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

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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 ...
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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8 December 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eu Quero um Cachorro para o Natal, Charlie Brown  »

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The telescript was transcribed from Schulz's strips. See more »


Rerun says he had 50 cents to the girl about going to Paris. Later when he wants to buy Snoopy from Charlie Brown, he says he doesn't know anything about money. See more »


[first lines]
Linus Van Pelt: Christmas decorations are getting more lifelike every year, Charlie Brown.
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Follows It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown (1977) See more »


Linus and Lucy
Composed by Vince Guaraldi
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Probably the best since the original
22 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Out of the four "Peanuts" Christmas specials, this is probably the best since the first. Like the other two, it's mainly a collection of strips taken straight from the comic and animated. This time, though, they've actually taken strips they can form a cohesive story out of. The focus this time is Rerun, younger brother of Linus and Lucy, and his desire to get a dog for Christmas. Rerun is a sweet character (sometimes almost too sweet), but he's genuine in his affection.

Some viewers complain about the segment where Rerun makes a joke about taking a girl to Paris and winds up getting accused of harassment. (The word "sexual" is never used.) Other reviewers actually said this would cause Charles Schulz to spin in his grave -- since Schulz himself wrote the strips that this segment is based on, I highly doubt that.

Nothing will ever approach the greatness of the original "Charlie Brown Christmas," but out of the ones that have come out since then, this is the cream of the crop.

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