Peanuts Specials 1 Season 1980

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Season 1
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8. Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown TV-NR CC

When the circus comes to town, Snoopy is curious to see what it's all about. He becomes "Hugo the Great," but life isn't perfect in the traveling tent...

Runtime:
25 minutes
Original air date:
October 24, 1980

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Season 1

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Genres Kids & Family
Season year 1980
Network Peanuts
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lowell Prescott on February 13, 2009
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The Video On Demand version of this special is a 13-minute condensation, and NOT the original, unedited version.

As such, it isn't even worth $1.99.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DOuG pRATt on February 12, 2010
This really is only half of "Charlie Brown's All Stars" from 1966. Who the heck thought of doing this, and why? Ridiculous.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. Langan on February 7, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This Peanuts special was made in 1975, during the days of motorcross and Jimmy Connors, 1970's tennis pro and features a unique musical score from the late Vince Guaraldi.
The 1st part of this special deals with tennis. Linus walks out on his date with Sally after she yells at the other players: "You'd better get off the courts or my boyfriend will clobber you!". Snoopy plays a game and throws a temper tantrum like a true tennis pro (even if he can't play like one!).
The 2nd part deals with the sport of motorcross (which was inspired by Charles' Schulz's real-life son). After hearing about the motorcross contest from Peppermint Patty, Charlie Brown spends his allowance on a small minibike. Marcie plays the Master of Ceremonies (and interrupts the contestants while interviewing them!). So it's Chuck (or Charles, as Marcie prefers to call him), Peppermint Patty, and the Masked Marvel (you know who!) competing for the prize. But in the process, Charlie Brown and the Marvel have a minor accident! Since Charles is out of a helmet, Linus carves Charlie Brown a new one, made from a pumpkin shell, and the race is on again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By geek girl on November 5, 2008
Some of these were great shows that aren't seen on TV very often, but I want to be able to keep them, to play for friends and family whenever I want to. She's a Good Skate is a wonderful story of Peppermint Patty's struggles to improve as a figure skater and enter a competition, with Snoopy as her demanding coach. But then things go haywire at the competition. Can she pull it off? Delightful entertainment.
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First of all, that's one of the best titles in the whole Peanuts animated special canon, right up there with "Why, Charlie Brown, Why?" But apart from a beautifully melancholy scene set to an especially despondent song called "Alone," this particular special doesn't have too much to recommend it. It's grim without being especially poignant and the animation leaves a little to be desired. The Peanuts regulars shown are limited to CB, Linus, Snoopy and Woodstock, and none of them really are imbued with the personality or backstory that made the world fall in love with them (capturing the soul/essence of the characters was no problem at all for the recent "Happiness is A Warm Blanket" special.) The music is also problematic, making one truly regret Vince Guaraldi's far-too-early departure... but Peanuts is still Peanuts, ultimately and in spite of all the drawbacks of the script and animation, it still made me nostalgic for my early childhood in the 1980s spent in front of the television, although my favorite Peanuts special from when I was a kid still is "It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown," perhaps because of David Benoit's adaptation of Guaraldi's music.
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Five generations of my family have grown up loving these precious and timeless characters. Granted, great great grandma was already an adult when she introduced us all to the Peanuts cartoons and great grandpa got me started on the color TV Charlie Brown specials when I was just about 5 yesrs old. I, in turn, as a mother and now a grandmother, passed on the tradition to my children and grandchildren. We love every program we can find of the Peanuts gang and will undoubtedly continue passing them down for generations to come. We still get up and dance to the music whenever the catchy tunes start. We just cant help ourselves! Thanks Charles Schultz and Amazon Kindle Fire!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Anderson on March 22, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Remember motocross, anyone? The sports-of-choice in this Peanuts outing hint at the fact that it's over a quarter century old, and make it a nostalgic throwback for 30-somethings like me. But the humor is timeless, and there are some classic scenes in this TV special: Snoopy doing battle with the tennis ball auto-serve machine; Snoopy riding that same machine in the motocross race; and Charlie Brown putt-putting to a slow victory on his decrepit motorbike, wearing an improvised pumpkin helmet. If you like Peanuts, you'll love this program.
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By tbone1982 on November 8, 2013
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This is the only place you can find Why, Charlie Brown, Why. Back in the early 90s I was at my Grandmother's house with my cousin she was watching a Charlie Brown special about a girl who had cancer. I had wondered where I could see it again almost 20 + years later. Amazon does sell an old VHS tape for $20 dollars, though I am not as much of a fan of streaming I prefer having the DVDs this is a great way to see some of the old Charlie Brown stuff that will probably never be released on DVDs and it is affordable $1.99 per episode.
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