It’s the great pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966) Review

I think everyone has a tradition when they come to decide what scary movies or shows they will watch during the October Month, Personally I watch John Carpenters Halloween  and I also enjoy sitting down and watching some of my favourite episodes of the Twilight Zone which was created by the Fantastic Rod Sterling.

A popular tradition in the USA is to watch the Peanuts Halloween Special from 1966, I have seen a lot of peanuts episodes over the years but I always managed to skip this one. I have finally sat down and watched it and I am ready to share my thoughts on It’s the great pumpkin Charlie Brown.

Great Pumpkin Title Card

I absolutely loved this it was hilarious and it really carried that charm of the original peanuts animated TV series. The special stars the majority of the main cast of the show but it really focuses on three characters in particular who are each spending Halloween in different ways, you have Charlie Brown who goes trick or treating, Snoopy who spends Halloween pretending that he is an aeroplane pilot and the Linus who stays up all night waiting for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin and all of these are very well written and cleverly directed. I will now give a brief summary of all three of these characters stories of the Halloween special.

Charlie Brown

charlie-brownIf it wasn’t obvious enough Charlie Brown does play a big role in the special, Charlie Brown and the rest of the peanuts have been invited to a Halloween party, but before they go to the party all of the peanuts (apart from Linus and Sally) decide to go trick or treating.

halloween costumes

Charlie Brown decides to go as a ghost for Halloween but he has a little trouble cutting out the holes for the eyes and ends up just wearing a holey sheet over his head. This leads to one of the most famous running gags in any TV special ever, while trick or treating all of the children are given candy and chocolate bars apart from Charlie brown who is just given rocks.

Eventually they all go to the party and Charlie Browns head is used as a drawing board for the design on pumpkin, Charlie Brown is used due to his big round head and his baldness.

Snoopy

Snoopy decides that he woulucy-and-snoopyld like to be a world war 1 fighter pilot for Halloween this year. Snoopy’s story line in this special really isn’t anything to get excited about. Snoopy sits on top of his dog house and pretends that he is a fighter pilot in world war one and he is gunning down planes, eventually his plane is shot down and he has to walk to the Halloween party, this part is very well directed as it seems that snoopy is in world war 1 trying to find safety but he eventually walks through a river and rises out of the punch bowl at the party showing that this was all his imagination.

Linus

This is Linus Great Pumpkinwhere The Great Pumpkin comes in, Linus is first seen writing a letter to The Great Pumpkin who he believes flies over all of the houses of the good boys and girls and delivers them presents. Every Halloween Linus sits alone in a pumpkin patch waiting for The Great Pumpkin to rise from the soil. This year he isn’t alone because he manages to convince Sally (Charlie Brown’s little sister) to wait for The Great Pumpkin with him. The final outcome really surprised me because The Great Pumpkin doesn’t appear and most likely does not exist, This leaves Linus having to deal with a very angry and upset Sally who missed Halloween due to his ridiculous beliefs

The final part of the episode is Charlie brown and Linus talking about how crummy Halloween was and I promise the outcome of this conversation is hilarious.

To sum it all up It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is a fantastic Halloween special, It is very well animated, it has that wonderful peanuts charm and it is absolutely hilarious. I have a strong feeling that this will become part of my Halloween Tradition for years to come and I highly suggest that everyone should sit down and watch this.

Thank you for reading my review of It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

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Any suggestions on other Halloween specials I should check out?

By Padawan

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Cartoon Dogs

Cartoon dogs

Cartoon human beings are better than real life human beings because well you know there cartoons and they are in kick ass TV shows like Adventure Time and Pokémon, but do you know what’s better than cartoon humans, cartoon dogs why you may ask well you know there dogs and dogs are cool. We all have a favorite animated dog from our childhood but today I’m going to talk about the three which I grew up with and loved as a child.

Scooby Doo

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Scooby Doo in a blog about Cartoon dogs is a no brainer. What makes Scooby Doo so great he’s the Sherlock Holmes of the Animal Kingdom I guess you could call him Sherlock Bones I’m sorry that joke was terrible. Scooby Doo has a really funny personality like his need to eat all the time I blame Shaggy that guy is totally a pot smoker, Scooby also is a pussy cat at heart since he scares easily and when he does get scared he jumps into Shaggy’s arms and cuddles up to him it quite adorable when you think about it. Did I mention Scooby Doo can talk yep that’s right and the gang (Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy) all understand him they don’t think this is weird or anything you know because all dogs can talk. I don’t think Scooby can talk at all I just think they are constantly high on shrooms think about it they run around the town chasing people dressed as ghosts, they have intellect conversations with a dog, Both Shaggy and Scooby constantly need to eat and the entire gang drive around in hippy van if that’s not drugs for you then I don’t know what is

Muttley

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Muttley made his first appearance in 1968 in a well known show called the Wacky Races he played the role of a side kick for the shows idiotic villain Dick Dastardly. Most people know Muttley from the Wacky Races but he was also in other Hannah Barbara shows such as Dastardly and Muttley in Their flying Machines in this show Muttley earned Many Medals and wanted more from Dick Dastardly from following his commands. I personally know Muttley from the Wacky Races and you wanna know what makes him so great, his laugh Muttley’s laugh is brilliant check this out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKm5xQyD2vE

Snoopy

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I love Snoopy even though I don’t know much about him apart from he’s Charlie Browns pet dog, he writes a book and he has a small bird called Woodstock (Named after the popular festival back then). So you’re probably wondering why snoopy is on this list if I don’t know all that much about his character, to be honest I just love Snoopy I read the original comics and I still watch the old TV series I don’t know much about him but he’s a lovable character none the less and as a kid I loved him more than both Scooby Doo and Muttley and that has earned Snoopy a place in this blog. If you really want to know more about who Snoopy is this how his creator explains him

The wildly imaginative, supremely confident, world-famous beagle is a canine master of disguise. As Joe Cool, he’s aloof, unflappable, above the fray, the hip dog we’d all like to be. As the World War I Flying Ace, he engages in aerial combat with the notorious Red Baron. While pondering life from the top of his doghouse, he writes the great American novel, travels to the moon, and plots revenge on the cat next door.

http://www.peanuts.com/characters/snoopy/

This blog was written by Dan