It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966 TV Special)
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Here, the character of Linus, ordinarily the most sensible of the children, indulges in his ongoing personal fantasy involving the almighty Great Pumpkin who in Linus' 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 Browns' 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 Violets' Halloweeen Party. It's just too cute when he bops along to Schroeders' 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.
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.
Did anyone notice how big the moon is in the pumpkin patch? It is huge!
My grade: A+
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!!