On the same evening, the channel’s cable sister, ABC Family, will air a lineup of Christmas cartoons, such as Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, and Frosty’s Winter Wonderland as part of its “25 Days of Christmas” schedule.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas was first broadcast on CBS in 1965, and it has been broadcast on ABC since 2001.
A Charlie Brown Christmas famously revolves around the Peanuts gang attempting to put on a nativity play, and poor put-upon director, Charlie Brown becoming further disillusioned by the increasingly commercial holiday due to the reaction of his friends to his choice of Christmas tree.
It takes Linus to remind everyone else of the true meaning of Christmas, and soon, they wish Charlie Brown a Merry Christmas!
The special features comic moments, such as Sally Brown writing to Santa Claus to ask for money and Snoopy decorating his doghouse to compete in a Christmas lights competition, and besides the familiar Peanuts music, the special also features the beloved Christmas carol, “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.”
ABC airs the half hour special along with a second Peanuts holiday special, but ironically, cuts are made from the original full episode to allow for more commercials.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol and other Christmas cartoons on ABC Family
Mickey’s Christmas Carol first aired in 1983, and it was the first new Mickey Mouse cartoon to be produced by Disney in 30 years.
It is based on the classic Charles Dickens story of A Christmas Carol, and it casts Mickey and his friends as the main characters.
The Christmas cartoon will air on ABC Family with a selection of other cartoons to make up the channels evening schedule on Tuesday December 7.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol will be followed by Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, which is mainly connected to the holiday season due to its featuring storylines related to winter and snow.
Among the other cartoon specials being aired on the evening will be Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, the sequel to the popular holiday special, Frosty the Snowman, but this will air directly opposite A Charlie Brown Christmas on ABC.
Both Frosty the Snowman (1969) and Frosty’s Winter Wonderland (1976) were produced by Rankin-Bass, the team responsible for such holiday specials as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which annually airs on ABC.