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I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (2003)

TV Movie  -   -  Animation | Family  -  9 December 2003 (USA)
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Linus and Lucy's younger brother Rerun wants a dog for Christmas, and Snoopy's brother Spike may be the answer.


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Cast overview:
Rerun Van Pelt (voice)
Charlie Brown (voice)
Lucy Van Pelt (voice)
Corey Padnos ...
Linus Van Pelt (voice)
Sally Brown (voice) (as Hannah Leigh Dworkin)
Schroeder (voice)
Jake Miner ...
Pig Pen / Franklin (voice)
Kaitlyn Maggio ...
Little girl (voice)
Bill Melendez ...
Snoopy (voice)


I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown! centers on ReRun, the lovable but ever-skeptical younger brother of Linus and Lucy. It's Christmas vacation and, as usual, ReRun's big sister is stressing him out, so he decides to turn to his best friend, Snoopy, for amusement and holiday cheer. However his faithful but unpredictable beagle companion has plans of his own, giving ReRun reason to ask Snoopy to invite his canine brother Spike for a visit. When Spike shows up, it looks like ReRun will have a dog for Christmas after all... but then the real trouble begins. Written by Mykol Gantt

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Rerun Van Pelt: By the way. When somebody walks by, how do you decide if you should bark at him?
[Snoopy flips a coin and looks at it]
Snoopy: Woof.
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I Want A Dog For Christmas:Charlie Brown, the 2003 animated special
16 December 2010 | by (Chapel Hill,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Out of the four "Peanuts" Christmas specials,this is probably the best one of them all since the original "A Charlie Brown Christmas" first aired in 1965. The other "Peanuts" specials were ""Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales",and the heartwarming classic, "It's Christmas Time Again,Charlie Brown". But "I Want A Dog For Christmas,Charlie Brown" was totally different from the rest of the pack. The producers carefully went by the collection of creator Charles Schulz' "Peanuts" comic strip and animated it,and from there may a cohesive storyline from it. Produced and animated by the team of Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez(the same team responsible for many earlier classic Peanuts cartoon specials)it originally aired as a hour-long special for ABC. ABC debuted this special in prime time on December 9, 2003 and it has aired annually ever since. This special aired three years after the untimely death of its creator Charles Schulz,who passed away in 2000.

Usually,these holiday "Peanuts" cartoon specials run no more than a half-hour,but this special was the first hour long Charlie Brown program to aired a full hour. This 2003 animated special reunites the rest of the Peanuts gang and the yuletide season. In this installment, Linus and Lucy's younger brother,ReRun(taken for the comics)is having some stress issues. He goes to Charlie Brown's faithful and resourceful beagle Snoopy for attention and fun,since ReRun doesn't have a dog of his own and he desperately wants one for Christmas. However,Snoopy has other plans,which don't include ReRun. So,Snoopy invites invites his canine brother from the Southwest,Spike to visit. After ReRun has been given the responsibility of handling his newfound pet,hijinks and hilarious situations ensumed. The voice talents are brilliant here which includes the superb performance of Jimmy Bennett as ReRun. Bill Melendez still does Snoopy's yelps and other voices,while the rest of the voice talent includes Adam Taylor-Gordon(Charlie Brown),Ashley Orr(Lucy),Nick Price(Schroder),Corey Padnos(Linus),and Hannah Leigh(Sally). ABC airs this special annually. Out of all the Peanuts specials,nothing can replace the classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas",but this one comes pretty close but comes on sweet.

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