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VINE VOICEon November 27, 2002
While people often gush -- and rightly so -- about the Charlie Brown Christmas and Halloween cartoons, I often feel like this is the "lost" Peanuts holiday special that doesn't quite get the attention of its more popular siblings.
Charlie Brown, through no fault of his own, gets roped into preparing a Thanksgiving dinner for Peppermint Patty and all his friends. And this from a boy who can barely make cold cereal and toast. Snoopy and Woodstock lend a hand in the kitchen with predictably silly results.
While it's not as iconic as some of the other Peanuts specials, it's a good story that really grasps the characters very well. This DVD also features "The Mayflower Voyages," one of several specials that cast the Peanuts characters as participants in American history. It's a good educational tool for the kids, mixing in some of the harsher facts of life at Plymouth Rock with the softer, happier mood of the Peanuts gang. Together, these two cartoons are well worth the DVD.
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on November 19, 1999
This video takes me back to being a kid and being able to stay up and watch the specials that came on TV for the holidays. This is just a great simple cartoon for kids and parents alike. You will never be disapointed with any Charlie Brown cartoon. From Lucy's contant quest to never let Charlie Brown never kick the football,to Charlie Browns deep thoughts on life. You will always love this one.
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on November 5, 2004
This is a classic. Even though Charles Schultz hated it when he first saw it, it has become one of the most beloved Charlie Brown caroons of all time. People get very antsy if their networks don't put it on every year. As usual, Charlie Brown has his trials and tribulations as he tries to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner for kids who have invited themselves to dinner. Even Snoopy and the bird get into the act.

This cartoon is great even for the little ones. It doesn't matter if you are 3 or 93. It's a treat for the whole family.

Enjoy it, Thanksgiving or any time of year!
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Charlie Brown and friends are busy getting ready for that forgotten holiday - Thanksgiving. Linus is telling everyone about it, Charlie Brown is wondering why the stores have Christmas decorations up already, and Sally is stressing about having to write a report on "Standish Miles" before she's finished her Halloween candy. But then Peppermint Patty calls and invites herself, Marcy, and Franklin to the Brown house for Thanksgiving dinner. Snoopy pitches in to help, but when the best they can do isn't enough for Peppermint Patty, what will happen next?
This is a Peanuts classic. Only Charlie Brown could find himself in this predicament, and it's handled with the usual Peanuts gentle humor.
Also included on the DVD is an episode of the TV show "This is America, Charlie Brown." "The Mayflower Voyage" intersperses the Peanuts gang in a retelling of the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. It is a good presentation of the history of the Pilgrims, but is more history then entertainment. Still, it does have its moments, like when Lucy wants directions to the complaint box once they've reached America.
The DVD offers no extras beyond this additional 25 minutes of Peanuts animation. Still, the picture and sound quality are top notch on both programs.
This DVD belongs in any Peanuts fan's library to be enjoyed year after year.
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on December 31, 1998
The Turkey-Day special is often forgotten about due to the tremendous popularity of the Halloween & Christmas specials but it is just as good and in some ways better.
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on November 26, 2014
I know it's a little late to be making this recommendation (but better Late than never I guess), but this was always my favorite Charlie Brown animated special = the ultra-omniscient and infinitely charismatically Cool K-9 'Snoopy' takes center-Stage as Mayflower-master-Chef for the best and most `colorful' Thanksgiving ever! Complete with jelly-beans, popcorn, and whipped-cream sundae (who could ask for anything more!) And this one also features one of the Best (most creative/ingenious) Vince Guaraldi Jazz-enhanced compositions ==> truly unique & completely mesmerizing tune!
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VINE VOICEon November 17, 2001
The "Peanuts" TV specials changed the way I celebrate every holiday from Halloween to Arbor Day. I raced home to watch "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" on ABC this year, having not seen it since 1994. I watched it with wide eyes and, the next day, played the tape for my 19 month-old nephew, who learned the word "Snoopy" two weeks ago.
Even to my jaded almost-30 eyes, "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" absolutely rocks. Peanuts TV specials lost a little charm when Vince Guaraldi passed on, but fortunately he scored this one. There's a Woodstock-themed song performed by Jack Sheldon -- not as good as his "Amendment Song" for "The Simpsons" (what is?), but it's hummable.
All the great "Peanuts" moments are here: Lucy's one scene is a football gag; there's a lively remix of Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy" during the popcorn-and-toast montage; Snoopy climbs out of a mailbox and gets assaulted by a wayard deck chair (it's so *true*!). Linus gives a great speech on the meaning of Chr -- I mean, Thanksgiving. The jive handshake Franklin slips Charlie Brown is adorable in a 1973 kind of way.
My nephew was riveted to the screen for the Snoopy and Woodstock sequence, doubling over in laughter when the ping-pong table folded in half, taking Snoopy with it. These five minutes pleased him so much that I reran that portion of the tape two more times. He kept pointing to the screen and shouting "Doopy!" every fifteen seconds.
Not the best "Peanuts" holiday -- "Christmas" and "Great Pumpkin" are desert-island material -- but if it serves to get my nephew into a lifetime of Charles M Schulz worship, I'll call it the most valuable video in my collection.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon November 30, 2015
Another Charlie Brown classic, one of my children's favorites and a must see every year for us. This movie is bout Peppermint Patty inviting herself over to Charlie Brown's house, after he says they are not having a Thanksgiving dinner because he is going to his grandmothers for the holiday. But of course, like always, Peppermint Patty doesn't listen. So when she arrives she has a less than expected Thanksgiving meal that Charlie Brown has prepared for her. She was not happy about this but it leads to her learning about the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Very cute movie. Definitely recommend the classics!
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on February 28, 2016
We love all things Charlie Brown, so we of course NEEDED to have this movie. My kids, a couple of years ago (they are twins) dressed up and Charlie Brown and Snoopi for Halloween. THis movie is cute and fun for kids of all ages. ITs a must have/staple for every household. When we watched it this year, we did forget and depressed Charlie Brown can act sometime, but I guess that is just a part of the charm of this show.
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on November 21, 2015
It's a classic that stands the test of time. It's really 3 videos in one with the middle movie being an informative Charlie Brown tale on the pilgrim experience from leaving England to the first Thanksgiving. I play it in my class of 2nd graders every year before the holiday break. The video itself is excellent quality and I've had no trouble playing it from various locations and devices.
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