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Director:
Writers:
Charles M. Schulz (created by)
Charles M. Schulz (written by)
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Release Date:
4 December 1969 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Peanuts' Gang in their First Movie!
Plot:
Charlie Brown makes his way to the national spelling bee finals. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Stress for Success See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Peter Robbins ... Charlie Brown (voice)
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Lucy Van Pelt (voice)
Glenn Gilger ... Linus Van Pelt (voice)
Andy Pforsich ... Schroeder (voice)
Sally Dryer ... Patty (voice)
Ann Altieri ... Violet (voice) (as Anne Altieri)
Erin Sullivan ... Sally (voice)
Lynda Mendelson ... Frieda (voice) (as Linda Mendelson)
Christopher DeFaria ... Pig Pen (voice)
David Carey ... 2nd Boy (voice)
Guy Pforsich ... 3rd Boy (voice)
Bill Melendez ... Snoopy (voice)

Directed by
Bill Melendez 
 
Writing credits
Charles M. Schulz (created by)

Charles M. Schulz (written by)

Produced by
Bill Melendez .... producer
Lee Mendelson .... producer
Charles M. Schulz .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Vince Guaraldi 
 
Film Editing by
Robert T. Gillis 
Chuck McCann  (as Charles McCann)
Steven Cuitlahuac Melendez  (as Steve Melendez)
 
Art Department
Ellie Bogardus .... graphic designer (as Ellie Bonnard)
Evert Brown .... graphic designer
Jan Green .... graphic designer
Bernard Gruver .... graphic designer
Ruth Kissane .... graphic designer
Ed Levitt .... graphic designer
Charles McElmurry .... graphic designer
Alan Shean .... graphic designer (as Al Shean)
Dean Spille .... graphic designer
 
Sound Department
Don Minkler .... sound mixer
Bill Mumford .... sound mixer
Sid Nicholas .... sound recordist: voices
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Wally Bulloch .... camera operator
 
Animation Department
Debbie Abbott .... ink and paint artist
Maggie Bowen .... animator
Bob Carlson .... animator
Ken Champin .... animator
Herman Cohen .... animator (as Herm Cohen)
Connie Crawley .... ink and paint artist
Gwenn Dotzler .... ink and paint artist
Florence Hammontre .... ink and paint artist
Lew Irwin .... animator
Sam Jaimes .... animator
Gerry Kane .... animator
Faith Kovaleski .... ink and paint artist
Bror Lansing .... animator
Bill Littlejohn .... animator
Don Lusk .... animator
Joice Lee Marshall .... ink and paint artist
Bob Matz .... animator
Celine Miles .... ink and paint artist
Barrie Nelson .... animator (as Barry Nelson)
Ken O'Brien .... animator
Karen Oglesby .... ink and paint artist
Spencer Peel .... animator
Chandra Poweris .... ink and paint artist
Beverly Robbins .... ink and paint artist
Jay Sarbry .... animator
Dawn Smith .... ink and paint artist
Frank Smith .... animator
Hank Smith .... animator
Russ von Neida .... animator (as Russ Van Neida)
Eleanor Warren .... ink and paint artist
Manon Washburn .... ink and paint artist
Rudy Zamora .... animator
Frank Braxton .... animator (uncredited)
Phil Roman .... animator (uncredited)
Richard Thompson .... animator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Alice Keillor .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Art Becker .... music recordist (as Artie Becker)
Rod McKuen .... songs: music and lyrics by
Bill Melendez .... songs: lyrics by
Alan Shean .... songs: lyrics by
John Scott Trotter .... conductor
John Scott Trotter .... music arranger
John Scott Trotter .... songs: music by
 
Other crew
Skippy Baxter .... skating routines
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Snoopy and Charlie" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
86 min | Argentina:88 min | Netherlands:85 min | 79 min (video version)
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The memorable "Aaaugh!" scream from Peter Robbins as Charlie Brown originated from this film. (Oddly enough, it was also heard from Linus in one scene.) Robbins' scream would become a stock sound effect in almost all subsequent Peanuts specials & movies up to the late 1990s, and is used as a scream, not only for Charlie Brown, but any other available character (excluding Snoopy and Woodstock, who had their own variants).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Linus and Snoopy are entering the theater where the Spelling Bee is held from the interior of the building. When Linus tells the usher he's a friend of one of the contestants, they are shown going inside from the exterior.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Lucy Van Pelt:Aren't the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton. I could just lie here all day and watch them drift by. If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud's formations. What do you think you see, Linus?
Linus Van Pelt:Well, those clouds up there look to me look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean.
[points up]
Linus Van Pelt:That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor. And that group of clouds over there...
[points]
[...]
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Stress for Success, 8 January 2005
Author: bbethel66 from Buffalo, NY

After scoring both an Emmy and a Peabody on television, the Peanuts gang heads to the big leagues, beginning with "A Boy Named Charlie Brown".

The first of four Peanuts films, this one is a basic layout of what the original Peanuts comic strip (1950-2000) was all about. Charlie Brown is a regular kid who's only asking for a little respect. But even when everybody else got the hang of it, he just can't seem to fly a kite, or win a baseball game. Doomed to be labeled a loser forever, he boldly volunteers to participate in the school's spelling bee. Too bad nobody told him it was a NATIONAL competition; the only way he can win now is thru persistence and hard study.

This film is listed for family and comedy. But it should also be listed for tragedy. It's just one example of how you can do EVERYTHING right (in this case, studying your brains out), and STILL lose.

I recall seeing this regularly on The Disney Channel, and each time, I kept watching to see if Charlie Brown would win that spelling bee...

...but he never did. :-(

Aside from the main plot, this movie is also a great piece of art. Even with its limited UPA-esquire animation, it still has the artistic flair of your basic Disney film. Parts of the story are interpreted thru split-screen action, extended background footage, catchy songs, and a hypnotic blend of colors and music. In spite of all that, I don't think that Charles Schulz was trying to compete with Disney in any way, thus avoiding a common error made among most non-Disney animation studios. But still, who would've thought that you can create music with the use of a dictionary?

The content is uniquely accessible for everyone. Children will love the fantasy sequences of Snoopy. Teens can relate to Charlie Brown and his never-ending quest for acceptance. Adults will love the intellectual undertones of the film. And animation/art fans will really appreciate the musical/fantasy sequences.

"A Boy Named Charlie Brown" is one of the better of the four Peanuts feature films. Most Peanuts fans will easily enjoy, but all are welcome to see it.

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