"A Charlie Brown Christmas" Comes to the iPad

charliebrownChildhood classic A Charlie Brown Christmas has made its way to the iPad as an interactive book that Mashable describes as "spectacular" and "like magic".

The app turns the 1965 television special into an interactive children's book, giving kids (and nostalgic adults) the chance to "play Schroeder's piano, finger paint with the gang, go carolling with the Peanuts choir, and participate in the Spectacular Super-Colossal Neighborhood Christmas Lights and Display Contest".

A Charlie Brown Christmas was built by Loud Crow Interactive, an app development firm in Vancouver that specializes in turning book content into interactive digital apps.

This isn't Loud Crow's first experience turning a classic children's tale into an iPad app. Last year, the company created interactive interpretations of Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, and William Wallace Denslow's The Night Before Christmas.


A Charlie Brown Christmas is a universal app, designed for both iPhone and iPad, and is $6.99 on the App Store. [Direct Link]

Popular Stories

iPhone SE 4 Vertical Camera Feature

iPhone SE 4 Rumored to Use Same Rear Chassis as iPhone 16

Friday July 19, 2024 7:16 am PDT by
Apple will adopt the same rear chassis manufacturing process for the iPhone SE 4 that it is using for the upcoming standard iPhone 16, claims a new rumor coming out of China. According to the Weibo-based leaker "Fixed Focus Digital," the backplate manufacturing process for the iPhone SE 4 is "exactly the same" as the standard model in Apple's upcoming iPhone 16 lineup, which is expected to...
iPhone 16 Pro Sizes Feature

iPhone 16 Series Is Just Two Months Away: Everything We Know

Monday July 15, 2024 4:44 am PDT by
Apple typically releases its new iPhone series around mid-September, which means we are about two months out from the launch of the iPhone 16. Like the iPhone 15 series, this year's lineup is expected to stick with four models – iPhone 16, iPhone 16 Plus, iPhone 16 Pro, and iPhone 16 Pro Max – although there are plenty of design differences and new features to take into account. To bring ...
bsod

Crowdstrike Says Global IT Outage Impacting Windows PCs, But Mac and Linux Hosts Not Affected

Friday July 19, 2024 3:12 am PDT by
A widespread system failure is currently affecting numerous Windows devices globally, causing critical boot failures across various industries, including banks, rail networks, airlines, retailers, broadcasters, healthcare, and many more sectors. The issue, manifesting as a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), is preventing computers from starting up properly and forcing them into continuous recovery...
iphone 14 lineup

Cellebrite Unable to Unlock iPhones on iOS 17.4 or Later, Leak Reveals

Thursday July 18, 2024 4:18 am PDT by
Israel-based mobile forensics company Cellebrite is unable to unlock iPhones running iOS 17.4 or later, according to leaked documents verified by 404 Media. The documents provide a rare glimpse into the capabilities of the company's mobile forensics tools and highlight the ongoing security improvements in Apple's latest devices. The leaked "Cellebrite iOS Support Matrix" obtained by 404 Media...
Apple Watch Series 9

2024 Apple Watch Lineup: Key Changes We're Expecting

Tuesday July 16, 2024 7:59 am PDT by
Apple is seemingly planning a rework of the Apple Watch lineup for 2024, according to a range of reports from over the past year. Here's everything we know so far. Apple is expected to continue to offer three different Apple Watch models in five casing sizes, but the various display sizes will allegedly grow by up to 12% and the casings will get taller. Based on all of the latest rumors,...
tinypod apple watch

TinyPod Turns Your Apple Watch Into an iPod

Wednesday July 17, 2024 3:18 pm PDT by
If you have an old Apple Watch and you're not sure what to do with it, a new product called TinyPod might be the answer. Priced at $79, the TinyPod is a silicone case with a built-in scroll wheel that houses the Apple Watch chassis. When an Apple Watch is placed inside the TinyPod, the click wheel on the case is able to be used to scroll through the Apple Watch interface. The feature works...

Top Rated Comments

mkrishnan Avatar
165 months ago
Awww... of all the Charlie Brown apps on the iPad, you're the Charlie Brownest. :)
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mtbdudex Avatar
165 months ago
Has it been properly sanitized for political correctness? I'm always stunned to see that this is still allowed to be broadcast on TV.
You mean this little bit of timeless magic?


"And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid ... And the angel said unto them, "Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings o great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord."

"And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men."

"That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown." - Linus Van Pelt
Hmm, what's politically un-correct with the above??
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
marc11 Avatar
165 months ago
I must be the only person on the planet that never cared for this Charlie Brown special. The animations are terrible, the music is like Chinese water torture and the plot line so thin you could read newsprint through it.

Bah...Humbug...Good Grief!!!

Maybe you weren't played with when you were a kid, or maybe you do not have kids or both, but shows like this, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph etc harken back for a lot of us of a happier time when we were kids. These specials, along with things like the Hess Truck commercials reminded us that Christmas was almost here. It added to the excitment that bult up over the weeks between Thanksgiving and Crhistmas, to the point where you almost exploded with anticipation.

(for those of us that celebrated Christmas, so this doesn't ring true for everyone of course)

And now, for my kids, the joy comes again, I see it in them, how excited they get, the joy the season brings to them, it is a tradition for us.

It isn't about the quality of the show, it is about the message in the show, the meaning of the holiday season, the joy and happiness the season brings....if are an adult and celebrate Christmas and do not get that, it is too bad, you are missing one of the last true joys of childhood. (and yes, I get my kids a Hess truck every year too, have since the day they were born)
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KnightWRX Avatar
165 months ago
While that album may be the most sold, it doesn't make it good music. I find it irritating, not inspirational.
It's Christmas music. Something tells me you'd be irritated whoever had made it. It's very good piano work by Vince and that is why it is the most sold album. It is good Christmas music.


That said, it doesn't bother me that other people, especially kids, enjoy the program. I'm just a bit surprised at myself for not finding anything in the program that I find enjoyable.
Why bother posting in a thread about it then ?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KnightWRX Avatar
165 months ago
I must be the only person on the planet that never cared for this Charlie Brown special. The animations are terrible, the music is like Chinese water torture and the plot line so thin you could read newsprint through it.

Bah...Humbug...Good Grief!!!
Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas is the most sold Christmas album there is. What's wrong with piano music ?

The animation is standard 1965's Peanuts fare, the plot line is typical Christmas "Joy and Happiness".
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ikarl67 Avatar
165 months ago
Loud Crow

Loud Crow also does the Sandra Boynton Book adaptations. Fantastic iPad apps for anyone with toddlers.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)