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Un guide complet sur Charlie Brown, Snoopy et The Peanuts Gang à la télévision, au cinéma et sur vidéo
Compilé par Scott McGuire (smcguire at fivecentsplease dot org)
Dernière mise à jour: le 18 mai 2019


Court métrage humoristique Arachides dans l'espace: les secrets d'Apollo 10 maintenant disponible à regarder gratuitement sur l'application Apple TV. (Plus d'informations)


Peanuts de Schulz: Lucy & Friends DVD avec une sélection de 16 courts métrages Boomerang à paraître le 4 juin 2019. La prétention de la couverture de "16 nouveaux courts métrages" est garantie comme étant fausse; il ne reste plus beaucoup de copies inédites. (Plus d'informations)


Si vous avez des difficultés à trouver l'émission que vous envisagez, utilisez la commande "Rechercher" de votre navigateur et recherchez un mot ou deux le concernant (comme "orthographe," flashbeagle ", etc.)!


Table des matières


introduction

Bienvenue dans le guide le plus complet sur les émissions spéciales de télévision Peanuts sur le Web! Cette page contient des informations détaillées sur toutes les séries télévisées, les séries et les films mettant en vedette Charlie Brown, Snoopy et le reste des gangs qui ont jamais existé.

Il y a également des sections couvrant les dernières nouvelles, les sorties vidéo, où vous pouvez voir les émissions à la télévision, la musique des émissions, les récompenses que les émissions ont gagnées, d'autres sites Web d'intérêt et diverses questions et réponses.

Les personnages de Peanuts sont également apparus animés dans de nombreuses publicités, mais je n’ai pas essayé de les énumérer tous. (Voir Diverses questions et réponses pour plus de détails, cependant.)

J'espère que vous apprécierez la page et qu'elle répondra à toutes vos questions! Je continue à mettre à jour et à ajouter à cette page si le temps le permet. Les informations supplémentaires, corrections et suggestions pour cette liste sont toujours les bienvenues! Merci de les envoyer à smcguire à l'adresse fivecentsplease dot org.

Le dernier exemplaire de ce guide est disponible sur le Web à l'adresse suivante:

Veuillez utiliser l'URL ci-dessus pour créer un lien vers ce site.


Dernières nouvelles

Visitez ou abonnez-vous au blog FiveCentsPlease pour vous tenir au courant des dernières actualités télévisées et DVD, ainsi que d'autres événements du monde Peanuts: sorties de CD, nouvelles de livres, expositions de musées, articles intéressants, etc. (Nous continuerons également à publier ici les dernières informations sur la télévision et les DVD, mais vous constaterez peut-être que le blog facilite la mise à jour des dernières mises à jour.)

Nouvelles émissions – Informations sur les diffusions télévisées – Sorties vidéo et DVD – Sorties musique – Autres – Archives des actualités

Les dernières mises à jour sont marquées en rouge.

Nouveaux spectacles

Arachides dans l'espace: les secrets d'Apollo 10 "Documentaire" maintenant disponible sur Apple TV

Le 18 mai 2019 marquait le 50e anniversaire du lancement d'Apollo 10, où le module de commande et le module d'atterrisseur lunaire s'appelaient respectivement "Charlie Brown" et "Snoopy". (Pour plus d'informations sur l'anniversaire d'Apollo 10 et de Peanuts, consultez ce billet de blog FiveCentsPlease.org.)

Pour célébrer l'événement, Imagine Documentaries et DHX Media de Ron Howard ont publié un court "documentaire de 9 minutes" intitulé Peanuts In Space: Les secrets d'Apollo 10, gratuit à regarder sur l'application Apple TV. Le documentaire est "un regard affectueux et léger sur la NASA et les personnages bien-aimés de Peanuts de Charles Schulz" et "cherche à répondre à la question: Snoopy était-il un astronaute de renommée mondiale?" (Comme si nous ne connaissions pas déjà la réponse!) La vidéo met en vedette Ron Howard et Jeff Goldblum, et a été réalisée par Morgan Neville. Voir une bande-annonce ici.

Pour le visionner, vous aurez besoin d’un iPhone, d’un iPad ou d’un Apple TV. (Apple a annoncé son intention de rendre son application TV disponible sur d'autres plateformes d'ici l'automne 2019. En fait, vous pourrez peut-être télécharger l'application Apple TV pour certains téléviseurs intelligents Samsung maintenant.) Pour trouver la vidéo, ouvrez l'application Apple TV et rechercher "Peanuts in Space". Si vous ne le trouvez pas, vous devrez peut-être mettre à jour le système d'exploitation de votre appareil avec au moins iOS 12 ou tvOS 12. (18 mai 2019)

Nouveau contenu vidéo Peanuts sur le service de streaming d'Apple

Selon des reportages de Hollywood Reporter et de Variety, DHX Media – l'actuel propriétaire de la franchise Peanuts – a conclu un accord avec Apple pour la production de "nouvelles séries, émissions spéciales et courts métrages" basés sur les personnages de Peanuts pour le streaming en continu d'Apple. un service.

Les détails sont rares jusqu'à présent, mais l'une des composantes sera les vidéos qui se concentrent sur le contenu STEM (science, technologie, ingénierie et mathématiques) et présentant Snoopy en tant qu'astronaute. (Peanuts Worldwide et la NASA ont annoncé au début de l’année leur intention de collaborer à la création de contenu éducatif avec l’astronaute Snoopy.)

Le service de streaming d'Apple – un concurrent prévu pour Netflix, Amazon Prime et Hulu – ne sera pas lancé avant 2019 (certains rapports disent "premier semestre" et certains rapports "dernier semestre" de 2019). Donc, aucune information sur la manière dont il sera disponible ou combien cela coûtera n'a encore été révélée, ni si les vidéos de Peanuts seront prêtes et feront partie du service lors de son lancement, ou ajoutées ultérieurement.

Restez à l'écoute! (18 décembre 2018)

Informations actuelles sur la diffusion télévisée

Sois mon Valentin, Charlie Brown et un Charlie Brown Valentine Diffusé le 8 février 2019 sur ABC

Diffusion ABC Sois mon Valentin, Charlie Brown ensemble avec Un Charlie Brown Valentine de 8 à 21 heures (Est / Pacifique) le vendredi 8 février 2018. (23 janvier 2019)

Un Charlie Brown Noël Diffusé les 6 et 20 décembre 2018 sur ABC + autres émissions de décembre 2018

Préparez vos arbres de Noël en aluminium!

La version complète et non éditée de Un Charlie Brown Noël, ensemble avec Les contes de Noël de Charlie Brown, a été diffusé deux fois sur ABC en décembre 2018.

La première sortie a eu lieu le jeudi 6 décembre de 20h à 21h (Est / Pacifique), puis à nouveau le jeudi 20 décembre, également de 20h à 21h (Est / Pacifique).

Et comme d'habitude, ABC a diffusé deux autres spéciaux de vacances Peanuts en décembre 2018:

Je veux un chien pour Noël, Charlie Brown diffusion le vendredi 21 décembre de 20h à 21h (Est / Pacifique)

Bonne année, Charlie Brown + C'est une bonne skate, Charlie Brown diffusion le jeudi 27 décembre de 20h à 21h (Est / Pacifique).

(22 novembre 2018)

Une action de grâce de Charlie Brown Diffusé le mercredi 21 novembre 2018 sur ABC

Diffusion ABC Une action de grâce de Charlie Brown, de même que C'est l'Amérique, Charlie Brown: les voyageurs Mayflower le mercredi 21 novembre 2018 de 20h à 21h (Est / Pacifique). (C'est la nuit avant Thanksgiving.) (31 octobre 2018)

C'est la grande citrouille, Charlie Brown Diffusé deux fois en octobre 2018 sur ABC

Diffusion ABC C'est la grande citrouille, Charlie Brown deux fois en octobre 2018: une version révisée le jeudi 18 octobre de 20h à 20h30 et la version non coupée avec Tu n'es pas élu, Charlie Brown le vendredi 26 octobre de 20h à 21h (heure de l'Est / Pacifique). (4 octobre 2018)

Autres infos de diffusion

Actuellement, il n'y a pas de chaîne diffusant les nombreuses autres émissions de télévision Peanuts qui ne sont pas diffusées sur ABC. (1 octobre 2017)

Communiqués DVD et vidéo

Peanuts de Schulz: Lucy & Friends DVD avec sélection de shorts Boomerang à venir le 4 juin 2019 (définitivement pas du tout nouveau)

Warner Home Video a de nouveau atteint son objectif: ils ont annoncé la sortie d'un autre DVD de la série "Peanuts By Schulz", intitulé Peanuts By Schulz: Lucy & Friendset une fois encore, ils prétendent qu'il contient "tous les nouveaux courts métrages" tirés de la bibliothèque de 104 courts métrages diffusée sur la chaîne Boomering en 2016.

Bien que le contenu exact n'ait pas été révélé, nous pouvons être certains que la prétention «toute nouvelle» est fausse, car seulement 11 des courts métrages de Boomerang n'ont pas encore été publiés en DVD. Cela signifie qu'au moins 5 de ces courts métrages, et probablement plus, sont des répétitions de volumes précédents.

Comme dans le volume précédent, je ne recommande pas de commander cette version au moins tant que son contenu réel n’est pas connu. Pour plus de détails, voir mon article sur les autres versions récentes de "Peanuts By Schuzl", ci-dessous.

Peanuts By Schulz: Lucy & Friends sera publié le 4 juin 2019 et a un prix catalogue de 14,97 $, mais aura probablement un prix de vente d'environ 10 $.

(23 avril 2019)

Cacahuètes de Schulz: Printemps et Peanuts By Schulz: c'est seulement de l'amour DVD: très peu de nouveautés sur ces collections de shorts Boomerang

Les lecteurs se souviendront qu'en 2016, la chaîne Boomerang avait diffusé 104 courts métrages basés directement sur des bandes dessinées de Peanuts, chacun d'environ 6 à 7 minutes.

En 2017, Warner Home Video a publié trois Peanuts de Schulz Les DVD qui ont compilé ces courts métrages. Entre eux, les DVD contenaient 80 des 104 courts métrages. Le dernier DVD a été mis en vente en octobre 2017 … et depuis 15 mois, aucune sortie supplémentaire n'est prévue, laissant 24 courts métrages inédits sur DVD.

La bonne nouvelle: Warner a publié deux autres Peanuts de Schulz DVD début 2019.

La mauvaise nouvelle: nous n’avons toujours pas enregistré tous les courts métrages sur DVD, même pas tout à fait, et les DVD font de fausses déclarations sur leurs jaquettes.

Le premier DVD, Peanuts by Schulz: c'est seulement l'amour, est sorti le 8 janvier 2019 et proclame "18 nouveaux shorts" sur sa couverture. (Contrairement aux volumes précédents, celui-ci est un seul disque.)

Le problème est … c'est faux. Seulement 10 des courts-métrages sur le disque sont nouveaux sur DVD. 8 sont des répétitions, déjà publiées sur les DVD précédents.

Qui fait Peanuts by Schulz: c'est seulement l'amour une valeur assez médiocre, même au prix de vente normal de 9,99 $, et 14 courts métrages Boomerang sont restés inédits.

(Notez qu'Amazon indique le titre de ce DVD de façon incorrecte … ils l'appellent Peanuts de Schulz: La série complète, ce qui est le plus certainement pas.)

Le prochain DVD, Cacahuètes de Schulz: Printemps, arrivé le 26 février. Sa couverture revendique "15 nouveaux courts-métrages" … ce qui est un mensonge encore plus flagrant, car en réalité seuls 3 des 15 courts sont neufs sur DVD. Les 12 autres sont des répétitions de volumes de DVD précédents. C'est une valeur abominable pour le prix de vente de 9,99 $.

Quand le C'est seulement l'amour Le DVD a été publié avec seulement la moitié des courts métrages étant nouveaux, j'étais prêt à considérer que c'était peut-être un manque à gagner. Mais avec la sortie du Printemps DVD, ne disposant que de 3 nouveaux courts-métrages tout en prétendant être nouveaux, il est difficile d’accepter des excuses de la part de Warner Home Video. Il faut au contraire se demander s’il existe des explications moins charitables expliquant pourquoi la couverture induit en erreur les acheteurs potentiels.

Si l'objectif de Warner Home Video est de fournir des collections thématiques de ces courts métrages, ce serait très bien s'ils ne disaient pas "tout nouveau" sur la couverture. Nous serions déçus de ne pas avoir inclus le dernier court-métrage inédit, mais au moins, la couverture serait honnête. Mais au lieu de cela, l'utilisation répétée de "tout nouveau" quand aucun DVD n'a été tout nouveau est … suspecte.

Ma recommandation est d'éviter d'acheter le Cacahuètes de Schulz: Printemps DVD, ou annulez ou renvoyez votre commande si vous en avez déjà passé une. Et refusez d’acheter toute sortie future de cette série, sauf s’il est prouvé qu’ils comprennent réellement de nouveaux courts-métrages.

Pour référence, les 10 nouveaux courts métrages sur Peanuts by Schulz: c'est seulement l'amour sont:

La petite fille aux cheveux rouges
Les mystères de l'amour
Personne ne m'aime
Pas votre jour
L'amour est dans l'air
C'est seulement l'amour
Allez-y, Charlie Brown
Un ami fascinant
Malentendu
Juste pour l'amour

Et les 3 nouveaux courts sur Cacahuètes de Schulz: Printemps sont:

Être gentil
Oiseaux d'une plume
Philosophie

Pendant ce temps, les 104 courts métrages Boomerang sont disponibles sur iTunes sous forme de flux / téléchargements numériques, en quatre versions distinctes. Peanuts de Schulz collections (ou une grande avec toutes). Cependant, les courts métrages qui ne sont pas encore disponibles sur DVD sont répartis dans chacune des quatre collections numériques. Vous devrez donc tout acheter à nouveau pour obtenir le reste des courts métrages. et bien sûr, vous ne pouvez pas mettre les téléchargements numériques sur DVD. (Pour ce qui en vaut la peine, les téléchargements numériques sont disponibles en haute définition et en définition standard.) (Cette collection était disponible sur Amazon, mais le 25 février 2019, ils avaient au moins été temporairement supprimés de ce service.)

En fait, dans une autre tentative apparente de confusion et de tromper les consommateurs, Warner a ajouté une cinquième collection numérique, correspondant aux C'est seulement l'amour DVD, même s'il ne fait que répéter des courts métrages déjà présents dans les autres collections numériques. Sheesh!

(25 février 2019)

Warner lance la version 4K Ultra HD de la Collection de vacances de cacahuètes Coffret vidéo

Le mardi 17 octobre 2017, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment publie une nouvelle version du coffret vidéo Peanuts Holiday Collection, intitulée Peanuts Holiday Collection Édition de luxe 4K Ultra HD.

Cette dernière incarnation de l’ensemble comprend 9 émissions spéciales animées pour Peanuts TV, soi-disant sur des disques Blu-ray ordinaires, des disques Ultra HD Blu-ray et des copies numériques. Cependant, tous les 9 spéciaux ne sont pas disponibles dans tous les formats – voir plus bas. (Les DVD ne sont pas inclus, mais une version DVD de l'ensemble – bien qu'avec moins de promotions – a déjà été publiée et reste disponible.)

Si vous vous demandez quels sont les disques 4K Ultra HD et si vous en avez besoin, voyez également les informations ci-dessous.

Les 9 promotions annoncées comme étant dans le jeu sont les suivantes (chaque groupe apparaît ensemble sur un disque):

Un Charlie Brown Noël
C'est encore Noël, Charlie Brown
C'est Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown

C'est la grande citrouille, Charlie Brown
C'est magique, Charlie Brown
Les étoiles de Charlie Brown

Une action de grâce de Charlie Brown
C'est l'Amérique, Charlie Brown: les voyageurs Mayflower
Play It Again, Charlie Brown

C’est la première fois que trois de ces émissions spéciales sont publiées en haute définition – même si, encore une fois, voir l’avertissement important ci-dessous. Les nouveaux spéciaux sur HD sont C'est Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown; Les étoiles de Charlie Brown; et Play It Again, Charlie Brown.

Attention: malgré le PR et la couverture arrière qui laisse entendre que les 9 émissions – y compris les 3 nouvelles pour la haute définition – sont sur les disques Ultra HD et Blu-ray de l’ensemble, ce n’est pas le cas. Seulement le Charlie Brown Noël Le disque Blu-ray comprend 3 émissions. la Grande citrouille et Action de grâces Les disques Blu-ray sont les copies des anciens disques Blu-ray, avec seulement 2 émissions chacune. Ce qui signifie que la seule façon de voir 2 des 3 nouvelles émissions HD consiste à utiliser un lecteur de disque Ultra HD. C'est apparemment le cas pour tous les ensembles actuellement en expédition; Je ne sais pas si c'est intentionnel ou si c'est une erreur. Et même si c'est une erreur, les chances de résolution de Warner Home Video sont très minces. Si j'en découvre plus, je mettrai à jour ce blog

Les disques Blu-ray incluent également les fonctionnalités "dans les coulisses" créées lors de la première sortie de Warner Bros. sur DVD en 2008. (Ils sont également apparus auparavant sur toutes les autres versions de Warner sur DVD et Blu-ray. ) Il n’existe aucune nouvelle fonctionnalité en coulisse.

Le coffret coûte 44,98 $ SRP.

Étant donné que les nouvelles promotions HD ne figurent pas sur les disques Blu-ray de cet ensemble, vous ne devriez l'acheter que si vous voulez les disques Ultra HD.


Les trois disques Blu-ray Ultra HD marquent la première fois que les programmes spéciaux Peanuts sont publiés en 4K Ultra HD avec HDR, qui présente théoriquement une résolution quatre fois supérieure et de meilleures couleurs que les formats HD et Blu-ray standard.

Cependant, vous avez besoin d'un lecteur Blu-ray Ultra HD compatible 4K et d'un téléviseur 4K pour en tirer parti. Les disques Ultra HD ne peuvent pas être lus par des lecteurs Blu-ray plus anciens et classiques.

Si vous ne possédez pas de lecteur Blu-ray 4K et / ou de téléviseur, vous pouvez toujours utiliser les trois disques Blu-ray qui sont également inclus – mais vous ne pourrez pas profiter des 3 nouvelles offres spéciales HD de cette façon (voir avertissement ci-dessus).

Vous vous demandez peut-être si les offres spéciales Peanuts ont réellement une meilleure apparence en 4K Ultra HD qu'en haute définition ordinaire? Cela semble douteux – l'image haute définition 1080p standard sur les disques Blu-ray révèle déjà à peu près tous les détails disponibles dans le matériau source. La plupart de ces émissions ont été créées sur un budget dans les années 1960 et 1970 … il est donc peu probable qu'elles soient, autant qu'elles soient aimées, le meilleur matériau pour présenter les détails supplémentaires de la résolution 4K.


Chaque offre spéciale de vacances sera également diffusée individuellement sous forme de versions séparées contenant un disque Blu-ray Ultra HD, un disque Blu-ray standard et une copie numérique. Encore une fois, seul le disque Ultra HD inclut probablement les deux émissions bonus. les disques Blu-ray ne peuvent inclure qu'un seul bonus. Les sorties individuelles ont un prix de détail de 29,98 $, il est donc préférable de se procurer l'ensemble des 9 spectacles. Les dates de sorties individuelles sont le 26 septembre pour C'est la grande citrouille, Le 24 octobre pour Une action de grâce de Charlie Brownet le 31 octobre pour Un Charlie Brown Noël. (10 octobre 2017)

Communiqués de musique

Craft Recordings communiqués inférieurs C'est la grande citrouille, Charlie Brown album de musique

En octobre 2018, Craft Recordings (une division de Concord Records) a publié ce qu'ils appellent un album de bande originale de la musique de Vince Guaraldi au C'est la grande citrouille, Charlie Brown.

L'album sera publié sur CD le vendredi 12 octobre; il est déjà disponible en téléchargement numérique à partir d'iTunes, d'Amazon et d'autres magasins de musique numérique, ainsi que sur des services de diffusion en continu tels que Spotify. Une sortie vinyle (LP) a également été annoncée, mais elle n’a pas encore de date de sortie.

Cela peut paraître passionnant pour de nombreux fans de Peanuts, étant donné l'excellente musique que Vince Guaraldi (et John Scott Trotter) a composée pour la série télévisée classique. Malheureusement, il s’avère que l’album est plus une astuce que des friandises – il déçoit par le contenu, la qualité et la longueur, et à mon avis, il vaut mieux l’éviter sans ajouter de valeur à votre collection.

Les problèmes sont dus à la source utilisée pour l'album. Contrairement à la musique qui figure sur d’autres albums de Vince Guaraldi – tels que Un Charlie Brown Noël et Un garçon nommé Charlie Brown – les bandes des enregistrements musicaux originaux pour le C'est la grande citrouille, Charlie Brown spéciaux sont perdus et peuvent ne plus exister.

Alors au lieu de cela, Craft Recordings a utilisé la piste "musique et effets" de la spéciale pour créer cet album. En gros, c’est l’audio exact de l’émission de télévision, sans dialogue.

Cela signifie que les pistes ont tous les effets sonores – par exemple, les bruits sourds de Linus et Lucy, qui roulent la citrouille et la découpent dans la scène d’ouverture, Snoopy soufflant. sur la feuille et le son de Charlie Brown chargeant et atterrissant dans le tas de feuilles dans la scène suivante, et ainsi de suite. Alors que la plupart des morceaux sont affectés dans une certaine mesure, le pire est "Breathless", la musique lorsque Snoopy, le Flying Ace de la Première Guerre mondiale, imagine qu'il traverse le no man's land. C’est l’une des bandes sonores les plus demandées par les fans – mais sur cette sortie, la musique subtile est enterrée sous divers coups de feu, sirènes et autres sons pour donner l’ambiance de la Première Guerre mondiale.

La piste de musique et d'effets comprend également au moins une, sinon plusieurs générations, des enregistrements musicaux d'origine, ce qui entraîne une perte notable de la qualité du son. Bien que les ingénieurs de Craft Recordings aient fait des efforts pour remasteriser et restaurer le son, il n’est pas possible de créer un miracle à partir d’une source faible, et les limitations montrent: il y a un sifflement distinct sur certaines pistes, une certaine dureté et des fluctuations de volume. Les pistes sont également toutes en mono (pas en stéréo).

Le dernier problème est que ce nouvel album présente la musique exactement comme il apparaît dans le spécial.

En règle générale, lorsque la musique est enregistrée pour une émission spéciale télévisée ou un film, les musiciens enregistrent des morceaux complets plus longs, qui sont ensuite montés pour correspondre à la spéciale si nécessaire. Sur le Charlie Brown Noël album, nous entendons l’ensemble des morceaux de musique au lieu des versions abrégées jouées en arrière-plan du spectacle. Malheureusement, ce n'est pas le cas avec le Grande citrouille album, puisque les bandes de la session d’enregistrement originale (apparemment) n’existent plus.

Utilisation de la musique telle qu'elle a été modifiée pour les résultats spéciaux dans de nombreux signaux très brefs (la plupart ne durent que 20 à 30 secondes), des fondus et des transitions abrupts et une sensation générale de saccades; ce n'est pas une expérience d'écoute satisfaisante, basée uniquement sur cela. Les effets sonores intrusifs et la qualité audio globale rendent la situation encore pire.

En fait, l’ensemble de l’album est extrêmement court: il ne dure qu’un peu plus de 20 minutes (la spéciale elle-même ne tournant qu’environ 24 minutes). Avoir à payer le prix complet de l'album pour seulement 20 minutes de musique n'a pas beaucoup de valeur. Craft Recordings aurait dû à tout le moins combiner l'album avec la sortie de musique d'un autre spécial.

Nulle part dans leur communiqué de presse – ni sur la couverture de l'album, au recto ou au verso – Craft Recordings ne montre clairement que les clients obtiennent une piste de musique et d'effets au lieu des enregistrements originaux. La grande citrouille ne serait pas impressionnée par leur sincérité.

Étant donné que nous aimons tous la musique de C'est la grande citrouille, Charlie Brown, J'aimerais pouvoir donner un meilleur rapport. Mais cet album ne rend en aucun cas cette musique juste, ni n'apporte une écoute agréable. Le relâcher sous cette forme est inexcusable et Craft Recordings devrait avoir honte de l'avoir fait; cela ressemble à une saisie d'argent sur des fans peu méfiants. Vous feriez mieux d'économiser votre argent et d'écouter à nouveau la piste audio de la spéciale elle-même. (8 octobre 2018)

Autres nouvelles

Spots de parrainage originaux de Coca-Cola pour Un Charlie Brown Noël sur Youtube

Un fan entreprenant de Peanuts a trouvé des copies des spots de parrainage originaux de Coca-Cola diffusés dans le cadre de Un Charlie Brown Noël quand il a été diffusé pour la première fois en 1965, mais cela a été édité à partir d'émissions et de sorties vidéo domestiques ultérieures. Vous pouvez voir à la fois le premier spot Coca-Cola et le dernier Coca-Cola (bien que je n’aie pas vérifié la source, ils semblent authentiques). Pour plus d'informations et d'informations sur ces brefs messages de sponsoring, voir l'article du blog FiveCentsPlease, Un Charlie Brown Noël Spots de parrainage de Coca-Cola: faits, mythes et vidéo. (27 décembre 2012)

Vince Guaraldi au piano: Livre sur le musicien de jazz et le compositeur de musique Peanuts

L'un des ingrédients clés du succès des émissions originales de Peanuts TV était leur musique jazzy, écrite par Vince Guaraldi. Maintenant, les fans peuvent en apprendre beaucoup plus sur le compositeur et son travail – à la fois Peanuts et non Peanuts – grâce à l'étude de la carrière d'un livre Vince Guaraldi au piano, par l'historien Guaraldi et expert Derrick Bang. (Notez que Derrick est le copropriétaire de FiveCentsPlease.org.)

Vince Guaraldi au piano donne à Guaraldi la reconnaissance qu’il mérite depuis longtemps. Dans ses 390 pages, le livre relate ses années de sideman; son attrait pour le son émergent de bossa nova de la fin des années 1950; sa collaboration avec le guitariste brésilien Bola Sete; son développement de la Grace Jazz Jazz Mass; sa sélection en tant que compositeur pour les émissions spéciales animées Peanuts; et son émergence en tant que vétéran respecté dans les années 1970 dans les clubs de jazz de Californie du Nord. Le livre comprend également une discographie et un index exhaustifs.

Nous pensons que tous les aficionados du son original de la musique Peanuts et de la musique jazz apprécieront ce regard en profondeur sur Vince Guaraldi. Vince Guaraldi au piano est disponible dès maintenant chez l'éditeur McFarland & Company; visitez leur site pour voir la table des matières du livre, lisez un extrait et passez une commande. Le livre peut également être commandé chez Amazon, mais leur stock a été irrégulier; vous pouvez obtenir un service plus rapide en le commandant directement auprès de McFarland. Une version Kindle du livre est également disponible sur Amazon. Vous pouvez également avoir un aperçu des connaissances et des recherches de Derrick sur Vince Guaraldi en visitant ses pages sur Guaraldi ici à FiveCentsPlease.org. (4 mai 2012)

Pour les nouvelles plus anciennes, voir les archives de nouvelles.


