Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
|Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown|
|Genre||Animated TV Special|
|Created by||Charles M. Schulz|
|Directed by||Phil Roman|
|Voices of||Duncan Watson
|Theme music composer||Vince Guaraldi|
|Executive producer(s)||Lee Mendelson|
|Running time||30 min.|
|Original channel||CBS (1975–2000)
|Original airing||January 28, 1975|
|Preceded by||It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown|
|Followed by||You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown|
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown is the 13th prime-time animated TV special based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It originally aired on the CBS network on January 28, 1975 and aired annually on CBS from 1975 to 2000. It has aired annually on ABC since 2001.
Linus is fond of his teacher, Miss Othmar. To prove his point, he buys her a huge heart-shaped box of chocolates. However, Violet warns him it is probably not smart to fall in love with a teacher. But Linus says that he's fond of the "ground she walks on." When he leaves Sally believes that Linus bought the candy for her, and decides to make him a valentine in return. Later, Lucy goes to a puppet show held by Snoopy. At the concessions stand, Lucy asks for popcorn. However, because Snoopy can't understand Lucy he gives her candy, then soda, and finally popcorn. With Charlie Brown narrating the show, Snoopy tells a story about true lovers that is a little too "interactive" for Lucy's taste.
Valentine's Day then comes and the gang brings valentine cards for everybody. Charlie Brown brings a briefcase hoping he will get lots of valentines. However, after the cards are passed out, it turns out Charlie Brown got none except for a very small candy heart reading "Forget It Kid". Linus also never gave his candy to Miss Othmar because she left with her boyfriend. Sally who still believes the box of candy is for her, is dismayed when he attempts to go after the teacher to give her the candy. Both heartbroken, they take their sadness and anger in different ways. Linus throws his chocolate off a bridge while Charlie Brown kicks his mailbox. The next day Violet gives Charlie Brown a used valentine, as an apology, despite Schroder berating Violet for buying a card for him the day after Valentine's Day and giving it to him out of guilt (though this is hypocrisy as he didn't give Lucy a valentine). As Charlie Brown and Linus meet at the brick wall later, Charlie Brown expresses hope that Violet's pity valentine will start a trend, and he'll get even more valentines the following year.
A Charlie Brown Valentine was produced in 2002.
- After this episode was originally aired, children all over America sent valentines to Charlie Brown out of sympathy.
- At the end credits, puppet caricatures of everyone who worked on the show, including Charles Schulz, Lee Mendelson, Bill Melendez, and the kids (listed above) were shown. Earlier in the special, Snoopy performed a puppet show for Lucy.
- The scene where kids leave to celebrate Valentine's Day was borrowed from another Peanuts special, You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown.
- It was the last special for Stephen Shea as Linus and Lynn Mortensen (and Linda Jenner) as Sally. They would be replaced by Liam Martin and Gail M. Davis.
- Shermy's cameo in this special would be his last speaking appearance in the Peanuts franchise—save for an appearance in the "Linus and Lucy" episode of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show—until 2011's Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown. In that special, he has a cameo in a scene that is an homage to Peanuts' first strip. Shermy did have non-speaking cameos in some specials after Be My Valentine, such as 1992's It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown.
- Duncan Watson: Charlie Brown
- Melanie Kohn: Lucy van Pelt
- Stephen Shea: Linus van Pelt
- Lynn Mortensen: Sally Brown
- Greg Felton: Schroeder
- Linda Ercoli: Violet/Frieda
- Bill Melendez: Snoopy/Woodstock
Home video releases
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown was released on VHS in the 1980s by Kartes Video Communications, Media Home Entertainment and its Hi-Tops Video subsidiary through the "Snoopy's Home Video Library" collection, then in 1994 by Paramount Home Entertainment. Paramount released the special in 2003 on DVD with You're in Love, Charlie Brown and It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown. It was rereleased on January 15, 2008 by Warner Bros. Home Video in a "remastered deluxe edition" with a new bonus featurette, "Unlucky in Love: An Unrequited Love Story". Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown has also been released on laserdisc, and is available on iTunes.
- "Peanuts Documentary (1985) (5 of 5) - It's Your 20th Television Anniversary, Charlie Brown" (Documentary video).