Waking up at 4:30 am each morning, Pepperment Patty is in ardent training for a figure skating competition. Even while she ignores in her usual obtuse manner that her coach, Snoopy, is a dog who gives incomprehensible growls for advice and Marcie cannot sew the skating dress she wants, she is determined to win. However, when disaster looms at the competition, only Woodstock can help. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This special was based on a series of strips from 1974, which was one of the longest series in "Peanuts." The strip had some other subplots that were omitted in the special, and some changes that were made to the story. The main differences:
In the strip, after the fiasco with Patty's skating dress, Marcie's mother makes the alterations to the dress to perfect it. In the special, it was Snoopy who does this onscreen.
After Patty gets her dress, she wants to do something with her self-described "mousy-blah" hair, so she decides to go to Charlie Brown's dad's barber shop, but Charlie forgot to tell his dad that Patty was a girl, so he gives her a boy's haircut, much to her despair. To cover this up, Patty wears a huge afro wig. In the special, the haircut scene was written out, so the wig was a gift to Patty from Snoopy to go with the skating dress; she disliked it, so she threw it on Snoopy's head.
In the strip, Patty makes it to the competition, only to find out that it's for roller skating, not ice skating, but she realizes this too late when she gets into trouble for inadvertently damaging the rink floor with the blades of her skates. After her return from the competition, she realizes that she still owes Snoopy for her lessons. As she has no money, she puts the wig on Snoopy's head (much like the aforementioned scene in the special).
Peppermint Patty is in training for a figure skating competition with Snoopy as her coach. There are a number of obstacles along the way, including a group of hockey bullies and Marcie's poor dressmaking skills. But Patty forges on with help from her coach and a certain little bird. This is a rather different Peanuts special as the focus is entirely on supporting character (but fan favorite) Peppermint Patty. She, Marcie, and Snoopy are the only characters with a lot of screen time. The rest of the gang shows up at the skating competition and get a line or two each. Woodstock is also present in the background throughout and gets one of his best moments from any of the TV specials at the end. The skating sequences are really well done with authentic movements, accomplished with rotoscoping. Charles Schulz's own daughter did some of the skating. It's not a very humorous cartoon but it does have heart and a pleasant tone. Not one of the greats but nice.
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