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TV Shows - Charlie Brown Specials

Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, which ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000 (the day after Schulz's death), continuing in reruns afterward. Peanuts achieved considerable success for its Charlie Brown television specials, several of which, including A Charlie Brown Christmas and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown won or were nominated for Emmy Awards. The holiday specials remain quite popular and are currently broadcast on ABC in the United States during the corresponding season.

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1 Never Boned Still rocks.
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2 Ran out of Holidays "It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown." Really?
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3 1977 - It's Your First Kiss jazz composer/pianist Vince Guaraldi dies in 1976
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4 It's Flashbeagle Too '80s; no "timeless" feeling to it
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5 It's the Pied Piper, C. Brown Broke Peanuts traditions
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6 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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7 Puberty The cast-and me-grew up!
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8 They move to ABC Poor editing for commercial time
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1 MCS, on the characters like Lucy vs Angelica (yuck!), you are so right! (thumbs up) Steve C. -- Submitted By: (PokeyJHorse) on September 13, 2015, 1:09 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 In reply to Eugene's comment, Schulz, ironically hated the pleasant, cool-jazz soundtrack originally. This is oft-refered to from day one as using Hanna-Barbera sound effects but I believe this show predated H-B (which was still adding sound FX to its own inventory) in using some of those cartoony sounds (which themselves seem a bit odd in these specials LOL) to HB's library. But by September 1966, there was no zone between Hanna-Barbera and Melendez-Mendelson, the latter dynamic duo being the ones who made all these Peanuts specials since the first. (Then they started using WB and Jay Ward sounds in the 1970s!) -- Submitted By: (PokeyJHorse) on March 26, 2015, 8:04 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
3 MCS, totally agree with you (but I still love the ones before the 80s and F'beagle)..and I agree, MCS, that Charle Brown did get bullies a little too much... then there was (also in the 80s) "Someday you'll find her") which has Charlie losing the love of his life to Woodstock, Linus, and Snoopy..but then again this was NOT the Little Red Haired Girl (whose own 1977 appearance may have also been a good shark jump since we SAW her now) but some blonde little girl that Charlie Brown saw on a television game (he DOES turn down another little girl who starts to crush on him while he's trying to find this little girl that he only saw on TV wehile two timing on the little red head girl...).. -- Submitted By: (PokeyJHorse) on March 26, 2015, 7:58 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
4 It's worth noting that the original Charlie Brown Christmas special would have turned out very different if Schulz hadn't stood up to the network executives. The network suits objected to a) The quotation from scripture that Linus makes, b) The use of actual childrens voices (rather than adult voice actors), c) The absence of a laugh track and d) the Vince Guaraldi jazz score. In other words, nearly all the things that makes the program truly memorable and distinctive (and which continue to make it a seasonal favorite 45 years later) are all things that the Network wanted to excise. Socre one for Charles Schulz for insisting on his vision for the program. -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on April 28, 2010, 10:51 am - (4 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Agreed. The first ones were legendary and classics, but as more and more came on, they just seemed to go out on a limb, and pick anything for specials. That last one you described did it in and then some. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on April 17, 2010, 6:17 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
6 Charlie Brown specials are classics. It's hard to say which one is my favorite, but it's easy to say which one is my least favorite: "It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown!" In it, Snoopy has a cell phone. Yes, you heard right: a CELL PHONE. When the story of the Pied Piper is told, not only do you SEE adults, but they TALK. Not the classic "Wah-wah-wah" way, but real, honest-to-goodness talking. (I've been told that seeing and hearing adults on a Peanuts cartoon has been done before, but that's besides the point). And even with those complaints, believe me when I warn you that I haven't even begun to scratch the surface. This show was released after Charles Schultz died. He was around to supervise it, but they probably brow-beated him into doing it. It was a disgrace to the classic Peanuts cartoons. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on April 17, 2010, 11:12 am - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
7 The Christmas special and the Great Pumpkin are timeless classics. My only problem with the Charlie Brown cartoons in general is the fact that Charlie Brown was bullied in those cartoons and in the comics. Still, at least the characters aren't sociopaths like Angelica on Rugrats. Did anyone ever see Race for your Life Charlie Brown?" Best Charlie Brown movie! -- Submitted By: (MCS) on November 7, 2009, 2:48 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
8 The early ones are great. But they went to the well far too many times. There really is an "It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown" special. But the original Christmas special will always be a timeless classic. -- Submitted By: (SmoothT) on November 4, 2009, 7:28 am - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi composed and performed the scores for the first 15 Charlie Brown Specials and the full length feature A Boy Named Charlie Brown. I feel that Guaraldi's music was an important and irreplaceable element of the specials. In 1976, he died suddenly just hours after recording his score for It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown. On October 24th, 1977, the first Charlie Brown Special to not feature a score by Guaraldi, It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, premiered on CBS. From that moment on, the Charlie Brown Specials never felt the same to me. Coincidentally, It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown featured an onscreen appearance by The Little Red Haired Girl and even gave her a name (Heather). To me that was a bone moment as well. So in my opinion, It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown boned twice. -- Submitted By: (Bugman) on June 2, 2009, 5:33 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
10 They NEVER boned as far as I'm concerned! The Christmas one's my absolute fave (and favorite Christmas cartoon of ALL time). It went a LOT deeper than so many have before/since and it was interesting to me that all these snotty kids would actually feel sorry for Charlie Brown and make his pathetic tree a REAL tree with their decorations but telling, that as soon as the Christmas glow was gone, they'd go right back to being snotty! Also, I liked a great deal the 'What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown' one. Rarely shown since its debut, this was about him and the gang going to France and Linus considering what the soldiers experienced during D-DAY. They actually used REAL footage alongside the cartoon to consider this. Shulz really hit that one of the ballpark with that one being a WWII vet himself! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 18, 2009, 10:24 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
11 No matter how old you are, the Charlie Brown shows always seem to stick with you! I like the "Great Pumpkin" and "Christmas" ones! I could kind of say that the specials jumped (or boned) because of the network change (CBS to ABC, probably because the former shows "Frosty" and "Rudolph" every season), but my family and I enjoy the shows very much! I also remembered a regular Charlie Brown series on the old Disney Channel (circa mid-90s)! -- Submitted By: (SVN) on April 17, 2009, 9:23 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote

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