Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!

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Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!
Genre Animation
Created by Charles M. Schulz
Written by Charles M. Schulz
Directed by Bill Melendez
Sam Jaimes
Voices of Chad Allen
Jeremy Miller
Melissa Guzzi
Elizabeth Lyn Fraser
Aron Mandelbaum
Jason Mendelson
Kristie Baker
Bill Melendez
Composer(s) Ed Bogas
Desirée Goyette
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Lee Mendelson
Charles M. Schulz
Camera setup Nick Vasu
Running time 28 minutes
Original channel CBS
Original airing January 1, 1986
Preceded by You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Followed by Snoopy!!! The Musical

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! is the 30th prime-time animated TV special based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It aired on the CBS network on January 1, 1986.


Charlie Brown has a problem: He has to write a book report on War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy over winter vacation. There is one major distraction on his mind and that is the big new year's party all of his friends are attending. He tries inviting the object of his desires, The little red haired girl (Again, as in It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, and like that special, appears in animated form), but gets his hand caught in the mail slot. When the night of the party arrives he gets beaten by Peppermint Patty at Musical Chairs, causing him to leave the party and try to finish "War and Peace" while everyone else welcomes in the new year. To make matters worse, Linus ends up dancing with the Little Red-Haired Girl at midnight, much to Charlie's shock and dismay. In the end of the special, he finishes his book report, but gets a D minus, the lowest grade ever without failing. Even worse, the teacher assigns another book report...on Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky!

DVD release[edit]

Warner Home Video released a DVD and high definition Blu-ray Disc in October 6, 2009 as a bonus feature for the Remastered Deluxe Edition of I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown.[1]

It was re-released as part of the box set Snoopy's Holiday Collection on October 1, 2013.

ABC telecast[edit]

After airing on the CBS network in 1986 for two years, the program had its network premiere on the ABC network on December 30, 2008, paired with a repeat of Rudolph's Shiny New Year. To save room for Rudolph's Shiny New Year, the program cuts off the following:

  • Some parts where Charlie Brown's voice is heard while reading "War and Peace".
  • A trip to a store where "War and Peace" products are "sold".
  • The final minutes.

From 2010 ongoing, it was paired with She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown.


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