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A Boy Named Charlie Brown

Peter Robbins , Pamelyn Ferdin , Bill Melendez    G (General Audience)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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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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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Paramount Family Favorite 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Grief, A Spelling Bee! Feb. 14 2004
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Format:VHS Tape
This is some good movie, but there's a sad ending. But I highly recommend it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Paramount Family Favorite 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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When I was a little kid back in the day I loved this movie so much. It was so magical and the music just could not be compared. I enjoyed everything about the film, from the characters to the dialogue to the words they would flash on the screen. Even when Snoopy was ice skating in the park I loved that to death. This was everything to me when I was a kid and I will show this to my kids if I ever have them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ending says it all Oct. 17 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Aside from a few overlong musical interludes (although the Beethoven segement, the Star Spangled Banner, and the final tune is wonderful), this is a wonderful movie that will stay in your mind forever if seen in childhood and that you will truly enjoy as an adult.
The final scene with Linus, CB, and Lucy (along with Rod McKuen singing the title cut) says it all in this film. Don't know what I'm talking about? See it and you will.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny July 19 2001
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As I read reviews, I don't see the words "Funny" in here. This movie is very very funny. The opening scene w/ Chuck, Linus, and Lucy lying on the hill is something that still gets a chuckle out of me. While this movie is mainly for kids, it is easily enjoyed by many older kiddies. The wit and just ultimate feeling sorry for the boy in the yellow shirt with a black zig-zag, but in a way that most of us have felt at some time in our lives. Nothing's going right, everyone hates you, except for that one kid with the stupid blanket. Then suddenly, you find something you're good at, and suddenly your fairweather fans are eveyrwhere supporting you. You feel a huge pressure to do the best that you can, and you bumble up once. Suddenly, everything is back as it was at the beginning. Gorgeous irony in this flick. I reccommend it to anyone who's felt down in their lifetime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A premium in entertainment for people of all ages
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. Read more
Published on June 11 2001 by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars MARVELOUS
If one cannot appreciate the movie for its sweet and tender nature, on must marvel at the music. I ADORE the theme song "A Boy Named Charlie Brown. Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Epitomizes the work of Charles M. Schulz
I bought this film the day before Charles Schulz died and it seemed like the most touching, poignant tribute to the man when I watched it. Read more
Published on June 11 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Peanuts" Classic
I, like the other reviewer before me, remember watching this in a movie theater when it was first released; my grandfather took me to see it and I must have been about 4 or 5 years... Read more
Published on April 17 2000 by S. Fennell
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Say Die, Charlie Brown!
I remember 1st seeing this movie in the theatre when I was 3 years old. It's a poignant piece with a lesson about trying your best and never giving up. Read more
Published on March 15 2000 by W. Langan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best animated films ever made.
I love this movie. With the exception of Pepermint Patty and Marcy, it has all the classic elements of the Peanuts gang that made them so cute: Charlie Brown can't fly a kite... Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2000
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