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A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)

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

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Complete credited cast:
Peter Robbins ... Charlie Brown (voice)
... Lucy Van Pelt (voice)
Glenn Gilger ... Linus Van Pelt (voice)
Andy Pforsich ... Schroeder (voice)
Sally Dryer ... Patty (voice)
Ann Altieri ... Violet (voice) (as Anne Altieri)
Erin Sullivan ... Sally (voice)
Lynda Mendelson ... Frieda (voice) (as Linda Mendelson)
... Pig Pen (voice)
David Carey ... 2nd Boy (voice)
Guy Pforsich ... 3rd Boy (voice)
... Snoopy (voice)
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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 jlentz1@comcast.net

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The Peanuts' Gang in their First Movie!


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4 December 1969 (USA)  »

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Pandilla de Charlie Brown  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The 1964 LP and CD "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio (Fantasy FCD-8430-2), long since available by Fantasy Records, is not the soundtrack for this film, but for the earlier unaired TV documentary of the same name, A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1963). A storybook record for this film, featuring the music & song tracks (by Guaraldi, John Scott Trotter and Rod McKuen), and the dialogue (with narration by Peter Robbins as Charlie Brown and Glenn Gilger as Linus Van Pelt), was released by Columbia Records to coincide with the release of this film, but has since been out of print. Another LP album by Rod McKuen (SR-5010) was released on his Stanyan Records label in 1970, featuring new arrangements of the songs he did for the film (along with an instrumental track, called "Something For Snoopy," originally intended for the film); it was finally released on CD and digital in 2015. However, in 2017, Kritzerland Records has released the long-awaited complete score for this film (KR-20031-8) with bonus unused/alternate tracks) on CD, albeit limited edition (1,000 copies). See more »

Goofs

The amount of food in Snoopy's dish changes between the kitchen and his doghouse. See more »

Quotes

[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.
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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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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, not only are the crew members' names seen, but the crew members themselves are also seen! The images are seen one person at a time corresponding with whatever name appears on the screen. See more »

Connections

Followed by Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!!) (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Failure Face
Music and Lyrics by Rod McKuen
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Charles Schultz at his comedic best
22 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

This groundbreaking animated film brought the bittersweet and somewhat bleak humor of Schultz's "Peanuts" comic strip to the big screen, with beautiful, lush artwork that has probably never been duplicated. Memorable scenes include Schroeder's piano concert; Snoopy ice-skating in Central Park; the New York City spelling bee (where the famous "wah-wah-wah" voice approves or disapproves of contestants' spellings); and a showstopping rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," complete with psychedelic red, white, and blue imagery. A wonderful cult classic.


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