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Linus awaits the Great Pumpkin.
Linus awaits the Great Pumpkin.

The Great Pumpkin is an unseen character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. Image File history File links Greatpumpkin. ... Image File history File links Greatpumpkin. ... Television shows and stage plays sometimes include continuing characters — characters who are currently in frequent interaction with the other characters and who influence current story events — who are never seen or heard by the audience and only described by other characters. ... 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. ...


The Great Pumpkin is a mythical holiday figure (comparable to Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny) that appears to exist only in the imagination of Linus van Pelt. Every year, Linus sits in a pumpkin patch (apparently the same one every year, but one year he and Snoopy were caught on a privately owned pumpkin patch, and perceived by the owner's daughter as crazy) on Halloween night waiting for the Great Pumpkin to appear. Invariably, the Great Pumpkin fails to appear, and a humiliated but undefeated Linus vows to wait for him again the following Halloween. A typical depiction of Santa Claus. ... An Easter Bunny figurine The Easter Bunny is an example of folklore mythology. ... Linus awaits the Great Pumpkin. ... Halloween, or Halloween, is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31, most notably by children, who, in a tradition commonly known as trick-or-treating, dress in costumes and go door-to-door to collect sweets, fruit, and other gifts. ...

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Characteristics

According to Linus, on Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch he deems the most "sincere". The Great Pumpkin then flies through the air to deliver toys to all the good little children in the world. Apparently, one can cause the Great Pumpkin to pass him or her by merely saying "IF he comes", as opposed to "WHEN he comes", which would appear to convey a lack of faith in the Great Pumpkin. For the film, see Pumpkin (film). ... In the modern world, sincerity is the elusive virtue of speaking truly about ones feelings, thoughts, desires. ...


Non-Linus believers

  • 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.
  • Linus's sister Lucy has never been shown openly expressing belief in the Great Pumpkin; In fact, she's the one who always tells Linus how crazy he is. However, there is evidence in one comic strip that implies that Lucy might hold a secret belief in the Great Pumpkin; Linus was writing to the Great Pumpkin, and Lucy was calling him crazy throughout the whole thing, including when he mailed it. Then she paused and yelled "Did you tell him I tried to be good, too?". This could very possibly mean that Lucy secretly believes in the Great Pumpkin, and is hiding it behind her crabby and disagreeable personality.
  • Charlie Brown's little sister, Sally,is usually the one person who Linus convinces to sit in the pumpkin patch. Sally's number of Halloweens spent in the pumpkin patch, in fact, are surpassed only by Linus's. [citation needed] Sally's belief in the Great Pumpkin is quashed every year she waits in the pumpkin patch, yet the next time, presumably out of love for Linus, she believes in the Great Pumpkin just as strongly. (The animated television special It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown depicts one such Halloween, with Sally joining Linus in the pumpkin patch. Someone did arise from the pumpkin patch that night — Snoopy, in his World War I flying ace outfit. Sally then screamed outrage over missing trick-or-treating and the kids' Halloween party.)
  • Peppermint Patty had been depicted at least once waiting in the pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin. She says she does so because she is very superstitious, as well as trusting, and, as she admits, a little bit stupid.
  • Marcie had sat with Linus in the Pumpkin patch on one occasion, and generally shows belief in the Great Pumpkin, albeit usually calling it the "Great Squash" or the "Great Grape".
  • Snoopy can occasionally be seen sitting in the pumpkin patch with Linus, albeit all the evidence points to his presence there being against his will. There was one occasion, however, where it suggests that Snoopy was there willingly. Lucy had said to Linus "Anyone who sits in a pumpkin patch for five days waiting for the Great Pumpkin is crazy!" She then sees Snoopy sitting in the pumpkin patch, looking rather embarrassed.
  • Charlie Brown, in one instance, gave evidence that points to the idea that he might believe in the Great Pumpkin. In the strip published on November 1, 1961, Charlie Brown stated that he had heard on the radio that the Great Pumpkin had appeared in a pumpkin patch owned by someone named Freeman in New Jersey.

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Objects Linus mistakes for the Great Pumpkin

Over the years, Linus would continue to mistake obscure objects for the Great Pumpkin. Once, Linus had Snoopy sit with him, and they heard rustling, which Linus and perhaps even Snoopy thought to be the Great Pumpkin. The next day's strip, however, revealed that it was just a "bird hippie." In another year, Spike was traveling across the country with his pet cactus to visit his brother Snoopy. By the time Halloween came around, Spike's story was still being told in parallel with the Halloween-preparations strips. The two stories concluded together when Spike finally arrived in Snoopy's city: he wandered into the pumpkin patch and Linus mistook his cactus to be the Great Pumpkin. Also, in 1999 - which would be Schulz's final Halloween - Linus convinced Sally to join him in the pumpkin patch once more. Although they did see something creep up on them in the pumpkin patch, Sally was again outraged when it turned out to be Snoopy driving a zamboni. Singer at a modern Hippie movement in Russia Hippie (sometimes spelled hippy) refers to a member of a subgroup of the counterculture that began in the United States during the early 1960s, becoming an established social group by 1965, and expanding to other countries before declining in the mid-1970s. ... Genera See Taxonomy of the Cactaceae A cactus (plural cacti, cactuses or cactus)SEE REBECCA I WAS RIGHT is any member of the succulent plant family Cactaceae, native to the Americas. ... An ice resurfacer is a truck-like vehicle used to clean and smooth the surface of an ice rink, originally developed by Frank J. Zamboni in 1949. ...


