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Encyclopedia > It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Genre Animated TV Special
Created by Charles M. Schulz
Directed by Bill Melendez
Voices of Bill Melendez (Snoopy)
Peter Robbins (Charlie Brown)
Sally Dryer (Lucy)
Kathy Steinberg (Sally Brown)
Christopher Shea (Linus)
Gail DeFaria (Pig-Pen)
Lisa DeFaria (Patty)
Ann Altieri (Frieda)
Glenn Mendelson (Schroeder, Shermy)
Theme music composer Vince Guaraldi
Production
Executive producer(s) Lee Mendelson
Editor(s) Robert T. Gillis
Steven Melendez
Camera setup Nick Vasu
Running time 25 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS (1966-2000), ABC (2001-present)
First shown in October 27, 1966
External links
IMDb profile

It's 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. Image File history File links Greatpumpkin. ... Image File history File links Greatpumpkin. ... Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000) was a 20th-century American cartoonist best known worldwide for his Peanuts comic strip. ... 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. ... 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. ... Peter Robbins is an American writer and researcher who works with Budd Hopkins (famous for his research into the alien abduction phenomenon). ... Sally Dryer (a. ... 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. ... Lee Mendelson (born ca. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Look up ABC in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... A television special is a television program, typically a short film or television movie, which interrupts or temporarily replaces programming normally scheduled for a given time slot. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... For other uses, see Peanut (disambiguation). ... Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000) was a 20th-century American cartoonist best known worldwide for his Peanuts comic strip. ...


It was the third Peanuts special to be produced and animated by Bill Melendez. Its initial broadcast took place on October 27, 1966, on the CBS network; CBS re-aired the special annually through 2000, with ABC picking up the rights beginning in 2001. The program was nominated for an Emmy award. It has been issued on home video several times. 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. ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... An Emmy Award. ... The home video business rents and sells videocassettes and DVDs to the public. ...


To celebrate its 40th anniversary, a retrospective book was published in 2006 entitled, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: The Making of a Television Classic with the entire script, never-before-seen photographs, storyboard excerpts, and interviews with the original child actors who provided the voices of the Peanuts gang.

Contents

Plot

The story opens with Linus and Lucy going out into a nearby pumpkin patch to find a pumpkin. After a couple of smaller choices by Linus, Lucy points to the biggest pumpkin in the bunch, which Linus clumsily rolls back home. There is no dialogue until Lucy takes a big knife and slices into the pumpkin to gut it, at which point a mortified Linus says "Ohhhh, you didn't tell me you were going to kill it! Aughh!" Linus awaits the Great Pumpkin. ... Book cover Lucy van Pelt is a character in the syndicated comic strip Peanuts, written and drawn by Charles Schulz. ...

Linus preparing for the Great Pumpkin's visit
Linus preparing for the Great Pumpkin's visit

Later, Linus writes another letter to The Great Pumpkin, much to the disbelief of Charlie Brown and Patty, Snoopy's laughter, and even Lucy's violent threats to Linus to stop. In the letter, Linus laments that more people believe in Santa Claus than in the Great Pumpkin, "but let's face it; Santa Claus has had more publicity. But being number two, perhaps you try harder" (a transparent tongue-in-cheek jab at Avis Rent-A-Car's popular slogan). Image File history File links Greatpumpkin. ... Image File history File links Greatpumpkin. ... Linus awaits the Great Pumpkin. ... A typical depiction of Santa Claus. ... Avis can be: The car and truck rental firm Avis Rent A Car System Inc. ...


After Linus mails his letter to the Great Pumpkin (using his blanket to open the mailbox after Lucy refuses to help him open it), Charlie Brown dances on cloud nine when he receives an invitation to go to Violet's Halloween Party, but his balloon is quickly burst by Lucy who mentions there were two lists, people to invite and people to not invite; Lucy is certain Charlie Brown's name was on the wrong list. Violet from a comic strip. ...