Dernières mises à jour de cette page

22 janvier 2017

  • Ajout d'une section énumérant les courts métrages d'animation Boomerang / Normaal diffusés aux États-Unis en 2016.
  • Toujours tenir à jour les informations, les informations diffusées et les informations sur les disques libérés!
  • Vous pouvez également suivre http://blog.fivecentsplease.org pour vous tenir au courant des dernières nouvelles sur la télévision et les DVD, ainsi que d’autres événements dans le monde des cacahuètes: sorties de CD, nouvelles de livres, expositions de musées, articles intéressants, etc. (Je continuerai également à publier ici les dernières informations sur la télévision et les DVD, mais vous constaterez peut-être que le blog facilite la mise à jour des dernières mises à jour.)


Remerciements

Merci aux personnes suivantes pour des informations supplémentaires, des suggestions et des corrections:

Mark Astolfi, Derrick Bang, Jason Breslin, John Cassidy, Eugene Chan, Tim Chow, Jon Cooke, Andy Dursin, Craig Davis, Liz Fox, Nat Gertler, Ron Gomes, Michael Hagerty, Ray Hamel, Paul Hiscock, Mike Koegel et Mike Koegel, Cail Judy Victor Lee, Jennifer Liao, Maureen McCarty, Ryan Mead, Lisa Monhoff, Leonardo Morán, Ted Nesi, Kaori Nishikida, Beth Prescott, Elisia Saam, Steve Swenson, Basil Wilson, Brian Young

Un merci tout spécial au personnel de Lee Mendelson Productions, de Bill Melendez Productions et du musée Charles M. Schulz pour leurs contributions supplémentaires et leurs réponses à de nombreuses questions embêtantes.

Le livre Joyeux anniversaire, Charlie Brown par Lee Mendelson (publié par Random House, 1979) a été une source de nombreuses anecdotes que j'ai incluses.


Notes de disponibilité de DVD / vidéo en cours

Warner Home Video a un contrat exclusif pour la distribution des émissions spéciales animées de Peanuts TV sur DVD, Blu-ray et sous forme de téléchargements numériques (à partir d’octobre 2007). Certaines de leurs versions DVD comportent des images et du son remasterisés et de nouveaux documentaires dans les coulisses (les versions précédentes des DVD ne comportaient aucun matériel en arrière-plan). Depuis juin 2014, les droits de distribution des vidéos restent entre les mains de Warner Home Video. Contrairement à certaines affirmations, les droits pour les émissions spéciales télévisées ne seront pas modifiés pour devenir la 20th Century Home Home Video en 2015, et les DVD et les disques Blu-ray ne disparaîtront pas. impression.

Bien que certaines émissions ne soient actuellement pas disponibles en vidéoclip, Warner a tout d’abord déclaré qu’elle prévoyait de diffuser toutes les émissions sur DVD. Voir DVD Releases pour une liste des DVD (et des disques Blu-ray) US Peanuts actuellement disponibles.

Les quatre films de théâtre classiques, A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Snoopy Come Home, Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown, et Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown, sont disponibles en DVD chez Paramount. Le 2015 Le film de cacahuètes est sorti sur DVD et Blu-ray.

Certaines émissions sont disponibles en téléchargement numérique sur iTunes Store et Amazon Instant Video, y compris des émissions non encore publiées sur DVD.

Alors que la quasi-totalité des émissions spéciales et des films animés pour la télévision ont été publiés sur VHS aux États-Unis par Paramount, ces derniers sont désormais épuisés. Des exemplaires utilisés peuvent parfois être trouvés sur eBay et Amazon.com.

En dehors des États-Unis, après de nombreuses années d'indisponibilité, une série d'émissions ont été publiées sur DVD et VHS au Royaume-Uni, bien que ces dernières semblent avoir cessé et soient épuisées. Un grand nombre de versions sur DVD et VHS ont été publiées en Allemagne (elles aussi maintenant épuisées). Certains spectacles et quelques films sont sortis en DVD en Australie.

Une société nommée Pony Canyon avait publié 11 vidéos et DVD en japonais, mais il semble que ceux-ci soient épuisés. Vous pourrez peut-être quand même les commander à Amazon.co.jp en recherchant "Snoopy" dans la section DVD. (Notez que savoir lire le japonais est utile.) De plus, Paramount a publié Snoopy Come Home sur DVD au Japon et dans plusieurs autres pays.

AVERTISSEMENT: Pratiquement tous les jeux de DVD "asiatiques" des produits spéciaux Peanuts vendus sur eBay sont des bootlegs illégaux, en particulier ceux qui prétendent être des "collections du 50e anniversaire" (il n'y a jamais eu de telles collections légitimes) et ceux qui ne peuvent pas épeler. "Snoopy" correctement. Il y a même des boîtiers bootleg qui prétendent provenir de sociétés légitimes, telles que Pony Canyon, ci-dessus – mais ils n'ont jamais sorti leurs DVD dans un coffret. La qualité vidéo peut être discutable et les fabricants originaux des émissions spéciales ne reçoivent pas d’argent des ventes illégales. Vous devriez ne pas acheter des DVD spéciaux japonais, chinois ou asiatiques des promotions Peanuts sur eBay ou d'autres sites de vente aux enchères. Vous devez acheter les DVD américains ou européens sous licence appropriée ou, comme indiqué ci-dessus, les versions DVD japonais authentiques sont disponibles sur Amazon.co.jp.


Quels spectacles ne sont pas disponibles sur DVD / vidéo?

Warner Home Video a sorti la majorité des émissions de télévision de Peanuts sur DVD (bien que cela soit irritant, vous devrez peut-être acheter des sorties qui se chevauchent pour les avoir toutes), mais malheureusement, une sélection de quelques émissions n’est toujours pas disponible aux États-Unis. Consultez la liste de contrôle de Peanuts TV ou la liste des versions DVD pour connaître les émissions disponibles sur DVD et Blu-ray.

Les DVD des quatre films classiques de théâtre sont disponibles, et le 2015 Le film de cacahuètes est sorti sur DVD et Blu-ray.

Presque toutes les émissions de télévision et les films ont été diffusés sur VHS aux États-Unis, bien qu'ils soient épuisés depuis longtemps. Vous pourrez peut-être trouver des copies utilisées ou des copies restantes des bandes VHS sur eBay ou auprès de vendeurs tiers sur Amazon.com.

La plupart des émissions répertoriées sous Documentaires et Spectacles d'action en direct ne sont jamais disponibles en vidéo. Le documentaire inédit de 1963 intitulé A Boy Named Charlie Brown (documentaire) constitue une exception. Il est disponible sur DVD au musée Charles M. Schulz.


Historique des communiqués vidéo américains

Warner Home Video est le détenteur actuel des droits de vidéo amateur aux États-Unis depuis octobre 2007. Depuis juin 2014, le contrat de publication des émissions spéciales de Peanuts TV sous forme de DVD, de Blu-ray et de téléchargements numériques est toujours en vigueur. Contrairement à certaines affirmations, les droits pour les émissions spéciales télévisées ne sont pas passés à la 20th Century Fox Home Video en 2015 et les DVD et les disques Blu-ray ne sont plus épuisés.

Warner a succédé à Paramount Home Entertainment, qui détenait les droits sur la vidéo à domicile de 1994 au début de 2007. Lorsqu’ils détenaient la licence de vidéo à la maison, Paramount a publié 12 DVD contenant une variété de programmes spéciaux anciens et nouveaux de Peanuts TV. Ils ont sorti les deux premiers films théâtraux Peanuts sur DVD en mars 2006 et les DVD de This is America, Charlie Brown ont été lancés en juin 2006. Voir les communiqués de DVD épuisés pour obtenir une liste complète des DVD de Paramount sortis en Amérique du Nord.

Paramount a également diffusé les émissions de télévision Peanuts TV sur vidéocassette VHS aux États-Unis et au Canada de 1994 à 2000. (Voir Communiqués de presse.) Malheureusement, tous les titres VHS sont maintenant épuisés, même si quelques ne sont pas sortis en DVD.

Les titres VHS ont été commercialisés sous cinq bannières: "Peanuts Classics" et "A Peanuts Special" (un épisode par bande), "This Is America, Charlie Brown" (un épisode par bande), "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show" ( deux épisodes par bande) et "Snoopy Double Features" (deux épisodes par bande), bien que certaines de ces bannières aient été abandonnées car les bandes ont été rééditées. Les prix varient de 7 $ à 15 $, selon la bande.

Paramount a également publié deux versions directes de la vidéo; Charlie Brown, le premier de ceux-ci, a été publié en août 1997. Il a été lancé en septembre 2000. Le second, It's the Piper Piper, Charlie Brown, est sorti en septembre 2000. Ces deux documents sont épuisés.

De nombreux titres, mais pas tous, sortis sur VHS ont également été publiés sur laserdisc par Paramount, mais ils sont maintenant épuisés. Voir Laserdisc Releases pour une liste.

Avant Paramount, la licence de vidéo à domicile était détenue par Media Home Entertainment et publiée sous les marques Hi Topps et KVC. Ils ont publié la plupart des émissions spéciales aux heures de grande écoute et des compilations de Le Charlie Brown et le spectacle de Snoopy sur VHS; Cependant, les versions de Paramount étaient de qualité supérieure avec une meilleure vidéo. Toutes les bandes de Hi Topps ou KVS datent de 1993 ou avant.

La toute première sortie d’une émission Peanuts sur home video remonte à juin 1984, lorsque Media Home Entertainment (Hi Topps) est sorti Tu es le meilleur, Charlie Brown et La vie est un cirque, Charlie Brown.

Les deux premiers films en salles, A Boy Named Charlie Brown et Snoopy Come Home, étaient disponibles à l'origine sur CBS FOX video, mais sont maintenant distribués par Paramount Home Video et restent disponibles sur DVD. The latter two movies, Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown and Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown, are distributed by Paramount Home Video as well, and were finally released on DVD for the first time in 2015.

You're In the SuperBowl, Charlie Brown, was originally available on video from Shell gas stations, was not part of the Paramount reissue series and is currently not available on video. (You may be able to find copies on eBay or other auction sites, however.) It seems unlikely that Warner Home Video has the rights to release this special.


Where Can I Buy Peanuts DVDs and Videos?

The on-line book, music, and video store Amazon.com, has all the DVDs available, and you may be able to find used copies of the VHS tapes there. If you're having trouble finding the title you're looking for on Amazon, try searching for "Charlie Brown", "Peanuts", or "Snoopy" and look at the pictures of the boxes – sometimes Amazon doesn't list them by the proper titles. The DVDs are also available at other on-line retailers such as BarnesandNoble.com and Walmart.com .

Snoopy's Gallery and Gift Shop carries some of the videos and DVDs (and much more!). You can also phone them at 800-959-3385 to place an order.

Locally, your video store (if you still have one!) may be able to special order the DVDs for you. See the DVD Releases section for a complete list of titles.


Where Can I See Peanuts on TV Now?

ABC has the rights to show It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and A Charlie Brown Christmas, and they air them regularly in the fall. (This was a change in 2001 after 35 years on CBS!) ABC is also home to the new specials A Charlie Brown Valentine, Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown, and I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown. ABC has occasionally shown other classic specials as well, such as It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown et Charlie Brown's All-Stars.

In the United States, the last channel to have broadcast rights for the rest of the shows was the cable channel Nickelodeon, but those rights expired in May 2004. There has been no news of the rights being awarded to a new broadcaster.

Every once in a rare while, the theatrical movies are shown on a cable TV station.


Current TV Schedule

Here's the schedule for upcoming classic Peanuts specials or movies on TV in the United States. All times Eastern/Pacific.




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Complete List of Shows and Movies

The list is divided into five categories:

In each of the sections, I've listed the original broadcast date, a synopsis, a list of characters appearing in the show (if applicable), any interesting trivia or important notes, and amusing things to note about the episode.

If you are interested in just a list of the shows' titles, for example, to use as a checklist, see the Peanuts TV Show Checklist.

A "(b)" notation next to a character means the character appears briefly – in the background or only speaks one line; "(os)" means the character is only heard off-screen.

All shows are 30 minutes long unless otherwise noted. Original broadcast times are for the Eastern Time Zone.

Special thanks to Kaori Nishikida for providing the classical music information throughout the list.


Prime-Time Specials

These are shows that were originally broadcast during prime-time as specials and were predominantly new animation. (A few exceptions, "It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown" and the two direct-to-video specials, were never broadcast, but it made sense to put it here with the others).

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

Broadcast Date: December 9, 1965 (Thursday), 7:30 – 8:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Charlie Brown, depressed by the commercialism of Christmas and because he doesn't get any Christmas cards, becomes the director of the gang's Christmas pageant. Can he overcome his gang's preference for dancing instead of acting, find a good Christmas tree, and the true meaning of Christmas?

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Frieda, Linus, Lucy, Patty, Pig-Pen, Sally, Schroeder, Shermy, Snoopy, Violet, 5, 3 & 4 (b).

Trivia & Notes:

  • First animated Peanuts special.
  • Linus's "the true meaning of Christmas" quote is Luke 2:8-14 from the King James translation of the Bible.
  • Original cast voices:
      Charlie Brown — Peter Robbins
      Lucy Van Pelt — Tracy Stratford
      Linus Van Pelt — Christopher Shea
      Schroeder/Shermy — Chris Doran
      Pig-pen — Geoffrey Ornstein
      Patty — Karen Mendelson
      Sally Brown — Cathy Steinberg
      Frieda — Ann Altieri
      Violet — Sally Dryer
      Snoopy — Bill Melendez
  • This special is the longest running animated dessin animé special in TV history – having been repeated on TV every year since it first aired!
    (It is, not, however, the longest running Christmas special. That honor belogns to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which premiered in 1964 and has also been broadcast every year since. But while Rudolph is animated, it is not a cartoon.)
  • Since 1997, the TV broadcast of the special has been complete and unedited. (Some years, ABC broadcasts both edited and unedited versions – sometimes showing the edited version first, causing veiwer confuion and irritation.) Versions of the show broadcast on TV prior to1997, and older video releases were edited; they left out a scene where the gang throws snowballs at a can on a fence. The Warner and Paramount DVD releases are thankfully complete and unedited.
  • The original broadcast included two brief sections which highlighted Coca-Cola, the show's original sponsor. These have been edited out of subsequent broadcasts (and the video release). According to the original storyboards, right after the opening title, Linus crashed into a sign advertising Coca-Cola after being tossed by Snoopy. (Look at current versions and you'll notice that we never see where Linus lands!) The closing carol originally included the complete verse (instead of fading out) with a final on-screen "Merry Christmas from your local bottler of Coca-Cola" right after the United Feature Syndicate credit at the end. (Many Internet sources say there was just a voiceover at the end – perhaps it was changed to a voiceover in some years or in some markets, but the original broadcast displayed the words and logo on-screen without a voiceover.) These very short segments have been removed because understandably, later sponsors — and the companies releasing the videos — probably don't want to advertise someone else's product!
    The two spots can be seen on YouTube – see the opening Coca-Cola spot, and the ending Coca-Cola spot (while I have not verified the source of these, they appear authentic).
  • However, claims found on the Internet that in the scene where the gang throws snowballs at a can on the fence that the can was a Coca-Cola can in the original broadcast, but has since been replaced by a generic can, are false. The can has always been a generic can, even in the original broadcast. (Source: personal interview with Lee Mendelson.)
  • The initial US broadcast of this special preempted "The Munsters." (You may still find some sites saying "Gilligan's Island" was the preempted show, but with assistance from the Schulz Museum and based on information from a variety of TV listings from a variety of newspapers on that day, we've determined that it was almost certainly "The Munsters," not "Gilligan's Island.")
  • Won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Children's Program," and a Peabody Award for excellence in programming.
  • The first broadcast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was the #2 rated show of the week (beaten by an episode of "Bonanza"), with a 28.8 rating (percent of the all households with televisions) and 46.6% share (percent of the households who were actaully watching television at the time the show aired). The next year's repeat broadcast, in 1966, did even better, with a 33.6 rating and 57% share!

                  (source: "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: The Making of a Television Classic" by Lee Mendelson)

  • While many Peanuts specials are based in part on comic strips that appeared before the shows were created, Linus's "true meaning of Christmas" speech actually makes its first appearance in the television special, and then only in the comic strip a year later. It's in a Sunday strip dated 12/18/66. The text is slightly different, since the strip quotes from the Revised Standard Version Bible translation, whereas the show quotes from the King James Version. Unlike the TV special, the strip ends with Linus saying, "So who needs Santa Claus?" (This strip can be found in The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 7:1965-1966, as well as Robert Short's book The Parables of Peanuts and the religious-themed strip collection And the Beagle and the Bunnies Shall Lie Down Together.)
  • See also the behind-the-scenes featurette on the 2008 Warner Home Video DVD release of Un Charlie Brown Noël (and the 2001 TV documentary, The Making of A Charlie Brown Christmas, although the DVD containing it is now out of print), and the book A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition by Lee Mendelson.

La musique:

Score Composed & Conducted by Vince Guaraldi

Songs:
Christmastime is Here
Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Classical Music Sources:
When Schroeder plays "Beethoven Christmas music": Beethoven, Bagatelle for piano in A minor, WoO 59, "Für Elise".

CD/Albums:
The original 1965 soundtrack for this special is available on A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (Fantasy Records #8431). This contains essentially all the music from the special, although most of the performances on the CD are slightly different from the ones in the TV show – the soundtrack was re-recorded for the album, as was customary at the time. One popular cue – the music while Snoopy decorates his doghouse – is not on the original album, but is available as "Surfing Snoopy" on the CHARLIE BROWN'S HOLIDAY HITS CD (Fantasy Records #9682). A remastered version of the soundtrack (Fantasy FCD-30066-2), that includes some alternate takes of the original tunes, was released in 2006; another remastered version was released in 2012, this time using the same takes as on the original album. For an extensive look at the various releases and history of the soundtrack see Derrick Bang's article A Charlie Brown Christmas Redux … and redux and redux.

Several artists have released "cover" versions of the A Charlie Brown Christmas score – see this blog article, also from Derrick Bang, for a roundup.

CHARLIE BROWN'S ALL-STARS

Broadcast Date: June 8, 1966 (Wednesday), 8:30 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

After losing 999 games in a row, Charlie Brown's baseball team threatens to quit and spend the summer like normal kids (swimming, skateboarding, and jumping rope) until he announces that Hennessey's Hardware store will sponsor them, meaning they can get uniforms and play in a real league – but only if he'll take the girls and Snoopy off the team.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Frieda, Linus, Lucy, Patty, Pig-Pen, Sally, Schroeder, Shermy, Snoopy, Violet, 5 (b).

Trivia & Notes

  • The first broadcast of "Charlie Brown's All-Stars" was the top-rated show of the week, with a 23.8 rating (percent of the all households with televisions) and 46.1% share (percent of the households who were actaully watching television at the time the show aired).
                   (source: "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: The Making of a Television Classic" by Lee Mendelson)

Did You Notice?

  • Early in the show, Charlie Brown says "we have 5 boys, 3 girls, and 1 dog on the team" – but all 4 of the girls are shown playing along with Snoopy and the 5 boys.

La musique:

Score Composed & Conducted by Vince Guaraldi

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: October 27, 1966 (Thursday), 8:30 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

While the gang goes trick-or-treating, Linus waits in the pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin, and Snoopy imagines the World War I Flying Ace is shot down over "no man's land."

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Patty, Sally, Schroeder, Snoopy, Violet, Pig-Pen, Frieda (b)

Trivia & Notes:

  • According to what we see on screen, and the show's original script, the characters who go trick-or-treating and their costumes are:
      Charlie Brown – ghost with a lot of holes
      Lucy – green witch mask
      Violet – plain ghost
      Pig-Pen – dirty ghost
      Shermy – ghost with coonskin cap
      Schroeder – wearing fright mask and top hat
  • Since 2006, ABC has been airing the special uncut. Earlier broadcst on ABC and CBS were edited to fit in more commercials. In fact, in the initial ABC broadcasts (2001 & 2002), they removed 3 minutes of material: the scene near the beginning where Lucy tries to get Charlie Brown to kick the football (1 min, 15 secs); the scene Snoopy dances to music Schroeder plays on the piano at the Halloween party (1 min, 45 secs); the final title card saying "The End" and one repetition of Linus's outraged statements about "next year" were lopped off (1-2 seconds). This is more than CBS ever edited out from the show!
  • The version of the show broadcast on CBS and older video releases were edited; they left out a several of the "I got a rock!" scenes. (Some older video releases also cut the scene where Snoopy dances along to Schroeder's piano music.)
  • The Warner and Paramount DVDs are thankfully complete and unedited!
  • The first broadcast of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" was the top-rated show of the week (tying an episode of "Bonanza"), with a 31.6 rating (percent of the all households with televisions) and 49.0% share (percent of the households who were actaully watching television at the time the show aired). Note that the debut broadcast of "It's the Great Pumpkin" actually got a higher rating and share than the debut of "A Charlie Brown Christmas"! (source: "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: The Making of a Television Classic" by Lee Mendelson)

Did You Notice?

  • At one point, Lucy is sitting by the TV holding a copy of TV Guide, and the picture on front of it is of her!
  • In the shot of the gang just before they bob for apples at the Halloween party, Pig-Pen is wearing glasses.

La musique:

Score Composed & Performed by Vince Guaraldi
Music Arranged & Conducted by John Scott Trotter

YOU'RE IN LOVE, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: June 12, 1967 (Monday), 8:30 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

On the last two days of the school year, Charlie Brown tries a variety of schemes to meet the Little Red-Haired Girl.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Sally, Schroeder, Snoopy, Violet, Pig-Pen (b), Patty (b), 5 (b), 3 & 4 (b).

Trivia & Notes:

  • Animated debut of Peppermint Patty.
  • This is the first special where the adult (teacher) speaking with the "mwa-mwa-mwa" (or "wah-wah-wah") voice was heard.

Did You Notice?

  • While the 1977 "It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown" is generally credited as the first time "the Little Red Haired Girl" is seen, Charlie Brown says he sees her on a school bus that passes – and in fact two girls with red hair on the bus are shown (although neither resembles the girl seen in "It's Your First Kiss").

La musique:

Score Composed & Performed by Vince Guaraldi
Music Arranged & Conducted by John Scott Trotter

"You're In Love" sung by West Hillsborough School Choir

HE'S YOUR DOG, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: February 14, 1968 (Wednesday), 8:30 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Charlie Brown sends a disobedient Snoopy to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm for an obedience refresher course, but on the way across town Snoopy decides to hide out at Peppermint Patty's house. Initially it's a vacation for him, but eventually she puts him to work cleaning house, and Snoopy must choose between it and Charlie Brown's leash.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Patty, Peppermint Patty, Roy, Schroeder, Snoopy, Violet, 5.

Trivia & Notes:

  • Last show using same character voices as in "Charlie Brown Christmas."

Did You Notice?

  • Peppermint Patty is reading a Peanuts book (with Lucy and Charlie Brown on the cover) while Snoopy works.

La musique:

Classical Music Sources:
Snoopy listens and snaps his fingers as Schroeder plays a jazzy piece: despite the jazzy, Guaraldi sound, the music is an arrangement of the first movement of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550. (This music appears on Guaraldi's "From All Sides" album as "Choro.")

Score Composed & Performed by Vince Guaraldi
Music Arranged & Conducted by John Scott Trotter

IT WAS A SHORT SUMMER, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: September 27, 1969 (Saturday), 8:30 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Returning to school, the gang has to write a 500-word essay about their summer vacation. They recall going to summer camp, where the "boys camp" and "girls camp" compete against each other in swimming, softball, and other events. After several poor showings, the boys get out their secret weapon – the "Masked Marvel," champion arm-wrestler.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Frieda, Linus, Lucy, Patty, Peppermint Patty, Pig-Pen, Sally, Schroeder, Shermy, Snoopy, Violet, Roy (b), Clara (b), Shirley (b), unnamed boy (might be 5) (b).

Trivia & Notes:

  • Linus's teacher in this show is named as Miss Halverson, even though in later shows his teacher is Miss Othmar.
  • According to the book HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHARLIE BROWN, Charles Schulz thinks the arm-wrestling showdown between Lucy and the Masked Marvel in this show is "the best animated scene of all the shows."
  • Lucy's wrist-wrestling match with the Masked Marvel, and its finale, come from newspaper strips dated 2/6/67 – 2/15/67; these were reprinted in the book "You'll Flip, Charlie Brown."
  • The version of this special that appears on the Warner Home Video DVD He's a Bully, Charlie Brown is edited, with three minutes removed for reasons unknown. If you want a copy of this special on DVD, get the Peanuts 1960's Collection box set instead, where the show is presented in its full length.

Did You Notice?

  • Although Woodstock isn't in this show, Snoopy arm-wrestles with a yellow bird (a sort of "proto-Woodstock").
  • When Snoopy pretends to drive the bus, all the towns on the map in the background are named after people involved in the production. There's Schulz City (Charles M. Schulz – author), Cuidad de Melendez (Bill Melendez – director), Leesville (Lee Mendelson – producer), Gruyerberg (Bernard Gruyer – graphic blandishment), and Levittown (Ed Levitt – graphic blandishment).
  • Also in the background while Snoopy pretends to drive the bus, all the figures, including a milk truck driver, motorcyclist, a goat, and an eagle, have heads like Snoopy!

La musique:

Score Composed & Performed by Vince Guaraldi
Music Arranged & Conducted by John Scott Trotter

PLAY IT AGAIN, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: March 28, 1971 (Sunday), 7:00 – 7:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Schroeder practices piano despite the distraction of Lucy, who tries to get his attention. Finally Lucy arranges a gig for him, playing in the PTA program at school. But Beethoven is too old-fashioned, they want rock and roll. Will Schroeder sell out?

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Frieda, Linus, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Pig-Pen, Sally, Schroeder, Snoopy

Trivia:

  • The combo Schroeder is supposed to play with is: Charlie Brown on banjo, Snoopy on bass, and Pig-Pen on drums.
  • Beethoven and PTA programs come in spray cans.

La musique:

Music Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven & Vince Guaraldi
Music Conducted by John Scott Trotter

Performed by:
Lillian Steuber (Beethoven Sonatas)
The Vince Guaraldi Trio (rest)

Classical Music Sources:
(In order of performance in the show; all composed by Beethoven.)

  1. Beginning of the show with the score on top; with Lucy leaning against the piano (after Snoopy and Linus dance): Piano sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No.3; 1st movement.
  2. The music that comes out of a spray can is: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67; 1st movement.
  3. With Frieda at the piano, joined by Lucy: Piano sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7; 3rd movement.
  4. With Lucy leaning against the piano: Piano sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No.2; 1st movement.
  5. Lucy comes in with a feather duster in her hand: Piano sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight Sonata"), Op. 27 No. 2; 3rd movement.
  6. Lucy kisses Schroeder on the nose: Piano sonata No. 21 in C major ("Waldstein"), Op. 53, 3rd movement.
  7. Lucy tells Schroeder she arranged a recital for him: Piano sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49 No.2; 1st movement.
  8. Schroeder says "Thank you" to Lucy: Piano sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79; 1st movement.
  9. With Lucy leaning against the piano, telling Schroeder that Beethoven wouldn't have made it in Nashville: Piano sonata No. 29 in B flat major ("Hammerklavier"), Op. 106; 1st movement.

