Bring me the head of Charlie Brown

Tonight ABC aired the original Charlie Brown Christmas special yet again. That thing never gets old. The animation is limited and the characters always off model from one scene to the next, but it has great voices and characters and heart.

This seems a perfect opportunity to link to Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown, a hilarious CalArts student film that I first saw linked from Jim Hull’s excellent blog, Steward Street. Every person who has hosted the movie has been shutdown by their web host due to bandwidth usage. Luckily it’s now up on ifilm.com. The short is made even more amusing if you contrast it with the animation style of the original Charlie Brown specials: the CalArts film has much fuller animation and better lip-sync. Even so, I wouldn’t want anything about Charlie Brown Christmas changed.