Come Halloween night, the gang gets their costumes ready. Lucy dresses as a witch, blindly contradicting her statement: ("A person should always choose a costume which is in direct contrast to her own personality"), while most of the other kids (possibly Frieda and Schroeder) dress up as ghosts, using old bed sheets with eyeholes cut out as well as a coonskin cap and a goblin mask. Pig-Pen is a ghostly ball of dust, and Charlie Brown has eyeholes cut out all over his sheet, matter-of-factly stating he "had a little trouble with the scissors". Snoopy, meanwhile, is dressed up in his World War I flying ace uniform, preparing to go out to do battle against The Red Baron. Coonskin can be: The skin of a Raccoon A type of hat The 1975 film by Ralph Bakshi The Coon Caricature This is a disambiguation page — a list of articles associated with the same title. ... For other uses, see Goblin (disambiguation). ... Pig-Pen is a character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. ... “Red Baron” redirects here. ...


Before going out for tricks or treats, the gang stop off at the pumpkin patch to make fun of Linus' missing out on all the fun as last year. But Linus is convinced that the Great Pumpkin will indeed come, and even convinces Sally to stick around to wait with him. So the rest of the gang go off leaving Sally and Linus behind. Earlier, Sally was making a ghost costume, which meant that she initially wanted to go along with the gang but suddenly had a change of heart with Linus' story of the Great Pumpkin.

"I got a rock."

The most popular part of the special, if not the most poignant, is when during tricks-or-treats, everyone else is getting assorted candy, popcorn balls, even money. But at every house, Charlie Brown gets the same thing — rocks. When everyone compares what they get at a particular house, Charlie Brown reaches into his bag saying "I got a rock". After tricks-or-treats, and another quick stop at the pumpkin patch to rib Linus and Sally again, the gang all go off to Violet's Halloween Party. Image File history File links Igotarock. ... Image File history File links Igotarock. ...


Meanwhile, Charlie Brown's dog Snoopy, still in flying ace garb, pretends to take to the sky to fight the Red Baron, only to suffer defeat. When his Sopwith Camel (actually his dog house) crashes, Snoopy makes his way across the countryside to briefly crash the Halloween party, and then makes his way to the pumpkin patch. Linus mistakes the rustling for the Great Pumpkin, and when Snoopy (still hidden in the shadows) rises above the pumpkins, Linus is convinced it's the Great Pumpkin — and promptly faints. When Sally sees it's just Snoopy, she becomes outraged over that as well as missing tricks-or-treats AND the Halloween Party and threatens to "sue" Linus. She storms out of the pumpkin patch with the other kids, leaving Linus, who's still convinced the Great Pumpkin will come, by himself. Snoopy is a fictional character in the long-running comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. ... The Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, perhaps the most famous ace of all The first ace, Adolphe Pegoud being awarded the Croix de Guerre A flying ace or fighter ace is a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during aerial combat. ... The Sopwith Camel Scout is a British First World War single-seat fighter aircraft that was famous for its maneuverability. ...


When 4:00 rolls around next morning, November 1, Lucy checks up on Linus and, seeing his bed unslept in, goes out to the pumpkin patch to find Linus, exhausted and lying on the ground shivering, futilely covered in his security blanket. Lucy leads him home and puts him to bed. is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A security blanket is any familiar object whose presence provides comfort or security to its owner, such as the literal blankets often favored by small children. ...


The next morning, Linus and Charlie Brown are at the rock wall talking about last night's events. When Charlie Brown tries to console Linus saying "I've done a lot of stupid things in my life, too", Linus blows a fuse and angrily vows to Charlie Brown that the Great Pumpkin will come next year, his rantings continuing as the end credits roll.