YOU'RE NOT ELECTED, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: October 29, 1972 (Sunday), 7:30 – 8:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Linus runs for election as school body president, and is on his way to victory until he makes a speech about the Great Pumpkin.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Russell Anderson (Linus's opponent), Sally, Schroeder, Snoopy, Woodstock, Frieda (b), Patty (b), Pig-pen (b), Shermy (b), Violet (b), 5 (b), various kids at school.

Trivia & Notes:

  • The gang's school is named "Birchwood School."
  • Vince Guaraldi sang the song "Joe Cool", as well as writing and playing the music!
  • This special was originally titled "You're Elected, Charlie Brown". It was changed at the very last minute after someone objected because not only is Charlie Brown not elected, he doesn't even run! That's why in the title sequence, the chorus still sings "You're elected, Charlie Brown" and the title written on the chalkboard has "Not" inserted with a caret (there wasn't time to redo the whole cel). The show was even advertised in TV Guide with the original title!
  • The primary storyline for this special comes from newspaper strips dated 10/5/64 – 10/27/64; these are reprinted in the book "You Need Help, Charlie Brown".
  • Television debut of Woodstock, although his animated debut is the movie "Snoopy Come Home," which came out several months before this television special.

Did You Notice?

  • When Linus goes to the studio for his call-in show, a camera is labeled "CBTV."
  • Charlie Brown and Sally's house appears to have two levels in this show (most of the time it seems to be one level).

La musique:

Music Composed & Performed by Vince Guaraldi
Music Supervision by John Scott Trotter

Songs:
Joe Cool (sung by Vince Guaraldi)

THERE'S NO TIME FOR LOVE, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: March 11, 1973 (Sunday), 7:30 – 8:00 PM

Synopsis:

The gang's schools plan a field trip to an art museum, and Charlie Brown must get an "A" on his field trip report to pass his class. Unfortunately, he, Peppermint Patty and Marcie mistake a supermarket for the art museum!

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Franklin, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Sally, Snoopy, Frieda (b), Violet (b).

Trivia & Notes:

  • Animated debut of Marcie.

Did You Notice?

  • The gang's school is up on the educational trends of the 70's: Linus is studying "new math" and Peppermint Patty says "by the time we grow up the Metric system will probably be official!"
  • Peppermint Patty has UCLA and Stanford banners in her bedroom.

La musique:

Music Composed & Performed by Vince Guaraldi
Music Supervision by John Scott Trotter

Songs:
Joe Cool (additional lyrics)

A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING

Broadcast Date: November 20, 1973 (Tuesday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Peppermint Patty invites herself and friends to Charlie Brown's for Thanksgiving dinner, even though he's going over to his grandmother's for dinner. So with Snoopy and Linus's help, he decides to cook his own version of a Thanksgiving meal!

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Franklin, Linus, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Sally, Snoopy, Woodstock, Lucy (b).

Trivia & Notes:

  • Vince Guaraldi sang the song "Little Birdie", as well as writing and playing the music!
  • Won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming" for Charles M. Schulz, writer.
  • See also the "What was Linus's speech in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving?" in the Miscellaneous Questions and Answers section.
  • In its first couple of broadcasts of the show, ABC edited out 3 minutes and 40 seconds: the scene where Snoopy and Woodstock don pilgrim costumes and walk to Charlie Brown's door, and the final scene where Snoopy and Woodstock make and eat a real turkey dinner. In 2005, however, ABC aired the entire special unedited.

La musique:

Music Composed & Performed by Vince Guaraldi
Music Supervision by John Scott Trotter

Songs:
Little Birdie (sung by Vince Guaraldi)

IT'S A MYSTERY, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: February 1, 1974 (Friday), 7:30 – 8:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Woodstock's newly-built nest disappears, so Snoopy puts on his Sherlock Holmes outfit and investigates. Meanwhile, Sally worries about a science exhibit for school. Could these two events be connected? Lucy's court of law will have to decide.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Sally, Snoopy, Woodstock, Pig-pen (b).

Trivia & Notes:

  • Legal advice from Lucy is more expensive than psychiatric advice: 7 cents.

La musique:

Music Composed & Performed by Vince Guaraldi
Music Supervision by John Scott Trotter

IT'S THE EASTER BEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: April 9, 1974 (Tuesday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Peppermint Patty tries to teach Marcie how to decorate eggs, Snoopy gets a birdhouse for Woodstock, and Linus convinces Sally that she doesn't need to color eggs because the Easter Beagle will bring them.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Sally, Schroeder, Snoopy, Woodstock.

Trivia & Notes:

  • Charles Schulz says the bunnies Snoopy dances with are the famed Bunny-Wunnies, stars of Snoopy's favorite books as mentioned in the comic strip.
  • Marcie's unsuccessful attempts to make eggs for coloring are frying, waffle-ironing, toasting, roasting (in the oven), and finally making soup out of them.
  • This special takes place 246 days before Christmas (according to a banner in the department store).

La musique:

Music Composed & Performed by Vince Guaraldi
Music Supervision by John Scott Trotter

Classical Music Sources:

  1. The music boxes when Snoopy dances with Peppermint Patty and Marcie: J.S. Bach, minuet in G Major, BWV Anh. 116.
  2. Schroeder plays the piano: Beethoven, piano sonata No. 3, 1st movement.
  3. While the kids wait for the Easter Beagle: Beethoven, 7th Symphony in A major, Op. 92; 2nd Movement.
  4. When the Easter Beagle arrives: Beethoven, 7th Symphony in A major, Op. 92; 1st Movement.

BE MY VALENTINE, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: January 28, 1975 (CBS)

Synopsis:

Charlie Brown hopes for Valentines cards in his mailbox and at the school Valentine's Day party, Linus buys a present for Miss Othmar, and Sally hopes Linus will notice her.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, Snoopy, Violet, Woodstock, Franklin (b), Frieda (b), Marcie (b), Patty (b), Peppermint Patty (b), Pig-pen (b), Shermy (b), Miss Othmar (os).

Trivia & Notes:

  • When Schroeder calls out the names of Charles Schulz's children and Joanne Lansing (one of the show's painting supervisors), among others, when handing out the Valentine's cards. (In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that all of the extra names have some significance.)
  • When the show was first broadcast, viewers sent hundreds of Valentines for poor Charlie Brown to Charles's Schulz studio!
  • In this episode, the gang's school is named "Birchwood School" (as it was in "You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown").
  • On ABC broadcasts starting in 2017 (and possibly earlier), the music over the end credits has been changed. The original version of the end credits featured the music from the Pawpet Theater section of the show (a Guaraldi tune titled "Freddie's Mood"); ABC has replaced it a the version of "Linus and Lucy" taken from the Guaraldi Oh Good Grief album instead. The end credits have also been sped up – originally they ran for 40 seconds, now they have been sped up to 25 seconds. The reasons for these changes is not clear, although presumably ABC is trying to eke out a little more commercial time. Fortunately, current releases of the show on DVD and on digital services retain the original end credit music and speed.

La musique:

Music Composed & Performed by Vince Guaraldi
Music Supervision by John Scott Trotter

Classical Music Sources:

  1. Schroeder plays piano while Lucy discusses the origin of Valentine cards and Valentine's Day: Beethoven, piano sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49 No. 2; 1st movement.
  2. Background music used in Snoopy's paw-pet show: an arrangement of Nocturne in B-flat major, Op. 9 No. 2 by Chopin.
  3. The music Snoopy's fancy cut-out valentine plays: J.S. Bach, "Minuet in G Major", BWV Anh. 116.

YOU'RE A GOOD SPORT, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: October 28, 1975 (Tuesday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Snoopy plays tennis against an automatic ball machine and then Woodstock. Peppermint Patty convinces Charlie Brown (with Linus as his pit crew) to compete in a charity motocross race. Can they overcome the challenge of crashes, mud, and the strangely familiar Masked Marvel?

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Franklin, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Sally, Snoopy, Woodstock, referee kid (b), Schroeder (b), Roy (b), 5 (b), Patty (b), Violet (b), other racers (b), Motocross Queen Loretta (b)

Trivia & Notes:

  • This show was inspired by Charles Schulz's son Craig's interest in motorcycles.
  • Won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Children's Special".

Did You Notice?

  • Charlie Brown is racer #13 in the race, of course!
  • On the contestant board, several of the names of the other racers are members of the production staff: P. Roman (director), J. Lansing (painting supervisor), S. Jaimes (animator), and S. Claxton (production assistant). D. Smith and J. Jones are also listed, but if they're staff they're not in the credits.

La musique:

Music Composed & Performed by Vince Guaraldi
Music Supervision by John Scott Trotter

IT'S ARBOR DAY, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: March 16, 1976 (Tuesday) 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

While researching a report on Arbor Day, Sally enlists the gang to turn Charlie Brown's ball field into a garden and orchard, complete with a tree on the pitcher's mound and scarecrow in the outfield. During the first game of the season against Peppermint Patty's team, the plants turn out to be an unexpected advantage.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Franklin, Frieda, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Rerun, Sally, Schroeder, Snoopy, Woodstock, Jose Peterson (b), Patty (b), Violet (b), 5 (b), unknown kid on Peppermint Patty's team (b).

Trivia & Notes:

  • Animated debut of Rerun Van Pelt.
  • Last show with music by Vince Guaraldi.
  • It's unknown why Lucy and Frieda's voices are "mumbled" in the scene when a ball comes to them in the outfield.

La musique:

Music Composed & Performed by Vince Guaraldi

IT'S YOUR FIRST KISS, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: October 24, 1977 (Monday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Charlie Brown must escort the Little Red-Haired Girl to the homecoming dance, even though he has trouble kicking the ball during the homecoming football game.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Franklin, Heather, Linus, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Pig-Pen, Schroeder, Snoopy, Woodstock, other football players, homecoming princesses, Frieda (b).

Trivia & Notes:

  • This is the first time the Little Red-Haired Girl is given a name (Heather) and actually seen. While Charles Schulz has later said he regretted making this decision, he did approve doing it at the time. But the show's animators, not Charles Schulz, decided how the Little Red-Haired Girl would look.
  • In the original broadcast, several times after Charlie Brown misses his kick because Lucy (of course) pulls away the football, Peppermint Patty berates him. However, viewers protested, because Charlie Brown was so obviously not at fault. So in subsequent showings the producers decided to dub out two of these incidents. The Paramount and Warner home video releases retain these edits, although the Warner DVD release does include the missing quotes… in the Spanish audio!
  • The two removed quotes are: at about 7 1/2 minutes in, "Okay, Chuck, you really goofed up on that play!", and at around 15 1/2 minutes in, "Chuck, you can't do anything right!!" (The dialog was dubbed out by reversing the original audio, and reducing it in volume, so if you record the audio and play it backwards, you can her Peppermint Patty's original exclamations.)

Did You Notice?

  • Before treating Charlie Brown for hyponatremia with salt water, Snoopy pulls a pepper grinder out of his doctor's bag.
  • Even though all we see is Charlie Brown missing his kicks, he must have succeeded with two of them, because his team gets 7 points for its second and third touchdowns!

WHAT A NIGHTMARE, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: February 23, 1978 (Thursday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Accused by Charlie Brown of being "overcivilized" and after eating too much pizza, Snoopy dreams of being a sled dog in the Alaskan frontier (including a side trip to a saloon).

Trivia & Notes:

  • In reality, while modern sled dogs are always eager to run and competitive, most are also quite friendly, unlike the sled dogs depicted in this special. However they do howl in the middle of the night! (From personal experience; I stayed at a bed and breakfast in Alaska next to a sled dog kennel.)

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Arctic sled driver, sled dogs (huskies).

La musique:

Music by Ed Bogas and Vince Guaraldi ("Linus & Lucy")
Music Supervision by Judy Munsen

Song Vocals by Larry Finalyson

Songs:
Overlycivilized, Underlydogified Dog

YOU'RE THE GREATEST, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: March 19, 1979 (Monday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Charlie Brown competes against Freddy Fabulous from Fremont, the "Masked Marvel," and Marcie in the ten events of the Junior Olympics Decathlon.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Snoopy, Freddy Fabulous from Fremont, 5 (b), Pig-Pen (b), Sally (b), Schroeder (b), Woodstock (b).

Trivia & Notes:

  • Freddy Fabulous calls Charlie Brown "pumpkinhead." This isn't the first time Charlie Brown's head is compared to a pumpkin. In "It's the Great Pumpkin," Lucy uses it to model her jack-o- lantern face. In "You're a Good Sport," he wears a pumpkin on his head as a helmet.
  • The "Masked Marvel" is from the "Ace Obedience School."
  • A rare adult's voice announces the decathlon events.

La musique:

Music by Ed Bogas and Judy Munsen

The traditional Olympic fanfare ("Bugler's Dream" by Leo Arnaud) occasionally plays as part of the background music.

SHE'S A GOOD SKATE, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: February 25, 1980 (Monday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Snoopy coaches Peppermint Patty for a skating competition, Marcie sews her dress.

Trivia & Notes:

  • The first time an off-screen adult actually speaks English to the characters. (Although adult voices speaking English are heard from the "PTA meetings in a spray can" in Play It Again, Charlie Brown.)
  • Based on one of the longest sequences of connected strips from the comic, which ran for five weeks from 11/4/74 – 12/7/74; these are reprinted in the Peanuts Parade book "Speak Softly and Carry a Beagle."
  • Working title: "She's a Winner, Charlie Brown"

La musique:

Music by Ed Bogas and Judy Munsen

Classical Music Sources:

  • The music the thre skaters before Peppermint Patty skate to is, in order:
    The Nutcracker: Dance of the Reed Pipes (Tchaikovsky)
    Fifth Symphony, 1st Movement (Beethoven)
    Lohegrin: Prelude to Act III (Richard Wagner)
  • The music Woodstock whistles when Peppermint Patty skates is "O mio babbino caro," from Puccini's opera "Gianni Schicchi." The whistling is performed by Jason Serinus, a musician and professional whistler. He has a web site where you can order a tape of his music, including the Woodstock piece.

LIFE IS A CIRCUS, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: October 24, 1980 (Friday) 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

The circus comes to town and Snoopy falls for Fifi, one of the poodles in an acrobatic act. Following her, he is accidentally whisked away with the circus when it leaves. While Charlie Brown worries about him, Snoopy becomes "Hugo the Great" and performs highwire and trapeze stunts. When the carnival owner decides his color scheme is wrong and orders him dyed pink, Snoopy faces the difficult choice of continuing or returning home.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder, Snoopy, Fifi the Poodle, Miss Polly, other poodles (b).

Trivia & Notes:

  • Won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Animated Program".

La musique:

Music by Ed Bogas and Judy Munsen

IT'S MAGIC, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: April 28, 1981 (Tuesday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Snoopy puts on a magic show. Although most of his tricks are failures, he successfully makes Charlie Brown invisible. While Snoopy works to make him visible again, Charlie Brown realizes this may be his golden opportunity to kick Lucy's football.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Franklin, Linus, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Sally, Snoopy, Woodstock, heckler in audience, Schroeder (b), Patty (b)

Did You Notice?

  • We actually get to see the inside of Snoopy's doghouse, which as is established in the strip, is much larger on the inside than the outside. Inside are sports and exercise equipment, lockers, and a laboratory.

La musique:

Music by Ed Bogas and Judy Munsen

SOMEDAY YOU'LL FIND HER, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: October 30, 1981 (Friday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Charlie Brown falls for a girl he sees in the audience of televised football game, and he and Linus go across town on a door-to-door search for her.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy, Woodstock, Mary Jo (girl with blanket), Wrong Girl #1, Wrong Girl #2, Evil Cat.

Trivia & Notes:

  • Charlie Brown says 13 is "his lucky number."

La musique:

Music by Ed Bogas and Judy Munsen

Songs:
(When I Feel Most) Alone – performed by Becky Reardon

A CHARLIE BROWN CELEBRATION

Broadcast Date: May 24, 1982 (Monday), 8:00 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Charles Schulz talks about Peanuts and introduces animations based on newspaper strips, including:

  • Peppermint Patty accidentally enrolls in dog-training classes;
  • Charlie Brown goes to the hospital, and Lucy promises not to pull away the football if he gets better;
  • While on a field trip, Linus meets a new paramour "Truffles," gets trapped on top of a barn and must be rescued by helicopter (aka Snoopy);
  • et d'autres.

Trivia & Notes:

  • When shown on Nickelodeon in 1998-2000, was split into two half-hour parts.

La musique:

Music by Ed Bogas and Judy Munsen

IS THIS GOODBYE, CHARLIE BROWN?

Broadcast Date: February 21, 1983 (Monday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Linus and Lucy move away from the neighborhood when their Dad is transferred to a new job. Once they're gone, Sally wonders why her "Sweet Babboo" stood her up, Snoopy enjoys Linus's blanket, Peppermint Patty tries to cheer up a depressed Charlie Brown, and even Schroeder misses Lucy. Can the gang cope if their friends have really gone forever?

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Sally, Schroeder, Snoopy, Franklin (b), Patty (b), Pig-pen (b), Roy (b), Shermy (b), Violet (b), moving men (b).

Did You Notice?

  • Adults appear twice in this special; first there's the moving men (although we never see their heads) and then if you look carefully Linus and Lucy's parents are driving the station wagon as they leave town!
  • A sled named "Rosebud" is put on the Van Pelt's moving truck. This is an homage to the movie "Citizen Kane," which is often mentioned in the comic strip (and often described as the greatest movie of all times outside the strip).
  • The primary storyline comes from newspaper strips dated 5/9/66 – 5/21/66; these are reprinted in the book "The Unsinkable Charlie Brown."

La musique:

Music Composed by Judy Munsen
Music Arranged by Steve Riffkin

IT'S AN ADVENTURE, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: May 16, 1983 (Monday), 8:00 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Vignettes based on newspaper strips. Comprend:

  • Charlie Brown bites the kite-eating tree, goes on the run from the EPA, and ends up teaching a pee-wee baseball team;
  • Charlie Brown gets a rash that makes his head look like a baseball, goes to camp with a bag over his head, and is elected president as "Mr. Sack";
  • Peppermint Patty believes a butterfly is an angel;
  • Peppermint Patty and Marcie become golf caddies;
  • et d'autres.

Trivia & Notes:

  • When shown on Nickelodeon in 1998-99, split into two half-hour parts.

La musique:

Music Composed by Ed Bogas and Desirée Goyette
Music Arranged and Conducted by Ed Bogas

WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED, CHARLIE BROWN?

Broadcast Date: May 30, 1983 (Monday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

After leaving the chateau where they stayed as exchange students in France, the gang visits Omaha Beach in Normandy (where the Allies landed on D-Day in World War II) and Ypres (a World War I battle site), and Linus talks about the significance of the sites and gives tribute to the veterans who fought in both wars.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Sally, Snoopy, Woodstock.

Trivia & Notes:

  • An epilogue to the movie "Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown". The movie was deliberately left open-ended so that a follow up could be done.
  • Like some of the "This is America, Charlie Brown" episodes, colorized historical footage is used, as well as excerpts from a speech by Eisenhower.
  • Linus recites "In Flanders Field" by Lt. Col. John McCrae, M.D., a surgeon during World War I.
  • Won a Peabody Award for excellence in television programming.

La musique:

Music Composed by Judy Munsen
Music Arranged by Dawn Atkinson

IT'S FLASHBEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: April 16, 1984 (Monday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Charlie Brown wishes he had a normal dog while Snoopy dances the night away as "Flashbeagle," but Sally finds Snoopy's dancing skills an asset during show and tell at school. Also, Peppermint Patty has trouble with her binder; the gang attends a party where they play "Simon Says" and dance.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Franklin, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, Pig-pen, Peppermint Patty, Sally, Schroeder, Snoopy, Woodstock, 5 (b), Frieda (b), party host kid (b), kid with George the chameleon (b), other birds (b)

Trivia & Notes:

  • Marine Jahan, the dancer who doubled for Jennifer Beals in "Flashdance" served as the animators' model for Snoopy's dancing (in a process known as rotoscoping, footage of her was traced over by the animators).
  • Jill Schulz (Charles Schulz's daughter) performing aerobics served as the animators' model for Peppermint Patty during the song "Peppermint Patty's PE Program."
  • While most of this special is new material, Snoopy did appear as "Flashbeagle" once in the newspaper strips. The strip date is 11/29/83, and is reprinted in the Peanuts Parade book "I'm Not Your Sweet Babboo!"

Did You Notice?

  • The "Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show" theme is heard prominently as background music near the beginning of the show (this show was created during the same time period).
  • In the breakdancing scene with Snoopy and Franklin, who is the kid watching them who looks like Franklin's identical twin?
  • Teenagers (or maybe they're adults) are shown at the disco.

La musique:

Music and Lyrics by Desiree Goyette and Ed Bogas

Songs:
Flashbeagle
Peppermint Patty's PE Program (I'm In Shape)
Lucy Says (Listen to Lucy)
Pig-Pen Hoe Down
(Talkin' About) Snoopy

Albums:
An LP of the songs from this special was made in 1984, but is now out of print and there is no CD version. The other songs on the "Flashbeagle" album are from the documentary/celebration show "It's Your 20th TV Anniversary, Charlie Brown."

SNOOPY'S GETTING MARRIED, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: March 20, 1985 (Wednesday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Snoopy decides to get married to a poodle he meets in the dark while he's guarding Peppermint Patty's house. At first alarmed, the Peanuts gang gets into the swing of things making preparations for the wedding. Meanwhile, Snoopy invites Spike to be his "Best Beagle," and Spike does odd jobs to pay for his bus fare. Finally all is set – but where's the bride?

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Sally, Schroeder, Snoopy, Spike, Woodstock, Genevieve, Franklin (b), Patty (b), Pig-pen (b), Violet (b), other birds (b).

Trivia & Notes:

  • Animated debut of Spike, Snoopy's brother.
  • Most of this story comes from newspaper strips dates 8/9/77 – 8/30/77; these are reprinted in the Peanuts Parade book "The Beagle Has Landed."

Did You Notice?

  • Spike's house (inside a cactus), like Snoopy's, is larger on the inside than it is on the outside. We briefly see the inside of Snoopy's house as well.

La musique:

Music by Judy Munsen

Songs:
Oh Let Me Be the One

Classical Music Sources:
After Sally finishes her song, Schroeder plays the ending bars of the 1st movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67.

YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: November 6, 1985 (Wednesday), 8:00 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Animated version of the 1967 musical.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, Snoopy, Woodstock, Peppermint Patty (b), Marcie (b)

Trivia & Notes:

  • Snoopy speaks for the first time in an animated special (voiced by Robert Towers, who was a member of the 1967 Los Angeles stage cast).
  • This is an abridged version of the original stage musical (since the original is about 2 hours long, and this show is about 50 minutes long, obviously all of the original wouldn't fit!)
  • Abridgment isn't the only change to take place; the characters have been changed as well. The stage musical stars only Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Patty, Schroeder, and Snoopy. In the animated adaptation, Patty (no longer familiar to modern viewers) has been replaced by Sally, presaging the 1999 Broadway revival of "You're a Good Man," which did the same thing. Marcie, Peppermint Patty, and Woodstock also appear briefly as well, even though they aren't in the original.
  • Not to be confused with the 1973 Hallmark Hall of Fame TV broadcast, which was live-action.
  • When shown on Nickelodeon in 1998-99, split into two half-hour parts with some minor edits (mostly in the second part).

La musique:

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Orchestra Conductor – Ed Bogas
Music Director – Desiree Goyette

Chansons (in the animated adaptation; a few from the original are omitted):

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Schroeder (Someday We'll Get Married)
The Kite
Snoopy (They Like Me)
The Book Report
Little Known Facts
T-E-A-M (The Baseball Game)
Glee Club Rehearsal
Suppertime
Bonheur
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (reprise)

Classical Music Sources:

  1. Song "Schroeder" (sung by Lucy): Beethoven's "Moonlight sonata" (piano sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2; 1st movement).
  2. Schroeder plays piano; Lucy comes in and starts talking about their future life together (the "Saucepans?" scene): J. S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, Prelude and Fugue No. 11 in F major, BWV 856.

CD/Albums:

No album of the songs as presented in the animated special is available, but:

  • A CD of the original off-Broadway cast album from 1967 is finally available once again from Decca Broadway (012 159 851-2)! It contains all 14 tracks from the original album plus 4 bonus tracks from the original demo tape Clark Gesner sent to Charles Schulz.
  • A CD from the new 1999 Broadway production of the musical is available on RCA 09026-63384-2. It includes most of the songs from the original production, plus the new ones ("My New Philosophy" and "Beethoven Day"), and lyrics for all the songs in the liner notes! Note that many of the songs have been reorchestrated from the 1967 version, but both versions are worth owning.
  • Several LPs of songs from the original musical were once made, however they are now all of out print and difficult to find.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: January 1, 1986, 8:30 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Peppermint Patty hosts a New Year's Eve party, while Charlie Brown struggles to read "War and Peace" over Christmas break.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Sally, Schroeder, Snoopy, Woodstock, Franklin (b), Heather (b), Patty (b), Pig-pen (b), Rerun (b), Violet (b).

La musique:

Music by Desiree Goyette and Ed Bogas

Songs:
Slow Slow Quick Quick
If You Want To Be a Winner at Musical Chairs

Classical Music Sources:
When Lucy asks Schroeder to take her to the party: Beethoven, Piano sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 ("Waldstein"); 1st movement.

SNOOPY: THE MUSICAL

Broadcast Date: January 29, 1988 (Friday), 8:00 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Animated special based on the 1974 musical.

Trivia & Notes:

  • This is an abridged version of the original stage musical (since the original is about 2 hours long, and this show is about 50 minutes long, obviously all of the original wouldn't fit!)
  • In addition to edits for lengths, there are two small changes to the script of the show:
    • At the end of Linus's Great Pumpkin song ("The Vigil"), Lucy comes out and asks him if "the Great Squash ever showed up." On stage, Peppermint Patty asks that question.
    • At the very end during the song "Just One Person," in the cartoon, Lucy is the first to join Snoopy in song. On stage, Peppermint Patty is the first to join.
  • When shown on Nickelodeon in 1998-2000, was split into two half-hour parts.

La musique:

Music by Larry Grossman
Lyrics by Hal Hackady
Musical Director – Desirée Goyette
Music Conducted by Lenny La Croix and Ed Bogas

Chansons (in the animated adaptation; a few from the original are omitted):

Don't Be Anything Less Than Everything You Can Be
Snoopy's Song ("Sit up! Lie down! Roll over!")
Woodstock's Theme
Edgar Allan Poe
I Know Now
The Vigil (The Great Pumpkin Song)
Clouds
The Great Writer (It Was a Dark and Stormy Night)
Poor Sweet Baby
The Big Bow Wow
Just One Person

Albums:

Two CD's of the songs from this musical are available:

  • SNOOPY!!! – ORIGINAL CAST (San Francisco) (DRG 6103)
  • SNOOPY – ORIGINAL LONDON CAST (Jay Records CDJAY 1073)

The London cast album contains several songs not on the San Francisco cast album; the San Francisco cast album contains one ("Friend") not on the London cast album.

