus. It still has less content than its competitors, but has made funds to create don’t miss out on exclusive shows.
As part of its Peanut deal, Apple will produce a new season of Snoopy in Space and new special holidays celebrating Mother’s Day, Earth Day and New Year’s Eve.