Quotes

  • Linus (writing): Dear Great Pumpkin, I am looking forward to your arrival on Halloween night. I hope you will bring me lots of presents.
  • Charlie Brown (to Linus): You must be crazy. When are you going to stop believing in something that doesn't exist?
Linus: When YOU stop believing in that fellow with the red suit and the white beard who goes Ho! Ho! Ho!
Charlie Brown: We are obviously separated by denominational differences.
  • Lucy (to Linus): Not again! Writing a letter to a stupid pumpkin! You make me the laughingstock of the neighborhood! All they talk about is my little brother, who always writes to the Great Pumpkin. You better cut it out right now or I'll pound you!
  • Linus: There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.
  • Charlie Brown (when the kids announce what they got in their trick-or-treat bags): I got a rock.
  • Sally (to Linus): If you try to hold my hand, I'll slug you.
  • Schroeder (to Lucy, who's about to bob for apples): Yeah, Lucy, you should be good at this, you've got the perfect mouth for it.
  • Sally (to Linus, after missing Halloween): I was robbed! I spent the whole night waiting for the Great Pumpkin, when I could've been out for Tricks or Treats! (gasps at what she just said) Halloween is over and I missed it! You blockhead. You kept me up all night waiting for the Great Pumpkin, and all that came was a BEAGLE! I didn't get a chance to go out for Tricks or Treats! And it was all your fault! I'LL SUE! What a fool I was. I could've had candy, apples, and gum. And cookies and money and all sorts of things. BUT NO! I had to listen to you! You blockhead. What a fool I was. Tricks or Treats come only once a year, and I missed it by sitting in a pumpkin patch with a blockhead! YOU OWE ME RESTITUTION! (shaking him by the collar of his shirt)
  • Linus: You heard about fury and a woman scorned, haven't you?"
Charlie Brown: Yes, I guess I have.
Linus: Well, that's nothing compared to the fury of a woman who's been cheated out of tricks or treats.

A typical depiction of Santa Claus. ... Note that this kind of denomination is not that of a coin or banknote. ... For other uses, see Politics (disambiguation). ... This article is about the dog breed. ... It has been suggested that civil trial be merged into this article or section. ... Restitution is the name given to a form of legal relief in which the plaintiff recovers something from the defendant that belongs, or should belong, to the plaintiff. ...

Trivia

  • If you pause the show near the beginning of the party you can see that one of the characters grows a third hand.
  • The two "happy" songs played by Schroeder on his toy piano while Snoopy dances are It's a long way to Tipperary and Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag, and smile, smile, smile..

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag, and Smile, Smile, Smile is the full name of a World War I marching song, published in 1915 in London. ...

In popular culture

  • In the opening to The Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror II", the Peanuts gang, wearing their costumes from the special, runs in front of the Simpsons house.
  • At the beginning of A Pinky and the Brain Halloween, three kids are shown comparing what they just got. One kid, wearing Charlie Brown's costume, laments, "I got a bowl of soup."
  • At the beginning of the Family Guy episode "E. Peterbus Unum", when Peter's friends brag about what they got with their tax refunds, Charlie Brown appears, in his ghost costume, holding out his bag and saying "I got a rock."
  • At the beginning of the 2006 Homestar Runner cartoon "Happy Hallow-Day", Strong Bad attempts to scare Marzipan while wearing a witch mask identical to the one Lucy wears in this special.
  • In the Halloween short It's the Great Pumpkin, Mason from the internet sitcom Life From The Inside, Mason muses on the darker side of Charles Schulz's holiday classic, especially the dubious parenting habits of the Peanuts "adults."
  • MADtv parodied the special as "Its the Bigass Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", which shows the Peanuts characters as African-Americans in an inner city neighborhood. MAD TV did another parody when Kiss guest starred as themselves and had received trinkets, and one of the members exclaims "I got a rock".
  • In the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy episode "Grim or Gregory", Billy says Charlie Brown's line, "I got a rock."
  • The Halloween episode of The Life and Times of Juniper Lee is a titular spoof of the Peanuts special; "It's the Great Pumpkin, Juniper Lee".
  • In the Robot Chicken episode Vegetable Funfest, Linus uses dark magic to summon the Great Pumpkin, but it soons kills him. It later kills the rest of the "Peanuts" gang one by one. Charlie Brown, the last remaining survivor, is spared when the Kite-Eating Tree eats the Great Pumpkin.
  • In the song "Halloween" by German power metal band Helloween, there is a reference to Charlie Brown's rock scene and Linus' belief about big pumpkin traveling around the world.
With the Lyrics
"Someone's sitting in a field,
Never giving yield.
Sitting there with gleaming eyes,
Wating for big pumpkin to arise.
Bad luck if you get a stone,
Like the good old Charlie Brown.
You think Linus could be right
The kids will say it's just a stupid lie"
  • A small part of the episode "Have Yourself a Joyful Little Animas" in the Cartoon Network series My Gym Partner's a Monkey spoofs the Great Pumpkin in the scene where Horace is in the pumpkin patch with Coach Gills holding a sign that says "Welcome Great Gourd".
  • In a World of Warcraft Halloween audio play, one of the characters (a gnome named Wimpy J. McWiddle) receives a rock every time the group receives gifts from the people they encounter, upon which he says dejectedly, "I got a rock..."
  • In the webcomic Sluggy Freelance on October 22, 2007 one of the main characters (Torg) is wearing Charlie Brown's costume.

