A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Blu-Ray)
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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)
This sweet, heartwarming 1973 offering from the Peanuts gang (and Charles Schultz) once again shows Charlie Brown in a pickle, as his erstwhile friends impose upon the hapless would-be-host to provide a memorable and traditional Thanksgiving feast. And as much as Charlie Brown would rather forget the whole thing, he just can't help but try for fear of being labeled a failure. Ultimately it's up to Snoopy and Woodstock to save Charlie from certain embarrassment, and it falls to Linus to impart to all assembled the true meaning of Thanksgiving. This very special Emmy Award-winning cartoon features the usual sweet unassuming humor that only the Peanuts can provide, along with the melodic Vince Guaraldi score, and is one of those childhood classics meant to be enjoyed again and again. --Robert Lane --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Charlie Brown is -- of course -- depressed about the upcoming holiday. He's also planning to go with his family to his grandmother's house, as you'd expect. But then Peppermint Patty calls him, and ends up inviting herself, Marcie, and Franklin to a Thanksgiving dinner... at HIS house. Poor "Chuck" doesn't have a prayer of fending her off.
So Charlie Brown's friends agree to help out with an early Thanksgiving feast, along with the culinary skills of Woodstock and Snoopy. But with a ping-pong dinner table and a main course (buttered toast, jellybeans and popcorn) cooked by a dog and a bird, is there any chance of this being a satisfying Thanksgiving?
And then there's a bonus episode: "The Mayflower Voyages" in which the Peanuts kids travel on the Mayflower to the Americas, and chronicle the first few years of the Pilgrim colony, their cooperation with the local Indians, and the origins of Thanksgiving itself.
Perhaps the reason that "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" is often overlooked is because it does not have a powerful central message, nor does it have the absurdity of the Great Pumpkin. It's basically about a bunch of kids (and two animals) scrambling to put together a decent Thanksgiving dinner so everybody's Turkey Day won't be ruined.
And honestly, that's more than enough. There's a gentle warm charm to the story, with some understated humor ("What did you expect, a turkey card?Read more ›
Instead of the earnest adult-like children, we get an attempt at early-70s hip wisecracking. Further severely dating the show to 1973 is the soundtrack, typified by the horrid jazzy blues vocal number "Little Birdy" and a fight snoopy has with an animated lawn chair (segment is total filler).
The voiceovers are distracting too. Although, the actors who did the Christmas and Halloween specials were certainly well into adolescents by the time the Thanksgiving special was made, there was not even an attempt to retain any similarity when hiring the new actors (with the exception of Linus, who was voiced by the brother of the kid who did the Christmas and Halloween specials). They also sound a bit older and (perhaps as a result?)are much more wooden in their delivery.
That being said, there aren't very many Thanksgiving specials out there and it does give a short history of the holiday. It will certainly give the kids something to watch for 25 minutes during halftime.
But if you are expecting the sincerity and magic of the Christmas and Halloween specials, you will be disappointed.
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving DVD also comes with a second feature, Voyage of the Mayflower. This is a really great little flick that presents the Charlie Brown characters as participants in the pilgrim's voyage to the new world, their struggle to survive, and the first Thanksgiving. Parents may appreciate the educational aspects of this flick, as well as enjoy it's excellent quality.
Between the two features, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is definitely value for money. Another great feature, because the features are only 30 minutes, they can work as a great stop-gap to occupy a child for a brief period (such as while you are finishing dinner and they are getting fidgety), without having to cut short a full length movie.
And (it must be in Snoopy's imagination), the scene with him fighting with a lawn chair is the most ridiculous thing I've seen in a Peanuts cartoon. Besides Snoopy and Woodstock being able to think like humans, Peanuts cartoons are usually realistic. But seeing a reclining chair suddenly come to life is just a little too unrealistic. There is also a song, I'm guessing it's called "Little Birdy." Since when are there songs (as in, a voice singing, that isn't one of the characters,) in a Peanuts cartoon? Strange.
This one is okay, get it just to have all the holiday videos, but don't expect anything as good as the Peanuts Christmas or Halloween videos. ...
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It is amazing how some of the classics keep finding their ways into the younger generation hearts. I grew up on Charlie Brown and now my 10 and 8 year olds are doing the same.Published 11 months ago by Gail Hrushka
1973's "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" is an adorable, animated classic that makes me want to eat popcorn, toast, and jellybeans every year! Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2003 by Pamela Scarangello
Yes, you read correctly: three stars. Not five. Why, might you ask? Am I crazy? No, I am not. At least I don't think I am :)
I am a huge fan of Peanuts. Read more
Looking forward to watching this on TV--
I love that song- "Little Birdie"- and Charlie Brown's
jellybean, toast, popcorn, dinner- !!! Read more
In this speical the peanuts gang are clebrating Thanksgiving. Charlie Brown (Todd Barbee) is going to his grandmother's house for Thanksgiving dinner. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2002 by Stephen Verhaeren
While people often gush -- and rightly so -- about the Charlie Brown Christmas and Halloween cartoons, I often feel like this is the "lost" Peanuts holiday special that doesn't... Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2002 by Blake Petit
Charlie Brown, with the help of Snoopy and Woodstock, prepare quite an unusual meal for his friends before him and his family leave for his grandmother's house. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2002 by Josh P.
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