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Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown (1986)

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Charlie Brown is on the run from the Peanuts Gang after the Great Pumpkin puts a bounty on his head in this wild animated student short by Jim Reardon.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Etienne Badillo ...
Charlie Brown (voice)
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Charlie Brown / Narration (voice)
Mike Reardon ...
Charlie Brown / Additional Voices (voice)
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Charlie Brown (voice) (archive footage)
Ethan Kanfer ...
Linus Van Pelt (voice) (as Nate Kanfer)
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Lucy Van Pelt / Additional Voices (voice)
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Great Pumpkin (voice)
Ed Bell ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Broose Johnson ...
Additional Voices (voice) (as Bruce Johnson)
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The Great Pumpkin puts a bounty on Charlie Brown's head, and as a consequence, the rest of the Peanuts Gang proceed to kill Charlie Brown in various ways (from Lucy having Charlie Brown kick an explosive football, to Linus strangling him with his blanket, to Snoopy chomping off his arm which held a Peppermint Patty candy), until finally, a Rambo/Schwarzenegger-like Charlie Brown goes postal and mass chaos ensues! Written by John Cassidy <ryuuseipro@comcast.net>

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Trivia

Charlie Brown's line "Happiness is a warm Uzi" is a spoof of Peanuts author Charles m. Schulz's famous quote "Happiness is a warm puppy" See more »

Goofs

The closing credit "'Charlie Brown' - The Platters" is incorrect, with the song playing over the credits being the Coasters' hit recording of "Charlie Brown", a song the Platters are not known to have recorded. See more »

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[opening narration]
Narration: This Tuesday night, at 8 o'clock, another heartwarming holiday special, starring the Peanuts gang!
Great Pumpkin: [the Peanuts gang, on their knees, tremble at the Great Pumpkin, who sits on a throne and smokes a cigar]
Great Pumpkin: Wah-wah wah-wah-wah-wah...
Narration: When the Great Pumpkin puts a bounty on Charlie Brown's head, the rest of the gang race against each other to bump him off, and collect the reward!
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A disclaimer in the ending credits reads: The creator of this picture wishes to state that he does not in any way wish to tarnish or demean the beloved characters of Charles M. "Dutch" Schulz's comic-strip, "Peanuts". No malice or damage to their goodwill was intended. So please don't sue me, because it will drag through the courts for years, and I haven't got a lawyer - and besides, you've already got half the money in the world, and I haven't got any. OK? See more »

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References The Richard Simmons Show (1980) See more »

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Charlie Brown
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Performed by The Coasters
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Great little student film
4 April 2005 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Bring me the Head of Charlie Brown was a CalArts student film and thus was not usually known, though it's a hilarious riff and parody, even if it's a bunch of guys doing the voices.

The Great Pumpkin places a bounty on Charlie Brown, and the entire Peannuts gang sets out to collect the reward. Charlie is then set upon by exploding footballs, falling pianos, and whatnot.

By the end, Charlie's had enough, and lays down a suppressive fire, taking out the PEanuts gang, before stating "Happiness is a warm Uzi."

Kind of morbid at times, but it has some great funny moments, and given the humorous way that the student film is to make this like another Charlie Brown holiday special, all the more funny.

Jim Reardon would go onto write for Tiny Toons and direct episodes of The Simpsons, and here, you can see that he was surely fitted for the job.


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