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Charles M. Schulz (written by)
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Release Date:
28 March 1971 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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 »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
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Play it again? Be my guest! See more (5 total) »

Cast

  (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 »
Quotes:
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.
[pause]
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?
Frieda:What?
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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Soundtrack:
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 (Waldstein)See more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Play it again? Be my guest!, 13 March 2005
Author: soymilk from East Anglia, UK

I know I'm in a significant minority here, but if I had to single out the one definitive 'Charlie Brown' special that I personally love more than any other, I wouldn't think twice about going for this one. Obviously it doesn't have any of the 'holiday classic' appeal that elevated the likes of 'it's the Great Pumpkin' and 'a Charlie Brown Christmas' into annual syndication and the hearts of thousands - but it can be judged on its own merits, and it's simply a lovely, gentle and very enjoyable little cartoon that focuses on the ambiguous relationship between two of the most memorable supporting characters: Lucy and Schroeder. Pre-occupied Schroeder is content just to sit at his toy piano all day, chiming out tributes to his idol Beethoven, while lovesick Lucy, taking a well-earned break from undermining the self-esteem of the other kids in the neighbourhood, longs to pry his attention away in her direction, but only winds up making a nuisance of herself on every occasion. In desperation, she turns to Peppermint Patty for advice, who comes up with a near-perfect solution - only trouble is, it comes attached with an uneasy moral dilemma for Schroeder. Like most 'Peanuts' specials (the earlier ones in particular) it never talks down to its audience, and manages to deliver a wonderful message that can be respected by kids and adults alike. It's about staying true to your personal principles and not feeling that you have to compromise them for the sake of convention, done in a light-hearted and genuine tone, and you have to admire the conclusion that Schroeder himself comes to. This cartoon confirms my theory that he may just be the most rational and potentially prosperous member of the Peanuts gang. He's a kid who'll go places in his adult life, mark my words.

It's all combined with the dry, melancholic 'Peanuts' humour that has you smiling no matter what your age, the ingenious blending of adult philosophy with a child's-eye perspective, and some truly delightful set-pieces, particularly the three-man musical act from Charlie Brown, Pig Pen and, of course, everyone's favourite black-and-white beagle, Snoopy. Not everything about it is entirely timeless (I could be wrong, but I'm guessing that the 'spray can' gags would have seemed a little more relevant in the early 70s when this first debuted, and Lucy's 'saucepan' comments may have a few eyebrows raising), but they're pretty small fry compared to the narrative beauty that dominates this tale. Plus, you have to love any 'Peanuts' special that succeeds in capturing the softer, more helpless side to the usually very mean-spirited Lucy.

Get over the scrappy animation quality (which is the only thing this loses marks for), and love it for the many, many things it does right. Like the classical music Schroeder so lovingly plays throughout, it's mellow, relaxing and has a certain appeal that doesn't diminish with time. 'Peanuts' specials just don't get any lovelier.

Grade: A

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