Informing the public

Linus takes his mission to inform the public of the Great Pumpkin's existence very seriously, and once jeopardized his campaign for student body president by mentioning him in a campaign speech (a storyline adapted as the animated special You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown). He regularly goes from door to door to spread the word of the Great Pumpkin, having a very embarrassed Charlie Brown help him on one occasion. Youre Not Elected, Charlie Brown is one of many prime-time animated TV specials based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. ...


Religious metaphors

Linus's seemingly unshakable belief in the Great Pumpkin, and his desire to foster the same belief in others, has been interpreted as a parody of Christian evangelism by some critics. Others have seen Linus's belief in the Great Pumpkin as symbolic of the struggles faced by anyone with beliefs or practices that are not shared by the majority. Still others view Linus's lonely vigils, in the service of a being who may or may not exist and who never makes his presence known in any case, as a metaphor for man's basic existential dilemmas.[1] Charles Schulz himself, however, claimed no motivation beyond the humor of having one of his young characters confuse Halloween with Christmas. In the 1959 sequence of strips in which the Great Pumpkin is first mentioned, Schulz also has Linus suggest that he and the other kids "go out and sing pumpkin carols". Christianity percentage by country, purple is highest, orange is lowest Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch... Look up evangelist in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Existentialism is a philosophical movement which claims that individual human beings create the meanings of their own lives. ... Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This page is about carols in general; for the short story by Charles Dickens, see A Christmas Carol. ...


Appearances outside of Peanuts

Charlie Brown encounters the Great Pumpkin on Robot Chicken.
Charlie Brown encounters the Great Pumpkin on Robot Chicken.

In the 1986 film Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown, directed by Jim Reardon, the Great Pumpkin appears as a man in a black robe with a pumpkin for a head, and puts a bounty on Charlie Brown. Image File history File links Great_pumpkin. ... Image File history File links Great_pumpkin. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown is an animated short done by Jim Reardon, who would later become director and storyboard consultant for The Simpsons. ... Jim Reardon is a director and storyboard consultant for episodes of the animated TV series The Simpsons. ...


In a segment of Robot Chicken (Episode 6 of season 1 - Vegetable Funfest), features a segment in which Linus summons the Great Pumpkin (voiced by Abraham Benrubi) through the use of black magic (he is seen lighting a chicken on fire inside a pentacle). The Great Pumpkin then proceeds to kill off all of the children except for Charlie Brown, who is saved when the Great Pumpkin is eaten by the Kite-Eating Tree. Robot Chicken is an American stop motion animated television series produced by Stoop!d 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 Britain as part of Bravos Adult Swim line-up... Abraham Rubin Hercules Benrubi (born October 4, 1969 in Bloomington, Indiana, USA) is an actor best known for his regular appearances as Jerry Markovic on the long-running US TV drama ER, and for his first role as Francis Lawrence Kubiac III, aka Larry Kubiac or Kube on the early... A pentacle or pantacle is an amulet, generally made of parchment, paper or metal (although it can be of other materials), on which the symbol of a spirit being evoked is drawn. ... Charles Charlie Brown is the principal character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. ...


The World/Inferno Friendship Society, a Brooklyn based punk orchestra, celebrates the rising of the Great Pumpkin every year on Halloween. The World/Inferno Friendship Society is a cabaret punk group from Brooklyn. ...


The Great Pumpkin and Linus are mentioned in the Helloween song "Halloween". Helloween is a German power/speed metal band founded in the early 1980s by members of Iron Fist and Powerfool. ...


In Bill Amend's comic strip FoxTrot, Jason dresses up as the Great Pumpkin, with pieces of a sercurity blanket in his teeth (to provide, he says, "a bit of irony"). Bill Amend (born 1962 in Northampton, Massachusetts) is an American cartoonist, best known for his comic strip, FoxTrot. ... FoxTrot is an American comic strip written and illustrated by Bill Amend. ...


Notes

  1. ^ Koresky, Michael. "The Book of Linus." Reverse Shot, Spring 2004.
Peanuts
Characters
555 95472Charlotte Braun Charlie Brown Sally Brown Eudora Franklin Frieda The Great Pumpkin Kite-Eating Tree • Lila Little Red-Haired Girl • Marcie Miss Othmar Patty Peggy Jean Peppermint Patty José Peterson • Pig-Pen • Poochie Roy Schroeder Shermy Joe Shlabotnik Snoopy Snoopy's siblings Thibault Linus van Pelt Lucy van Pelt Rerun van Pelt Violet Woodstock
Films
Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!!)A Boy Named Charlie Brown (feature film) • Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown Snoopy, Come Home
Other Media
A Charlie Brown Christmas (album) • The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show Linus and Lucy Snoopy!!! The Musical Snoopy's Silly Sports Spectacular This is America, Charlie Brown You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Snoopy (computer game)
People
Vince GuaraldiDonna Johnson Bill Melendez Charles M. Schulz

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The Great Pumpkin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (691 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.
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (644 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.
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