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Encyclopedia > A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969 film)
A Boy Named Charlie Brown

A Boy Named Charlie Brown DVD cover
Directed by Bill Melendez
Produced by Lee Mendelson
Written by Charles M. Schulz
Starring Peter Robbins
Pamelyn Ferdin
Glenn Gilger
Andy Pforsich
Sally Dryer
Ann Altieri
Erin Sullivan
Lynda Mendelson
Christopher DeFaria
David Carey
Andy Pforsich
Bill Melendez
Hilary Momberger
Music by Vince Guaraldi
Distributed by National General Pictures
Release date(s) December 4, 1969
Running time 86 minutes
Language English
IMDb profile

A Boy Named Charlie Brown is a 1969 animated film produced by Cinema Center Films and Lee Mendelson Films for National General Pictures, directed by Bill Melendez, and based on the Peanuts comic strip. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 366 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (565 × 925 pixel, file size: 199 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A Boy Named Charlie Brown DVD cover. ... Bill Melendez (born José Cuauhtemoc Melendez on November 15, 1916 in Hermosillo, Mexico) is a Mexican-born American character animator, film director, and film producer, known for his cartoons for Warner Brothers and the Charlie Brown series. ... Lee Mendelson (born ca. ... Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000) was a 20th-century American cartoonist best known worldwide for his Peanuts comic strip. ... Peter Robbins is a former child actor best known for his voice-over work as Charlie Brown in the 1960s. ... Pamelyn Ferdin (born February 4, 1959) is an outspoken animal rights activist and former child actress. ... Sally Dryer (a. ... Bill Melendez (born José Cuauhtemoc Melendez on November 15, 1916 in Hermosillo, Mexico) is a Mexican-born American character animator, film director, and film producer, known for his cartoons for Warner Brothers and the Charlie Brown series. ... Vince Guaraldi (July 17, 1928 - February 6, 1976) was an American jazz musician and pianist best known for composing music for animated adaptations of the Peanuts comic strip. ... December 4th redirects here. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... Lee Mendelson (born ca. ... Bill Melendez (born José Cuauhtemoc Melendez on November 15, 1916 in Hermosillo, Mexico) is a Mexican-born American character animator, film director, and film producer, known for his cartoons for Warner Brothers and the Charlie Brown series. ... Peanuts book cover Peanuts was a syndicated comic strip written and drawn by American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ...

Contents

Storyline

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

This film features Charlie Brown and other Peanuts characters competing in a spelling bee. Naturally, none of Charlie Brown's friends (except the ever-faithful Linus, who continues to believe in him when no one else will) believe he has a chance to win when he announces he's entering the class spelling bee. He surprises them all by winning not only the class spelling bee, but the school spelling bee, and qualifying for the nationals in New York City. Linus and Snoopy initially stay home, but follow him when Linus gets sick from missing his blanket (which he had given Charlie before he boarded the bus as good luck). Charlie would forget about the blanket due to studying and send Linus and Snoopy out to find it, thinking it's at the library. It turned out to be under Charlie's bed the whole time and was only discovered after Charlie unknowingly picked it up to shine his shoes with it. Charles Charlie Brown (occasionally called Chuck by Peppermint Patty and when she first appeared, Marcie) is a character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. ... A spelling bee is a competition where contestants, usually children, are asked to spell English words. ... Linus is a common name for people or things. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1676  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City... Snoopy is the name of Charlie Browns pet beagle in the long-running comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. ...


Charlie Brown very nearly wins the tournament, but at the last minute misspells the word beagle (B-E-A-G-E-L) and is eliminated, and returns home dejected. However, Linus convinces the despondent Charlie Brown that his life is not over and encourages him to continue. This article is about the dog breed; for other meanings of Beagle see Beagle (disambiguation). ...


In addition to the main story about Charlie Brown and the spelling bee, the film included several minor vignettes and subplots dealing with Charlie Brown's baseball team, Lucy's continued attempts to get Schroeder to notice her (including a visually and aurally dazzling tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven), and Snoopy's ice skating. Even Charlie Brown's old nemesis, the Kite-Eating Tree, put in an appearance. // Lucy is a feminine English form of Lucius, an ancient Roman name derived from the Latin lux, meaning light or bringer of light. ... Schroeder - an umlaut-converted representation of Schröder - is a common German surname. ... 1820 portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler Beethoven redirects here. ... Charles Charlie Brown is the principal character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. ...

Spoilers end here.

Music

A Boy Named Charlie Brown also included several songs, some which for the first time boasted vocals (before this film, music in Peanuts specials were primarily instrumental tunes), on tracks such as Failure Face (sung by Lucy and the other girls to discourage Charlie Brown from entering the spelling bee), I Before E Except After C (sung by Charlie Brown and Linus while studying for the spelling bee), and Champion Charlie Brown (sung by the entire cast after Charlie wins the school spelling bee). Rod McKuen wrote and sang the title song. He also wrote Failure Face and Champion Charlie Brown. Rod McKuen (born April 29, 1933) is a bestselling American poet, composer, and singer, instrumental in the revitalization of popular poetry that took place in the 1960s and early 1970s. ...


