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Play It Again, Charlie Brown (1971)

Lucy talks Schroeder into playing his piano for a PTA meeting. but there are unforeseen details that he will not tolerate.

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Cast overview:
... Lucy van Pelt (voice)
Stephen Shea ... Linus van Pelt (voice)
Danny Hjeim ... Schroeder (voice)
... Sally Brown (voice) (as Hilary Momberger)
Lynda Mendelson ... Frieda (voice) (as Linda Mendelson)
... Patricia 'Peppermint Patty' Reichardt (voice) (as Kip DeFaria)
Chris Inglis ... Charlie Brown (voice)
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In order to win the ever resistant Schroeder's affections, Lucy follows Peppermint Patty's advise and talks him into performing for a PTA meeting. Unfortunately, Patty, in her usual level of sensitivity, fails to mention until after Schroeder's agreement that only rock music will be on the program. Now Lucy, knowing that Schroeder would never agree to that, must find a solution. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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28 March 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Soita se uudelleen, Jaska Jokunen  »

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While Charlie Brown, Pig Pen, and Snoopy sound perfectly fine without Schroeder when demonstrating their rock band to Lucy, they aren't able to go on without him at the PTA meeting. See more »

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Frieda: [she comes in and sits down in front of Schroeder's piano where Lucy usually sits] Schroeder, I think it's disgraceful the way Lucy bothers you, and she's always asking everybody "Why does he always have to play that stupid piano?" I think that's terrible.
[pause]
Frieda: Incidentally, why DO you always have to play this stupid piano?
Lucy van Pelt: [comes in and sees her] What are you doing here?
Frieda: Who wants to know? Maybe I just like music.
Lucy van Pelt: [sits down beside her] Do you like Beethoven?
Frieda: What?
Lucy van Pelt: If you're going to hang ...
[...]
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Followed by It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown! (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 (Moonlight Sonata), 3: Presto agitato
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Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Lillian Steuber
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The first dud
2 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

I remember seeing this when it first aired and was sorely disappointed. After several years and seven wonderful specials, PIACB fell far short of the mark the previous shows had established.

The charm of Peanuts is seeing the real world through children's eyes. But in this special, some of the humor and plot points depend on things coming in spray cans; for example, PTA meetings. Huh? Not only is that not funny, it's supernatural, something that does not belong in Charlie Brown's world.

Also, this was the first time we hear actual adult voices, as opposed to the muted trombone sound effect. It's almost as if the 4th wall was being blown to bits. Suddenly we are no longer in the world of kids; the adults have invaded.

The other major thing wrong was the use of rock music in the soundtrack. Up to now, Vince Guaraldi's outstanding jazz scores gave Charlie Brown a dynamic, signature sound that everyone could quickly identify. To replace that with rock borders on sacrilege.

Maybe they wanted to try something new. Well, to me it didn't work. Why mess with success?


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