It's the Great Pumpkin: Charlie Brown
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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Blu-Ray)
Will this Halloween be the one when the Great Pumpkin comes? Longtime believer Linus thinks so, and keeps watch all night in the pumpkin patch to welcome him. Charlie Brown gets into the spooky spirit too, dressing up as a ghost with more eyeholes than needed, but not scaring up the usual kinds of Halloween loot when trick-or-treating. Never fear, World War I fighting ace Snoopy is here to battle the Red Baron, and in doing so, crash Violet's Halloween party and Linus' vigil as well. Your whole family will be glad it crashed this party. Good grief, you can't help but have a happy Halloween!]]>
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But I won't. The only thing that matters for this nostalgic little romp is how it makes the viewer feel. For me, This Charlie Brown special is one of the "warm and fuzzy" animations that I remember fondly from childhood.
Even now, it holds up. Compared to the noisy, thoughtless loud and color-popping cartoons being force-fed to kids today - i had a room of children surprisingly quiet and attentive when i put this on for them this past halloween season. And they couldn't shut up about it when it was done. To them, this 1966 cartoon was brand new, and so very different from what they've got for comparison. I'm confident this will become a "warm and fuzzy" for them as well, years from now.
This short is a treasure, and a treat.
There are a few shorts added as a bonus but they frankly aren't that good as the classic stuff. Clearly more modern with a different dumbed down story and different voice actors. Otherwise I'm pleased with the original!
I can think of some people that make me think they can sit and wait for the great pumpkin to come. I enjoy the trick or treating , and of course Charlie Brown always gets the rock.
I loved this when I was young and found almost a ton of younger people loves this today, and they are in their twenties. I
I think this makes a great show to watch with anyone who likes sweetness and some funny stuff, with everything working out in the end.
Great show that I have on digital as well as dvd.
Autumn has come, and the Peanuts gang is embracing the season -- carving jack-o-lanterns, jumping into leaf piles (with wet suckers), and Charlie Brown kicking the football. It also means that Linus is writing his yearly letter to the Great Pumpkin and planning to sit in the pumpkin patch being sincere while all the other kids are out trick-or-treating. Since Sally has a crush on him, she plans to sit out there as well.
So while Sally and Linus are out there being sincere (much to the scorn of Lucy), the other kids congregate for a round of rather disappointing trick-or-treating ("I got a rock") before going on to an equally disappointing party. Meanwhile, the World War I flying ace (aka Snoopy) is shot down over enemy lines, and wanders through the French countryside. The real question is: will the Great Pumpkin appear?
"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" is one of those delightful Peanuts specials that everybody has seen, but somehow they never get stale or boring. And though nothing major or groundbreaking happens here, the humor is in the little running jokes that Charles Schulz littered his series with -- particularly in Linus' deep, devout belief in the Great Pumpkin.
So there's lots of funny dialogue ("You didn't tell me you were gonna kill it!" Linus howls when Lucy starts scooping out pumpkin goop), hilarious scenes (guess who all the little ghosts are!), and the occasional joke that highlights the humorous maturity of the little gang ("Funny thing about this document... it was never notarized"). It's a bit like taking a guided tour of the most fun memories of your childhood.
Sally Brown is especially funny here, since she's a sharp-tongued little firecracker who says... well, whatever's on her mind, while Linus' faith in the Great Pumpkin drives him to brave others' mockery (even though nobody has ever seen the Great Pumpkin, or gotten any toys from him). As for poor Charlie Brown, you can guess how the Halloween festivities go for him.
There's also an extra special on this, "It's Magic, Charlie Brown": Snoopy starts experimenting with magic tricks, but accidentally turns Charlie Brown invisible. Though understandably he's upset about this, Charlie Brown soon realizes that there are some benefits to invisibility.
So to celebrate the arrival of the Great Pumpkin, sit in the most sincere pumpkin patch you can find and watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." When he comes, not IF!