Simpsons redirects here. ... Treehouse of Horror II (onscreen: The Simpsons Halloween Special II) is the seventh episode of The Simpsons third season, the second Simpsons Halloween episode, and the first Halloween episode where names in the closing credits were replaced by spooky name parodies. ... This article describes both the animated television series, and the characters from that series. ... Family Guy is an Emmy award winning American animated television series about a nuclear family in the fictional town of Quahog (IPA or ), Rhode Island. ... “E Peterbus Unum” is an episode from the second season of the FOX animated television series Family Guy. ... Peter Löwenbräu Griffin is the protagonist in the American animated television series Family Guy. ... Homestar Runner is a Flash animated Internet cartoon. ... Strong Bad is a primary character in the fictional world of Flash animation cartoon series Homestar Runner. ... Fruit shapes molded from marzipan Marzipan is a confection consisting primarily of sugar and ground almonds. ... Life From The Inside (LFTI) is an independently produced internet sitcom from KATR Pictures. ... Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 - February 12, 2000) was a 20th-century American cartoonist best known for his Peanuts comic strip. ... For other uses, see Peanut (disambiguation). ... MADtv is an American sketch comedy television series based on the humor magazine, Mad. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Predominantly Christianity and Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in 1972 (see 1972 in music). ... The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, created by Maxwell Atoms, is an American animated television series that currently airs on Cartoon Network, and Teletoon. ... Grim or Gregory / Something Stupid This Way Comes is the 8th episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. ... The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, also known as Juniper Lee for short, is an American animated television series, created by Judd Winick and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. ... Robot Chicken is an Emmy Award-Winning American stop motion animated television series produced by Stoopid Monkey, ShadowMachine Films, Williams Street, and Sony Pictures Digital, currently airing in the US as a part of Cartoon Networks Adult Swim line-up, in the United Kingdom and Ireland as part of... List of Robot Chicken episodes Vegetable Funfest is the sixth episode of the first season of Robot Chicken. ... Power metal is a style of heavy metal music typically with the aim of evoking an epic feel, combining characteristics of traditional metal with thrash metal or speed metal, often within symphonic context. ... This article is about the power metal band. ... For Cartoon Network outside of the United States, see Cartoon Network around the world. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: My Gym Partners a Monkey My Gym Partners a Monkey is an American cartoon created by Timothy and Julie McNally Cahill and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. ... World of Warcraft (commonly abbreviated as WoW) is a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Blizzard Entertainment and is the fourth game in the Warcraft series, excluding expansion packs and the cancelled Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans. ... Radio drama, which had its greatest popularity in the U. S. and in most other countries before the spread of television, depends on dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine the story in her or his minds eye. It resembles reading, in some ways, more than... Webcomics, also known as online comics and internet comics, are comics that are available to read on the Internet. ... Sluggy Freelance is a popular, long-running webcomic written and drawn by Pete Abrams. ...

External links

Preceded by
"Charlie Brown's All-Stars"
Peanuts television specials Followed by
"You're in Love, Charlie Brown"
Peanuts television specials
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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (575 words)
It's 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.
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown was the third Peanuts special to be produced and animated by Bill Melendez.
Meanwhile, Charlie Brown's dog Snoopy, dressed up as the famous World War I flying ace, goes on his Sopwith Camel (which is his doghouse) to shoot down the infamous Red Baron.
The Great Pumpkin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (676 words)
The Great Pumpkin is an unseen character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.
The Great Pumpkin is supposed to be a Santa Claus-like being that seems to exist only in the imagination of Linus van Pelt.
In one strip, Linus claims that the Great Pumpkin has in fact been seen by people other than himself in pumpkin patches across the country, if not the world, indicating that if the Great Pumpkin is indeed imaginary, his existence is at least believed in by people other than (and even more suggestible than) Linus.
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