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Charlie Brown Thanksgiving [Blu-ray]

Todd Barbee , Robin Kohn , Bill Melendez , Phil Roman    Unrated   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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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

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3.0 out of 5 stars AN HONEST-TO-GOD CLASSIC Nov. 24 2003
By D. Mart
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. Every year, I look forward to the holiday specials on television. A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING is one of them. Yet, I must admit: much like IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN and IT'S THE EASTER BEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN, this show is kind of dated. I do still love it -- the characters and classic Peanuts gags we have all come to cherish. Not to mention having a great storyline. But truth be told, the timing between most of the dialogue is very very very offbeat (example: towards the beginning, when Charlie Brown, Linus and Sally are conversing on the sidewalk, they sound like robots; and their timing is way off. During one instance, Linus stops talking, and there is a two or three second pause before Sally starts yelling. I mean, it's like, "Where did that come from?" LOL)).
And Peppermint Patty's voice -- that's just annoying.
Yet I still love them. There is just something about these shows that we can all relate to again and again. Yes, the later films, tv shows and specials are all better drawn, and the timing is a lot better; and some have a much smoother feel.
But these, I think, contain a certain nostalgic feeling. And that's why they are "classics."
I realize that some fans may be angry with this review; that I am somehow insulting Charles Schulz. But, you know what? I am sure even he would agree, if he saw the Thanksgiving show now, that, say, episodes from his mastefully done Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show or the NASA special is more smooth-flowing and the timing is better.
Before you click "no" under this review, watch the Thanksgiving show again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be thankful, Charlie Brown May 1 2011
For some reason, "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" has a case of middle-child syndrome -- people always think of the Christmas special or the Halloween special, but not the Thanksgiving one. That's too bad, because the this little holiday special has a certain low-key charm, as Charlie Brown once again gets in over his head while Snoopy wrestles with deck chairs.

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?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Weakest of the "Big Three" Dec 3 2003
Unlike the timeless 5-star Christmas and Halloween classics, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving falls short. Here the gang has been transplanted from the small-town Midwest with its dark, cold fall and winters to some suburban-type setting where people can walk around in shorts in late-November.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gobble Gobble, Charlie Brown. ;) Nov. 26 2003
1973's "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" is an adorable, animated classic that makes me want to eat popcorn, toast, and jellybeans every year! It's one of the few holiday treats that suit older audiences as well as younger ones.
Here's the basic synopsis: Peppermint Patty invites herself, Marcie, and Franklin to Charlie Brown's house for a wholesome Thanksgiving dinner. The problem: Charlie has to go to his Grandmother's house at 4:30. AND he doesn't know anything about cooking a turkey and cranberry sauce. With the help of Linus, Snoopy, and little Woodstock, Charlie tries to make meals for Patty and her guests, only to realize that food alone isn't thankful...his friends and family are. Watch out for Snoopy, the Peanut Gang's favorite dog! In this feature, he wrestles with a beach chair, puts a tablecloth on a pool table, and marches in Pilgrim garb!
This is a DVD I highly recommend, as well as "The Great Pumpkin" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Tradition for me
Looking forward to watching this on TV--
I love that song- "Little Birdie"- and Charlie Brown's
jellybean, toast, popcorn, dinner- !!! Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun, and a double feature!
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving has all the fun that you normally expect of a Charlie Brown movie. You get to see Peppermint Patty invite herself and several friends to Charlie Brown's... Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2003 by Tammy L. Schilling
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's a Charlie Brown Veterans Day?
In this speical the peanuts gang are clebrating Thanksgiving. Charlie Brown (Todd Barbee) is going to his grandmother's house for Thanksgiving dinner. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2002 by Stephen Verhaeren
5.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten Peanuts holiday special
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 more
Published on Nov. 27 2002 by Blake Petit
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Charlie Brown Thanksgiving program.
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 more
Published on Nov. 26 2002 by Josh P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Peppermint Patty's "shadow" Marcie shines in this one
Remember Marcie? The bespectacled girl who's so in awe of the tomboyish Patty that she calls her Sir? Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2002 by R. L. MILLER
3.0 out of 5 stars Something's wrong......
I know I'm sounding like an idiot, but this Charlie Brown holiday video isn't quite up to the normal standards of Peanuts products. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you not like this classic?
Knowing my children are growing up with the same values and traditions I did is all I need to say - order this classic, pop some corn, and snuggle with the kids.
Published on Jan. 18 2002 by Matthew Borden
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thanksgiving Tradition!
This movie is sure to be a Thanksgiving Tradition! This movie stars the adorable characters who we all love. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2001 by Peanut
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