For over fifty years, two animated half-hour TV specials have heralded the beginning of the holiday season – but why is that so, and how did they come to be? In this episode, the SSN Crew discusses the early history and development of Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts” comic strip, its move to animation and to the 1965 venerable TV special “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Then, we explore the longtime friendship between author and humorist Dr. Seuss and animation director Chuck Jones, which culminated in their 1966 collaboration to bring “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” to life in animated form.
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