It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown 1966

The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin...

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There are few sounds I enjoy as much as hearing Vince Guaraldi's wonderful "Linus and Lucy". The music, which was introduced to the world in 1965's "A Charlie Brown Christmas", was recycled the following year for "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". Hearing that music and seeing the familiar characters again takes me back to a time when my entire world would be scheduled around holiday specials such as this. The story is simple: On Halloween night, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang go trick-or-treating and to a party, while Linus waits in his pumpkin patch for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin. This special contains a number of Schulz' classic bits, from Charlie Brown again attempting to kick that football to an extended sequence featuring World War I Flying Ace Snoopy fighting the Red Baron and being shot down behind enemy lines. The gags are classic. Charlie Brown had some trouble with the scissors, and his Halloween costume is a ghost with somewhere in the area of a dozen eyeholes. While trick-or-treating, the gang compares the candy they get. Everyone winds up with all sorts of wonderful treats and goodies. Except, of course, good ol' Charlie Brown: "I got a rock." I love the idea that the Great Pumpkin appears in, of all places, "the most sincere pumpkin patch." It makes one wonder where Linus got his information. There's actually very little dialogue in the Peanuts specials. That always worked to their advantage. Young children were traditionally used to do the voices, and the silences make their words all the more profound and smart. And the Peanuts gang was always smart. Take the moral of the story, delivered to us by Linus Van Pelt: "I've learned there are three things you don't discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin." I couldn't agree more.
Hey, it's Halloween (almost, cut me some slack), and it's a tradition to watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown at my house every Halloween. Er, well, the day before Halloween. I adore the Peanuts Gang, and I love how this one is mostly about Linus, because he's my favorite out of the gang. He's just so cute



I went to the big antique show at the Expo center today. I bought seven movie buttons... Two different Lilo & Stitch ones, an Indiana Jones one, three different Beauty & the Beast ones and a Back to the Future one. I also bought a vintage charm bracelet where all the charms are signs from Vegas hotels & casinos.

Tomorrow Heidi and I are going to this college fair downtown, then to the cinema to see I 'Heart' Huckabees. Jude Law... *sigh* anyways, I hope it's good! After it's back home for candy duty! Hope everyone has a lovely Halloween
This Charlie Brown Halloween special is probably the best Halloween special in existence. It features the magical Great Pumpkin and a Halloween party complete with dressing up to go trick-or-treating and to 'bob for apples'. It's an overall fun episode with a lot of humorous and thoughtful bits. You have to love the wit and the innocence. But, what I never could understand was the innocence of the children, who are prone to using 'large' words and meanings that only adults can really understand. Except, however, the adults speak in a language all of their own. It's like they speak in tongues. Now, how can these children understand the adults?

This is an enjoyable film, but I prefer the Christmas special and would recommend that one over this.
All three Charlie Browns, classic holiday speacials, full of greatness. Wait how did Aqua Teen Hunger Force Vol. 1 & Snow Day, end up in this review?
Yes, it's inferior to A Charlie Brown Christmas and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving; however, it is superior to It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown. I'd say it's about on par with This is America, Charlie Brown.

Clearly, I have a thing about Peanuts specials. I love them all, even the bad ones. Both of my parents? Huge Peanuts fans. My grandmother used to give Mom a Charlie Brown calendar every year for Christmas. It's genetic, like my love of the Muppets.

After this special originally aired, tons of kids sent candy to Charlie Brown. This is remarkably sappy, but I'm tearing up anyway. It's so cute! And I do, indeed, feel so sorry for Charlie Brown, getting all those rocks. How mean are the adults in his neighborhood? I mean, they have to be planning to give Charlie Brown rocks, or at least give someone rocks--I mean, come on! They had rocks on hand to give! That's just cruel. And given that he gets rocks at every house, one must assume that it's intentional. So mean.

Which is me overthinking things again, of course. But anyone who doesn't know that I do that hasn't been reading my reviews much. I can't turn off my brain, folks, even for movies. That's part of why you won't see much in the way of Jim Carrey movies, say, in this journal. They just, to quote James Garner (who's almost 80!) in Support Your Local Sheriff, make me feel tired all over.

This also means that I tend to comment (with notable exceptions) on some pretty serious movies. I'm also working my way through "movies I've always meant to see," which is another list that doesn't get shorter. This means that a lot of it is movies from before my own birth--a lot of them in B&W. If you don't want to hear about it, stop reading now, please.
It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966): 8/10


It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

This has always been my favorite Halloween special.
The well-known and beloved movie that comes throughout every Halloween is here! Whether you're seeing Linus and Sally awaiting for The Great Pumpkin's arrival in sincerest pumpkin patch, Snoopy in combat from World War I, or Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang trick-or-treating for candy or rocks, you'll have one of the great experiences yet. Don't worry, this special has no language, violence, nudity, sexual, racist, or any other nonsensical issues involved, cause Charlie and the Peanuts gang are here just for good clean fun. This is a classic that everyone in the family can enjoy, so just sit back and have fun for this sensational delight!
#8 It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown


Ok, so this isn't really a movie but it still has a special place in my heart. A Peanuts special is essential every holiday for me, and it feels incomplete without one. The Halloween special is the best of them all and I look forward to watching it each year around this time. I'm sure everyone's seen this gem so I don't need to explain it (and if you haven't then stay tuned for it on TV). Charlie Brown and Co. were a big part of my childhood and every year, at least once, I can feel like a kid again.



This isn't going to be a long review, since how much can you really say about a 25 minute cartoon? But I'll try to express my love for this animated classic regardless. It has been over 40 years since It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown first appeared on television, and like how most of the Rankin and Bass Christmas movies are staples for the Christmas season, I think this is an essential part to Halloween. And every kid should see it.

The work of Charles M Schulz and his creation, the Peanuts gang, is one of great influence and often unnoticed social commentary. I took psychology in high school, and was interested to find that Schulz would sneak in a lot of psychological undertones to a lot of his stories. This film probably isn't the one with the most of these elements, but they are there for the observant viewer.

I guess the thing I love the most about this Charlie Brown special is that it focuses on Linus (voiced by Christopher Shea) more than anyone else. He isn't my favorite character of all the Peanuts, that is Marcie for anyone who cares, but Linus has always been my favorite of the boy characters. And I guess since this story deals with Halloween, my favorite holiday, it isn't hard to see why I would love this film so much.

I know this isn't the only special to use that great Peanut's theme, but I'm going to go ahead and give it a Music Honor since I love the song so much. During Halloween I always get so worked up on seeing all sorts of horror films, I often forget that there are a lot of great kid's films that deal with Halloween that are worth mentioning. Few are held in higher esteem with me than It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.