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The holiday excitement continues to build this month surrounding the 50th anniversary airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) later this fall. As many fans know, this iconic TV special is based on the world-famous Peanuts comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz. Last month I wrote about my interview with Jill Schulz, youngest of Charles' children.
|Sally Dryer in the recording studio, Vintage image from Peanuts Worldwide|
Sally says playing the voice of Violet was her very first job at the young age of 8 years old. She reminisces, "This was an experiment in the beginning. In fact, when Mr. Schulz was first approached about an animated special based on his comics he always said no. Finally he said 'I'll do it, but it has to be real kids' voices.' We didn't know then what it would become, for sure!"
|Violet, Image by Charles M. Schulz|
"They'd record us kids one at a time -- some did this is Los Angeles while a few (including me) recorded with Lee Mendelson in San Francisco at a studio on Van Ness Avenue. Mendelson would say a line to us, and we’d repeat it. We’d try to repeat with inflections he gave us."
"Sometimes we’d hit it on the first try," recalls Sally, "and other times we'd have to go over and over and over again. I think we went to the studio three or four times. There were also some group lines, like 'You blockhead, Charlie Brown,' that we did altogether. The miracle was done with editing. They’d use the lines they wanted and assemble it all."
Here's a clip showcasing one of Sally's memorable Peanuts voice performances
Sally giggles, "I’ll be in the middle of something completely normal, and then get a call that someone wants my autograph!"
Be on the lookout for MBE's next post in this series soon based on an interview with musician and composer David Benoit who, in 2000, after the death Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, released a memorial album entitled Here's To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years.
About A Charlie Brown Christmas
Since 1964 A Charlie Brown Christmas has touched the lives of millions of fans around the globe. In 2014, Peanuts Worldwide kicks off a year-long celebration of 50 years of A Charlie Brown Christmas. December 2014 marks the 50th time the beloved special airs on television on ABC. In December 2015 it will be the 50th year since it was created, produced and debuted.
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