It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown
|It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown|
|Created by||Charles M. Schulz|
|Written by||Charles M. Schulz|
|Directed by||Bill Melendez
|Voices of||Brett Johnson
David T. Wagner
Jessica Lee Smith
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of episodes||1|
|Executive producer(s)||Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates|
|Running time||28 minutes|
|Original airing||April 16, 1984|
|Preceded by||What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?|
|Followed by||Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown|
It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown is the 27th prime-time animated television special based upon the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. The show is presented as an original musical which features parodies of the early 1980s breakdancing craze, MTV, the movies Saturday Night Fever, Flashdance, and Footloose, and a number of popular top 40 hit songs of the early 1980s. It has been released to DVD by Warner Home Video as a bonus feature to Snoopy's Reunion.
It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown takes the form of a musical, presenting a series of different songs. The program does not have a strong unifying plot.
The program begins with Snoopy defeating Peppermint Patty at football, followed by an opening credits sequence in which the dog takes out a boom box and dances to the title song as the opening credits roll.
The next segment shows Peppermint Patty and Marcie at school, followed by a gym class, in which Peppermint Patty leads the other characters in a work out while she sings "I'm in Shape". The part of the song where she sings "Hey Linus...!" is clearly inspired by Toni Basil's 1981 hit song "Mickey".
The scene changes to a party at the home of Sally and Charlie Brown. The children begin playing a game of "Simon Says" before Lucy takes over the game and sings "Lucy Says". Later, the children dance to a song about "Pig-Pen", "The Pig-Pen Hoedown".
The song "Flashbeagle" is repeated two more times. Snoopy is seen accompanying Franklin to a night club and dancing to the tune there, where the first two verses of the song are played. Later, Snoopy is taken to school by Sally Brown for Show and Tell, he begins dancing to the third and final verse of "Flashbeagle" played on a boom box, and all the children gradually join in.
The special ends with Charlie Brown saying to his sister that he thinks he should do something about his dog's behavior. Sally disagrees with him because, thanks to Snoopy, she got an "A" for Show and Tell.
Bill Melendez explained that the dancing Snoopy in the club scene was done by a process called rotoscoping where the character is drawn over live action pictures. The dancer model Marine Jahan was chosen to do scenes where Snoopy was dancing in the special. The animators rotoscoped live action pictures of Jahan to Snoopy in order to make these scenes. It wasn't the first time Jahan had substituted for another performer as a dancer—she doubled for Jennifer Beals in Flashdance as well.
Charles Schulz's 12-year old daughter Jill was said to have inspired the "She's In Shape" sequence when Schulz drew images.
Voice credits 
- Brett Johnson as Charlie Brown, 5, and The Light Brown Haired Boy
- Stacy Ferguson as Sally Brown
- Jeremy Schoenberg as Linus Van Pelt
- Heather Stoneman as Lucy Van Pelt
- Gary Goren as Schroeder and Tommy
- Gini Holtzman as Peppermint Patty
- Keri Houlihan as Marcie
- Bill Melendez as Snoopy and Woodstock
- Gini Holtzman as Peppermint Patty
- Kevin Brando as Charlie Brown, 5, The Light Brown Haired Boy, and Tommy for vocal solos and as Schroeder for group vocals
- Brad Kesten as Charlie Brown for group vocals
- David T. Wagner as Linus Van Pelt (credited as David Wagner)
- Jessica Lee Smith as Lucy Van Pelt (credited as Jessie Lee Smith)
- Joeseph Chemay as Additional vocalist
- Desirée Goyette and Joey Scarbury as vocalists in and "Flashbeagle".
A soundtrack was issued on Disneyland Records under the "Charlie Brown Records" banner (just like the earlier "Read-Along" records Disney issued for Peanuts) featuring songs from this special. Half of the other songs later appeared on the TV documentary called It's Your 20th Television Anniversary, Charlie Brown which aired in 1985. Songs were written by Ed Bogas and Desirée Goyette; Goyette also sings on the album, along with Joey Scarbury of "Believe It or Not" fame. It was produced by Bogas, Goyette, the special's producer Lee Mendelson, and Jymn Magon. Track list is as follows:
- Pigpen Hoedown*
- Don't Give Up, Charlie Brown**
- I'm In Shape*
- Someday, Charlie Brown**
- Let's Have A Party^
- Lucy Says*
- Snoopy's Big Debut**
- (*-From It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown)
- (**-From It's Your 20th Television Anniversary, Charlie Brown)
- (^-Theme from The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show; this version was later used for the second season in 1985)