IT'S THE GIRL IN THE RED TRUCK, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: September 27, 1988 (Tuesday), 8:00 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

An unusual combination of live-action and animation where Spike's life in the desert makes an unexpected turn when he falls for Jenny, a girl in an old red truck. He travels to town with her, eats good food and goes roller skating. But Jenny's boyfriend Jeff wants her to move to Los Angeles, and Spike's not sure city life is for him. Both Spike and Jenny must choose between the desert or the city – and meanwhile Spike runs into a dangerous coyote hunt.

Characters:

Spike, Jenny (girl in the red truck), Molly, Jeff, hobo beagles in jug band (b), Charlie Brown (b), Snoopy (b)

Trivia & Notes:

  • Jenny is played by Charles Schulz's daughter Jill.
  • Once again we see that Spike's "house" (a saguaro cactus) is larger on the inside than the outside (also in "Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown."
  • Spike makes pancakes, listens to French tapes, plays frisbee, plays piano, and roller skates.

La musique:

Music by Paul Rodriguez

WHY, CHARLIE BROWN, WHY?

Broadcast Date: March 16, 1990 (Friday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Charlie Brown and Linus become concerned when their friend Janice develops leukemia (a form of cancer) and has to go to the hospital. Discusses the treatment of leukemia and how other children might feel when a friend becomes seriously ill.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Snoopy, Woodstock, Janice, bully at school, Franklin (b), Marcie (b), Peppermint Patty (b), Schroeder (b), 5 (b), Janice's sisters (b), other birds (b).

Did You Notice?

  • On the hospital PA system, you can hear announcements for doctors that have the same names as the production crew: Dr. Jaimes (director), Dr. Taylor (editor), Dr. Melendez (producer), Dr. McCann (editor), and Dr. Neal (production assistant).

La musique:

Music by Judy Munsen
Vocals ("Farther Along") – Becky Reardon

Song:
Farther Along

SNOOPY'S REUNION

Broadcast Date: May 1, 1991, 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Charlie Brown decides to cheer up Snoopy by hosting a reunion party with his brothers and sisters; we learn about their first days at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm and how they came to leave it.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally, Snoopy; farmer who owns the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, Lila, Lila's mother, bus driver (b); Andy, Belle, Marbles, Missy (Snoopy's mom), Molly, Olaf, Rover, Spike.

Trivia & Notes:

  • Snoopy's brothers and sisters, and the instruments they play in the special are:
    • Snoopy – plays guitar
    • Andy – shaggy; plays drums
    • Belle – round eyes, wears pink dress and bow; plays violin
    • Marbles – brown ears, lots of little spots; plays banjo
    • Molly – dot eyes, wears blue dress; plays mandolin
    • Olaf – overweight; plays jug
    • Rover – brown ears, one spot; plays guitar
    • Spike – skinny; plays violin
  • So far, only Spike, Belle, Marbles, Olaf, and Andy have appeared in the newspaper strip.
  • The story of how Charlie Brown became Snoopy's owner told in this special contradicts the movie "Snoopy Come Home." Since the movie is an earlier source, and closely matches the information in the comic strip, it is regarded as the more canonical story. The important differences are:
    • Here Charlie Brown decides to get a dog because he wants someone to greet him when he gets home from school, and he and Linus take the bus to get Snoopy; originally his parents got Snoopy after Charlie Brown had a bad day on the playground, when another kid dumped a bucket of sand over his head and made him cry.
    • Here Sally is her present age when Snoopy was bought; originally Snoopy was bought before she was born.
    • Here Linus discovers that Snoopy is "used" when he and Charlie Brown pick him up; originally he only found this out by calling the Daisy Hill puppy farm when Snoopy went away to visit Lila in the hospital.
  • According to this special, Snoopy cost $5.
  • The working title for this episode was "Those Were the Days, Charlie Brown."
  • Schulz has said he wanted to do a series of shows about Snoopy's siblings, set at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, but CBS nixed the idea.

Did You Notice?

  • Even though both Spike and Olaf are picked up by families as puppies, by the time of the reunion they're both living by themselves. What are their stories?
  • Even though Snoopy's doghouse now is much bigger on the inside than it appears on the outside, in this special it's normal- sized (and full of hay!).
  • One of the few specials where adults are shown, and speak in normal voices – no less than three of them!

La musique:

Music by Judy Munsen

IT'S SPRING TRAINING, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: Never aired on network television; show's copyright date is 1992; first released on video January, 1996; first TV broadcast February 23, 1998 on Nickelodeon

Synopsis:

Charlie Brown's team can get uniforms if they win the first game of the season. Will an early round of spring training in the snow and new team member, the tiny Leland, be enough help?

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Franklin, Leland, Linus, Lucy, Pig-pen, Schroeder, Snoopy, Leland's sister (looks like Frieda)(b), Patty (b), Shermy (b), visiting baseball team.

Trivia & Notes:

  • In both "Charlie Brown's All-Stars" and this show, Mr. Hennessey from the hardware offers to sponsor Charlie Brown's team with uniforms. However, in the politically correct 1990's, Mr. Hennessey no longer cares if the team has girls or a dog on it!
  • Charlie Brown first met Leland in "It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown" when he coached Leland's pee-wee league team.
  • Never aired during prime-time in the United States (although it was intended to be). It was eventually shown on Nickelodeon in the United States and on YTV in Canada, and has been released on home video several times.

Did You Notice?

  • When Linus gets a hit, the gang cheers him on from the bench. One of the cheering players is Linus, who is apparently in both places at once!

La musique:

Music – Judy Munsen
"Peanuts Time" and "Baseball" (instrumentals) performed by D'Cuckoo
"That's What It's All About" performed by Jessica Nwafor

Songs:
Hokey-Pokey
That's What It's All About (Franklin's rap song)

Classical Music Sources:
When Schroeder comes up to bat: Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67; 1st movement.

IT'S CHRISTMASTIME AGAIN, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: November 27, 1992 (CBS) (released on video first, approx. Sept. 1992)

Synopsis:

A collection of Christmas-themed vignettes, including: Charlie Brown tries to sell wreaths; Peppermint Patty worries about her Christmas book report; Charlie Brown tries to buy gloves for Peggy Jean; and the gang is in a Christmas play, where Sally worries about her single line and Peppermint Patty plays a sheep.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Franklin, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Sally, Snoopy, Woodstock, Frieda (b), Harold Angel (b), Patty (b), Peggy Jean (b), Violet (b), other unnamed kids, other birds.

Trivia & Notes:

  • This special was initially available on video a couple months before it aired on TV as a promotion at Shell gas stations, technically making it the first "direct-to-video" special (although there were always plans to air it on TV soon afterwards).

La musique:

Music Composed by Vince Guaraldi
Music Arranged and Performed by David Benoit

YOU'RE IN THE SUPERBOWL, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: January 18, 1994 (NBC)

Synopsis:

Snoopy coaches a football team of birds to the championships; the gang competes in a punt-and-pass contest to win a new bike and a trip to the Super Bowl; Charlie Brown and Linus try to win the affections of Melody-Melody.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Snoopy, Melody-Melody, Franklin (b), Pig-Pen (b), various birds.

Trivia & Notes:

  • Originally broadcast on NBC, who had the rights to broadcast the SuperBowl in 1994 as well. All previous animated specials were first broadcast on CBS, although several ice skating shows and "The Big Stuffed Dog" were broadcast on NBC.
  • The Birds football team players have different names each time they play; they must have a remarkable number of first-string players! The names are: (vs. the Cats) Kowalski, Grabowski, Wisnitski; (vs. the Dogs) Namath, Unitas, Csonka; (vs. the Bison) Van Buren, Harding, Fillmore, Coolidge, Polk, Tyler, and Buchannan. Notice the first and second groups are named for famous football players; the third group are named for U.S. Presidents. Even though Woodstock must be among the players, he is never named once in the episode!
  • Marcie and Franklin are given last names in this special – Marcie Johnson and Franklin Armstrong. This is the only time these last names are mentioned – they are never mentioned in the comic strip or other TV specials.

Did You Notice?

  • Even though the Birds are playing in the "Animal Football League", the scoreboard has the NFL logo on it.
  • The helmets the gang wears in the punt-and-pass contest are all for real NFL teams.

La musique:

Music Composed by Vince Guaraldi
Music Arranged, Conducted, and Performed by David Benoit

IT WAS MY BEST BIRTHDAY EVER, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: None (direct-to-video release on August 5, 1997)

Synopsis:

Linus meets Mimi, a girl with a passion for gardening and singing, while in-line skating. He invites her to his birthday party which the gang is preparing… but will she show up?

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Pig-pen, Sally, Snoopy, Woodstock, Mimi, Franklin (b), Marcie (b), Patty (b), Shermy (b).

Trivia & Notes:

  • The opera piece Mimi sings is "O mio babbino caro," from Puccini's opera "Gianni Schicchi." Interestingly, this is the music Woodstock whistles in "She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown." And Woodstock gets a chance to whistle it again in this special!
  • The working title for this episode was "It's Linus' Birthday, Charlie Brown."
  • Direct-to-video release – not shown on TV to date.

La musique:

Music Composed by Vince Guaraldi
Music Arranged, Conducted, and Performed by David Benoit

Classical Music Sources:
Mimi sings "O mio babbino caro," from Puccini's opera "Gianni Schicchi."

Albums:
Two pieces of music from this special appear on David Benoit's CD "Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years."

IT'S THE PIED PIPER, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: None (direct-to-video release on September 12, 2000)

Synopsis:

Charlie Brown tells Sally a somewhat modified version of the legend of the Pied Piper, as Snoopy plays the title character who tries to rid the Peanuts' gang's hometown of sports playing, loudly dancing mice by playing his accordion in return for a year's supply of dog food.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Snoopy, the Mayor, the Mayor's secretary, town councilmen, sports mice, Franklin (b), Peppermint Patty (b), Pig-Pen (b), Marcie (b), Schroeder (b), Violet (b), townspeople (p), reporters (b).

Trivia & Notes:

  • Both the VHS and DVD included an 11-minute "retrospective interview with creator Charles M. Schulz." The material comprising this short feature previously appeared in some of the documentary TV shows.
  • The show has numerous adult characters (such as the town's mayor), and while this is unusual, it was not the first special with adult characters as some news reports claimed – the special Snoopy's Reunion had 3 adults characters, and adults also appeared in the What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?, Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown, the movie Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown, and the mini-series This is America, Charlie Brown.
  • Direct-to-video release – not shown on TV to date.

La musique:

Music Arranged, Conducted and Performed by David Benoit.

Classical Music Sources:
Schroeder is bothered by the mice: Beethoven, piano sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 ("Pathetique"); 2nd movement.

A CHARLIE BROWN VALENTINE

Broadcast Date: February, 14, 2002 (Thursday), 8:00 – 8:30 (ABC)

Synopsis:

Valentine and love-themed special based on material from the Peanuts comic strip: Charlie Brown is jealous of Snoopy's many valentines cards; Charlie Brown tries to impress the little red-haired girl with a sharp pencil and gets caught in the pencil sharpener; Peppermint Patty asks Charlie Brown to a dance.

Trivia & Notes:

  • Both the DVD and VHS home video releases of this show feature an extended version of the show, with 4 minutes of previously unseen material – five new scenes and one extended scene. A couple of other scenes also appear in a different order from the broadcast version.

La musique:

Music Arranged, Conducted and Performed by David Benoit, based on themes by Vince Guaraldi.

Classical Music Sources:
The music Schroeder plays during his scene: Beethoven, piano sonata No. 18 in E-flat major, Op. 31 No. 3, 2nd movement.

CHARLIE BROWN'S CHRISTMAS TALES

Broadcast Date: December 8, 2002 (Sunday), 8:30 – 9:00 (ABC)

Synopsis:

A collection of five Christmas-themed animated shorts based directly on stories from the Peanuts comic strips, each focusing on a specific Peanuts character – Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, and Sally.

Trivia & Notes:

LUCY MUST BE TRADED, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: August 29, 2003 (Friday), 9:00 – 9:30 PM (ABC)

Synopsis:

Charlie Brown trades Lucy to Peppermint Patty's baseball team in hopes of getting a better player and winning a few baseball games. Based on stories from the Peanuts comic strip.

Trivia & Notes:

  • Both the DVD and VHS home video releases of this show feature an extended version of the show, with 4 minutes of previously unseen material with several new short skits.

I WANT A DOG FOR CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN!

Broadcast Date: December 9, 2003 (Tuesday), 8:00 – 9:00 PM (ABC)

Synopsis:

It's Christmas vacation and Rerun (Linus and Lucy's little brother) is wishing he had a dog, so he turns to Snoopy for amusement and holiday cheer. Then Rerun asks Snoopy to invite his Spike for a visit. When Spike shows up, it looks like Rerun will have a dog for Christmas after all… but things don't turn out as expected.

Trivia & Notes:

  • The first hour-long animated Peanuts TV special since 1988.

HE'S A BULLY, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: November 20, 2006 (Monday), 8:30 – 9:00 PM (ABC)

Synopsis:

This special tells the story of a game of marbles that becomes too fiercely competitive for some of the children. When Charlie Brown is called upon for help, he finds that the only way he can finally prove himself to be a neighborhood hero is to match wits with the marble-playing bully. Is he up to the challenge? The show is based on Peanuts comic strips from April 1995.

Trivia & Notes:

  • Charles Schulz was working on the idea for this special when he passed away, although he did not complete a script for it.
  • This special was first released as a direct-to-video release on DVD and Blu-ray on March 29, 2011; the TV broadcast came later.
  • This is the first full-length Peanuts animated special that was done without the involvement of Lee Mendelson Productions or Bill Melendez Productions.


This Is America, Charlie Brown

This eight-part series advertised as "the first animated miniseries ever," broadcast in prime-time on CBS during the 1988-89 season. Meant as both education and entertainment, the shows find our friends witnessing and participating in historic events and discoveries. In addition to the usual animation, historical pictures and footage are used.

The series started airing weekly on Friday evenings at 8 P.M. in the fall of 1988 during a Hollywood screenwriter's strike. When the strike was resolved, the TV series "Beauty and the Beast" took over "This is America"'s slot, and it did not return until February, and then as a monthly show. The entire series was also repeated as a weekly series on CBS in the summer of 1990.

(While the volume numbers on the Paramount VHS release of this series do not match the original broadcast order, the DVD release presents the shows in the correct order.)

THE MAYFLOWER VOYAGERS

Broadcast Date: October 21, 1988 (Friday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

The gang is part of the Mayflower's crew as Linus narrates the story of the Mayflower's trip from England to America in 1620, including the dangerous voyage across the Atlantic Ocean; the ship's arrival and disappointment in Provincetown Harbor; their relocation to Plymouth and the trials of the first winter; and the first Thanksgiving.

Trivia & Notes:

  • The version of this special that is included on the Warner Home Video DVD A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Deluxe Edition (released in 2008) features the full version of a scene that has been edited on all previous United States home video releases. This is a scene near the end of the special where the native Americans and pilgrims are gathering food. Previous home video releases (and possibly even the original broadcast) showed the native Americans and pilgrims sneaking up on a turkey from behind a hedge and pointing at it, at which point the scene ended; in the Deluxe Edition DVD release, the scene continues for a few more seconds with the pilgrims firing a shotgun, which envelops the turkey in a cloud of smoke.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Pig-Pen, Sally, Schroeder, Snoopy, Woodstock, worried kid (b), Captain Myles Standish, Samoset, Squanto, Massaquoit, other Mayflower Voyagers.

La musique:

Music by Ed Bogas

THE BIRTH OF THE CONSTITUTION

Broadcast Date: October 28, 1988 (Friday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

The gang attends the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, 1787 with notables such as George Washington and Ben Franklin.

Trivia & Notes:

  • The working title for this episode was "It's Freedom, Charlie Brown."

La musique:

Piano and Harpsichord Solos by George Winston
(at least partially based on themes by Vince Guaraldi)

THE WRIGHT BROTHERS AT KITTY HAWK

Broadcast Date: November 4, 1988 (Friday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Charlie Brown and Linus visit Linus's cousin Dolly at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, just in time to witness and help out with Orville and Wilbur Wright's historic first flight. Meanwhile, Snoopy makes his own, less successful, attempts to fly.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Snoopy, Woodstock, Dolly (Linus's cousin), Wilbur and Orville Wright, other Wright Brothers helpers (b), early flight pioneers and balloonists (b), other birds (b).

La musique:

Music Written and Performed by Wynton Marsalis.

CD/Album:
The music from this special is available on Wynton Marsalis's album "Joe Cool's Blues" (Columbia CK-66880).

THE NASA SPACE STATION

Broadcast Date: November 11, 1988 (Friday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Linus dreams that he and the gang are the first crew to live on the new NASA Space Station. Can a spacewalking Charlie Brown and Snoopy repair the station when it's damaged by meteorite?

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Franklin, Linus, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Pig-pen, Sally, Snoopy, Woodstock, Jason Welker (TV reporter), Mission Control Operator

Trivia & Notes:

  • The gang's assignments on the space station crew are:
    • Lucy – station commander
    • Snoopy – space station operator
    • Linus – space station scientist
    • Peppermint Patty – in charge of exercise programs
    • Charlie Brown – cooking and photography
    • Sally – conduct on-board experiments
    • Pig-pen – extravehicular experiments
    • Franklin – social scientist
    • Woodstock – test subject
  • While this episode says that the space station was to have been launched and manned by the mid 1990's, it the first crew didn't occupy the station until January 2001, and assembly still continues. The design has also changed quite a bit since this show aired.
  • In reality, astronauts never take a spacewalk without being tethered to the station or spaceship, so that they can't float away. (Although they have tested jet-powered backpacks on a few occasions.)

Did You Notice?

  • The TV reporter, Jason Welker, bears a marked resemblance to Walter Cronkite, who is famous for his coverage of the space program from the first man in orbit to the men on the Moon.
  • Near the end of the show when Lucy, Peppermint Patty, and Sally talk about the Pilgrims, a close up of the Pacific Ocean on Earth is shown. Kind of odd, since the Pilgrims crossed the Atlantic!

La musique:

Music by Dave Brubeck.

CD/Albums:
The music from this show, composed and performed by Dave Brubeck, is available on the CD "Quiet as the Moon" (MusicMasters #01612-65067-2).

THE BUILDING OF THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD

Broadcast Date: February 10, 1989 (Friday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

The gang learns about the building of the first transcontinental railroad and sees the completion of the railroad in Promontory, Utah.

La musique:

Vocals by The Winans
(no "music by" credit)

THE GREAT INVENTORS

Broadcast Date: March 10, 1989 (Friday), 8:00 – 8:30 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

The gang gives reports and imagines they witness the development of important inventions created in America from 1870 – 1900. Linus talks about the Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone; Peppermint Patty talks about Edison's development of the phonograph; Marcie describes the excitement surrounding Edison's first light bulb; Charlie Brown gives a report on the first "horseless carriage" (automobile) race (in which Lucy and Snoopy compete); and Sally and Snoopy give a show and tell demonstrating less significant inventions such as roller skating and pizza.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Sally, Snoopy, Franklin (b), Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Watson, Mrs. Holliday (b), Thomas Edison, Maryann Edison, John Krusei, other Edison assistants (b), horseless carriage racers (b), other kids (b).

La musique:

Music by David Benoit

THE SMITHSONIAN AND THE PRESIDENCY

Broadcast Date: April 19, 1989 (Friday), 8:30 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

The gang visits the Smithsonian Institution museums in Washington, DC, and discuss three famous presidents. First, Charlie Brown and Linus are newspaper boys who meet Lincoln on the eve of his trip to give the Gettysburg Address, and dramatizes the address. Next, they talk about Theodore Roosevelt and the conservation movement, especially the protection of Yosemite Valley. The final topic is Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Depression, and the New Deal, including footage of bread lines and FDR's inaugural speech.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Franklin, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Sally, Snoopy, Abraham Lincoln, Samuel (b), Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir. (Franklin Roosevelt shown in historical footage.)

Trivia & Notes:

  • The gang is puzzled by the "coincidental" names of the Apollo 10 Lunar Module ("Snoopy") and Command Module ("Charlie Brown") that they see in the Air & Space Museum. In real life, the modules were given those names because of the popularity of the Peanuts newspaper strip. Also, in real life the Apollo 10 Command Module is in the London Science Museum, and the Lunar Module is in solar orbit… although both a Command Module from a different mission and an unused Lunar Module are at the Smithsonian.
  • The gang is also puzzled by a comic strip of Lucy and Charlie Brown hanging in the American History museum (yes, there really is a strip in the museum). (The one shown in the show is the strip where Lucy has a signed document "proving" she won't pull away the football from Charlie Brown.)
  • The Wright Brother's airplane and Duryea Brother's "horseless carriage" from previous episodes of "This is America" show up.

La musique:

Music by Dave Grusin

CD/Album:
Two pieces of music, the main theme of the episode ("History Lesson") and "Breadline Blues" appear on the album HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, CHARLIE BROWN (GRP Records GRD-9596).

THE MUSIC AND HEROES OF AMERICA

Broadcast Date: May 23, 1989 (Tuesday), 8:30 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Schroeder and Franklin try to give a school report about great American musicians from ranging from Stephen Foster to John Phillip Sousa to rock'n'rollers (see song list below), but is interrupted by both the antics of Snoopy and Lucy, who decides to give her report on famous American heroes–including Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earheart, George Washington Carver, and Martin Luther King–on the same stage at the same time.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Franklin, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Pig-Pen, Sally, Schroeder, Snoopy, Woodstock, other kids dressed as immigrants (b)

Trivia & Notes:

  • Adult appearances: the teacher's legs and torso are seen, but she still speaks in the "mwa-mwa-mwa" voice; also, a man reading a newspaper
  • Once again, the gang's school's name is given as "Birchwood School"
  • The gang is displays wide variety of musical talents in this episode. Here's a list of what instruments everyone plays:
    • Charlie Brown – harmonica, trombone, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet
    • Linus – guitar, trumpet, fife, drum, trombone
    • Lucy – flute
    • Franklin – drums, banjo, piano
    • Snoopy – banjo, drum, flute
    • Pig-pen – cello, banjo
    • Schroeder – piano (of course!)

La musique:

Music Directors – Ed Bogas and Desirée Goyette
Vocals – Lou Rawls, Cameron Clarke, and Desirée Goyette

Musical Pieces/Songs:
"I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair" – Stephen Foster
"O Susanna" – Stephen Foster
"America the Beautiful" – Katherine Lee Bates & Samuel Ward
"Stars and Stripes Forever" – John Phillip Sousa
"I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy" – George M. Cohan
"Alexander's Ragtime Band" – Irving Berlin
"Maple Leaf Rag" – Scott Joplin
"St. Louis Blues" – W.C. Handy
"When The Saints Go Marching In"
"Where Have All the Flowers Gone"
"You Ain't Nothing But a Hounddog"
"Linus and Lucy" – Vince Guaraldi


The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show

"The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show" was a half-hour CBS Saturday morning cartoon show. Episodes consisted of unconnected sketches, many of them adapted from the newspaper strips. It aired from September 17, 1983 to August 23, 1986 at the following times: Saturday 10:30 – 11:00 AM (9/83 – 1/84); Saturday 8:00 – 8:30 AM (2/84 – 8/84); 1:30 – 2:00 PM (9/84 – 12/85); unknown (1/86 – 8/86). However, since there were only 18 original episodes, there must have been a lot of repeats!

There are two "seasons" of shows, 13 from Fall 1983 and 5 from Fall 1985. The 1985 ones have different opening and ending credits, with words sung to the music in the opening titles.

The theme song was written and sung by Desiree Goyette, who created music for many Peanuts shows in the 1980's. The song actually first appeared on the "Flashbeagle" LP record and was titled "Let's Have a Party."

An important note: sometimes broadcasters, such as the Disney Channel, mixed both the prime-time specials listed above and the Saturday morning shows together under the heading when they were showing "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show," but in this list it refers seulement to the Saturday morning shows.

Each episode was given an umbrella title by Creative Associates for easier identification, and those umbrella titles are used for the video releases and in various television listings. The sketches in each episode also have titles, but the umbrella title is almost never among them. The Paramount videos each feature a title card for each show, with the umbrella title and listing all the sketches – these title cards were not part of the original broadcasts.

In the list below, first the umbrella title is given, then initial broadcast date and production order, a list of sketches in the show (numbered by their order of appearance), along with synopses for each sketch, character information, and music sources (incomplete for some episodes).

Note that the Paramount VHS releases did not follow the original broadcast order (instead they follow original production order); the shows are listed in broadcast order below.

Sketches with the same title in different shows are not the same; also, sketches that sound similar in their descriptions are different.

A big thank you to Glenn Mendelson and Basil Wilson, who provided much of the information for this section.

1983 Season

SNOOPY'S CAT FIGHT (Episode 1)

First Broadcast: September 17, 1983 (Production Order: 3)

Sketches:

  1. "Woodstock" – Woodstock build a swing and deals with basketballs that intrude in his nest.
  2. "Baseball" – Scenes from the baseball field – Snoopy and Linus demonstrate a play; Schroeder worries that a finger injury may keep him from playing piano; Snoopy wants to be scratched during a game; Charlie Brown is nervous when the Little Red-haired girl comes to watch the game.
  3. "Sally" – Sally shows a picture of a cow chasing mice, gives a report on the "Bronchitis," and tries to put some life into show & tell.
  4. "Peppermint Patty" – Peppermint Patty has to share a desk with Charlie Brown in school.
  5. "Piano" – Lucy tells Schroeder what sort of men make the best husbands. Frieda accidentally kisses Snoopy and Lucy continues to criticize Schroeder.
  6. "Blanket" – Linus give his blanket to Eudora, who gives it to the Cat Next Door. Linus and Snoopy try to get it back and end up in a big fight with the cat.

La musique:

Classical Music Sources:

Skit "Baseball":

  1. When Schroeder is worried he's injured a finger: Beethoven, piano sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3, 1st movement.

Skit "Piano":

  1. Lucy discusses what kind of men make good husbands; Lucy says "may your stupid piano be devoured by termites": Beethoven's piano sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1; 1st movement.
  2. Frieda thinks "Beethoven" is something to drink: Beethoven's piano sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3; 1st movement.
  3. Frieda and Lucy talk: Beethoven's piano sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"; 1st movement.
  4. Lucy says "you musicians are something else": Beethoven's piano sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2; 1st movement.
  5. Lucy says "Beethoven wasn't so great!": Beethoven's piano sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 56 "Appassionata"; 1st movement.

SNOOPY: TEAM MANAGER (Episode 2)

First Broadcast: September 24, 1983 (Production Order: 7)

Sketches:

  1. "Shoveling" – Linus and Snoopy try to help Lucy plant her garden.
  2. "Rerun" – Rerun sings and recites poetry while he rides on the back of his mother's bicycle.
  3. "Lost Blanket" – When Lucy invites the "blanket-hating grandma" over, Linus puts his blanket in an envelope and mails it to himself. The blanket is accidentally delivered to Snoopy instead, and Linus tries to get it back.
  4. "The Manager" – Charlie Brown makes Snoopy the new manager of the baseball team.

