Charlie Brown makes his way to the national spelling bee finals.


Bill Melendez


Charles M. Schulz (created by), Charles M. Schulz
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Complete credited cast:
Peter Robbins Peter Robbins ... Charlie Brown / Linus' scream (voice)
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Lucy Van Pelt (voice)
Glenn Gilger Glenn Gilger ... Linus Van Pelt (voice)
Andy Pforsich Andy Pforsich ... Schroeder (voice)
Sally Dryer Sally Dryer ... Patty (voice)
Ann Altieri Ann Altieri ... Violet (voice) (as Anne Altieri)
Erin Sullivan Erin Sullivan ... Sally (voice)
Lynda Mendelson Lynda Mendelson ... Frieda (voice) (as Linda Mendelson)
Christopher DeFaria ... Pig Pen (voice)
David Carey David Carey ... 2nd Boy (voice)
Guy Pforsich Guy Pforsich ... 3rd Boy (voice)
Bill Melendez ... Snoopy (voice)


Poor Charlie Brown. He can't fly a kite, and he always loses in baseball. Having his faults projected onto a screen by Lucy doesn't help him much either. Against the sage advice and taunting of the girls in his class, he volunteers for the class spelling bee...and wins! Next, it's the school spelling bee. Once again, a winner! Good grief! Now the pressure is on as he is off to New York City for the televised national spelling bee. With Snoopy and Linus present for moral support, can Charlie Brown spell his way to a national championship? Written by

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The Peanuts' Gang in their First Movie!


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Here are the Rod Mckuen penned lyrics for the theme song of this movie: "Like the shadows of the morning, 'climb up to the August afternoon. Charlie has a way, Of picking up the day, Just by walking slowly in a room. Maybe its a kind of magic That only little boys can do. But seeing Charlie smile, Can make you stop awhile, And get you feelin' glad youre you. Hes only a boy named Charlie, A Boy Named Charlie Brown. Hes just the kid next door, Perhaps a little more, Hes every kid in every town. Well the world is full of lots of people, Here and there and all around. But people after all, Start out as being small, Were all A Boy Named Charlie Brown. Now the shadows of the morning Have gone beyond..." Leonard Maltin, the film critic, said of this movie: "Peanuts gang makes surprisingly good Feature film debut. With ingenious visual ideas adding to the usual fun. Only debit: Rod Mckuen's absurd songs." See more »


When the other boy is asked to spell "leisure", he says the letter "f" instead of "s" while spelling the word. Because he spelled the world incorrectly before Charlie Brown was asked to spell "beagle", he should have lost the spelling bee and Charlie Brown should have been the winner. See more »


[first lines]
Lucy Van Pelt: Aren't the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton. I could just lie here all day and watch them drift by. If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud's formations. What do you think you see, Linus?
Linus Van Pelt: Well, those clouds up there look to me look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean.
[points up]
Linus Van Pelt: That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor. And that group of clouds over there...
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All of the Peanuts characters actually get onscreen credit! See more »

Alternate Versions

The version aired for television cut out the following scenes: -Every scene from the opening credits to Charlie Brown and Linus sitting on the porch drawing in the dirt with sticks. -Snoopy being fed and having his nightmare. -Charlie's appointment with Lucy as a psychiatrist. -The girls singing "Failure Face". -Charlie and Linus studying for the all-school spelling bee. (The "I before E" song.) -The scene with Lucy and Schroeder after Charlie heads off to New York, and the animation of him playing the piano. -Most of Snoopy's ice skating routine at Rockefeller Center, including the whole hockey interlude. However, it does include at least two things that were removed from the original showing: -Lucy going over a few more things Charlie might have to deal with as a celebrity, and how much her fee as his *agent* should be. -Charlie jumping up and spelling out the last word he says in a sentence while studying, then calling room service. See more »


Referenced in The Todd Killings (1971) See more »


The Star-Spangled Banner
Music by John Stafford Smith
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A good film
28 June 2004 | by newkidontheblockSee all my reviews

A Boy Named Charlie Brown is a solid film in my opinion. Great music, a good plot, and real trippy animation and montages. Vince G. really out did himself for this one.

The basic concept of this movie is that Charlie Brown is fed up with his title as a loser, a failure and a wash-out, so he gets in the class spelling bee and wins. He's finally heralded as a winner, life is sweet.

Well, after chilling out for a while, he studies for the all state spelling bee with the help of his best friend Linus, who gives him his beloved blanket for good luck. Now for the sub-plot

Linus is slowly sinking in his own personal hell because of the absents of his blue blanket, so they (Snoopy and Linus) go to the location of the bee and catch up with Charlie who is sleeping at the time. Snoopy abandons Linus and goes ice skating with the song "skating" playing in the background. To find out the end of the film, you'll just have to rent it from your local video store

Like i said earlier, I very much enjoyed the Music in this film. Very 60's, but still staying true to the peanuts style of music. I very much enjoyed the theme song to the movie and there rendition of the national anthem. So bravo Boy Named Charlie Brown, you are truly a good film

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4 December 1969 (USA) See more »

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