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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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Contains:Excellent For Children

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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

UPC: 883929006496

Studio: Warner Home Video

MPAA Rating: NR   Contains:[Excellent For Children]

Summary: It's Halloween in Peanuts land. Charlie Brown is thrilled that at last he's been invited to a costume party. Snoopy's costume choice consists of the goggles and scarf of a World War I flying ace, who is ever in search of the elusive Red Baron. And Linus makes preparations for the arrival of The Great Pumpkin, whom he believes will rise from the pumpkin patch and deliver presents to all the good little boys and girls. At episode's end, Charlie Brown finds himself with a trick-or-treat bag full of rocks; Snoopy once more fails to bring the Red Baron to heel; and Linus spends the entire night in the pumpkin patch, waiting in vain for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin ("But just wait till next year!") The second of Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez' animated Peanuts specials, the 30-minute It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown was first telecast October 27, 1966. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Category: Children's/Family

Features: Another story featuring the gang: It's Magic, Charlie Brown - Snoopy's magic act goes awry and renders Charlie Brown invisible - a predicament that the youngster just might transform into an opportunity
All new featurette: We Need a Blockbuster, Charlie Brown!

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Format: DVD

Release Date: 09/02/2008

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Pre-1954 Standard

Audio: DD1 Dolby Digital Mono

Runtime: 25 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,Spanish,Portuguese

Subtitles: English,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Craig Butler

The second Peanuts special, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is one of the finest in the series. A Charlie Brown Christmas had, in some ways, been a rush job, and that occasionally shows in the finished product. With a little more time (and the experience of having one show under their belts), Bill Melendez and company are able to concentrate on making a more polished product. They're still finding their way -- there are some continuity glitches and the animators seem to have some trouble with Lucy's profile -- but, on the whole, the visual presentation is excellent. Especially noteworthy are the backgrounds, especially the night skies filled with textured charcoals and purples and a brilliant moon that sometimes takes up half the screen. There's also superb character animation for Linus and Snoopy. The script is also one of the strongest in the series. Many of the specials make extensive use of dialogue and situations lifted directly from the strips, and, at times, this results in a somewhat disjointed narrative and timing that occasionally feels awkward when lifted from its four-panel original form. Pumpkin features a great deal of direct-from-the-strip sequences, but they're presented in a smoother, more organic method here, and the basic story is very sound. Add to this a number of excellent gags, some exceptional Vince Guaraldi scoring, and vocal performances that are quite engaging and you have a classic that will delight adults and children. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Vince Guaraldi  Composer (Music Score) 
Bill Melendez  Director 
Bill Melendez  Producer 
Lee Mendelson  Executive Producer 
Lee Mendelson  Producer 
Charles M. Schulz  Screenwriter