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  • Actors: Spencer Robert Scott, Stephanie Patton, Benjamin Bryan, Rory Charles Thost, Jessica Gordon
  • Directors: Bill Melendez, Larry Leichliter
  • Writers: Charles M. Schulz, Justine Fontes
  • Producers: Bill Melendez, Lee Mendelson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2008
  • Run Time: 25 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D11A7C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,026 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown Deluxe Edition (DVD)


You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown (1972) is the "Peanuts" gang's journey into politics, when Linus runs for student-body president and seems like a shoo-in when Lucy serves as his campaign manager. It's based on a 1964 series of comic strips, though the ending is new (and Charlie Brown is not on the ticket for VP). The bonus episode is He's a Bully, Charlie Brown, in which the gang goes to summer camp and Linus and Lucy's little brother, Rerun, gets taken by a marbles hustler. While still entertaining, this 2006 episode has a different feel from the classic shows, and David Benoit puts his own spin on Vince Guaraldi's music. Brand-new for 2008 is a 12-minute making-of documentary that discusses the You're Not Elected special, Guaraldi's singing of the "Joe Cool" number, and why the theme song--"You're Elected, Charlie Brown"--doesn't match the title of the show. Interviewees include Jeannie Schulz, two of the original voice actors, and the two longtime talents behind the "Peanuts" specials--director-producer Bill Melendez, who passed away in September 2008, and producer Lee Mendelson. --David Horiuchi

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The product was listed as "Like New".
Great to watch in between Labor Day and Halloween - as the context for the Peanuts kids is after school has started but before Halloween.
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I also love that Charlie Brown gets to be the hero for once.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Mular TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 12, 2008
Format: DVD
While not ranking up there with the 'classic' Charlie Brown titles, this 1972 special is still very enjoyable.
One name, "Joe Cool", will probably jog some memories. Those who grew up in 1972 will remember the Snoopy as Joe Cool collectables. Well he makes his TV premier here.

This is Charles Schulz's satire on politics with Lucy running the campaign, menacing voters to vote for her brother Linus, getting Linus to make empty campaign promises. Remember, this was the year of Richard Nixon.

This originally aired as "You're Elected, Charlie Brown", and right after its broadcast the producers realized the folly of the title and quickly inserted "Not" for all re-broadcasts. The theme song lyrics do not have the "Not" in them. Unfortunately this edit must have been done to the master negative as this 'remastered' version has the revised title. But you can get a glimpse of the original title in the bonus material.

The second offering is 2006's "He's A Bully, Charlie Brown". While I generally don't like the later Peanuts Specials, this one has the spirit and feel of the earlier shows. I find it very enjoyable and forgot just how new it is. At summer camp, a marble hustler plays all of the beginner kids and wins their marbles. With the coaching of Snoopy, Charlie Brown comes to the rescue. Memorable moments are with Marci teasing Peppermint Patty on the phone by pretending "Chuck" is romancing her.

There is also a 10 minute "Making Of' documentary" It is interesting tosee the voice actors as they are today. The background material about the story line is informative. Some material seems to be repeated from other Peanuts DVDs.

The sad thing is how little is included here! A single DVD should hold 6 to 8 half hour shows.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 9, 2008
Format: DVD
With all the vitriol, empty rhetoric, name-calling, and mudslinging of another political season just behind us and another round soon to start, it's nice just to sit back and look at politics from the perspective of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang. YOU'RE NOT ELECTED, CHARLIE BROWN was a Peanuts special that first aired on television in 1972. The special follows Linus van Pelt as he runs for president of the student council. He's assisted in his campaign largely by Lucy and Charlie Brown (Charlie might not have a chance of winning an election, but he makes an amazing Assistant Campaign Manager). The special includes segments with Lucy polling the student body to see if Linus has a chance of winning, Snoopy and Woodstock painting signs, Linus on a radio talk show hosted by Lucy, and Linus delivering a speech to the student body. This special isn't as well known as the holiday Peanuts shows, but it's still a gem and includes the first televised appearance of Snoopy as Joe Cool.

This DVD includes a making of featurette about the show. It includes interviews with producer Lee Mendelson, director Bill Melendez, Schultz' wife Jeanne Schultz, and some of the actors who did the voices on the special. The information on the special is quite informative. For instance, I learned that the theme song for "Joe Cool" was not only written by Vince Guaraldi, but was sung and performed by him as well. Also, the tv special rather closely follows the comic strip plot line it was based upon, but has a different ending.

The DVD also includes the 2006 special, "He's a Bully, Charlie Brown." I haven't enjoyed the few newer television specials made since the death of Schultz in 2000. However, this one has a better plot than some of the newer specials have had.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kfuller on February 27, 2013
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My kids love charlie brown. Just another classic Charlie Brown cartoon that my kids can not get enough of. Would recommended to all who like Charlie brown.
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You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown is twenty-five minutes and originally air on October 29, 1972. This was the second special that came out in the 1970 decade and the eighth Peanut's special overall. Charlie Brown is regulated to supporting actor and Linus is the lead actor in this special. You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown begins with Sally coming home from school and throwing her books on the ground claiming that she is never going back to school again. When big brother asks what is wrong Sally says she cannot open her locker, mainly due to the fact she can't reach the combination lock. At school the next day Sally shows off Charlie in class as a show and tell project. When Charlie Brown leaves the classroom he sees a sign on the board the reads Student Body Election. At first Linus tries to convince Charlie Brown to run for president, but he does not want to know that nobody will vote for him. Linus brings the idea to Lucy and she polls the students and comes back with a survey that 98% would not vote Charlie Brown. Charlie Brown suggests that Linus should run for Student Body President. Lucy takes a survey and comes back that 98% would vote for Linus; must of the yes votes comes at Lucy threaten some of the students. Linus campaigns for president; doing debates, going on radio talk show, and getting his opinion in the school newspaper. During one debate Linus brings up the Great Pumpkin which costs him votes. During the election the vote is tied and the deciding vote is the opposition candidate who casts his vote for Linus. Sally takes Linus to the principal's office to so he can sock it to the big guy. In the end Linus caves in to the principal and Sally accuses him of selling out. The last scene is Sally kicking her locker and after she leaves the locker opens.Read more ›
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