LINUS AND LUCY (Episode 3)

First Broadcast: October 1, 1983 (Production Order: 4)

Sketches:

  1. "Sally and Snoopy" – Sally takes Snoopy to school for "Show & Tell," and rewards him with an ice cream cone.
  2. "Football" – Linus tries to get Sally to kick the football but it hisses at her. Lucy pulls the football away from Charlie Brown once again.
  3. "Beads" – Lucy makes "lovebeads" for Schroeder, but he doesn't appreciate them so she gives the Snoopy.
  4. "Love" – Lucy asks Schroeder if he might love her and not know it.
  5. "Snowballs" – Linus thinks he's found two snowflakes exactly alike; Linus and Lucy make snow sculptures; Linus thinks his snow fort makes him invincible; Linus uses his blanket as a sling for throwing snowballs; Lucy makes a huge snowball.
  6. "Kite Flying" – Charlie Brown gets his kite string caught on a picket fence and people's noses; he sits in school tangled in string; he tries to take up flying paper airplanes instead with little success.
  7. "Linus and Lucy" – Linus draws an unflattering picture of Lucy; Lucy demands appropriate thanks from Linus for a piece of toast; Lucy tries to take out Linus and Snoopy's slivers.
  8. "Baseball" – Lucy stands on the pitcher's mound to see if she can see the ocean; Charlie Brown shows Lucy how to "keep a stiff upper lip and a firm jaw"; Lucy wants Schroeder to give her a kiss if she hits a home run.

LUCY VS. THE WORLD (Episode 4)

First Broadcast: October 8, 1983 (Production Order: 10)

Sketches:

  1. "Straws" – Charlie Brown and Lucy sip lemonade while having a discussion. Charlie Brown starts making funny faces as Lucy sips – could it be that the neighborhood dog took a sip from her cup when she wasn't looking?
  2. "Lucy Baseball" – Lucy drives Charlie Brown crazy as a reporter for the school paper after Charlie Brown kicks her off the baseball team.
  3. "Peppermint Patty" – Peppermint Patty mistakes Snoopy's doghouse as the guest cottage when she invites herself to stay at Charlie Brown's house while her father is out of town.
  4. "Daisy Hill Puppy Cup" – Snoopy forces everyone to write recommendation letters for him when he's nominated for the Daisy Hill Puppy Cup.
  5. "Linus and Lucy" – Lucy attempts to set a world record for being crabby 1000 days in a row; Lucy criticizes Linus for patting birds on the head; Linus moves in with Snoopy after Lucy throws him out of the house, but Lucy isn't alone for long because she discovers that her mom has just had a new baby boy!

LINUS' SECURITY BLANKET (Episode 5)

First Broadcast: October 15, 1983 (Production Order: 2)

Sketches:

  1. "Snoopy and Woodstock" – Snoopy gets into a fight with the Cat Next Door when he believes the cat has gotten Woodstock, but the visit to the vet's afterwards might be even worse.
  2. "Sally" – Sally tries to tell jokes in front of her school class.
  3. "Piano" – Lucy bugs Schroeder while he plays the piano and Snoopy plays the fiddle and dances.
  4. "Baseball" – Charlie Brown starts to float out to see on his pitcher's mound after a rain storm.
  5. "Sunsets" – Lucy gives Charlie Brown psychiatric advice based on whether he prefers sunrises or sunsets.
  6. "Football" – Lucy pretends to fall asleep while Charlie Brown tries to kick the football.
  7. "Security Blanket" – Linus tries to kick his blanket habit by giving it to Snoopy, who makes a sports coat out of it; Linus is just about "cured" when Charlie Brown gives him an unexpected gift.
  8. "Kite" – Charlie Brown puts up with humiliation after he ends up hanging upside from a tree when he tries to fly his kite.
  9. "Woodstock" – Sleepy Snoopy and Woodstock try to share the doghouse for a nap.
  10. "Clinging Snoopy" – Snoopy becomes a nuisance to the gang when he starts clinging to people who say they love dogs.

La musique:

Classical Music Sources:

Skit "Piano":

  1. Schroeder plays piano while Lucy talks: Beethoven, piano sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2; 1st movement.
  2. Schroeder says "Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven…" while he plays Beethoven's piano sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3, 1st movement.

SNOOPY: MAN'S BEST FRIEND (Episode 6)

First Broadcast: October 22, 1983 (Production Order: 5)

Sketches:

  1. "Kiss" – Lucy complains that no one loves her, walking away as Snoopy tries to kiss her.
  2. "Peppermint Patty" – Peppermint Patty hires Snoopy to be her guard dog because she's afraid to sleep at night. But the house is burglarized anyway when Snoopy, Peppermint Patty, and Marcie can't get off the very bouncy waterbed.
  3. "Charlie Brown Lost!" – Snoopy takes the Beagle Scouts on a hike and doesn't come back, and Charlie Brown gets lost trying to find them. Peppermint Patty and Marcie go on a rescue mission.
  4. "Snoopy" – Skits involving Snoopy, including Linus tells the story of the "Three Little Pigs" and Snoopy begins to "huff and puff" knocking Linus over; Frieda tries to get Snoopy to hunt for rabbits; Snoopy pretends he's the Flying Ace and stalks Charlie Brown as he brings out supper; Sally uses Snoopy to espouse her new philosophy "speak softly and carry a beagle."

SNOOPY THE PSYCHIATRIST (Episode 7)

First Broadcast: October 29, 1983 (Production Order: 9)

Sketches:

  1. "Charlie Brown & Lucy" – Charlie Brown has difficulty getting good advice from Lucy the psychiatrist and her replacement Snoopy.
  2. "Kite" – Charlie Brown keeps losing his cap and crashing his kite; the kite explodes into little pieces; the kite encounters the "kite-eating tree."
  3. "The Dance" – Peppermint Patty asks Snoopy to go to a dance with her and ends up slugging a kid who jokes about Snoopy's "big nose."
  4. "Thiebault" – Peppermint Patty lends Charlie Brown's baseball glove to Thiebault and he won't give it back; Thiebault refuses to play with Marcie on Peppermint Patty's team.

YOU CAN'T WIN, CHARLIE BROWN (Episode 8)

First Broadcast: November 5, 1983 (Production Order: 1)

Sketches:

  1. "Shaking" – Snoopy demonstrates the "shaking" method of training puppies.
  2. "Spaghetti" – Woodstock comments on Snoopy's dinner.
  3. "Football" – Sally learns the danger of kicking a football near a bird's nest.
  4. "Baseball" – With Rerun's help, Charlie Brown's baseball team wins their first game ever – but there's trouble when the league discovers someone was gambling on the game!
  5. "Toast" – Linus offers his burnt toast to Woodstock.
  6. "Snow Sculpture" – Lucy and Linus make snow sculptures honoring George Washington's birthday.
  7. "Sit" – Charlie Brown tries to teach Snoopy to "heel" and "sit".
  8. "School" – The school ceiling springs a leak over Peppermint Patty's desk.
  9. "Kite" – Lucy helps Charlie Brown fly his kite.
  10. "The Blanket" – Linus tries to live without his blanket for two weeks.
  11. "Sally" – Sally tries to answer math questions with humor and charm.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Rerun, Sally, Snoopy, Woodstock.

Trivia & Notes:

  • League headquarters for Charlie Brown's baseball league is in a bicycle repair shop.

La musique:

Classical Music Sources:

Skit "Kite":

  1. Lucy helps Charlie Brown with kite-flying: Mendelssohn, "Song without words" Vol. 5, Op. 62 No. 6 in A major, "Spring Song".
  2. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and Lucy get tangled up in kite string: J. S. Bach, Two-part invention No. 8 in F major, BWV 779.

THE LOST BALLPARK (Episode 9)

First Broadcast: November 12, 1983 (Production Order: 6)

Sketches:

  1. "Crawl" – Lucy tries to correct Charlie Brown's walk.
  2. "Marcie" – Marcie is bothered by a boy at summer camp who keeps calling her "lambcake."
  3. "Truffles" – While hunting for truffles, Linus and Snoopy met a little girl named Truffles and compete for her affection.
  4. "The Lost Ballfield" – Charlie Brown tries to figure out what to do when the owner of the vacant lot won't let his baseball team play there anymore.

SNOOPY'S FOOTBALL CAREER (Episode 10)

First Broadcast: November 19, 1983 (Production Order: 11)

Sketches:

  1. "Gold Stars" – Peppermint Patty goes undercover to find her teacher's missing box of gold stars.
  2. "Blanket" – Snoopy steals Linus's blanket, and Linus tries tricks to get it back.
  3. "Piano" – Lucy throws Schroeder's piano up into the kite-eating tree.
  4. "Teaching" – Peppermint Patty tries to teach Marcie and Charlie Brown to play football; Linus tries to teach Sally football; and Snoopy tries to play football with Woodstock. Lucy pulls the football away from Charlie Brown – again.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Franklin, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder, Snoopy, Woodstock, Miss Tenure (off-screen).

La musique:

Classical Music Sources:

Skit "Piano":

  1. Snoopy starts dancing on Schroeder's piano: Beethoven's piano sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2; 1st movement.
  2. Lucy comes in and starts talking: Beethoven's piano sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1; 1st movement.
  3. Schroeder pauses for a moment, says "I don't know. It's kind of hard to tell off hand" and plays Beethoven's piano sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3; 1st movement.
  4. Lucy and Schroeder discuss flowers: Beethoven's piano sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1; 1st movement.
  5. Lucy says "you can't bluff a musician" and then gets frustrated: Beethoven's piano sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"; 1st movement.
  6. Lucy says "if we were married…": Beethoven's piano sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1; 4th movement.
  7. The Kite-Eating Tree eats Schroeder's piano; Schroeder and Lucy talk in the living room: Beethoven's symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67; 1st movement.
  8. Schroeder plays his new piano, Lucy leans on it: Beethoven's piano sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"; 1st movement.
  9. Snoopy dances on Schroeder's new piano: Beethoven's piano sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2; 1st movement.
  10. Snoopy leaves and Lucy walks in with a glass of lemonade: Beethoven's piano sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"; 1st movement.

Skit "Teaching":

  1. Lucy talks Charlie Brown into kicking a football; Charlie Brown misses the football: Mendelssohn's "Song without words" Vol. 5, Op. 62 No. 6 in A major, "Spring Song"

CHAOS IN THE CLASSROOM (Episode 11)

First Broadcast: November 26, 1983 (Production Order: 12)

Sketches:

  1. "Sally at School" – Sally shows how some numbers can't be trusted; Sally takes Woodstock's nest to school for "Show & Tell"; Sally is afraid to walk home alone after she borrows a kid's ruler and breaks it.
  2. "Football" – Linus tries to teach Sally to play football; Lucy pulls the football away from Charlie Brown again; Marcie and Peppermint Patty play football.
  3. "School Patrol" – Peppermint Patty is jealous when Marcie is picked to be a traffic patrol person at school. After Marcie falls asleep in class, Peppermint Patty gets the job, but will her unique style allow her to keep it?
  4. "Blanket" – Linus's blanket keeps attacking Lucy.
  5. "The Team" – Baseball skits, including Snoopy's dish is used for second base; Charlie Brown tries to teach Lucy to bat; Lucy refuses to slide because of her designer jeans.

IT'S THAT TEAM SPIRIT, CHARLIE BROWN (Episode 12)

First Broadcast: December 3, 1983 (Production Order: 13)

Sketches:

  1. "Vulture" – Snoopy pretends he's a vulture and swoops down on passer-bys.
  2. "Blanket" – Snoopy steals Linus's blanket while Lucy tries to get Linus to kick his blanket habit. Linus steals Snoopy's supper dish in retaliation.
  3. "Peppermint Patty" – Peppermint Patty refuses to go to school because of her "Z" average, so Marcie gets Snoopy to "helicopter" her to school.
  4. "Rerun" – Rerun observes the world while riding on the back of his mother's bicycle.
  5. "Rainy Day" – Charlie Brown's team plays baseball while Charlie Brown gives a speech on baseball signals, and tries to promote team spirit; when it beings to rain, Lucy uses an umbrella as a bat.

LUCY LOVES SCHROEDER (Episode 13)

First Broadcast: December 10, 1983 (Production Order: 8)

Sketches:

  1. "Kite-Eating Tree" – Charlie Brown goes to Lucy's psychiatry booth for advice on fighting the kite-eating tree.
  2. "Sally" – Snoopy pretends to be the World War I Flying Ace and steals important enemy papers – that is, Sally's report for school.
  3. "Camp" – Charlie Brown gets sent home from camp for being a trouble-maker.
  4. "Lucy Loves Schroeder" – Lucy bugs Schroeder at the piano, including taking the piano and putting it in the washer and dryer.
  5. "Scared Snoopy" – Snoopy refuses to pay his psychiatry bill after consulting Lucy about noises he's been hearing at night.

La musique:

Classical Music Sources:

Skit "Lucy loves Schroeder":

  1. Schroeder plays piano while Lucy and he talk: Beethoven, piano sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7; 1st movement.
  2. While Lucy walks over to Schroeder's to tell him they are through: Beethoven, piano sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2; 1st movement.
  3. Lucy says "If I told you that we were through… ": Beethoven, piano sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 ("Waldstein"); 1st movement.
  4. Schroeder says "If I told you it didn't matter to me one way or the other…" and plays: Beethoven, piano sonata No. 1, Op. 2 No. 1; 3rd movement.
  5. BGM when Lucy takes the piano out of the drier: Beethoven, Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59 ("Für Elise").

1985 Season

SNOOPY AND THE GIANT (Episode 14)

First Broadcast: September 14, 1985 (Production Order: 14)

Sketches:

  1. "Snoopy's Foot" – Snoopy tries to play baseball with his foot in a cast.
  2. "Giant" – Snoopy and Woodstock grow a giant beanstalk and meet a giant.
  3. "Rerun" – Rerun meets a little girl in the supermarket.

SNOOPY'S BROTHER SPIKE (Episode 15)

First Broadcast: September 21, 1985 (Production Order: 15)

Sketches:

  1. "The Pelicans" – Peppermint Patty makes Charlie Brown dress up in a pelican costume to be her baseball team's mascot.
  2. "Great Pumpkin" – Peppermint Patty and Charlie Brown compete in a bowling tournament while Linus and Sally wait for the Great Pumpkin in a nearby pumpkin patch.
  3. "Spike" – Lucy attempts to "fatten up" Snoopy's brother Spike in preparation for a fight with the Cat Next Door.

SNOOPY'S ROBOT (Episode 16)

First Broadcast: September 28, 1985 (Production Order: 16)

Sketches:

  1. "Snoopy's Robot" – The gang goes to computer camp, where Snoopy has an unpleasant run-in with an unusual robot.
  2. "Linus and the Blanket" – Linus tries to give up his blanket.
  3. "Friends" – Charlie Brown wonders what to do when he discovers that both Marcie and Peppermint Patty have a crush on him.

PEPPERMINT PATTY'S SCHOOL DAYS (Episode 17)

First Broadcast: October 5, 1985 (Production Order: 17)

Sketches:

  1. "School Days" – The trials and tribulations of Peppermint Patty in school. Marcie tries to advise her on how to get better grades.
  2. "Snoopy's Trick" – Charlie Brown tries to get Snoopy to "shape up" when he gets tired of Snoopy's tricks and demands.
  3. "Snoopy's Flight" – Schroeder takes a plane flight to music camp – but he may never get there since he's flying on "Ace Airlines" whose plane looks suspiciously like a doghouse!

La musique:

Classical Music Sources:

Skit "Snoopy's Trick":

  1. Snoopy dances while Schroeder plays piano: Beethoven, piano sonata No. 23 in F minor ("Appassionata"), Op. 57; 1st movement.

Skit "Snoopy's Flight":

  1. Woodstock whistles and flies away on a musical note while Schroeder plays piano: Beethoven, piano sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 ("Waldstein"); 1st movement.
  2. After Schroeder gets off the plane he plays piano at home: Beethoven, piano sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2; 1st movement.

SALLY'S SWEET BABBOO (Episode 18)

First Broadcast: October 12, 1985 (Production Order: 18)

Sketches:

  1. "The Play" – Charlie Brown writes a term paper about what happened at the previous year's disastrous Christmas play.
  2. "Sweet Babboo!" – Everyone in the gang is hoping for valentines from their favorite sweeties on Valentine's Day.
  3. "Snoopy's Story" – Peppermint Patty writes an essay about Snoopy and then is chosen to read it in front of the whole school.

La musique:

Classical Music Sources:

Skit "Sweet Babboo!":

  1. Schroeder plays piano while Lucy leans on it: Beethoven, piano sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 ("Waldstein"); 1st movement.


Boomerang/Normaal Animation Shorts

In 2016, the cable channel Boomerang aired a series of shorts based directly on comic strips by Charles Schulz. The show was titled simply "Peanuts," and was drawn in a traditional 2D animation style.

The shorts, created by French animation studio Normaal Animation, first aired in France in 2014 and 2015. According to the PR, the shorts were designed to feel like the comic strips they are based on, with "watercolor art style, textured backgrounds and framing." Normaal created approximately 500 of these shorts, each about 1-2 minutes long.

For the United States broadcast, the shorts were grouped together into 104 different 7-minute "episodes" and newly re-dubbed in English. The United States voice track was performed by child actors who auditioned for parts in 2015's The Peanuts Movie, and who were rated highly, but didn't quite make the cut for the movie. As a result, the United States English audio track is different from English tracks used in Europe for the shorts; and the US voices are much closer to the "tradional" sound of the voices as heard in the TV specials in the US.

Back in December 2014, the Los Angeles Times ran a nice article about the shorts, which you can read here.

The first US run of the episodes on Boomerang went from May 9 through December 24, 2016, with new episodes mixed together with repeats. Below is a list of all the episodes, with their US title and initial broadcast date.

Note that the episodes aired in a different order in France, and in some cases were given different titles. The shorts have been released on DVDs in several European countries, also in different orders and with different titles.

So far, 93 of the episodes have been released on DVD in the United States (although to get 13 of those, you need to buy DVDs that include repeats):

  • 32 on the 2-disc set Peanuts by Schulz: Snoopy Tales (Volume 1)
  • 19 more on the 2-disc set Peanuts by Schulz: Go Team Go! (Volume 2)
  • 29 more on the 2-disc set Peanuts By Schulz: School Days (Volume 3)
  • 10 on the 1-disc set Peanuts by Schulz: It's Only Love (Volume 4) (claims "18 all-new shorts," but 8 are repeats from previous volumes)
  • 3 on the 1-disc set Peanuts by Schulz: Springtime (Volume 5) (claims "15 all-new shorts," but 12 are repeats from previous volumes)

A sixth DVD, Peanuts by Schulz: Lucy & Friends, contents unknown, is due out June 4, 2019.

The order of the episodes on the DVDs does not match the original Boomerang broadcast order.

1 – Come On Snoopy – 5/9/2016
2 – Don't Worry, Charlie Brown – 5/9/2016
3 – Have a Nice Day, Linus – 5/10/2016
4 – The Little Red Haired Girl – 5/10/2016
5 – Good Sports – 5/11/2016
6 – Sound & Sensibility – 5/11/2016
7 – The Mysteries of Love – 5/12/2016
8 – Frieda – 5/12/2016
9 – A Day With Snoopy – 5/13/2016
10 – Technical Difficulties – 5/13/2016
11 – A Strong Personality – 5/16/2016
12 – The Eye of the Beholder – 5/17/2016
13 – Miss Othmar – 5/18/2016
14 – The School of Hard Knocks – 5/19/2016
15 – My Blanket! – 5/20/2016
16 – Novel Idea – 5/23/2016
17 – No Strings Attached – 5/24/2016
18 – A Friend Indeed – 5/25/2016
19 – Crazy Mutt – 5/26/2016
20 – Doing it Right – 5/27/2016
21 – Like Skates on Ice – 5/30/2016
22 – Tennis – 5/31/2016
23 – A little nap – 6/1/2016
24 – Word of mouth – 6/2/2016
25 – Good dog – 6/3/2016
26 – Snoopy the Superstar – 6/6/2016
27 – Show Dog – 6/7/2016
28 – Train Your Dog – 6/8/2016
29 – A Pretty Picture – 6/9/2016
30 – Leave Me in Peace – 6/10/2016
31 – The Last of the Bunch – 6/13/2016
32 – Philosophy – 6/14/2016
33 – Too Cold – 6/15/2016
34 – It's Raining, It's Pouring – 6/16/2016
35 – Woodstock – 6/17/2016
36 – School Chums – 7/18/2016
37 – True or False – 7/19/2016
38 – Nobody Likes Me – 7/20/2016
39 – Even-ing the Score – 7/21/2016
40 – Black and White – 7/22/2016
41 – Beauty Contest – 7/25/2016
42 – A New Best Friend – 7/26/2016
43 – Telling Stories – 7/27/2016
44 – Being Nice – 7/28/2016
45 – School is Out – 7/29/2016
46 – Not Your Day – 8/1/2016
47 – A Little Love – 8/2/2016
48 – Love is in the Air – 8/3/2016
49 – A Clean Sweep – 8/4/2016
50 – Brothers and Sisters – 8/5/2016
51 – Marcie – 8/8/2016
52 – Good for Nothing – 8/9/2016
53 – Man's Best Friend – 8/10/2016
54 – The Great Outdoors – 8/11/2016
55 – Off-Key – 8/12/2016
56 – Not My Day – 8/15/2016
57 – It's Only Love – 8/16/2016
58 – Best Friend – 8/17/2016
59 – Strike Out – 8/18/2016
60 – Beware of the Dog – 8/19/2016
61 – Going My Way – 8/22/2016
62 – Call of the Wild – 8/23/2016
63 – Security – 8/24/2016
64 – It's Just No Good – 8/25/2016
65 – A Bad Mood – 8/26/2016
66 – Back to School – 8/29/2016
67 – Go to School! – 8/30/2016
68 – Go for It, Charlie Brown – 8/31/2016
69 – Amateurs – 9/1/2016
70 – School Anxiety – 9/2/2016
71 – Autumn is Here – 10/3/2016
72 – A Fascinating Friend – 10/4/2016
73 – Keep Your Chin Up Charlie Brown – 10/5/2016
74 – Misunderstanding – 10/6/2016
75 – Too Cute – 10/7/2016
76 – Team Spirit – 10/10/2016
77 – Just for Love – 10/11/2016
78 – That Day – 10/12/2016
79 – Colors – 10/13/2016
80 – Trust Me – 10/14/2016
81 – School Tomorrow – 10/17/2016
82 – Nice Doggy – 10/18/2016
83 – Company – 10/19/2016
84 – Reach for the Stars – 10/20/2016
85 – Creepy Crawlies – 10/21/2016
86 – Kind of Spooky – 10/24/2016
87 – Fly – 10/25/2016
88 – Feeling Insecure – 10/26/2016
89 – Always Right – 10/27/2016
90 – Out of Order – 10/28/2016
91 – Problems – 11/1/2016
92 – Classic – 11/2/2016
93 – Even the Score – 11/3/2016
94 – Birds of a Feather – 11/4/2016
95 – Sally – 11/12/2016
96 – A Hard Winter – 11/12/2016
97 – The Winter Games – 11/12/2016
98 – On Campaign Trail – 11/25/2016
99 – Christmas Is On Its Way – 12/24/16
100 – Winter Wonderland – 12/24/16
101 – Let it Snow – 12/24/16
102 – Get Lucky – 12/24/16
103 – Weird Little Brother – 12/24/16
104 – Do Not Watch Until Xmas – 12/24/16


Documentaries and Live-Action Shows

Although definitely part of the Peanuts television canon, these shows are either not primarily animated, or are a blend of interviews, archival footage and retrospectives that incorporate sequences from earlier specials.

This is not necessarily a complete listing (although I think it's pretty close). Please send in any additional information you have!

A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: Originally created in 1963, never aired. (30 minutes)

Synopsis:

A gentle and informative examination about Charles Schulz and the comic strip. It featured these segments:

  • Charles Schulz driving his children to school, while he discusses where he gets his ideas;
  • Schulz answering his fan mail;
  • Schulz in his studio, drawing his famous creations;
  • A discussion of the then-bestselling book "Happiness is a Warm Puppy", and drawings sent to Schulz by children who wanted to share what "happiness is" to them;
  • "Charlie Brown" appreciation day at San Francisco's Candlestick Park, where a large cut-out of Charlie Brown takes the pitcher's mound before the Giants do… and of course it starts raining.

In between the live-action segments were a series of color stills from the strips illustrating each character's personality and quirks, and the animations. These animations were simple and short, and based on popular elements of the comic strip–the gang playing baseball; Lucy pulling away the football when Charlie Brown tries to kick it; Charlie Brown flying a kite and ending up dangling from a tree; Snoopy pretending to be a vulture and then stealing Linus's blanket–but they easily illustrated the possibilities for Peanuts in the medium.

Personnages (in the animated segments):

Charlie Brown, Frieda, Linus, Lucy, Patty, Schroeder, Shermy, Snoopy, Violet (b), Pig-pen (b)

Trivia & Notes:

  • Originally conceived as a 60-minute special and featured several celebrity appearances – a press release claims Bing Crosby, Willie Mays, Dean Martin, Arnold Palmer and Frank Sinatra were to be included. But apparently, in an attempt to increase the documentary's chances of being sold, Mendelson edited it down to 30 minutes and these celebrity appearances didn't survive the cut. No copies of the 60-minute version or excised footage are known to exist.
  • Includes what are often referred to as the first Peanuts animations, although the Ford Falcon commercials predate it.
  • The first show that included music by Vince Guaraldi. Most of the now-famous Peanuts themes actually debuted here, rather than in Un Charlie Brown Noël.
    The music was released as a soundtrack album, originaly titled Jazz Impressions of A Boy Named Charlie Brown, later shorted to just A Boy Named Charlie Brown. This album continues to be available on CD.
  • Not to be confused with the movie of the same title.
  • Available on DVD from the Charles Schulz Museum. You can find it here, or call them at 707-579-4452 to order a copy.

La musique:

Original Music Composed and Conducted by Vince Guaraldi

CD/Albums:
Some of the music from this special shows up on the A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN (Fantasy FCD-8430-2) CD.

CHARLIE BROWN AND CHARLES SCHULZ

Broadcast Date: May 24, 1969 (Saturday), 8:30 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Documentary about Charles Schulz, the comic strip, and its spinoffs in other media, showcasing the world of Peanuts at the height of its popularity. It incorporated segments from the unaired documentary "A Boy Named Charlie Brown", although much of the show is new material. Segments included:

  • A brief autobiography of Charles Schulz, illustrated by the artist as he draws scenes to match the narration (these drawings also appear in the 1972 book Charlie Brown and Charles Schulz)
  • The San Francisco cast of the play "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" performing the musical's opening number;
  • Vince Guaraldi performing "Linus and Lucy" on stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival (intercut with animation of Schroeder playing piano with Snoopy on the cello);
  • A music video of the Royal Guardsman signing their hit single, "Snoopy vs. The Red Baron";
  • An excerpt from the soon-to-be released big-screen film "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" accompanied by Rod McKuen singing "Champion Charlie Brown" (the scene just after Charlie Brown wins the school spelling bee);
  • Robert Short discusses the theology present in Peanuts, from the lecture that produced his book The Gospel According to Peanuts;
  • Charles Schulz giving a speech at NASA, to acknowledge Apollo 10's two modules being named "Charlie Brown" and "Snoopy";
  • Schulz giving a tour of his studio, discussing the origin of some of his famous ideas and why he doesn't have assistants;
  • and a discussion of the then-bestselling book "Happiness is a Warm Puppy", and drawings sent to Schulz by children who wanted to share what "happiness is" to them (this is the same segment that appeared in the unbroadcast 1965 documentary).

