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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 »
Genre:
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:
Close to the spirit of the strip in terms of content and animation but also contains imaginative additions See more (33 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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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:
Color (Technicolor)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This film premiered at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: When the other boy is asked to spell "leisure", he says the letter "f" instead of "s" while spelling the word. Because he spelled the world incorrectly before Charlie Brown was asked to spell "beagle", he should have lost the spelling bee and Charlie Brown should have been the winner.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Charlie Brown and Charles Schulz (1969) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Boy Named Charlie BrownSee more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Close to the spirit of the strip in terms of content and animation but also contains imaginative additions, 30 July 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Charlie Brown is a young boy who cannot ever seem to do anything right. His baseball team always loses the first and last games of the season (as well as most of the ones in between) and he gets the blame. He never gets a moment's rest from his friends putting him down as the designated goat – even his dog gives him a rough ride. Determined to show that he is more than just a failure, Charlie enters the school spelling bee, aiming for victory – but can he stand up under the pressure that awaits him? Meanwhile Linus goes cold-turkey.

I have seen several of the Peanuts features and have enjoyed them as a fan but been the first to put my hands up and say that they are neither great films or totally captured the spirit of the strip. However with this feature I am pleased to report that it was pretty much spot on in both regards. The plot starts well and the first half of the film is an enjoyable collection of episodes that act like individual strips while still moving the film forward. The second half moves into more solid territory with the spelling-bee but even then it keeps it together and is well structured. The humour of the piece will appeal to those who enjoy the strip – not hilarious but it has some funny moments as well as the amusing philosophising that they all do. The film benefits from imaginative writing that adds humour in various ways – Snoopy drinking the water and Linus going cold-turkey are two such examples. Only the actual spelling bee final is a little slow as it is a couple of minutes of spelling!

The film isn't heavy with songs like other features I've seen and the animation is nicely close to the strip and pleased me as a fan. However, again an added bonus, the animation opens out every now and again to become something much more sublime (and that word is not an exaggeration). Snoopy taking to ice becomes a blur of colour, while Linus playing the piano becomes close to art! It may not be as polished as Disney but it is really cool and imaginative while still staying within the Peanuts style. The voice work is all good – a little flat at times but it suits the characters (of course I'm used to them by now so I didn't have the 'problem' of imagining them myself first).

Another reviewer has put this film on a par with Fantasia and, while I wouldn't say that, I can see what they mean. The plot moves the film forward but also manages to capture the spirit of the strip really well. Likewise the animation is very close to the strip and is pleasing to watch. Both these aspects are made better by a series of imaginative touches – in the writing it is funny little gags and the strips' usual philosophising while in the animation it is a series of imaginative fantasy sequences that really make the film feel like something special. The most pleasing Peanuts movie I have seen.

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Spelling bees and other languages. wickson
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Who saw this in a movie theater, 1969? nsavage3-1
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