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Play It Again, Charlie Brown -- Two slices of toast, a handful of jellybeans, some pretzels - not quite what comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving dinner. It's not what Peppermint Patty imagines either, but that's what she gets when she invites herself over to Charlie Brown's house for a turkey-day feast. After chastising "Chuck" for providing such a meager meal, she ends up eating more than her words and gains a few pounds of emotional sustenance. She also learns a little bit about the true meaning of the holiday. And you will too.


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Release Date:
28 March 1971 (USA) See more »
Lucy talks Schroeder into playing his piano for a PTA meeting. but there are unforeseen details that he will not tolerate. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
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  (in credits order)
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Lucy van Pelt (voice)
Stephen Shea ... Linus van Pelt (voice)
Danny Hjeim ... Schroeder (voice)

Hilary Momberger ... Sally Brown (voice)
Lynda Mendelson ... Frieda (voice) (as Linda Mendelson)
Christopher DeFaria ... Patricia 'Peppermint Patty' Reichardt (voice) (as Kip DeFaria)
Chris Inglis ... Charlie Brown (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Melendez ... Snoopy (voice) (uncredited)

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

Produced by
Bill Melendez .... producer
Lee Mendelson .... producer
Original Music by
Vince Guaraldi 
Film Editing by
Robert T. Gillis  (as Bob Gillis)
Chuck McCann 
Rudy Zamora Jr. 
Sound Department
Art Becker .... sound (as Artie Becker)
Don Minkler .... sound
Sid Nicholas .... sound
Animation Department
Carole Barnes .... graphic blandishment
Evert Brown .... graphic blandishment
Bernard Gruver .... graphic blandishment
Emery Hawkins .... graphic blandishment
Sam Jaimes .... graphic blandishment
Faith Kovaleski .... graphic blandishment
Ed Levitt .... graphic blandishment
Bill Littlejohn .... graphic blandishment
Don Lusk .... graphic blandishment
Al Pabian .... graphic blandishment
Beverly Robbins .... graphic blandishment
Frank Smith .... graphic blandishment
Dean Spille .... graphic blandishment
Eleanor Warren .... graphic blandishment
Manon Washburn .... graphic blandishment
Rudy Zamora .... graphic blandishment
Music Department
Lillian Steuber .... played by: Beethoven sonatas
John Scott Trotter .... conductor
Ludwig van Beethoven .... musical score composed by

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USA:24 min
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Plot holes: While Charlie Brown, Pig Pen, and Snoopy sound perfectly fine without Schroeder when demonstrating their rock band to Lucy, they aren't able to go on without him at the PTA meeting.See more »
Frieda:[she comes in and sits down in front of Schroeder's piano where Lucy usually sits] Schroeder, I think it's disgraceful the way Lucy bothers you, and she's always asking everybody "Why does he always have to play that stupid piano?" I think that's terrible.
Frieda:Incidentally, why DO you always have to play this stupid piano?
Lucy van Pelt:[comes in and sees her] What are you doing here?
Frieda:Who wants to know? Maybe I just like music.
Lucy van Pelt:[sits down beside her] Do you like Beethoven?
Lucy van Pelt:If you're going to hang around here, you've got to like Beethoven.
Frieda:All right, but I'll just have a small glass.
[Schroeder stops playing when he realizes what she just said, then angerly pulls the piano out from under both of them]
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Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 (Waldstein)See more »


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The first dud, 2 January 2014
Author: Jim-500 ( from Sunderland, MA

I remember seeing this when it first aired and was sorely disappointed. After several years and seven wonderful specials, PIACB fell far short of the mark the previous shows had established.

The charm of Peanuts is seeing the real world through children's eyes. But in this special, some of the humor and plot points depend on things coming in spray cans; for example, PTA meetings. Huh? Not only is that not funny, it's supernatural, something that does not belong in Charlie Brown's world.

Also, this was the first time we hear actual adult voices, as opposed to the muted trombone sound effect. It's almost as if the 4th wall was being blown to bits. Suddenly we are no longer in the world of kids; the adults have invaded.

The other major thing wrong was the use of rock music in the soundtrack. Up to now, Vince Guaraldi's outstanding jazz scores gave Charlie Brown a dynamic, signature sound that everyone could quickly identify. To replace that with rock borders on sacrilege.

Maybe they wanted to try something new. Well, to me it didn't work. Why mess with success?

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