Once again the segments were separated by short animated sequences. Some were from the unbroadcast 1963 documentary, but they are supplemented by new and more polished animations based on daily strips (since by this time six animated shows had been produced and shown).

Personnages (in animated segments):

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Pig-pen, Sally, Schroeder, Snoopy, Violet (b), Patty (b)

La musique:

Original Music Score Written and Performed by Vince Guaraldi

CD/Albums:
Some of the music from this special shows up on the A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN (Fantasy FCD-8430-2) CD.

SNOOPY AT THE ICE FOLLIES

Broadcast Date: October 24, 1971 (Sunday), 7:30 – 8:30 PM (NBC)
rebroadcast: January 14, 1977 (Friday), 8:00 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

(Live-action/Variety) The following description is from TV Guide. Snoopy, the George Plimpton of the "Peanuts" set, grabs the spotlight at the season's first ice show. The Shipstads & Johnson Ice Follies features Snoop & his creator Charles Schulz in an ice-hockey mismatch, and the glitter of pros… graceful solos by Karen Kresge ("You've Made Me So Very Happy") and Ricky Inglesis ("Spinning Wheel"); duets by Ron & Cindy Kaufman ("Early in the Morning"), and Richard Dwyer & Susan Berens ("Promises, Promises"); comedy with Mr. Frick and the Scarecrows; and production spots with the Ice Follies.

SNOOPY'S INTERNATIONAL ICE FOLLIES

Broadcast Date: November 12, 1972, 8:00 – 9:00 PM (NBC)

Synopsis:

(Live-action/Variety) The following description is from TV Guide. A larger-than-life Snoopy takes to the ice in search of top skaters… it's the Shipstads and Johnson Ice Follies, featuring the Peanuts canine on the prowl in Denmark, England, France, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, and California. Comedy skaters: Mr. Frick, hobo Kevin Bubp, and Buddy and Baddy. "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz is the host of the festivities.

Songs & Skaters: "If I Ruled the World" – Richard Dwyer; "Joy to the World" – Ricky Inglesi; "What About Today?" – Jill Shipstad; "People" – Richard Dwyer & Kathy Miller; "Down on the Bayou" – Ricky Inglesi & Karen Kresge.

YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: February 9, 1973 (Friday), 8:30 – 10:00 PM (NBC)

Synopsis:

(Live action) Broadcast as a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" special, this faithful live-action production of the 1967 stage musical is complete with minimalist sets, all the songs, and only one scene edited from the script. The presentation is mostly traditional shots of the stage or close up of the characters, although a few TV innovations are use, such as fancy scene transitions using cutout shapes, and overlaying shots of the different character's heads on screen at once during "The Book Report".

Trivia & Notes:

  • Not to be confused with the 1985 animated adaptation of this musical.
  • No home video version of this show was ever released.
  • The director, Walter C. Miller, was nominated for a 1973 Emmy for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Comedy or Variety".

La musique:

Book, Music, Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Music Arranged and Conducted By Elliot Lawrence

Songs:
You're a Good Man, CB
Schroeder
Snoopy (They Like Me)
My Blanket and Me
The Kite
The Doctor is In
The Book Report
T-E-A-M (The Baseball Game)
Glee Club Rehearsal
Little Known Facts
Suppertime
Bonheur
You're a Good Man, CB (end title reprise)

Albums:
An LP of the songs from as presented in this production was produced, but is no longer in print. No CD of this version is available; however, two other CDs with music from the musical are available – the 1967 off-Broadway version, and the 1999 Broadway version. See the entry for the animated You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown or the Music section for more details.

SNOOPY DIRECTS THE ICE FOLLIES

Broadcast Date: November 13, 1973 (Tuesday), 8:00 – 9:00 PM (NBC)

Synopsis:

(Live-action/Variety) The following description is from TV Guide. Snoopy is in the director's chair as the skating "Peanuts" canine leads the Shipstads and Johnson Ice Follies. With beautiful outdoor sequences filmed in Colorado Springs, and behind-the-scenes shots of the great director at work. "Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schulz hosts the festivities which include comic maneuvers from Mr. Frick and the skating Funsters.

Songs & Skaters: "Pieces of Dreams", "Cabaret", "You're My World" – Richard Dwyer; "Ain't No Sunshine, "You Are My Sunshine" – Atoy Wilson; "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" – Karen Kresge; "For All We Know", "Yakety Axe" – Richard Dwyer & Susan Berens; "Love Story" – Nancy and Leadre; "Saturday Night U.S.A." – all.

Snoopy "directs" the this special staring himself, the Shipstads & Johnson Ice Follies, Richard Dwyer, Atoy Wilson, Karen Kresge, and Susan Berens, and comedy routines by Mr. Frick and the Funsters. Includes outdoor sequences filmed in Colorado Springs and behind-the-scenes segments. Hosted by Charles Schulz.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: January 9, 1976 (Friday), 8:00 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

(Documentary/Retrospective) A salute to Charles Schulz on the 25th anniversary of the "Peanuts" comic strip.

Trivia & Notes:

  • Won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Informational Children's Special."

SNOOPY'S MUSICAL ON ICE

Broadcast Date: May 24, 1978 (Wednesday), 8:00 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

(Live-action/Variety) The following description of the show is from TV Guide. Snoopy (skated by Judy Sladky) is joined by "Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schulz, 1968 Olympic champion Peggy Fleming, performers from the Ice Follies, and singers Becky Reardon and Larry Finlayson. Taped in San Francisco.

Skating highlights: "Canon", "So Into You", Peggy Fleming medley, Snoopy & skaters, "My Heart Belongs To Me" – Karen Kresge, "Mr. Bojangles" – Atoy Wilson

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: January 5, 1979 (Friday), 8:00 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

(Documentary/Retrospective) Phyllis George hosts an hour-long salute to "Peanuts".

CHARLES M. SCHULZ… TO REMEMBER

Broadcast Date: October 8, 1980 (30 minutes, PBS)

Synopsis:

Documentary starring Charles Schulz with reflections on his youth and on parenthood, and how they inspired events and characters in the comic strip, especially including his recollections of Spike, his real-life childhood dog that inspired the cartoon character of Snoopy. Also partially filmed in France and the places that inspired the movie "Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown." Includes clips from that movie.

THE BIG STUFFED DOG

Broadcast Date: February 8, 1981 (Sunday), 7:00 – 8:00 PM (NBC)

Synopsis:

(Live-action, not animation.) Young Petey's prized 5-foot stuffed Snoopy doll gets misplaced at the airport and comes into the life of a variety of characters before returning to his original owner.

Trivia & Notes:

  • Launched "Project Peacock", an intermittent series of "spectacular prime-time specials for young people". I don't know how long the series lasted, though.

IT'S YOUR 20TH TELEVISION ANNIVERSARY, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: May 14, 1985 (Tuesday), 8:00 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

(Documentary/Retrospective) Highlights from the 26 "Peanuts" TV specials to date.

La musique:

Songs (new to this special):
Let's Have a Party
Snoopy's Big Debut
Someday, Charlie Brown
Don't Give Up, Charlie Brown

Albums:
The new songs from this special appear on the 1984 "Flashbeagle" record album, but is now out of print and there is no CD version.

YOU DON'T LOOK 40, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: February 2, 1990 (Friday), 8:00 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

A documentary/retrospective featuring:

  • Clips from various animated specials and a few new animations;
  • Interviews with and historical footage of Charles Schulz;
  • Interview with Bill Melendez, including him performing his "Snoopy" voice and demonstrating how Snoopy's dances were rotoscoped for "It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown";
  • "Music videos" of the songs "Little Birdie" performed by Joe Williams, "Linus and Lucy" performed by David Benoit, "Joe Cool" performed by B.B. King;
  • Reunion of the actors who have performed the voices of the characters over the years;
  • The song "Suppertime" performed by Bill Hinnant from the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown";
  • Commentary by Cathy Guisewite;
  • Hosted by Michele Lee (footage shot at Snoopy's Gallery and Gift Shop and One Snoopy Place).

La musique:

CD/Albums:
Most of the songs in this special are available on HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, CHARLIE BROWN (GRP Records GRD-9596).

A&E BIOGRAPHY: CHARLES SCHULZ – A CHARLIE BROWN LIFE

Broadcast Date: December 25, 1995 (60 minutes, A&E)

Synopsis:

(Documentary/Retrospective) An overview of Charles Schulz's life and career, including snippets from animated shows.

Trivia & Notes:

  • A shorter, edited version of this show with new narration started appearing on "The Biography Channel" as part of "Biography for Kids" in 2001.
  • A videotape of was available by calling 1-888-423-1212, by going to , or from Amazon.com. However it has been listed as "out of stock" for some time and may be out of print.

GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES SCHULZ

Broadcast Date: February 11, 2000 (Friday), 8:00 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

(Documentary/Retrospective) A tribute to Charles Schulz and his comic strip as the final Peanuts strip approaches, hosted by Walter Cronkite. Features mostly clips from the animated specials intercut with footage from Charles Schulz's interview with "60 Minutes" from October 31, 1999. Also commentary and congratulatory messages from cartoonists Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Matt Groening (Les Simpsons), Scott Adams (Dilbert), and Jim Davis (Garfield).

Segments include:

  • a short biography of Charles Schulz (some of the autobiographical sketches first appeared in the special 1969 "Charlie Brown & Charles Schulz");
  • the theme of unrequited love in Peanuts and comments from Donna Wold, the "real" little red-haired girl;
  • Schulz explaining how a strip gets created from quick sketches to the finished product (originally from the 1976 special "Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown");
  • an examination of Snoopy's over-active imagination, fantasy life, and roles;
  • Gene Cernan, Apollo 10 astronaut, speaking about how Snoopy influenced the astronauts (with footage of Apollo 10 command module and LEM, named "Charlie Brown" and "Snoopy");
  • a skit from the special "A Charlie Brown Christmas" translated into Japanese, French, Spanish, and German
  • an examination of sports in the strip;
  • analysis and commentary on Lucy's crabbiness and Linus's blanket;
  • the song "Happiness" from "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" with a montage of clips.

Trivia & Notes:

  • No video release of this special is/will be available – CBS News says the rights for it were "broadcast only."
  • Won an News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Scenic Design (News & Documentary Program), Scenic Designer Ann L. Cudworth and Assistant Art Director Matthew Anderson, 2000.

NIGHTLINE: GOOD GRIEF, CHARLES SCHULZ

Broadcast Date: February 11, 2000 (Friday), 11:35 – 12:05 PM (ABC)

Synopsis:

(Documentary/Retrospective) An analysis of the Peanuts comic on the eve of the last strip, hosted by Christopher Bury with interviews with many celebrities.

Topics discussed include the characters of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and Snoopy; sports and losing and perseverance; insecurity and emotions; the essence of the strip; lack of parents of the strip; the music of Vince Guaraldi; how Peanuts phrases and scenes have become cultural icons; and the legacy of Peanuts/life after Peanuts.

Commentary provided by: Jim Davis (Garfield creator), Michael Feinstein (Pianist), Joe Garagiola (former Major League catcher), Joe Torre (Manager, New York Yankees), Matt Groening (Simpsons creator), Cheryl Miller (Head Coach/General Manager of the Phoenix Mercury), Bob Mankoff (Le new yorker Cartoon Editor), Oscar the Grouch (Sesame Street), Dr. Alvin Poussaint (Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard University), Pets.com Sock Puppet, Cathy Guisewite (Cathy creator), Commander Ken "Snoopy" Ryan (US Navy pilot), Colonel Paul "Snoopy" Schafer (US Air Force pilot), and George Winston (Pianist).

HERE'S TO YOU, CHARLIE BROWN: 50 GREAT YEARS

Broadcast Date: May 10, 2000, 8:00 – 9:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

(Documentary/Retrospective) This special hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, featured highlights from past shows as well as 10 minutes of new animation, country music star Faith Hill singing "Poor Sweet Baby" to Charlie Brown; sports figures Willie Mays, Joe Montana and Joe Torre giving advice to Charlie Brown; and six segments focusing on some of the strip's major themes: "Unrequited Love", "Sports", "Everyday Life", "Music of Charlie Brown", "Snoopy", and "Happiness."

Trivia & Notes:

  • Due to legal and contractual issues, no home video release of this show will be available.

La musique:

A Peanuts tribute album to accompany this special, also titled Here's To You Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years, has been released by GRP Records. Despite the similarity in titles, most of the music on this album did not appear in the documentary. Two of the tracks, "Linus Tells Charlie" and "Getting Ready", are from It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown.

Featuring mostly rerecordings of Peanuts standards and a couple of new pieces, the track list includes: (1) Linus And Lucy, (2) Charlie Brown Theme, (3) Pebble Beach, (4) Linus Tells Charlie, (5) Frieda (With Naturally Curly Hair), (6) Christmas Time Is Here, (7) Getting Ready, (8) Blue Charlie Brown, (9) Red Baron, (10) Happiness.

The primary artist is jazz pianist David Benoit, the musical director for the special. Other performers on the album include Al Jarreau, Take 6 (vocals); Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); Chris Botti (trumpet); Vince Guaraldi (piano); Marc Antoine, Russell Malone (guitar); Christian McBride (bass); and Peter Erskine (drums).

THE MAKING OF A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (2001)

Broadcast Date: December 6, 2001 & December 16, 2001, 8:30 – 9:00 PM (ABC)

Synopsis:

(Documentary) Produced by Lee Mendelson Productions, who created the original A Charlie Brown Christmas special, this 17-minute documentary hosted by Whoopi Goldberg focuses on the creation of the first Peanuts TV special, including interviews with some of the original voices; an example of the earliest Peanuts animation, a Ford Falcon TV commercial; and a tribute to Vince Guaraldi.

Trivia & Notes:

  • Created to fill out the hour-long time slot when ABC broadcast the unedited A Charlie Brown Christmas on TV in 2001.
  • This is not the same as the similarly named short documentary that appears on the Warner Home Video A Charlie Brown Christmas Deluxe Edition DVD; that DVD bonus feature is completely new and separate from this 2001 feature.
  • However, this short documentary was released on the now out-of-print Paramount DVD of I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (note that is not on the Warner DVD release of that special).

AMERICAN MASTERS: GOOD OL' CHARLES SCHULZ

Broadcast Date: October 29, 2007 (Monday), 9:00 – 10:30 PM (PBS)

Synopsis:

(Documentary) Description from the producer's website:

"Charles M. Schulz always insisted he was ordinary and boring. But his ordinary life—like those of the Peanuts characters he created—was in fact chock-full of drama: mundane cruelties, transcendent hopes, and the daily collisions of insiders and outsiders. Interviews with those who knew him best (including the real-life Linus and Little Red-Haired Girl) will propel this feature-length documentary, the first American Masters tribute to a comic-strip artist."

IT'S YOUR 50TH CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN

Broadcast Date: November 30, 2015, 9:00 – 10:00 PM (ABC)

Synopsis:

(Documentary/Retrospective) Commemorating the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Hosted by Kristen Bell and produced by Lee Mendelson, who also produced the classic special 50 years previously. According to the ABC press release, the show will feature "spectacular live performances of Vince Guaraldi’s classics from acclaimed musical guests" and "Hollywood notables reminiscing about their most treasured Un Charlie Brown Noël moments."


Films

There have been four feature-length movies that were released and shown in movie theaters; a fifth theatrical movie will be released in 2015.

A note about opening dates: the dates the movies opened varied widely around the country, by as much as 4-5 weeks. I have searched through the newspapers of all major US cities to come up with the earliest opening date for each movie, however, it may not be the date a movie opened in one particular spot.

A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN

Theatrical Release Date:

December 4, 1969

First Television Broadcast:

April 16, 1976 (Friday), 8:00 – 10:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

After winning local competitions, Charlie Brown competes in a national spelling bee.

Characters:

Charlie Brown, Frieda, Linus, Lucy, Patty, Pig-pen, Sally, Schroeder, Shermy, Snoopy, Violet, Peppermint Patty (b), 5 (b), kite-eating tree (b), other school kids (b), other spelling bee contestants (b).

Trivia & Notes:

  • Debut showing was at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
  • Nominated in 1971 for "Best Music, Original Song Score" Academy (Oscar) Award (equivalent to "Original Music or Comedy Score" today). Vince Guaraldi, Rod McKuen, Bill Melendez, Al Shean, and John Scott Trotter were named in the nomination. However, it lost to "Let It Be" from the Beatles – tough competition!
  • The words Charlie Brown has to spell are: failure, insecure; stomach-ache, perceive; unconfident, fussbudget, disastrous, incompetent, beagle.
  • Charlie Brown is competing in the "National Elimination Spelling Bee, 2nd grade," which implies that he's in 2nd grade.
  • While the current US DVD and Blu-ray releases feature the full original 86-minute movie, old Fox and Paramount VHS versions and television versions shown from the 1970's through the 2000's were a shorter, 79 minute verison (seven minutes shorter than the original theatrical release). Two full scenes were removed: the one where Lucy show Charle Brown an "instant replay" of him missing his kick of the football during his psychiatric appointment, and one where Charlie Brown orders room service from his hotel. Several other scenes were trimmed slightly. Fortunately both these scenes are included in the current US DVD and Blu-ray releases.
  • Many sources list this movie as opening on Dec. 11. However, it opened for limited release a week earlier.
  • The movie was the #1 top grossing film for the week ending December 17, 1969, earning $290,000 – despite the fact that it was showing in only one theater, New York's Radio City Music Hall, that week! The next week it was replaced at #1 by the latest James Bond film, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."

La musique:

Crédits:

  • Original Musical Score by Vince Guaraldi
  • Arranged and Conducted by John Scott Trotter
  • Music and Lyrics for Songs "A Boy Named Charlie Brown", "Champion Charlie Brown", and "Failure Face" written by Rod McKuen
  • Vocals on "A Boy Name Charlie Brown" performed by Rod McKuen
  • Music for "I Before E" written by John Scott Trotter
  • Lyrics for "I Before E" written by Bill Melendez & Al Shean
  • Beethoven Pathetique Sonata performed by Ingolf Dahl

Albums:

An LP with the songs was released (Columbia OS 3500), but is long out of print. In addition to the songs, it includes dialog from the movie and additional narration from Linus and Charlie Brown not in the movie. It's really a "storybook" album than a music soundtrack. The album was also released on 8-track tape.

A CD of the movie's complete score and songs, all dialog-free, was finally released by specialty soundtrack label Kritzerland in March 2017. However, it was a limited edition of 1000 copies, and sold out in a week.

(Note that the Concord/Fantasy CD with the title of the same name is not the movie soundtrack; it's the soundtrack from the unaired 1963 documentary of the same name.)

Songs:

A Boy Named Charlie Brown
Failure Face
I Before E
Champion Charlie Brown

Classical Music Sources:

  1. Lucy asks Schroeder if he thinks Charlie Brown could win the spelling bee: Beethoven, piano sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 ("Pathetique"); 3rd movement.
  2. Schroeder's solo: the 2nd movement of the same sonata.

Video Release Info:

Running time: 86 minutes (DVD, Blu-ray, original movie) / 79 minutes (VHS releases, older TV broadcast)

(While the original movie runs 86 minutes, previously most TV airings and the VHS releases have been a shorter, edited version that ran 79 minutes.)

SNOOPY COME HOME

Theatrical Release Date:

July 14, 1972

First Television Broadcast:

November 5, 1976 (Friday), 8:00 – 10:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Snoopy decides he must return to his previous owner.

Trivia & Notes:

  • Animated debut of Woodstock and Franklin.

La musique:

Songs Written by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman

Songs:

Snoopy Come Home
Lila's Theme (Do You Remember Me)
At the Beach
No Dogs Allowed!
The Best of Buddies
Fundamental-Friend-Dependability
Gettin' It Together
It Changes

Albums:

An LP with the songs was released (Columbia S 31541), but is long out of print.

Video Release Info:

Running time: 80 minutes

RACE FOR YOUR LIFE, CHARLIE BROWN

Theatrical Release Date:

June 3, 1977

First Television Broadcast:

Premium cable: as early as May 12, 1978 (HBO)
Network television: November 3, 1979 (Saturday), 8:00 – 10:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

The gang goes to summer camp and competes in a whitewater race.

Trivia & Notes:

  • To research this movie, Charles Schulz et al went rafting on the Rogue River in Oregon.

Video Release Info:

Running time: 76 minutes

BON VOYAGE, CHARLIE BROWN (AND DON'T COME BACK)

Theatrical Release Date:

June 13, 1980

First Television Broadcast:

Premium cable: as early as June 6, 1981 (HBO)
Network television: May 7, 1985 (Tuesday), 8:00 – 10:00 PM (CBS)

Synopsis:

Charlie Brown, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, and Snoopy travel to France as exchange students and confront a mystery surrounding their hosts.

Trivia & Notes:

  • The chateau that Charlie Brown, Linus, and Snoopy stay in is based on the chateau that Charles Schulz was billeted at for six weeks in World War II.
  • The TV special, What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown? is an epilogue to this movie.

La musique:

Songs:

I Want To Remember This, written and performed by Judy Munsen and Ed Bogas

Autre:

The music played on the jukebox in the pub Snoopy visits is (listed in order):

Pinetop's Boogie Woogie – Clarence Smith
Sentimental Journey – Les Brown, Ben Homer, and Bud Green
It's Been a Long Long Time – Julie Styne and Sammy Cahn
Pinetop's Boogie Woogie – Clarence Smith
Rum & Coca Cola – Morey Amsterdam, Paul Baron, and Jerri Sullivan
I'll Be Seeing You – Sammy Fain and Irving Kahol

Video Release Info:

Running time: 76 minutes

THE PEANUTS MOVIE (2015)

Theatrical Release Date:

November 6, 2015

Synopsis:

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the gang return to the big screen in a 3D CGI animated movie. When a cute red-haired girl moves into town, can Charlie Brown ovecome his tendency to failure and impress her? Meanwhile, Snoopy and his Sopwith Camel pursue his arch-enemy, the Red Baron.

La musique:

Songs:

"Better When I'm Dancin'", performed by Meghan Trainor; written by Meghan Trainor and Thaddeus Dixon
"That's What I Like", performed by Flo Rida featuring Fitz; written by various

Score:

Written by Christophe Beck; several classic Vince Guaraldi tracks were also used in the film


Emmy, Peabody, and Academy Awards

Emmy Awards

This is a listing of all Emmy awards and nominations earned by Peanuts television specials. I believe this to be a complete and correct list.

Un Charlie Brown Noël

  • Winner – Outstanding Children's Program, 1966
  • Nominee – Special Classifications Of Individual Achievements, Charles Schulz, Writer, 1966

Charlie Brown's All-Stars

  • Nominee – Outstanding Children's Program, 1967
  • Nominee – Special Classifications Of Individual Achievements, Charles Schulz, Writer, 1967

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

  • Nominee – Outstanding Children's Program 1967
  • Nominee – Special Classifications Of Individual Achievements, Bill Melendez, Director, 1967

You're In Love, Charlie Brown

  • Nominee – Outstanding Achievement In Children's Programming, Lee Mendelson, Producer, 1968
  • Nominee – Special Classifications Of Individual Achievements, Charles Schulz, Writer, 1968
  • Nominee – Special Classifications Of Individual Achievements, Bill Melendez, Director, 1968

He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown

  • Nominee – Outstanding Achievement In Children's Programming, Lee Mendelson, Producer, 1968

Play It Again, Charlie Brown

  • Nominee – Outstanding Achievement In Children's Programming, John Scott Trotter, Music Director, 1972

You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown

  • Nominee – Outstanding Achievement In Children's Programming, Charles Schulz, Writer, 1972

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

  • Winner – Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming, Charles M. Schulz, Writer, 1974
  • Nominee – Outstanding Children's Special, 1974

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

  • Nominee – Outstanding Children's Special, 1975

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown

  • Nominee – Outstanding Children's Special, 1975

You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown

  • Winner – Outstanding Children's Special, 1976

Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown

  • Winner – Outstanding Informational Children's Special, 1976

It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown

  • Nominee – Outstanding Children's Special, 1977

You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown

  • Nominee – Outstanding Animated Program, 1979

Happy Birthday, Charlie Brown

  • Nominee – Outstanding Animated Program, 1979

She's A Good Skate, Charlie Brown

  • Nominee – Outstanding Animated Program, 1979

Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown

  • Winner – Outstanding Animated Program, 1981

It's Magic, Charlie Brown

  • Nominee – Outstanding Animated Program, 1981

Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown

  • Nominee – Outstanding Animated Program, 1982
  • Nominee – Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animated Programming, Phil Roman, Director, 1982

A Charlie Brown Celebration

  • Nominee – Outstanding Animated Program, 1982

Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?

  • Nominee – Outstanding Animated Program, 1983

What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?

  • Nominee – Outstanding Animated Program, 1983

It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown

  • Nominee – Outstanding Animated Program, 1984

Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown

  • Nominee – Outstanding Animated Program, 1985

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show

  • Nominee – Outstanding Animated Program (Daytime), 1986

Why, Charlie Brown, Why?

  • Nominee – Outstanding Animated Program (One Hour or Less), 1990

You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown

  • Nominee – Outstanding Children's Program, 1990

Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years

  • Nominee – Outstanding Children's Program, 2000

Good Grief, Charlie Brown: A Tribute to Charles Schulz

  • Winner – Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Scenic Design (News & Documentary Program), Scenic Designer Ann L. Cudworth and Assistant Art Director Matthew Anderson, 2000

The Making of A Charlie Brown Christmas

  • Nominee – Outstanding Children's Program, 2001

Peabody Awards

The following two shows were awarded the Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting (sometimes said to be the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize):

Un Charlie Brown Noël

What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?

Academy (Oscar) Awards

The movie "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" was nominated in 1971 for a "Best Music, Original Song Score" Academy Award (equivalent today to "Original Musical or Comedy Score"). Vince Guaraldi, Rod McKuen, Bill Melendez, Al Shean, and John Scott Trotter were named in the nomination.


Peanuts TV & Video Links

This is a far from comprehensive list of Peanuts web sites! But here are a few which are related to Peanuts video and animation.

Peanuts.com

The "official" Peanuts web site, includes daily strips and news.

Bill Melendez Productions, Inc.

Website for the folks who have animated all the Peanuts TV shows and commercials. Includes many short clips from the TV shows and even some of the rarely seen commercials! Warning – the site is completely Flash-based and probably won't work well on dial-up Internet connections.

Vince Guaraldi

Derrick Bang has tons of information about the man who composed music for the classic Peanuts specials. His pages include a Guaraldi discography, an analysis of the many different releases of the Un Charlie Brown Noël soundtrack, the latest news via the Impressions of Vince blog, and much more.

David Benoit

Jazz pianist David Benoit has written and performed the music for the most recent TV specials, produced an album of Peanuts music, and gives concerts of Peanuts music too. Check out this web site, with photos, background information, and a history of his association with Peanuts, written by Derrick Bang.

Lee Mendelson

Stanford's Nov-Dec 97 alumni magazine has an article about Lee Mendelson (who has produced all the TV shows to date) which discusses his background and current projects.


