A Charlie Brown Celebration
|A Charlie Brown Celebration|
|Created by||Charles M. Schulz|
|Written by||Charles M. Schulz|
|Directed by||Bill Melendez|
|Voices of||Casey Carlson
Michael Mandy (Charlie Brown)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||1|
|Executive producer(s)||Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original airing||May 24, 1982|
|Preceded by||Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown|
|Followed by||Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?|
A Charlie Brown Celebration is the 23rd prime-time animated TV special based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz, who introduced the hour-long special. It was originally aired on the CBS network on May 24, 1982, and consists of a number of stories adapted from the comic strip.
The formula used in this special, several stories with one or two-word titles, was later adapted for the Saturday morning CBS series, The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, which started in 1983, and used in another special, It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown. A compilation of short stories also make up You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (both the stage musical and animated special), Snoopy!!! The Musical (both the stage musical and animated special), and Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales. Schulz first toyed with using vignettes in the 1973 special There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown.
- Michael Mandy- Charlie Brown
- Kristen Fullerton- Lucy van Pelt
- Earl Reily- Linus van Pelt
- Cindi Reily- Sally Brown
- Casey Carlson- Eudora/Truffles
- Shannon Cohn- Marcie
- Brent Hauer- Peppermint Patty
- Christopher Donohoe- Schroeder/Franklin
- Bill Melendez- Snoopy/Woodstock
Although Lucy taunts Charlie Brown to kick the football in this special, this is the first time she definitely promises never to pull it away again. When Charlie Brown gets ill at a ball game, Lucy promises never to pull the ball away. She does not pull the ball away when Charlie Brown gets better, but he misses and kicks her arm, resulting in her arm being encased in a cast. Charlie Brown is mentioned as kicking it in the It's Magic, Charlie Brown special.
It was the second (and last) episode for Kristen Fullerton as Lucy van Pelt, after when Sydney Penny voiced Lucy in It's Magic, Charlie Brown, Penny decided she would let Fullerton voice Lucy in this episode, she voiced Lucy in Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Celebration.
This is the first hour-long animated Peanuts special.
In The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show episode "Linus' Security Blanket" the footage scene where Charlie Brown and his kite get stuck in a tree is different but in "You Can't Win Charlie Brown" the scene where Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and Linus are caught up with his kite in Snoopy's doghouse is the same thing.