EPISODES & QUOTES

THE PEANUTS SPECIALS

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

ABOUT- The first Peanuts television episode was called A Charlie Brown Christmas. It was produced and directed by former Warner Bros. and UPA animator Bill Melendez. The special was aired first on CBS in 1965 and has been aired every Christmas since and since 2001 on ABC. The episode has been honored with an Emmy and a Peaboy Award.

PLOT- Charlie Brown is depressed because Christmas lacks meaning to him, He sees Lucy and Snoopy obsessed with presents and decorations, Schroeder obsessed with the Christmas pageant, and everyone else A Charlie Brown Christmasfocusing on Christmas Cards and letters for Santa, and all this causes him to question the true meaning of Christmas. Charlie has become disgusted by how commercial the Holiday has become. When the gang agrees to give Charlie the task of picking out a Christmas Tree for the pageant, he picks out a lonely, scrawny little tree that, along with a touching speech from Linus, helps everyone to ultimately understand the true meaning of the Holiday.

 

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN

ABOUT- This episode was the first Halloween special to be produced and animated by Bill Melendez. It was first brodcasted on October 27, 1966 onCBS. CBS then re-aired the episode every year sinace 2000 and ABC It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brownairing it as well since 2001. This episode was nominated for an Emmy award.To celebrate its 40th anniversary, a retrospective book was published in 2006 entitled, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: The Making of a Television Classic with the entire script, never-before-seen photographs, storyboard excerpts, and interviews with the original child actors who provided the voices of the Peanuts gang.

PLOT- It's Halloween in Peanuts land. Charlie Brown is thrilled that at last he's been invited to a costume party. Snoopy's costume choice consists of the goggles and scarf of a World War I flying ace, who is ever in search of the elusive Red Baron. Linus makes preparations for the arrival of The Great Pumpkin, whom he believes will rise from the pumpkin patch and deliver presents to all the good little boys and girls. At episode's end, Charlie Brown finds himself with a trick-or-treat bag full of rocks, Snoopy once more fails to bring the Red Baron to heel, and Linus spends the entire night in the pumpkin patch, waiting in vain for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin.

QUOTES

"All you really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." -Lucy VanPelt

"Dear IRS, Please remove me from your mailing list." -Snoopy

"I've developed a new philosophy . . . I only dread one day at a time."
-Charlie Brown

"No problem is so big or so complicated that it can't be run away from!"
-Linus Van Pelt

"In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back."
-Charlie Brown