How Did The Specials Get Started?

In 1963, Lee Mendelson, an independent television producer, contacted Charles Schulz with the idea of producing a documentary about Schulz and Peanuts. While Schulz had received several offers from Hollywood for a feature film or TV series, none of the offers had appealed to him. But he'd seen and enjoyed Mendelson's 1963 documentary on Willie Mays, so he agreed to meet with Mendelson.

They decided to include some short trial animations in the documentary (titled "A Boy Named Charlie Brown," a title that was later reused for the 1969 theatrical movie). These sequences were created by Bill Melendez, a friend of Schulz's who had done the animation for some Ford commercials starring the Peanuts gang. Unfortunately, Mendelson and Schulz were unable to convince any network or sponsor to buy the documentary when they were done.

But in May 1965, Coca-Cola, remembering the animated sequences from the documentary when it had been shopped to them, expressed an interest in sponsoring an animated Peanuts Christmas special. In the next six months, Schulz, Mendelson, and Melendez worked hard to create the special which became "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

Several important choices were made during the first show's development that have influenced all shows to come.

Schulz, Melendez, and Mendelson decided to have real children perform the voices of the show's characters, instead of the customary practice of adults pretending to be children. They also decided, with the exception of Charlie Brown and Linus, to use amateurs with no previous experience.

(Charlie Brown was voiced by Peter Robbins, and Linus by Christopher Shea, who were both established child actors, although arguably they are now both best known for their voices on the first five Peanuts specials.)

Since the children's voices change as they grow, every few years a new set of voices needs to be found. Melendez tries to match the original voices as closely as possible. New voices have been siblings of the previous actors, children of the production staff, and children chosen from auditions held at schools near the production offices in Northern California.

Snoopy presented something of a problem. Originally the animators considered showing thought bubbles with words, as in the strip, but they realized young children would be unable to read these. They considered using a "funny voice" to verbalize the thoughts, but it didn't seem right either. In the end, they decided to play Snoopy in pantomime, "emulating the great Harpo Marx." When Snoopy does make a noise — a bark, a howl, a grunt — he is performed by Bill Melendez in all shows so far. (Melendez also performs Woodstock's "voice.")

Schulz, Melendez and Mendelson also decided to hire jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi to write the music for the show, and this was so successful that he wrote and performed the music for the first 14 specials (until his death), and his music has greatly influenced the music for shows after that.

Once "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was complete, CBS previewed it, and expressed apprehension. The show's slow pace (compared with other cartoons), the religious message, and the amateur voices didn't sit well with them. But when "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was aired, it was an immediate critical and popular success – it received a 45 share (meaning almost half the televisions on that night tuned in to it)! Four months later the show received the Peabody Award for "outstanding children's and youth's program," and another month after that, an Emmy award.

Thus a whole series of specials was launched, each written by Charles Schulz, produced by Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez, and animated by Melendez's studio.

The original documentary ("A Boy Named Charlie Brown") was updated and broadcast in 1969.

For a more detailed history, see the book "A Charlie Brown Christmas – The Making of a Tradition", by Lee Mendelson, HarperCollins, 2000.

[Most of this section was adapted from the book « Charlie Brown & Charlie Schulz, » by Lee Mendelson, published by The World Publishing Company in 1970.]


Snoopy's Flights of Fancy

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is "which special did Snoopy do this in?" So here's a list of the many roles he takes on, or imagines he takes on, or unusual activities that he does in each special.

Below, "CB&SS" before a title means it's an episode of "The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show."

This is definitely not a complete list, I'm still working on it.

Un Charlie Brown Noël

Skates; plays guitar; a penguin (briefly); a vulture (briefly).

Charlie Brown's All-Stars

Surfboarder; plays baseball; tailor.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

World War I Flying Ace.

You're In Love, Charlie Brown

Wears the WWI Flying Ace gear (briefly).

He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown

Scuba diver; World War I Flying Ace; imagines he's in a French Cafe; sunbathes; dives off divingboard; dishwasher; does laundry; window-washer; seeps; vacuums; mops; lawnmower; wears a disguise (mustache). (Most of these are brief.)

It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown

Bus driver; the Masked Marvel (arm-wresting champion).

Play it Again, Charlie Brown

Floats on air to Beethoven, psychiatrist at Lucy's booth (to Lucy!), plays cello.

You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown

Cooks a breakfast; Joe Cool; student in class; campaign volunteer (makes posters); radio show producer.

There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown

Joe Cool (briefly); grocer; supermarket clerk.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Plays basketball; plays ping-pong; fights with a chair; chef; pilgrim.

It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown

Detective (Sherlock Holmes); dusts for fingerprints; attorney/lawyer; Pavlov's dog.

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

Tries on funny hats with Sally; dances with bunnies; gets his nose stuck in a birdhouse; dances with Peppermint Patty & Marcie; the Easter Beagle.

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown

Cupid; ticket taker; usher; performs Pawpet show; makes fancy valentines.

You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown

Plays tennis (against automatic ball machine and Woodstock); the Masked Marvel (motocross racer); hospital patient; wrestles with bike chain.

It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown

Visits library, uses copy machine; gardens; attacked by vine (twice); cow (briefly); plays baseball; swims dogpaddle.

It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown

Helicopter; football referee; member of pep squad; doctor; plays flute (very briefly).

What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown

Drives Charlie Brown on a sled; bakes a pizza & makes shake; Alaskan sled dog; saloon piano player; tap dances on stage; makes sundae.

You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown

The Masked Marvel (decathlon athlete); runs track; lifts barbell; dances (b); jumps the high jump; jumps the broad jump; drops shot put on his foot; shot put; jumps hurdles; chased by/rides discus; gets collar stuck on pole during pole vault; throws javelin.

She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown

Skating coach; tailor; drives zamboni.

Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown

Hugo the Great (balancing and trapeze acts).

It's Magic, Charlie Brown

Visits library; gives a magic show as "The Great Houndini;" levitates Lucy; makes Charlie Brown invisible; wears a wizard's hat.

Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown

Plays football; uses exercise/gym equipment; kung fu fights.

Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?

Disguises himself as bush and old man (briefly); holds blanket and sucks thumb in imitation of Linus; psychiatrist (with goatee & glasses); "Joe Cool Catering" – drives truck, sets up tables, serves food.

What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?

Drives car; World War I Flying Ace.

It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown

Plays football; disco dancer (Flashbeagle); serves drinks; plays violin.

Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown

Groom.

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown

Wears top hat & tails; plays trumpet.

Why, Charlie Brown, Why

Plays harmonica (on back of school bus); swings on school swingset; world famous surgeon; sleds down hill with birds in dog bowl.

Snoopy's Reunion

Plays guitar; (all rest occurred briefly) sits in reclining chair; stands at podium giving speech; plays baseball; makes Charlie Brown pull him along in sled; surfboarder; plays tennis; World War I Flying Ace.

It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown

Rides ski lift; plays baseball; gets stuck in paint mixing machine; fights with drinking hose.

It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown

Bell-ringing sidewalk Santa.

You're In the Superbowl, Charlie Brown

Football coach.

It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown

DJ; breakdances; chef (briefly).

The Mayflower Voyagers

Ship's lookout with telescope; part of first exploration group; plays drum.

The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk

Drives horse-drawn buggy (in top hat); tries several schemes to fly.

The NASA Space Station

Space station operator; eats dog food in zero gravity; wears spacesuit on EVA; fights with remote control arm; repairs solar panel.

The Great Inventors

Flips pizza dough; roller skates; plays basketball; plays baseball; fiddles with and drives old car; drives "Snoopmobile" in first "horseless carriage" race.

The Smithsonian and the Presidency

World War I flying ace (briefly); drives fancy 1930's car; wears top hat and tails and holds "Vote Snoopy for Head Beagle" sign.

The Music & Heroes of America

Plays banjo; plays piano; plays drum; dresses up as Theodore Roosevelt; dresses up in Uncle Sam hat and cane and dances to "Yankee Doodle Dandy"; dresses up as Russian immigrant (with hat and mustache); dresses up as a peanut; dances with Lucy; plays flute in tricorn; dresses as a 50's rock n roller.

CB&SS: You Can't Win, Charlie Brown

Dances; files a kite; fights with Linus for blanket.

CB&SS: Snoopy's Football Career

Attorney (briefly); disguised as Peppermint Patty; firefighter (captain of rescue squad); plays football.

CB&SS: Peppermint Patty's School Days

The Cheshire Beagle; airplane pilot.

Movie: A Boy Named Charlie Brown

Swings Linus on blanket (briefly); vulture in tree (briefly); flies kite (briefly); plays baseball; does suppertime dance; dreams of Flying Ace fighting Red Baron; plays jawharp; figure skates; plays ice hockey; pretends to be lion; plays bull to Linus's blanket as the cape; flirts with girl at Spelling Bee.


Music Questions and Answers

Who wrote the music for the television specials?

The music most people identify with the Peanuts TV specials was written by jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi, who wrote the music for the first 15 shows (from Un Charlie Brown Noël in 1965 through It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown in 1976), plus the music for the 1964 and 1969 documentaries A Boy Named Charlie Brown et Charlie Brown and Charles Schulz, and finally the music for the movie A Boy Named Charlie Brown.

For more information about Vince Guaraldi, see Derrick Bang's excellent Vince Guaraldi pages and the official Vince Guaraldi website.

The music for late 1970's and early 1980's specials was written by Ed Bogas, Judy Munsen, and Desiree Goyette.

For the mini-series This is America, Charlie Brown, a variety of well-known jazz musicians (such as Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, George Winston, and David Benoit) contributed, often reworking themes by Guaraldi.

David Benoit has performed and written the music for the specials broadcast in the 1990's and 2000's.

Finaly, Mark Mothersbaugh composed and performed the music for 2011's Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown.

What's the name of the Peanuts theme?

The "Peanuts theme" is really titled "Linus and Lucy," and was composed by Vince Guaraldi.

Where can I get Peanuts music on CD?

There are numerous CD's with music from the TV specials available. I believe this is a complete list.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (Fantasy FCD-8431-2)

  • Includes almost all the music and songs from the TV special (including "Christmastime is Here"), performed by Vince Guaraldi.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Remastered Version (Fantasy FCD-30066-2)

  • Includes almost all the music and songs from the TV special (including "Christmastime is Here"), performed by Vince Guaraldi, includes bonus tracks of alternate takes of 4 of the cues, and simulates the original LP packaging.

A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN (Fantasy FCD-8430-2)

  • Music from the unired 1964 documentary (ne pas the movie of the same name) composed by Vince Guaraldi and performed by the Vince Guaraldi trio. The music is similar to music used in the animated specials, and in fact, several pieces from this album appear in Un Charlie Brown Noël and other early Peanuts specials.
  • A remastered version with one bonus track was released in May 2014.

CHARLIE BROWN'S HOLIDAY HITS (Fantasy FCD-9682-2)

  • Music from various specials, including 9 previously unreleased tracks along with a few from the "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" albums. Performed by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. (Although note that the tracks "Camptown Races" and "Oh Good Grief" do not actually appear in any of the specials.)

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN (Craft Recordings)

  • A "soundtrack" album of Vince Guaraldi that is sourced from the music and effects track of the classic Halloween television special, instead of from the original music recordings (which are believed lost). The music is obscured by numerous sound effects, and hampered by poor audio quality and short, choppy cuts. The album is only 20 minutes long. Not recommended.

OH GOOD GRIEF (Warner Bros. 1747-2)

  • Music from the early specials besides Un Charlie Brown Noël, re-recorded by Vince Guaraldi for this album. (The versions on this album are different arrangements than the music as it appears in the shows, however.)
    This album was re-released and remsatered in 2018 as part of "Vince Guaraldi: The Complete Warner Brothers-Seven Arts Recordings" from Omnivore Records.

VINCE GUARALDI AND THE LOST CUES FROM THE CHARLIE BROWN TELEVISION SPECIALS VOL. 1 (D&D VG 1118)

  • A selection of original tracks and music cues from the TV specials A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving; There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown; You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown; et You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown. These tracks aren't available on any other CD, and are taken from the original studio master tapes used in the TV shows! Two of the particular highlights are Guaraldi's original vocal and instrumental versions of the song "Joe Cool." While the selection is a little haphazard and fans might have wished for complete soundtrack releases for each of the specials, this is still an essential CD for fans of Guaraldi's Peanuts music.

VINCE GUARALDI AND THE LOST CUES FROM THE CHARLIE BROWN TELEVISION SPECIALS VOL. 2 (D&D VG 1119)

  • Like the first volume, this CD contains another set of previously unreleased tracks and music cues taken from the original studio master tapes for various Peanuts TV specials. This time the music is drawn from It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown; Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown; It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown; A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving; et You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown. Note that unfortunately, a variety of errors crept into the liner notes and many of the tracks are identified incorrectly; see this album's entry in Derrick Bang's Vince Guaraldi on LP and CD page for a corrected listing. Nevertheless, once again, a must have for fans of the TV specials and their music.

OAXACA (D&D VG 1125)

THE CHARLIE BROWN SUITE & OTHER FAVORITES (Bluebird 82876-53900-2)

  • "The Charlie Brown Suite" is a long piece of fully orchestrated music that weaves many of Guaraldi's familiar Peanuts themes. The suite isn't from any particular special per se, but you'll enjoy the unique arrangement. Also features a previous unreleased performance of "Linus and Lucy" with a full band accompaniment.

PEANUTS PORTRAITS (Concord Music FAN-32033)

  • "Peanuts Portraits" is a compilation CD celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip through Vince Guaraldi's music. The CD features 11 tracks of music covering the various themes that Guaraldi wrote for members of the Peanuts gang in the television specials. Nine of the tracks are performed by Vince Guaraldi, and two are performed by George Winston. While some of the tracks on this album have been released before on different albums, at least 3 tracks are previously unreleased alternate versions of the songs, so even serious collectors of Guaraldi's music will find something new on the album. The CD also features generous liner notes about both the Peanuts characters and Vince Guaraldi's music, written by FiveCentsPlease.org's very own Derrick Bang.

LINUS & LUCY: THE MUSIC OF VINCE GUARALDI (Windham Hill 01934 11184)

  • George Winston performs Guaraldi music from various Peanuts specials and some of Guaraldi's best-known non-Peanuts tunes. A great album!

LOVE WILL COME: THE MUSIC OF VINCE GUARALDI, VOLUME 2 (RCA)

  • Another round of Guaraldi's music from the Peanuts specials and a few non-Peanuts tracks as interpreted by pianist George Winston.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, CHARLIE BROWN! (GRP Records GRD-9596)

  • Soundtrack to the TV special You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown, includes songs and music from the specials performed by other jazz stars, as well as some music from the This is America, Charlie Brown séries.

JOE COOL'S BLUES (Columbia CK-66880)

  • Eight tracks are music Wynton Marsalis composed for This is America, Charlie Brown – The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk and performed by the Wynton Marsalis Septet. Five tracks are versions of Guaraldi tunes performed by Wynton's father, Ellis Marsalis, and his trio.

QUIET AS THE MOON (MusicMasters 01612-65067-2)

  • Music composed and performed by Dave Brubeck for This is America, Charlie Brown – The NASA Space Station episode.

HERE'S TO YOU, CHARLIE BROWN: 50 GREAT YEARS (GRP Records 314543 637-2)

  • Featuring music inspired by the special of the same name, mostly re-recording of Peanuts standards and a couple of new pieces from the video special It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown. Artists include David Benoit (piano), Al Jarreau, Take 6 (vocals); Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); Chris Botti (trumpet); Vince Guaraldi (piano); Marc Antoine, Russell Malone (guitar); Christian McBride (bass); and Peter Erskine (drums)

JAZZ FOR PEANUTS (Peak Records PD-30454)

  • This album contains new 6 tracks from David Benoit: 3 that are his interpretations of Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts music, and 3 of his own pieces from more recent TV specials. The album also contains 4 tracks by other musicians that have previously appeared on other CDs. Contains tracks from It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; You're in Love, Charlie Brown; Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown; various episodes of This is America, Charlie Brown; It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown; et I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown.

CYRUS CHESTNUT & FRIENDS – A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (Atlantic 83366-2)

  • Jazz pianist and composer Cyrus Chestnut has done his own version of the entire Un Charlie Brown Noël bande sonore. The album includes new and occasionally unusual takes on the dozen songs from the original albums, featuring vocals from Vanessa Williams and the Boys Choir of Harlem on the song "Christmas Time Is Here," Brian McKnight on "The Christmas Song," and the Manhattan Transfer on "What Child Is This?" The album also includes a Chestnut-composed solo piano tribute to late Peanuts creator Charles Schulz titled "Me & Charlie Brown."

JASON SERINUS, WHISTLER EXTRAORDINAIRE

  • Jason Serinus, a musician and professional whistler, performed the popular sequence of Woodstock whistling Puccini's "O mio babbino caro" at the end of She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown. You can get a CD or cassette tape that contains the Woodstock piece and numerous other classical and popular pieces whistled by Mr. Serinus at his web site. (The recorded version of the Woodstock piece is slightly different from the TV version.)

While the following CD's don't contain music from the TV shows, they do contain related material of interest:

SCHROEDER'S GREATEST HITS (RCA 09026-61240-2)

  • Not music from the TV specials, strictly speaking. This album contains Beethoven's "Fur Elise" performed on a toy piano, an interpretation of Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy", and numerous excerpts from fairly well-known classical pieces by Beethoven and other composers. (In fact, most of these classical snippets don't appear in any Peanuts animated special.)

YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (Decca Broadway 012 159 851-2)

  • A CD re-release of the LP album of the original 1967 off-Broadway production. It contains all 14 tracks from the original album plus 4 bonus tracks from the original demo tape Clark Gesner sent to Charles Schulz when seeking permission to create the musical.

YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (RCA 09026-63384-2)

  • A CD from the new 1999 Broadway production of the musical. It includes most of the songs from the original production, plus the new ones ("My New Philosophy" and "Beethoven Day"), and lyrics for all the songs in the liner notes! (Many of the songs have been reorchestrated as well.)

SNOOPY!!! – ORIGINAL CAST (San Francisco) (DRG 6103)
SNOOPY – ORIGINAL LONDON CAST (Jay Records CDJAY 1073)

  • Music from the second Peanuts musical. The London cast album contains several songs not on the San Francisco cast album; the San Francisco cast album contains one ("Friend") not on the London cast album.

Unfortunately, the soundtracks from the animated movies aren't available on CD and are long out of print on LP.

There are also many other CD's which contain versions of "Linus and Lucy" and "Christmastime is Here." See section 8 of Derrick Bang's Peanuts FAQ.

Which specials did the music on those CDs come from?

Derrick Bang has a web page that lists the names of all the pieces of music used in each show, and tells which CD they appear on. See his Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts Song Library page.

Where can I get sheet music of Peanuts music?

For information on Peanuts sheet music, read Derrick Bang's Peanuts Sheet Music article.

Also see section 8 of Derrick's Peanuts FAQ.

What is the classical music played during the MetLife Peanuts promos at the beginning and end of "Live from Lincoln Center"?

Some broadcasts of "Live from Lincoln Center" from 2001 onwards have featured short animated Peanuts promos for MetLife at the beginning and end of the show.

The classical music played by Schroder and an orchestra in the beginning promo is the very end of the third movement of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. Thanks to Eugene Chan for identifying this piece.

The distinctive classical music played by Snoopy and Schroeder in a short animated Peanuts promo at the end is from the fourth movement of the Sonata in A for Piano and Violin, by Cesar Franck. Thanks to Beth Prescott for identifying this piece.


Miscellaneous Questions and Answers

Here are some questions and answers that I've been asked since I started maintaining this list. It's kind of a random assortment, but you never know, the answer you're looking for might be here.

Where else have animated Peanuts characters appeared?

The very first animated appearance of the Peanuts characters was for a black-and-white Ford Falcon commercial in 1960, and they continued to advertise for Ford for several years. They also appeared in the introductions for the "Tennessee Ernie Ford Show" (sponsored by the Ford Motor Co.) not too long afterwards.

They have also appeared in commercials for Dolly Madison, Chex cereal, Weber's Bread, Knott's Berry Farm, Friendly's Family Restaurants, Regina Vacuums, and most recently Met Life Insurance. An article in the March 10, 2001 Los Angeles Times about Bill Melendez said he had done "372 commercials" featuring the Peanuts gang.

In the late 70's and early 80's, the Peanuts gang starred in three short public service films, produced by the Mendelson and Melendez team. Two were sponsored by the American Dental Association, titled Toothbrushing with Charlie Brown et It's Dental Flossophy, Charlie Brown, both teaching about good dental hygiene. (The dental videos are no longer available from the ADA or other sources, unfortunately.) Then the American Lung Association sponsored Charlie Brown Clears the Air, about pollution.

Unfortunately, these videos were withdrawn from circulation many years ago, and are no longer available from any source, even for health professionals.

How were the adults' (teachers') "mwa-mwa-mwa" voices made?

With a trombone. Leonardo Morán of Bill Melendez Productions says: "Composer John Scott Trotter directed his trombonist to 'enunciate' the teacher's dialog as though it were a trombone riff. Trotter did a great job… he would read the teacher's line, e.g., 'Linus, where's your homework?' then direct the trombonist to repeat Trotter's inflection through his instrument."

The first special to feature the adult (teacher) speaking with the "mwa-mwa-mwa" (or "wah-wah-wah") voice was You're In Love, Charlie Brown (in 1967; the fourth Peanuts special).

What is the name of Charlie Brown's teacher?

The name most people remember as the teacher from the Peanuts comic strip and TV shows is "Miss Othmar," since she is the most frequently mentioned teacher.

However, Miss Othmar was actually Linus's teacher, not Charlie Brown's. Charlie Brown's teacher was only named once in the comic strip, and that name was Mrs. Donovan. (Charlie Brown isn't in Linus's class, although he has visited it few times.) Mrs. Donovan was mentioned in a series of strips where Charlie Brown volunteers to be in the school spelling bee, the exact date being the February 17, 1966 daily strip, which is reprinted in "The Unsinkable Charlie Brown" and the relevant volume of The Complete Peanuts.

Other teachers named in the strip and TV have been "Mrs. Hagemeyer" (Miss Othmar's married name), "Miss Halverson" (who replaced Miss Othmar temporarily during a strike), and "Miss Swanson" and "Miss Tenure" (both have been named as Peppermint Patty's teacher).

What are the names of Snoopy's brothers and sisters?

Andy, Belle, Marbles, Molly, Olaf, Rover, and Spike. Snoopy's mother's name is Missy.

However, only Spike, Belle, Marbles, Olaf, and Andy appeared in the newspaper strip; Molly and Rover only ever appeared in the TV special Snoopy's Reunion.

See the entry for Snoopy's Reunion in Prime-Time Specials.

Who are those twin girls in Un Charlie Brown Noël (particularly noticeable in the dance scene)?

Those are "3" and "4", "5"'s twin sisters. "5" is a character who appeared in the comic strip in the 1960's. His father gave everyone in the family a number instead of a name. "3" and "4" also appeared briefly in the comic strip (in the October 17, 1963 strip, which can alsobe found in the relevant volume of The Complete Peanuts). "3" and "4", along with "5," also make a brief appearance in a playground scene in You're In Love, Charlie Brown.

What special did Snoopy fight the Red Baron in?

This actually happens in two TV specials and one of the movies.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is probably the one most people remember. It has a sequence where Snoopy gets on his Sopwith Camel (his doghouse), fights the Red Baron, is shot down behind enemy lines, escapes through no-man's land, and eventually reappears at Violet's Halloween party.

The movie A Boy Named Charlie Brown has a very similar scene to Great Pumpkin of Snoopy imagining he's in a dogfight, but it's shorter and doesn't have the crawl through No Man's Land.

He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown also has an extended World War I flying ace theme; Snoopy fights the Red Baron in the beginning, and later imagines he's on leave in Paris, is a prisoner of war, and throws a grenade.

What specials did Joe Cool appear in?

You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown, very briefly in There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown, et en He's a Bully, Charlie Brown.

In the 1990 retrospective documentary/special You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown, B.B. King sings "Joe Cool" and is accompanied by new animation of Snoopy doing things that match the lyrics of the song. However, this is not really an animated speical – mostly it is interviews and commentary from real people with a few animated clips.

The Joe Cool theme is also played in several other specials, usually when Snoopy takes on another persona (but not Joe Cool). See also Snoopy's Flights of Fancy.

What special did Snoopy play the Jaw Harp in?

Actually, it was in a movie, A Boy Named Charlie Brown. It is most prominently featured in the "I before E except after C" song.

He also plays it briefly in the movie Snoopy Come Home.

What was the name given to Snoopy by his previous owner in Snoopy Come Home?

Snoopy's name has always been Snoopy – that's also what Lila called him (the name was given to him by the proprietor of the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, according to Snoopy's Reunion).

Maybe you were thinking of the scene where a little girl nabs Snoopy, thinking he's a stray, and decides to call him "Rex," and dresses him up for a tea party.

Aussi dans Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown, Snoopy performs in the circus under the alias "Hugo the Great."

What was Linus's speech in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving?

Many people like to give Linus's dinner speech from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving as part of their Thanksgiving celebration. Here is some background on the speech and its text.

Linus says that he is quoting Elder William Brewster, "who was a minister, [and] said a prayer that went something like this."

Elder William Brewster was the spiritual leader of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, although he wasn't actually ordained in any way, and thus not officially a minister or pastor, although he served in that capacity when needed. While we know that he did offer a prayer at the first Thanksgiving dinner, the actual text is unknown – in fact, the only primary source document about the first dinner is a letter that one of the pilgrims wrote to a relative in England, which mentions the prayer in passing.

I'm unclear on where the text that Linus speaks in the special came from – whether there's a best guess in secondary historical documents somewhere, or it's just something Schulz, Mendelson, and Melendez thought sounded good (judging from its popularity, they were right). Linus does indicate that he's paraphrasing ("a prayer that went something like this").

Anyway, what Linus says is:

"In the year 1621, the Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving feast. They invited the great Indian chief Massasoit, who brought ninety of his brave Indians and a great abundance of food. Governor William Bradford and Captain Miles Standish were honored guests.

Elder William Brewster, who was a minister, said a prayer that went something like this:

'We thank God for our homes and our food and our safety in a new land. We thank God for the opportunity to create a new world for freedom and justice.'"

To which Peppermint Patty adds, "Amen."

What other countries have the Peanuts TV specials been shown in?

According to a sign that was once displayed at "Snoopy's Gallery and Gift Shop" in Santa Rosa, California:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azores, Belgium, Belorussia, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Crete, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Korea, Kwajalein, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritus, Mexico, Nambia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Phillippines, Portugul, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Venezuela, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

(I imagine the shows have been translated into some of the languages of these countries as well, but the sign didn't say that.)


List of Current US DVD & Blu-ray Releases

This lists the currently in print US DVD & Blu-ray releases in roughly alphabetical order. Unless otherwise noted, the discs are released by Warner Home Video.

Note that Warner has released an increasing number of "new" releases that are just repackaings of previously released shows or DVDs; customers should be careful that they aren't purchasing something they've already bought befre. I have noted which sets/DVDs are repackagings.

Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (DVD) (released by Paramount Home Video)

A Boy Named Charlie Brown (theatrical film) (DVD) (86m) (released by Paramount Home Video)

A Boy Named Charlie Brown (theatrical film) (Blu-ray) (86m) (released by Paramount Home Video)

A Boy Named Charlie Brown (unaired 1963 documentary) (DVD) (27m) (available only from the Charles M. Schulz Museum)

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown / You're In Love Charlie Brown / It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown (Deluxe Edition DVD) (75m)

Charlie Brown's All Stars / A Charlie Brown Celebration (DVD)

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show: The Complete Series (DVD) (all 18 episodes) (402m) (available from Warner Archive)

A Charlie Brown Christmas / It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown (Deluxe Edition DVD) (50m)

A Charlie Brown Christmas / It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown (Blu-Ray + DVD) (50m)

Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales / Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown? (DVD) (41m)

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving / This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers (Deluxe Edition DVD) (50m)

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving / This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers (Blu-ray + DVD) (50m)

A Charlie Brown Valentine / Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown (DVD)

Happiness is… Peanuts: Friends Forever – The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show Ep. 13: Lucy Loves Schroeder / You're In Love, Charlie Brown (DVD) (47m)

Happiness is… Peanuts: Go Snoopy Go – It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown / The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show Ep. 12: It's that Team Spirit, Charlie Brown (DVD) (47m)

Happiness is… Peanuts: Snoopy's Adventures – Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown / The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show Ep. 14: Snoopy and the Giant (DVD) (46m)

Happiness is… Peanuts: Snow Days – She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown / The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show Ep. 18: Sally's Sweet Babboo (DVD) (47m)

Happiness is… Peanuts: Team Snoopy – Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown / The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show Ep. 15: Snoopy's Brother Spkike (DVD)

Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (DVD) (45m)

Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (Blu-ray+DVD) (45m)

He's a Bully, Charlie Brown / It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown (edited – 3 minutes missing) / The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show Ep. 2: Snoopy, Team Manager (DVD)

He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown / Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown (Deluxe Edition DVD)

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown / It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown (Deluxe Edition DVD) (50m)

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown / It's Magic, Charlie Brown (Deluxe Edition DVD) (50m)

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown / It's Magic, Charlie Brown (Blu-ray + DVD) (50m)

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown / Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (Deluxe Edition DVD)

Peanuts 1960's Collection Box Set: A Charlie Brown Christmas / Charlie Brown's All-Stars / It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown / You're In Love Charlie Brown / He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown / It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown (unedited) (DVD box set) (150m)

Peanuts 1970's Collection, Vol. 1 Box Set: Play It Again, Charlie Brown / You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown / There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown / A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving / It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown / It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (DVD box set) (150m)

Peanuts 1970's Collection, Vol. 2 Box Set: Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown / You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown / It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown / It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown / What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown / You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown (DVD box set) (150m)

Peanuts 4-Movie Collection (repackaging; contains A Boy Named Charlie Brown / Snoopy Come Home / Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown / Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown) (DVD box set)

Peanuts by Schulz: Snoopy Tales (Volume 1) (2 DVDs) – includes 32 of the Boomerang/Normaal Animation shorts (DVD)

Peanuts by Schulz: Go Team Go! (Volume 2) (2 DVDs) – includes 19 of the Boomerang/Normaal Animation shorts (DVD)

Peanuts by Schulz: School Days (Volume 3) (2 DVDs) – includes 29 of the Boomerang/Normaal Animation shorts (DVD)

Peanuts by Schulz: It's Only Love (Volume 4) (1 DVD) – includes 18 of the Boomerang/Normaal Animation shorts (10 new, 8 repeats from previous volumes) (DVD)

Peanuts by Schulz: Springtime (Volume 5) (1 DVD) – includes 15 of the Boomerang/Normaal Animation shorts (only 3 new, 12 are repeats from previous volumes) (DVD)

Peanuts by Schulz: Lucy & Friends (Volume 6) (1 DVD) – includes 16 of the Boomerang/Normaal Animation shorts (exact contents unknonw, but some are guaranteed to be repeats from previous volumes) (DVD) (coming June 4, 2019)

Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Collection (repackaging; contains It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving; et A Charlie Brown Christmas DVDs)

Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Collection Blu-ray version (repackaging; contains It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving; et A Charlie Brown Christmas Blu-rays)

Peanuts Double Feature: Snoopy Come Home & A Boy Named Charlie Brown(DVD) (repackaging) (released by Paramount Home Video)

Peanuts Double Feature: Snoopy Come Home & A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Blu-ray) (repackaging) (released by Paramount Home Video) (forthcoming November 1, 2016)

Peanuts: Emmy Honored Collection: You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown / You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown / She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown / Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown / It's Magic, Charlie Brown / Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown / Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown? / What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown? / It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown / Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown / Why, Charlie Brown, Why? (DVD)

The Peanuts Movie (2015) (DVD, Blu-ray & 3D Blu-ray) (due out March 8, 2016)

Peanuts Motion Comics Collection (DVD) (70m) (Disponible depuis WBShop.com or Amazon.com)

Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown (DVD) (76m) (released by Paramount Home Video)

Snoopy Come Home (DVD) (80m) (released by Paramount Home Video)

Snoopy Come Home (Blu-ray) (80m) (released by Paramount Home Video)

Snoopy's Holiday Collection (repackaging; contains I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown Deluxe Edition, Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales, and Happiness is Peanuts: Snow Days DVDs)

Snoopy's Reunion / It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown (DVD) (50m)

This is America, Charlie Brown (2 DVDs) includes: The Mayflower Voyagers, The Birth of the Constitution, The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, The NASA Space Station, The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad, The Great Inventors, The Smithsonian and the Presidency, The Music and Heroes of America

Touchdown, Charlie Brown – repackages material from other DVDs, contains It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown / The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show Ep.1: Snoopy's Cat Fight / The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show Ep. 4: Lucy vs. The World / The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show Ep. 11: Chaos in the Classroom (DVD)

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (animated adaptation) (DVD) (50m)

You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown / You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown (Deluxe Edition DVD) (50m)

You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown / He's a Bully, Charlie Brown (Deluxe Edition DVD) (50m)

4 Kid Favorites: Happiness is… Peanuts (repackaging; contains Happiness is… Peanuts: Snoopy's Adventures; Happiness is… Peanuts: Go Snoopy Go!; Happiness is… Peanuts: Team Snoopy; Happiness is… Peanuts: Snow Days DVDs)

List of Out of Print US DVD Releases

This lists the US DVD releases from Paramount Home Video in roughly alphabetical order. These versions of the DVDs are now all out of print, but most of the episodes have been re-released on new DVDs from Warner Home Video. The Paramount DVDs were released between 2000 and 2006.

A Charlie Brown Christmas / It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown (Paramount edition) (50m)

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving / This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers (Paramount edition) (50m)

A Charlie Brown Valentine / There's No Time For Love, Charlie Brown / Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown (75m)

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown / You're In Love Charlie Brown / It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown (Paramount edition) (75m)

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown / It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown (Paramount edition) (50m)

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown / You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown (Paramount edition) (50m)

It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown (24m)

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown / Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales / The Making of A Charlie Brown Christmas (75m)

Lucy Must Be Traded Charlie Brown / Charlie Brown's All-Stars / It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown (75m)

This is America, Charlie Brown (2 DVDs, 194m)

(includes: The Mayflower Voyagers, The Birth of the Constitution, The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, The NASA Space Station, The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad, The Great Inventors, The Smithsonian and the Presidency, The Music and Heroes of America)


List of iTunes Releases

In addition to the DVD releases, the Peanuts specials are also being made available as digital downloads in several different ways.

You can now purchase a variety of Peanuts shows from Apple's iTunes Store, using the iTunes software for Macintosh and Windows. Once purchased, you can watch the shows on your computer's monitor, or transfer them to an iPod, iPhone, iPad or AppleTV for viewing. Shows sold on iTunes are "near DVD quality," and having downloaded a couple and viewed them, I agree that the video quality is close to the DVD releases, although there are more compression artifacts.

Note that videos purchased from iTunes cannot be burned to a DVD or viewed on a DVD player.

Some specials are only available as bundles; others are available both in bundles and individually. While some of the bundles are similar to the Warner DVDs, they are not identical. Differences are noted below.

The shows currently available on iTunes (as of October 17, 2013) are:

Un Charlie Brown Noël

  • Accompanied by bonus episodes It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown et It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown.
  • All three specials are available together for $9.99 (they cannot be purchased separately).
  • Notez que It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown is not on the Warner Home Video DVD release of Un Charlie Brown Noël; c'est sur le Snoopy's Reunion DVD instead.

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown

  • Accompanied by the bonus episode Happy New Year, Charlie Brown.
  • Both specials are available together for $9.99 (they cannot be purchased separately).
  • Both these specials are available on the Warner Home Video DVD release I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown.

Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales

  • Includes the titular special (which is only about 17 minutes long) together with a special feature about "how Charles Schulz came to create the character of Rerun Van Pelt as a younger brother to Lucy and Linus."
  • The price is $9.99.
  • Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales is available on DVD; although the special feature about Rerun Van Pelt is actually on the I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown DVD.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

  • Accompanied by bonus episodes It's Magic, Charlie Brown et Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown.
  • All three specials are available together for $9.99 (they cannot be purchased separately).
  • Notez que Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown is not on the Warner Home Video DVD release of It's the Great Pumpkin ; instead it is on the Happiness is… Peanuts: Team Snoopy DVD release.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

  • Accompanied by bonus episodes This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers et Play It Again, Charlie Brown.
  • All three specials are available together for $9.99 (they cannot be purchased separately).
  • Notez que Play it Again, Charlie Brown is not on the Warner Home Video DVD release of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving ; c'est dans le Peanuts 1970's Collection, Vol. 1 box set.

Peanuts Holiday Classics

  • A bundle of six specials, available in high definition (HD) video: Un Charlie Brown Noël (1965); It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966); A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973); It’s a Mystery, Charlie Brown (1974); Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (1986); et This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers (1988).
  • The six shows can only be purchased together $29.99; or $24.99 for the bundle in standard definition (SD) video.
  • The high definition versions cannot be purchased individually, they are only available when you buy the "Peanuts Holiday Classics" bundle; however, most of the shows are available separately in standard definition, as noted elsewhere in this list.
  • Un Charlie Brown Noël; It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving; et This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers are available in high-definition on Blu-ray discs. It’s a Mystery, Charlie Brown et Happy New Year, Charlie Brown are not available on Blu-ray (but are available on DVD).

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

  • Accompanied by bonus episodes It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown, et It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown.
  • All three specials are available together for $9.99 (they cannot be purchased separately).
  • Notez que It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown is not on the Warner Home Video DVD release of It's the Easter Beagle (although it was released on the now out-of-print Paramount DVD of Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown).

You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown

  • Accompanied by bonus episodes He's a Bully, Charlie Brown et What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown.
  • All three specials are available together for $9.99 (they cannot be purchased separately).
  • Notez que What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown is not on the Warner Home Video DVD release of You're Not Elected and has not been released on DVD in the US yet.

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown

  • Accompanied by the bonus episodes It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown et You're In Love, Charlie Brown, along with the behind-the-scenes documentary Unlucky in Love: An Unrequited Love Story.
  • All four specials are available together for $9.99 (they cannot be purchased separately).
  • This duplicates the Warner Home Video DVD release.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

  • Includes the titular special (which is the animated adaption of the play, not a live-action version) together with a "bonus featurette exploring the 20-year journey of the Clark Gesner album that evolved into an off-Broadway hit."
  • The price is $9.99.
  • Both the special and the bonus featurette are available on DVD.

Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown

  • Includes the titular special as well as two behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Deconstructing Schulz: From Comic Book to Screenplay" and "Happiness is… Finding the Right Voice."
  • The price is $9.99.
  • Available on DVD and Blu-ray as well.

Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown

  • The third theatrical movie.
  • Available in both high-definition and standard-definition.

Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown

  • The fourth theatrical movie.
  • Available in both high-definition and standard-definition.
  • Includes the behind-the-scenes featurette "Travels with Charlie: the Making of Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown" that is also on the Paramount DVD release.

The Peanuts Movie

  • The 2015 CGI theatrical movie.
  • Available in both high-definition and standard-definition.
  • Includes a variety of extra bonus features (same ones as the Blu-ray and DVD release).

Peanuts Specials, Vol. 1

  • Charlie Brown's All-Stars
    He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown
    Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown
    It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown
    It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown
    Life's a Circus, Charlie Brown
    She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown
    Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown
    There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown
    What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown
    Why, Charlie Brown, Why
    You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown
  • Each can be purchased individually for $1.99, or all 12 can be purchased together for $23.88 (no savings for purchasing them together, just a convenience).
  • All of these shows except for Why, Charlie Brown, Why are available on DVD in the US
        (see the List of Current US DVD & Blu-ray Releases to determine which DVD they're on).

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show

  • All 18 episodes of the Saturday morning cartoon show.
  • These can be purchased individually for $1.99 each or all 18 together as a "season" for $29.99 (a modest savings).
  • A complete DVD set of these episodes is available from Warner Archive.

This is America, Charlie Brown

  • All 8 episodes of the animated mini-series showing the Peanuts characters exploring history.
  • Episodes can be purchased all together as a season, or individually.
  • Available in both high-definition and standard-definition.

Peanuts Motion Comics, Vol. 1

  • Linus for President / The Election
    The Sore Arm / Independence Day
    Eraserophagia / The Great Pumpkin
    A Fall Rain / Some Advice
    Ready to Pitch / Back on the Mound
    Dear Santa / I'm New At It
    Science Project / April Fool
    Crabby Little Girl / Mother's Day
    All Your Faults / Services Rendered
    The Good Brother / Valentine's Day
  • New short animations (7- to 8-minutes) based on 1964 Peanuts comic strips, these have not previously aired on television. They were first released from November 2008 through January 2009.
  • The shorts are available for 99 cents each, or $7.99 for the entire "season" of 10 episodes (20 shorts total).
  • All 20 shorts are also available on DVD directly from Warner Brother's online store or Amazon.com.

List of Amazon Instant Video Releases

Amazon Instant Video (formerly Amazon Video on Demand and before that Amazon Unbox) — another digital video service, run by the giant on-line retailer Amazon.com — is also offering Peanuts TV shows for on-line viewing as well.

Note that videos purchased from Amazon Instant Video cannot be burned to a DVD or viewed on a DVD player.

The offerings on Amazon used to be similar to the iTunes offerings and some of the Deluxe Edition DVDs, but because a variety of Peanuts specials are no longer available on Amazon, the organization of the specials is now rather confusing and nonsensical.

Some specials are only available as bundles (or "seasons" as Amazon calls them, even though that terminology doesn't really apply to the Peanuts specials that aired over a period of 40 years); others are available both in bundles and individually.

The shows currently available on Amazon Instant Video (as of February 12, 2015) are:

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown

  • Part of a "season" that includes the episodes It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown et You're In Love, Charlie Brown
    .
              Each can be purchased separately (and in fact, cannot be purchased as a bundle).

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

  • While Amazon does not list which episodes this bundle contains, the running time is 1 hour 15 minutes, so presumably it's accompanied by the same bonus episodes at it is on iTunes: This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers et Play It Again, Charlie Brown.
  • All three specials must be purchased together – they cannot be purchased separately.
  • Notez que Play it Again, Charlie Brown is not on the Warner Home Video DVD release of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving ; c'est dans le Peanuts 1970's Collection, Vol. 1 DVD box set.

Un Charlie Brown Noël

  • While Amazon does not list which episodes this bundle contains, the running time is 1 hour 13 minutes, so presumably it's accompanied by the same bonus episodes at it is on iTunes: It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown et It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown.
  • All three specials must be purchased together – they cannot be purchased separately.
  • Notez que It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown is not on the Warner Home Video DVD release of Un Charlie Brown Noël; c'est sur le Snoopy's Reunion DVD instead.

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown

  • While Amazon does not list which episodes this bundle contains, the running time is 1 hour 6 minutes, so presumably it's accompanied by the same bonus episode at it is on iTunes: Happy New Year, Charlie Brown.
  • All three specials must be purchased together – they cannot be purchased separately.
  • Both these specials are available on the Warner Home Video DVD release I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown.

Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales

  • Includes the titular special (which is only about 17 minutes long) together with a special feature about "how Charles Schulz came to create the character of Rerun Van Pelt as a younger brother to Lucy and Linus."
  • The price is $9.99.
  • Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales is available on DVD; although the special feature about Rerun Van Pelt is actually on the I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown DVD.

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

  • Part of a "season" that also includes It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown.
  • Despite the fact that Amazon presents the two shows as a "season" there is no way to purchase them together as a bundle.
  • Another special, It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown, used to be bundled with It's the Easter Beagle, but is now not available from Amazon.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

  • Accompanied by bonus episodes It's Magic, Charlie Brown et Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown.
  • All three specials must be purchased together – they cannot be purchased separately.
  • Notez que Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown is not on the Warner Home Video DVD release of It's the Great Pumpkin ; instead it is on the Happiness is… Peanuts: Team Snoopy DVD release.

You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown

  • While Amazon does not list which episodes this bundle contains, the running time is 1 hour 11 minutes, so presumably it's accompanied by the same bonus episodes at it is on iTunes: He's a Bully, Charlie Brown et What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown.
  • All three specials must be purchased together – they cannot be purchased separately.
  • Notez que What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown is not on the Warner Home Video DVD release of You're Not Elected and has not been released on DVD in the US yet.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

  • Includes the titular special (which is the animated adaption of the play, not a live-action version) together with a "bonus featurette exploring the 20-year journey of the Clark Gesner album that evolved into an off-Broadway hit."
  • Both the special and the bonus featurette are available on DVD.

Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown

  • While Amazon doesn't list the contents of this bundle, the running time is 1 hour 11 minutes, so presumably it is the same bundle as on iTunes: the titular special as well as two behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Deconstructing Schulz: From Comic Book to Screenplay" and "Happiness is… Finding the Right Voice."
  • Available in both high-definition and standard-definition.
  • Available on DVD and Blu-ray as well.

Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown

  • The third theatrical movie.
  • Available in both high-definition and standard-definition.

Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown

  • The fourth theatrical movie.
  • Available in both high-definition and standard-definition.

The Peanuts Movie

  • The 2015 CGI theatrical movie.
  • Available in both high-definition and standard-definition.

Peanuts Specials "Season 1"

  • Charlie Brown's All-Stars
    He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown
    Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown
    It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown
    It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown
    Life's a Circus, Charlie Brown
    She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown
    Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown
    There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown
    What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown
    Why, Charlie Brown, Why
    You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown
  • Select shows can be purchased individually
    – some shows may be not be available from Amazon, it changes over time.
  • Even though Amazon describes this as a "season" in reality these shows aired as separate specials over many years and were in no way grouped together in what is usually regarded as a TV season.
  • All of these shows except for Why, Charlie Brown, Why are available on DVD in the US
        (see the List of Current US DVD & Blu-ray Releases to determine which DVD they're on).

Peanuts Summertime Specials

  • Includes three specials: Charlie Brown's All-Stars, It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown, et It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown.
  • All three specials must be purchased together – they cannot be purchased separately.
  • All three specials are available on DVD as well.

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show

This is America, Charlie Brown

  • All 8 episodes of the animated mini-series showing the Peanuts characters exploring history.
  • Episodes can be purchased all together as a season, or individually.
  • Available in both high-definition and standard-definition.

Peanuts Motion Comics, Vol. 1

  • Linus for President / The Election
    The Sore Arm / Independence Day
    Eraserophagia / The Great Pumpkin
    A Fall Rain / Some Advice
    Ready to Pitch / Back on the Mound
    Dear Santa / I'm New At It
    Science Project / April Fool
    Crabby Little Girl / Mother's Day
    All Your Faults / Services Rendered
    The Good Brother / Valentine's Day
  • New short animations (7- to 8-minutes) based on 1964 Peanuts comic strips, these have not previously aired on television.
  • All 20 shorts are also available on DVD directly from Warner Brother's online store.
  • These shorts can be purchased for individually, or as an entire "season" of 10 episodes (20 shorts total). They were first released from November 2008 through January 2009.

List of Video (VHS) Releases

This lists the Paramount VHS reissues in roughly alphabetical order. All of the VHS releases are out of print.

The number in parenthesis following each title is the length of the video in minutes, as given on the video box. (For two-episode tapes, this is the total length of the tape.) Length isn't listed for every title because I don't own every video release.

A Boy Named Charlie Brown (79m)

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (25m)

The Big Stuffed Dog (live-action) (48m)

Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (movie) (76m)

Snoopy Double Feature: (48m)

Charlie Brown's All-Stars
It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown

A Charlie Brown Celebration (48m)

A Charlie Brown Christmas (25m)

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (24m)

A Charlie Brown Valentine

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (24m)

Snoopy Double Feature: (50m)

He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown
It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown

Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown? (24m)

It's An Adventure, Charlie Brown (47m)

It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown (25m)

It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown (23m)

It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown (48m)

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (25m)

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (25m)

It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown (25m)

It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown (36m)

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (41m)

It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown (25m)

Snoopy Double Feature: (48m)

Life's a Circus, Charlie Brown
Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown

Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown

Snoopy Double Feature: (50m)

Play It Again, Charlie Brown
She's A Good Skate, Charlie Brown

Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown (movie) (76m)

Snoopy, the Musical

Snoopy Come Home (80m)

Snoopy Double Feature: (49m)

There's No Time For Love, Charlie Brown
Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown

What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown? (23m)

Snoopy Double Feature: (49m)

What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown
It's Magic, Charlie Brown

You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown (documentary) (47m)

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (animated) (49m)

You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown (25m)

Snoopy Double Feature: (48m)

You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown
Snoopy's Reunion

Snoopy Double Feature: (50m)

You're In Love, Charlie Brown
It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown

Snoopy Double Feature: (49m)

You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown
It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown

Why, Charlie Brown, Why? (25m)

This is America, Charlie Brown Vol. 1 – The Great Inventors

This is America, Charlie Brown Vol. 2 – The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk

This is America, Charlie Brown Vol. 3 – The Transcontinental Railroad

This is America, Charlie Brown Vol. 4 – The Mayflower Voyagers

This is America, Charlie Brown Vol. 5 – The NASA Space Station

This is America, Charlie Brown Vol. 6 – Birth of the Constitution

This is America, Charlie Brown Vol. 7 – The Smithsonian and the Presidency

This is America, Charlie Brown Vol. 8 – The Music and Heroes of America

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, Vol. 1:

You Can't Win, Charlie Brown
Linus' Security Blanket

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, Vol. 2:

Snoopy's Cat Fight
Linus and Lucy

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, Vol. 3:

Snoopy: Man's Best Friend
The Lost Ballpark

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, Vol. 4:

Lucy Loves Schroeder
Snoopy: Team Manager

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, Vol. 5:

Snoopy the Psychiatrist
Lucy vs. the World

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, Vol. 6:

Snoopy's Football Career
Chaos in the Classroom

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, Vol. 7:

It's That Team Spirit, Charlie Brown
Snoopy and the Giant

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, Vol. 8:

Snoopy's Brother Spike
Snoopy's Robot

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, Vol. 9:

Peppermint Patty's School Days
Sally's Sweet Babboo


List of Laserdisc Releases

Below is a list of the laserdiscs that have were released by Paramount and CBS Fox. They are now all out of print.

The discs contain two episodes each, although often the combination of episodes is different than they are on videotapes. Not all episodes have been released on laserdisc.

The discs with television episodes from Paramount are all CAV. The CBS Fox movie discs were CLV.

The laserdisc releases of the feature films were all full-frame (aka pan-and-scan), not widescreen, so the picture was cropped some.

The numbers following each title in brackets are the Paramount "part number" for that laserdisc. I believe these are correct but I'm just relying on what I've read in some catalogs.

Sorry for the sketchy information; I don't own a laserdisc player. Any more information is appreciated!

Paramount Laserdiscs

A Charlie Brown Christmas / You're The Greatest, Charlie Brown [LV83716]

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving / You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown [LV83714]

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown / You're In Love, Charlie Brown [LV83742]

Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show Vol. 1: [LV83703]

You Can't Win, Charlie Brown
Linus' Security Blanket

Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show Vol. 2: [LV83704]

Snoopy's Cat Fight
Linus and Lucy

Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show Vol. 3: [LV83705]

Snoopy: Man's Best Friend
The Lost Ballpark

Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show Vol. 4: [LV83702]

Lucy Loves Schroeder
Snoopy: Team Manager

Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show Vol. 5: [LV83721]

Snoopy the Psychiatrist
Lucy vs. the World

Happy New Year,Charlie Brown / Snoopy's Reunion [LV83715]

He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown / It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown [LV83738]

It's The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown / It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown [LV83741]

It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown / It Was A Short Summer, Charlie Brown [LV83718]

There's No Time For Love, Charlie Brown / Someday You'll Find Her Charlie Brown [LV83737]

This Is America Charlie Brown Vol. 1: [LV83709]

The Great Inventors
The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk

This Is America Charlie Brown Vol. 2 (two episodes) [LV83708]

The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad
The Mayflower Voyagers

This Is America Charlie Brown Vol. 3 (two episodes) [LV83707]

The NASA Space Station
The Birth of the Constitution

This Is America Charlie Brown Vol. 4: [LV83719]

The Smithsonian and the Presidency
The Music and Heroes of America

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown / Why, Charlie Brown, Why [LV83730]

Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!) [movie] [LV1158]

Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown! [movie] [LV8850]

CBS Fox Laserdiscs

A Boy Named Charlie Brown [movie] [#7121-80]

Snoopy, Come Home [movie] [#7125-80]


Really Old Video Compilations

Several compilations of sketches from "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show" were released on video previously, but are now out of print. While not exactly in the same order, their contents are duplicated by later home video releases. If you have the "Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show Complete Series" DVD set from Warner Archives or the Paramount VHS tapes you do not need these. Shows with these titles were never shown on television.

Good Grief, Charlie Brown
She Likes You, Charlie Brown
Very Funny, Charlie Brown
What Next, Charlie Brown
You Can't Win, Charlie Brown
It's Three Strikes, Charlie Brown

RCA issued four sets of shows on Select-a-Vision (Capacitance Electronic Disc), an early videodisc system that is incompatible with the modern laserdisc standard. They were:

A CHARLIE BROWN FESTIVAL – contained:

There's No Time For Love, Charlie Brown
You're In Love, Charlie Brown
It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown
You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown

A CHARLIE BROWN FESTIVAL II – contained:

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown
It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown

A CHARLIE BROWN FESTIVAL III – contained:

It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

A CHARLIE BROWN FESTIVAL IV – contained:

Charlie Brown's All Stars
Play It Again, Charlie Brown
It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown
What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown

At least three of the movies were also released on CED:

A Boy Named Charlie Brown
CBS/FOX 7121-90
Dual language tracks: English/Spanish

Snoopy Come Home
CBS/FOX 7125-90
Dual language tracks: English/Spanish

Race For Your Life Charlie Brown
Paramount CM11E V105101


Disclaimers and Copyright

I have no formal association with United Media, Peanuts Worldwide, Paramount, Warner Home Video, Charles Schulz, Bill Melendez Productions, Mendelson Productions, or any other commercial enterprise mentioned in this article.

This article is provided as is without any express or implied warranties. While every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained herein, the author assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the information contained herein.

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