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You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown (1972)

Spencer Robert Scott , Stephanie Patton , Bill Melendez , Larry Leichliter  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D11A7C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,901 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown" on IMDb

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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

Product Description

This remastered deluxe edition features the classic animated program plus a bonus episode new to DVD: He's a Bully, Charlie Brown, plus all-new behind the scenes featurette.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten episode, but still a fun semi-classic. October 12, 2008
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Meet Joe Cool as Linus Runs for President November 9, 2008
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Irregardless to the reproduction of the analog-to-digital technology, Charles Schulz and family have produced one of the best written cartoons in the lifespan of America. I can count on my one hand the names of cartoonists whose work is embedded in my video/dvd/tape collection.

My only gripe is not of the Schulz's library, but of the reproduction team who dispenses redigitized episodes on dvd with only two or three 24 minute shows on a disc! AND the fee for such is over the top charge.

Again, it is American. It is classic style, too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it December 17, 2013
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Charlie Brown is a classic cartoon that i liked for years and have watched as a kid now it's nice that you can own them now
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Pumpkin teaser! November 29, 2012
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Great classic. Great to watch in between Labor Day and Halloween - as the context for the Peanuts kids is after school has started but before Halloween. And you'll see why..there's a great mention of the Great Pumpkin by Linus!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great show for a great price October 13, 2012
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I am so glad Amazon has other sellers that sell movies because I could not find this particular Charlie Brown title anywhere else for under $15, which in my opinion, is way too much for what you get here. I refuse to pay more than $10 for a Peanuts DVD. Luckily, this one was only $3.50 from the seller I used, then was $3.00 for shipping, which wasn't too bad. It came in a reasonable amount of time, and I am glad I can now add it to my collection. This is a great one to watch around Election Day and you also get a good bonus episode as well. Now, if I could only find He's Your Dog Charlie Brown this cheap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice entertaining movie
I am a big fan of Charlie Brown's movies, not only because it reminds me of my childhoold, but also because it provides healthy entertainment for kids. Read more
Published 18 months ago by G. Vazquez Alvarez
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy for Peanuts
My kids love the Peanuts gang. I bought it as Christmas gift for my kids. Received this a few days before the estimated due date.
Published 20 months ago by Yellow817
2.0 out of 5 stars Could've had more features
I was disappointed with the lack of features in this DVD. 2 features is not enough. Don't buy this DVD.
Published 21 months ago by Ronald Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Great learning tool for my Civics kids!
A really good tool to use to teach the importance of voting and the idea that EVERY vote counts in an election! Also, a good way to teach the electoral process!
Published on March 27, 2012 by sweetness45
5.0 out of 5 stars Snoopy Rocks
I love Snoopy and this DVD was great. I really like He's a Bully Charlie Brown which is an extra on the DVD. Read more
Published on January 29, 2011 by Cartoon Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars I got it so fast@
I got it so fast. The product was listed as "Like New". I couldnt tell the difference if it was or not, it looked new.
Published on September 21, 2010 by Lizz
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you!
I was looking all over for this dvd. Thank you for the speedy delivery and great quality.
Published on June 16, 2010 by L. Lenhart
5.0 out of 5 stars Linus for president
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... Read more
Published on February 24, 2010 by Michael Patrick Boyd
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