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It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
October 29, 2010 9:08 AM   Subscribe

It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, 1966. With autumn already in full swing, the Peanuts gang prepare for Halloween. Previously.
posted by nickyskye (30 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
It's also on Hulu, for folks who are into that.
posted by phunniemee at 9:14 AM on October 29, 2010


Why is the Fancast one listed as 24 minutes long, but the Hulu one is 43 minutes?
posted by Gator at 9:24 AM on October 29, 2010


i love Hulu, i even answer the ad questions with honesty.
i love the future
posted by clavdivs at 9:26 AM on October 29, 2010


Ah, poor Linus. The Great Pumpkin story is Schultz' unique form of shorthand for exploring hope and futility. That or it's a djinn that also whispers in Lucy's ear to make her pull the football away from Charlie Brown just as he's about to kick it.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:27 AM on October 29, 2010 [2 favorites]


Why is the Fancast one listed as 24 minutes long, but the Hulu one is 43 minutes?

From the video description on Hulu:
A full length version of this classic Charlie Brown special and will include a bonus Charlie Brown cartoon "You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown"(R) which has the Great Pumpkin in the storyline.
posted by phunniemee at 9:27 AM on October 29, 2010


Huh. The only description I see is, "In the 1966 animated special, the Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween."
posted by Gator at 9:30 AM on October 29, 2010


If you try to hold my hand, I'll slug you.
posted by sourwookie at 9:35 AM on October 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


I would totally smash their fucking windows with those rocks. Bastards. Who gives a kid a rock?
posted by bondcliff at 9:41 AM on October 29, 2010


YOU OWE ME RESTITUTION!!!
posted by JanetLand at 9:42 AM on October 29, 2010 [2 favorites]


I am going to sit here and watch this and eat Halloween candy!

Thank you, nickyskye.
posted by Ouisch at 9:48 AM on October 29, 2010


I can't watch these on my computer! AUUUUUGH!
posted by mreleganza at 10:29 AM on October 29, 2010


"You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown"(R)

I thought he was a Democrat.
posted by zamboni at 10:29 AM on October 29, 2010 [2 favorites]


Movie review site Jabootu's Bad Movie Dimension published this awesome synopsis of the broadcast-only-once, much darker and gorier original version.
posted by Gelatin at 10:34 AM on October 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


It’s a Guitar Solo, Charlie Brown.
posted by Iridic at 10:53 AM on October 29, 2010


My favorite special has always been, It's Wall Street, Charlie Brown.
"Grief, for lack of a better word, is good."
posted by cottoncandybeard at 11:04 AM on October 29, 2010 [3 favorites]


Sorry, but the lack of A CBS Special Presentation and York Peppermint Patty commercials ruins these online versions for me.
posted by inthe80s at 11:11 AM on October 29, 2010 [6 favorites]


inthe80s, you forgot the Dolly Madison ads. I never saw those EXCEPT during Charlie Brown specials...in fact I'm not even sure they sold them in Texas (where Little Debbie and Mrs. Bairds held sway).
posted by emjaybee at 11:43 AM on October 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


> i love the future

I say this quite often, myself.

With this one minor exception - Before the age of videotape, you used to have to wait an entire year to watch a Holiday Special. And then, if you missed it, you missed it. To me, that made them so much more Special.
posted by mmrtnt at 12:01 PM on October 29, 2010 [3 favorites]


It should've been The Great Turnip.
(you haven't really experienced halloween until you've trogged round a few dark rainy Scottish streets with a hollowed-out turnip with the candle inside it creating huge clouds of vile singeing turnip guff.)
posted by scruss at 12:40 PM on October 29, 2010


Before the age of videotape, you used to have to wait an entire year to watch a Holiday Special. And then, if you missed it, you missed it. To me, that made them so much more Special.

I miss this sometimes, too. I remember what an event it was when something like Return of the Jedi was on NBC, shortly after the advent of VCRs, so you could tape it, but it was also a big deal that it was being shown on TV and you were able to see it.

This is also why I think it would be awesome if DVDs started adding the edited for television versions of movies as a special feature. To see Ferris Bueller that way again would be like time travel.
posted by cottoncandybeard at 12:44 PM on October 29, 2010


I just wanted to pop into the thread to say that the recent reprints of Peanuts introducing and featuring "5" are a series I've not ever seen. What ever happened to good ol' 5?

Also this week: Pumkin v Claus, Preaching to 5, and Tell me I'm not crazy.
posted by jazon at 2:03 PM on October 29, 2010


To see Ferris Bueller that way again would be like time travel.

I recently transcribed a few VHS tapes to DVD for my GF. They were VHS dubs of Super-8 home movies. Also in the box were tapes of late '80's TV shows that her sister and a cousin used to send back and forth - episodes of "Moonlighting" along with some TV movies and other shows I've never heard of.

What was fascinating about them however, because they were taped off live TV, was the commercials.

For someone who lived through the '80's, watching a TV show now, with the original commercials intact, damn near gave me vertigo.

Especially the local affiliate promos of upcoming events and current news stories.
posted by mmrtnt at 2:04 PM on October 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


pumpkin - yes, yes, yes...
posted by jazon at 2:05 PM on October 29, 2010


"Medium Large" did several riffs on the Great Pumpkin this year (scroll down past the Zombie comics, although they are also entertainingly disturbing)
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:13 PM on October 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ha, mmrtnt, the only reason I can watch the bootleg Star Wars Christmas Special my husband got for me is the TV commercials from when it was taped. Hungry Jack! AT&T! Underalls! It's a little time bubble of my childhood, captured forever. I just have to fast-foward throught the Wookiee dialogue to get to it.
posted by emjaybee at 2:17 PM on October 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Snoopy's laugh never fails to put me in a good mood.

Also, I never noticed this before, but Pig Pen is wearing glasses at the Halloween party.
posted by Dr-Baa at 6:41 PM on October 29, 2010


The voice work is so good on the early Peanuts productions. All of the actors sound like real children, not adults playing children.
posted by SheaCoin at 7:42 PM on October 29, 2010


They were children! And, according to Wikipedia, most of them were not experienced voice-actor children.
posted by Gator at 7:48 PM on October 29, 2010


They were children! And, according to Wikipedia, most of them were not experienced voice-actor children.

Word. And for me at least, that lack of polish (but not terrible) added to the charm of the peanuts collection.
posted by mreleganza at 12:01 AM on October 31, 2010


If you haven't seen today's BC comic: http://comics.com/bc/2010-10-31/.
posted by IndigoRain at 3:07 PM on October 31, 2010


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