Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown
December 20, 2013 8:16 AM   Subscribe

Live action Peanuts Christmas dance (SLYT)
posted by roomthreeseventeen (26 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

First thought: I didn't know anyone did flash mobs any more.
Second thought: this would probably have been better as a split-screen with the actual animation so you could see what each dancer was doing better.
Third thought: okay, the giant costumed Snoopy just didn't work.
posted by Curious Artificer at 8:34 AM on December 20, 2013

came to see the live-action version of the orange-shirt-boy-knee-knocking dance, left a little bit no-so-impressed.
Also, I would have liked to have seen this in a school auditorium for maximum artistic effect rather than in the street, where it will just get archived as yet another flash-mob-type thingamagig.

that being said, the animated version is truly a treasure!

A+ for effort though
posted by bitteroldman at 8:35 AM on December 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

This entire thing feels a little halfhearted. They couldn't find anyone that could do decent 5 and Shermy dances? Come on! I've been practicing The Marionette for like, twenty years. Tap out and let me in.
posted by Redfield at 8:36 AM on December 20, 2013 [11 favorites]

I hope that guy in the orange shirt regrets his poor footwork on his deathbed
posted by Greg Nog at 8:44 AM on December 20, 2013 [7 favorites]

Tough crowd. This made me smile.

Serious question, though: Given how all of those "Let's Play" videos have been taken down by the automatic copyright bot, how did this make it through with that music?
posted by jbickers at 8:45 AM on December 20, 2013

We used to do this in high school, because there was a guy who could play the music on the piano.
posted by JanetLand at 8:50 AM on December 20, 2013

Again props to Mefi. The only reason to watch was to see the orange shirt guy do the dance and of all the imitated moves that was the biggest fail. Why is that dance so hypnotic? I remember years ago my wife slyly confessing that she only watched him in that scene and I was all ME TOO!
posted by umberto at 9:00 AM on December 20, 2013

Those girls in pink were doing that extremely simple dance incorrectly. I couldn't watch the entire video.
posted by orme at 9:11 AM on December 20, 2013 [3 favorites]

Xander did it better.
posted by kmz at 9:14 AM on December 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

posted by perhapses at 9:37 AM on December 20, 2013 [2 favorites]

Yeah, the cartoon is joyful and awesome, but people doing it--at least, THESE people doing it--is just disturbing...
posted by Sing Or Swim at 9:41 AM on December 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

A friend of mine had a November wedding and had a jazz trio for the music. As the evening progressed and alcohol consumption reached its peak, my wife pressed me to request "that Charlie Brown song". I went to the pianist and asked her if they knew it. She responded by pounding out the main riff, with a huge smile on her face. Two songs later they launched into it, all smiling like kids in front of the tree. The dance floor was PACKED with people, all trying to do their best approximation of Shermy, or Lucy, or whoever. The bride dragged her husband on the floor. It was glorious chaos.
posted by Ber at 9:42 AM on December 20, 2013 [3 favorites]

Luckily, this didn't happen in my house as the kids have been brain trained early….

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posted by C.A.S. at 9:49 AM on December 20, 2013

The women were extremely fetching.

However, I am suspicious that this may be some sort of Sprint viral campaign.
posted by KokuRyu at 10:40 AM on December 20, 2013

The women were extremely fetching.

Yeah, fetching the newspaper, fetching my slippers, fetching a ball...

I kid, I kid.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 10:42 AM on December 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

Doesn't canon mean anything to these people?
posted by Tanizaki at 10:46 AM on December 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

Would've liked it better if they had used Hey Ya.
posted by markkraft at 10:46 AM on December 20, 2013 [5 favorites]

No dirt emanating from Pig Pen.

posted by Eyebeams at 10:59 AM on December 20, 2013 [4 favorites]

ugh. could have been so much better.

once again, Kids in the Hall ftw (their exit is the best!)
posted by ericbop at 12:10 PM on December 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

I love this Vince Guaraldi tune more than most pieces of music - it just hits me in that happy place - but the boy in the orange sweater didn't put enough shoulder into it.
posted by goofyfoot at 12:13 PM on December 20, 2013

omg #MeFiScrooges. I laughed when a certain dog appeared.

[And needed the lolz cos I am very tired, still @ work & have a lot to do outta here.]
posted by NorthernLite at 1:16 PM on December 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

Would've liked it better if they had used Hey Ya
posted by markkraft

Ha! My daughter's first exposure to this song was watching this mashup and she still to this day calls Hey Ya "that Peanuts song."
posted by vespabelle at 1:19 PM on December 20, 2013

This is so bad...

...and I don't know why I was so excited to see it.
posted by Our Ship Of The Imagination! at 1:25 PM on December 20, 2013

Not authentic unless Pigpen has some sort of smoke generator concealed on his person.

This version is fun.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:27 PM on December 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

In high school, during band practice (insert an uptalk here, so it sounds right), my friend Amy K. the cymbal player would do the Peanuts Christmas dance on command. She did the dance that the girl in the purple dress does, bopping her head from side to side. (Not Freida with the naturally curly hair -- the other girl in the purple dress.) She'd do the dance any time we requested it, when we needed some distraction, and she always had the sweetest, most beatific smile on her face when she did it.

Amy K. died during a C-section 7 or 8 years ago. Her daughter survived.

I hope her daughter sees this and it gives her joy, because it gave us much joy when Amy K. did it out on the football field.

posted by mudpuppie at 6:38 PM on December 20, 2013

The cellist has perfect arm action, though!
posted by shortyJBot at 5:22 AM on December 21, 2013

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