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A Boy Named Charlie Brown


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  • Actors: Peter Robbins, Pamelyn Ferdin, Glenn Gilger, Andy Pforsich, Sally Dryer
  • Directors: Bill Melendez
  • Writers: Charles M. Schulz
  • Producers: Bill Melendez, Charles M. Schulz, Lee Mendelson
  • Format: Animated, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: CBS
  • Release Date: March 28 2006
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E1NX9A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,952 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Things get off to a bumpy start. First, Charlie fails to make anything profound out of the cloud formations above, just a "ducky" and a "horsy." (But that's always been one of his best qualities--he calls them as he sees them.) Then he has a disastrous kite experience, followed by further humiliation on the baseball field (with its dandelion-covered pitching mound). Just when it seems as if things couldn't get much worse--they don't. Charlie finds something he's good at. Lucy, Violet, and the rest of the Peanuts gang doubt that his spelling bee winning streak can possibly last, but Charlie proves them all wrong and makes it to the national championships in New York City. His best pal, Linus, and free-spirited pooch, Snoopy, arrive shortly afterwards and provide their support. Granted, this rare, full-length feature film ends just as it began, with one more small humiliation, but it's Charlie's achievement that leaves the bigger impression. There are even a few lessons to be learned, but the tone is never preachy or condescending. Along the way, there are numerous pleasures to enjoy: Vince Guaraldi's classic Oscar-nominated score (featuring lyrics by Rod McKuen), the brightly hued, clean-lined animation (which occasionally erupts into impressionist and pop art flights of fancy), Schroeder's lovely rendition of Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata, Snoopy's ice-skating escapade at Rockefeller Plaza, and Linus's Fred Astaire-inspired dance with his long lost blanket. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By presleyvc@aol.com on Aug. 29 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Good grief. G-O-O-D G-R-I-E-F. Good grief. Even though Woodstock, Peppermint Patty and Marcie did not appear, (Neither
did Rerun) This is still a great movie. Charlie Brown tries to
volunteer for a spelling bee,But Lucy Van Pelt, Frieda (who blew
bubble gum at the baseball game) and Violet think he's just a
"Failure Face". There's not just that spelling bee, There's more.
Before the spelling bee, Charlie Brown has a baseball game to play. Some parts are funny. Frieda blows bubble gum,Pig Pen puts
dust on the ball,Snoopy ( Voiced by Bill Melendez, who produces
with Lee Mendelson) yawns and gets the ball in his mouth, Linus
Van Pelt (Brother of Lucy van Pelt) puts his security blanket
(Which is his trademark) in his baseball hat and Frieda,Violet and Patty(Not related to Peppermint Patty) do not catch the ball.
Although some parts could look like romance scenes like Lucy
kissing Schroeder and Sally (Related to Charlie Brown) says to
Linus "Isn't He The Cutest thing", This film is great and is
the 1st full-length film. F-I-L-M. Film. Cinema Center Films,CBS
Video,Cbs/Fox Video,Fox Video,Paramount Pictures,1969,Rated G.
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Format: VHS Tape
Good grief. G-O-O-D G-R-I-E-F. Good grief. Even though Woodstock, Peppermint Patty and Marcie did not appear, (Neither
did Rerun) This is still a great movie. Charlie Brown tries to
volunteer for a spelling bee,But Lucy Van Pelt, Frieda (who blew
bubble gum at the baseball game) and Violet think he's just a
"Failure Face". There's not just that spelling bee, There's More.
Before the spelling bee, Charlie Brown has a baseball game to play. Some parts are funny. Frieda blows bubble gum,Pig Pen puts
dust on the ball,Snoopy ( Voiced by Bill Melendez, who produces
with Lee Mendelson) yawns and gets the ball in his mouth, Linus
Van Pelt (Brother of Lucy van Pelt) puts his security blanket
(Which is his trademark) in his baseball hat and Frieda,Violet and Patty(Not related to Peppermint Patty) do not catch the ball.
Although some parts could look like romance scenes like Lucy
kissing Schroeder and Sally (Related to Charlie Brown) says to
Linus "Isn't He The Cutest thing", This film is great and is
the 1st full-length film. F-I-L-M. Film. Cinema Center Films,CBS
Video,Cbs/Fox Video,Fox Video,Paramount Pictures,1969,Rated G.
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It earned $290,000 the very first week that it opened. Anyway, I was five when it came out and I remember those long lines that came out to see it - like a blockbuster, like Star Wars or Jurassic Park today.
It was a great film and Charles Shultz had a wonderful way of sayin', "It's ok. It's ok to miss the mark. It's ok to fail. It's ok to be vulnerable. We're all very human. We're all just a boy named Charlie Brown."
Everybody relates to it and we've all been there. We've all been that kid that nobody expects anything from, that who, no matter whatever he does, has to please somebody in order just to exist - staring up at that blackboard, on the spot, try'in to please everybody just to make some friends. Sacrificing himself. But you know what? We didn't come to see them. We came to see him. He's the one that Shultz drew for 50 years. He's the one that Rod McKuen wrote the song about. He's the one that all the other films and tv specials are named after. Cause he's pretty special and we all love him and can't get enough of him.
"The word is...beagle?...beagle?...beagle?" Yeah, BEEGUL!
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Though I highly recommend this film for children, it is by no means a movie that can be enjoyed only by children, with mindless dialogue and aimless plot. On the contrary; I am a 19-year-old college student, and even though I should technically be writing a review on Fellini's "Satyricon" as I sip some kind of mocha and smoke a cigarette, I instead choose to rave about the merits of this intelligent, wonderful little film. I would first like to state that the soundtrack is absolutely ASTOUNDING. Vince Guaraldi really outdoes himself in this film, with my favorites being "Baseball Theme" and "Surfin' Snoopy". I'm sorry to say that many of the songs on this film can only be acquired through the VHS medium; though there is a soundtrack, it provides music from an NBC Charles Schultz special, not this film. Consumers, beware! :) Secondly, the original compositions by Rod McKuen, such as "Champion Charlie Brown" and "Boy Named Charlie Brown" are heartwarming and delightful, again with paradoxically smart and mature lyrics (these too, unfortunately, are unavailable on CD). The animation is delightful. I love the bright, cheerful hues of the wallpaper in Charlie's hotel room and his bathroom. And yes, the visual rendition of Beethoven's "Pathetique Sonata" is stunning, with animation reminding you of the "Eleanor Rigby" scene from "Yellow Submarine" (NOT the psychedelic type); for some, it can definitely be a tear-jerker. Snoopy's graceful skate at Rockerfeller Plaza in New York City is additionally delightful. If you're a parent concerned with the lessons your child may learn from this film, allow me to present you with a list: gleeful content with who we are, acceptance of failure, healthy appreciation of victory, and perhaps most of all, how to be a friend. Charming. Beautiful. It will bring a smile to your face even after years of viewing. You will NOT be disappointed with this buy.
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