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I always loved watching this on CBS when I was a kid. I even loved the commercials. They were always either Dolly Madison or McDonald's commercials. That seems like a strange thing to mention but I felt it added something extra to this special. I loved the look of the show. All the oranges and reds and other fall colors. From the pumpkin carving opener, the pumpkin patch, Snoopy's fantasy World War I adventures as he makes his way across the French countryside, to the beautiful musical score, it all adds up to one great Halloween experience. Taking you back to a simpler time when the world seemed more innocent. We'll miss you Charlie Schultz.
Although thousands of Halloween TV specials bombard us each October, one stands out as a can't-miss for anyone with children or anyone who ever was a child. The complete lack of scariness makes this the classic feel-good movie of the season. It is one film that is appropriate for children of every age, even very young children. It brings up the same nostalgic feelings that the Peanuts comic strip does, and gets me in the Halloween spirit every year. If you haven't seen it yet, spend some time this October to watch it with the children in your life. It's perfect with warm popcorn and orange candy corn. So for a change from the movies that give you nightmares, try the Halloween special that will give you sweet dreams of great pumpkins.
This is a very good animated feature! It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is very funny and I am surprised it is still poplar today! If you get chance to watch it then do so because it is really a classic and great for Halloween!
The thing I loved most about this Charlie Brown Halloween special was
the sheer simplicity of it. The creators obviously aimed this at people
of all ages; It is just so funny and cute, it's impossible not to love.
There is no horror, thriller, or gruesome bloody scenes. It shows what
Halloween is really about- the fun of trick-or-treating, and being with
Linus believes in the 'Great Pumpkin', the Santa Claus of Halloween. He misses out on Halloween to stay in the Pumpkin Patch, waiting for the Great Pumpkin to pick his pumpkin patch as the most sincere. Meanwhile, Charlie Brown and the gang get invited to Violet's halloween party. The gang save Sally goes trick-or-treating as well. Sally decides to stay with Linus.
Don't miss out on this! A must see for Halloween.
I grew up with this and all the other Peanuts specials. I remember sitting
up until 8:00pm (late for me at that age) and loving it. I remember the
Mounds and Almond Joy ads. I even remember the catchy CBS "Special
Presentation" intro. What can be said for this classic that hasn't been
said before? From Linus and Sally in the pumpkin patch all night to the
still quoted "I got a rock!" line, not many holiday specials that don't
involve Charlie Brown and the gang bring a smile to my face like It's the
Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Thanks for the memories, Mr.
My grade: A+
This special is great. I love the background music, especially the upbeat
tempo played while Charlie Brown dances because he has finally been
to a Halloween party...by mistake.
The scene with Snoopy and the Red Baron is an abrupt switch from the
storyline, but it is very well done; 5 minutes or so without any talking.
Did anyone notice how big the moon is in the pumpkin patch? It is huge!
Now what would Halloween, my favorite holiday, be without Charlie
Brown and the Great Pumpkin? Not to date myself, but I remember the very first time it aired on
CBS at the ripe old age of 7! I've never missed it since! Nothing encapsulates childhood, camaraderie and the spirit of
Halloween more than this Charles M. Schultz classic. Charlie
Brown and his bag of rocks, Snoopy and the Red Baron, Linus'
ingenious use of his security blanket for a ghost costume, Vince
Guaraldi's great score, and of course, bossy Lucy and her
sarcastic voice of reason - I think we all know a 'Lucy' growing up! All the feelings of anticipation, excitement and fear so commonly
associated with this spooky holiday is captured here - even the
feeling of great disappointment when awakening the day after and
knowing one must wait another FULL year for this greatest of
holidays to come again - another year to plan and live out your
fantasy. Well, at least there's Charlie Brown Xmas to get us over
the hump! Good Grief!!
Really, what can one say about this little TV-movie to expresses its greatness? Along with "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "The Great Pumpkin" is a Peanuts masterpiece. The kids are just as we love them best - witty, precocious, adorable, sweet, and frustrated! Everyone should grow up watching this movie: Charlie Brown getting rocks in his bag, Linus' unwavering belief in the Great Pumpkin, Sally's calls of "Sweet Baboo," Lucy...being Lucy. All these superb comic elements blend to create one of the best holiday specials - or not even just for the holidays! - in history. If you've had the misfortune to never see this great piece, please go find it and watch it! You'll enjoy it no matter what your age. Have fun!
I've been a lifetime Peanuts fan; I grew up with the comic strip and a
number of the TV specials. It was always a cause for celebration to see
these endearing characters and laugh at their assorted escapades. Here,
the character of Linus, ordinarily the most sensible of the characters,
indulges in his ongoing personal fantasy involving the almighty Great
Pumpkin who in Linus's mind is the Santa Claus of the Halloween season,
appearing in the most sincere of pumpkin patches and distributing toys
to the faithful. One can't help but be charmed by his dedication to
this concept, even as it prevents him from enjoying the more
conventional trappings of the holiday - specifically trick or treating,
which his admirer Sally forgoes in order to be with him. This lovable
story does of course display a constant disarming sense of humour, in
particular poor Charlie Brown's tendency to get rocks in his treat bag
in place of candy - yet he doesn't let it get him down. Good old Snoopy
continues to be a major cut up - whether he's indulging in his own
flights of fancy, taking on the persona of the World War I Flying Ace
forever facing off against his arch rival The Red Baron, and pretending
to be making his way across enemy lines (this sequence features some of
the best animation in the special), or stealing the show at Violet's
Halloweeen Party. It's just too cute when he bops along to Schroeder's
piano music and then sobs uncontrollably when the music turns dramatic.
The special remains bright and upbeat all the way through, with Linus
ranting his way all through the closing credits about the supposed
"stupidity" of waiting in a pumpkin patch. Everything about this can
continue to appeal to all ages; 45 years later, it's still a charmer.
After A Charlie Brown Christmas, this one came along the next fall.
While it is not quite the first one, it has some good moments. Of
course when this was made, Halloween was more of a trick or treat
holiday as this one was originally sponsored by Dolly Madison, the
maker of cup cakes. This high point of this one is Lucy talking about
wearing a costume to match your personality.
Snoopy has his first major World War 1 Flying Ace segment here and it is effectively woven into the story. As a Halloween Special, Linus is always waiting for the Great Pumpkin & it is consistent with Linus that he makes a negative remarks about Santa believers. After all, in the previous Christmas Special, Santa is not mentioned in his speech of what Christmas is all about.
The Halloween party, which is a bigger staple today than ever is here though if this were to be updated, Snoopy could decorate his dog house with Halloween Lights, like he did with Christmas lights in the other special. While it is not Christmas, it did help build Charles Schultz resume so that he would do lots more television & movies with the Peanuts gang.
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