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Peanuts – A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)

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Things get off to a bumpy start. First, Charlie fails to make anything profound out of the cloud formations above, just a “ducky” and a “horsy.” (But that’s always been one of his best qualities–he calls them as he sees them.) Then he has a disastrous kite experience, followed by further humiliation on the baseball field (with its dandelion-covered pitching mound). Just when it seems as if things couldn’t get much worse–they don’t. Charlie finds something he’s good at. Lucy, Violet, and the rest of the Peanuts gang doubt that his spelling bee winning streak can possibly last, but Charlie proves them all wrong and makes it to the national championships in New York City. His best pal, Linus, and free-spirited pooch, Snoopy, arrive shortly afterwards and provide their support. Granted, this rare, full-length feature film ends just as it began, with one more small humiliation, but it’s Charlie’s achievement that leaves the bigger impression. There are even a few lessons to be learned, but the tone is never preachy or condescending. Along the way, there are numerous pleasures to enjoy: Vince Guaraldi’s classic Oscar-nominated score (featuring lyrics by Rod McKuen), the brightly hued, clean-lined animation (which occasionally erupts into impressionist and pop art flights of fancy), Schroeder’s lovely rendition of Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata, Snoopy’s ice-skating escapade at Rockefeller Plaza, and Linus’s Fred Astaire-inspired dance with his long lost blanket. –Kathleen C. Fennessy

Join Charlie Brown and the rest of the delightful “Peanuts” gang in their smashing debut on the silver screen in the late Charles M. Schulz’s first full-length animated motion picture. It’s a movie filled with all the characters and charm that has made “Peanuts” the most popular comic strip in the world. And it is musical entertainment that will positively make you grin from ear to ear. Our story begins with Charlie Brown gearing up for his first pitch of the baseball season – stopping midstream because his pitcher’s mound is filled with dandelions. It’s one enchanting scene after another in this very special movie that brings all our “Peanuts” characters to fun-loving life. With excitement added by Vince Gauraldi’s jazz music and songs by Rod McKuen, A Boy Named Charlie Brown is a motion picture Gene Shalit said is “so cheerful I can hardly wait for the next one!”

Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Robbins, Pamelyn Ferdin, Glenn Gilger, Andy Pforsich, Sally Dryer
  • Directors: Bill Melendez
  • Writers: Charles M. Schulz
  • Producers: Bill Melendez, Charles M. Schulz, Lee Mendelson
  • Format: Animated, Color, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rating: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • ASIN: B000E1NX9A
  • Sales Rank: #2,923 in Movies & TV

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