The instrumental tracks interspersed throughout the entire feature were composed by Vince Guaraldi and arranged by John Scott Trotter (who also wrote I Before E Except After C). The music basically consisted of uptempo jazz tunes that have been heard since some of the earliest Peanuts television specials aired back in 1965 (however, for A Boy Named Charlie Brown, they were given a more "theatrical" treatment, thus lusher horn-filled arrangements). The instrumental tracks used in the film were Skating (first heard in its original form in 1965's A Charlie Brown Christmas), and during this sequence, the animated Snoopy segment was choreographed by American figure skater Skippy Baxter) and Baseball Theme (first heard in its original form in 1966's Charlie Brown's All-Stars) among others. Guaraldi and Trotter were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for their work on A Boy Named Charlie Brown. Vince Guaraldi (July 17, 1928 - February 6, 1976) was an American jazz musician and pianist best known for composing music for animated adaptations of the Peanuts comic strip. ... A television special is a television program, typically a short film or television movie intended to debut in prime time, the term used to define any television program which interrupts or temporarily replaces programming normally scheduled for a given time slot. ... For the album, see A Charlie Brown Christmas (album). ... Skippy Baxter is an American figure skater. ... Charlie Browns All-Stars is one of many prime-time animated TV specials based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


A segment during the middle of the film, in which Schroeder plays the second movement of Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata, was performed by Ingolf Dahl. Ludwig van Beethovens Piano Sonata No. ... Ingolf Dahl (b. ...


Story Background

The film was partly based on a series of Peanuts comic strips originally published in newspapers in 1966. That story had a much different ending: Charlie Brown was eliminated in his class spelling bee right away for misspelling the word maze ("M-A-Y-S" while thinking of baseball legend Willie Mays), and then yelled at his teacher in frustration ("Why do I have my head on my desk, ma'am? BECAUSE I BLEW THE STUPID SPELLING BEE, THAT'S WHY!"), causing him to be sent to the principal's office. (A few gags from that storyline, however, were also used in the 1967 special You're in Love, Charlie Brown.) 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... For other uses, see Maze (disambiguation). ... Willie Howard Mays Jr. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Youre in Love, Charlie Brown is one of many prime-time animated TV specials based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. ...


DVD Release

This film made its Region 1 DVD debut on U.S. DVD on March 28, 2006, by Paramount Home Entertainment. The DVD has about 5 minutes of footage not seen since the 1969 premiere. The footage consists of new scenes completely excised from earlier home video releases (VHS and CED Laserdisc) and TV prints and extended existing scenes. The DVD was also in anamorphic widescreen. The following is an excerpt of the article entitled DVD. For the sake of convenience, the terms Region 0, Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7 and Region 8 redirect to this page. ... DVD (commonly known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... March 28 is the 87th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (88th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Paramount Home Entertainment (formerly Paramount Home Video) is a home video company founded in 1981. ... DVD (commonly known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Vertical Helical Scan, better known by its abbreviation VHS (and often confused to be Video Home System) is a recording and playing standard for analog video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... DVD (commonly known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... Anamorphic widescreen is a cinematography and photography technique for capturing a widescreen picture on standard 35mm film, or other visual recording media with a non-widescreen native aspect ratio. ...


Trivia

  • This was the first of the four theatrical, feature-length Peanuts animated films.
  • Not to be confused with the unaired 1963 TV documentary of the same title.
  • Snoopy's dream (where he battles the Red Baron atop his doghouse), consists of re-used footage from It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
  • This was Peter Robbins' last voice-acting role as Charlie Brown. Robbins had voiced the character since his first animated appearance, in 1965's A Charlie Brown Christmas. His changing voice is very evident when you compare and contrast his voice in the film with his voice in "A Charlie Brown Christmas"
  • Peppermint Patty makes a few cameo appearances in this film, including the scene where Charlie Brown boards the bus to New York City. There is a sign that says "Chuck" and if you look down from the sign, you can see that Peppermint Patty is holding it.
  • The mysterious "boing-ing" instrument Snoopy plays to help Charlie Brown with his spelling is a Jew's Harp.

Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a critically-acclaimed and very popular animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. ... Peter Robbins is a former child actor best known for his voice-over work as Charlie Brown in the 1960s. ... For the album, see A Charlie Brown Christmas (album). ... Peppermint Patty Patricia Peppermint Patty Reichardt is a fictional character featured in Charles M. Schulzs comic strip Peanuts. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1676  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City... Jews harp, from an American Civil War camp near Winchester, Virginia A modern jews harp The Jews harp, jaw harp, or mouth harp is thought to be one of the oldest musical instruments in the world; a musician apparently playing it can be seen in a Chinese...

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