You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown
|You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown|
|Genre||Animated TV Special|
|Created by||Charles M. Schulz|
|Directed by||Phil Roman|
|Voices of||Arrin Skelley (Charlie Brown and 5)
Patricia Patts (Peppermint Patty)
Casey Carlson (Marcie)
Michelle Muller (Lucy van Pelt)
Daniel Anderson (Linus van Pelt and Schroeder)
Tim Hall (Freddy Fabulous and "Pig-Pen")
Bill Melendez (Snoopy and Woodstock)
Annalisa Bortolin (Sally Brown)
|Country of origin||USA|
|Executive producer(s)||Lee Mendelson|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|First shown in||March 19, 1979|
|Preceded by||What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown!|
|Followed by||She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown|
You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown is the 18th prime-time animated TV special based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was originally aired on the CBS network in March 1979, making it the last Peanuts TV special of the 1970s. It has been released to DVD by Warner Home Video as a bonus feature to You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown. It appeared in remastered form in the "Peanuts 1970's Collection Vol. 2".
Charlie Brown decides to enter the Junior Olympics at his school after it is revealed he is not going on vacation after all. The decathlon is the only thing left open, and Charlie Brown accepts the challenge (of course after everyone else there refused to take on such a tough event before Charlie Brown showed up).
Peppermint Patty, who is the school's coordinator for the Junior Olympics, oversees Charlie's rigorous training for the event. Marcie also watches (and gives encouragement) and Snoopy works out with him (showing how in-shape he is and how out of shape Charlie is in the process). During a review of the ten events, Patty worries of whether or not he could win, and decides to enter Marcie to back him up.
On day one, Charlie is introduced to his competitors; Marcie, Freddie Fabulous from Fremont (defending Decathlon champ and smug egotist who calls Charlie Brown "Pumpkin head"), and The Masked Marvel (who is Snoopy from Ace Obedience School). He places well in the first five events, enough to place him in third after the day is over. Lucy states she is annoyed that Charlie Brown cannot be a total blockhead by his third place ranking, as the Masked Marvel came in dead last (even after winning the final event of the first day, the 400m dash).
Day two starts off bad for Charlie. First he feels nervous due to the increased pressure, then he performs badly in the 110m high hurdles (knocking down all but one hurdle and finishing last by a mile). However, after a tough talk from Peppermint Patty, a great showing in the pole vault and first-place finishes in the discus and javelin throw catapults him into first place. Now it's all on the 1500m run to finish it all off and be the school's hero. When Charlie Brown gains the lead over Freddie Fabulous, Lucy is aghast that the world must be ending as Charlie Brown is coming in first. Unfortunately after taking the lead, Charlie Brown closes his eyes and dreams of his victory and winds up running off the track, off the school grounds...and out of contention.
It is learned afterward that their school still wins the Junior Olympics, due to Marcie winning the 1500m (and thus the decathlon) and the disqualifications of Freddie Fabulous and The Masked Marvel (for fighting on the track). Peppermint Patty consoles Charlie Brown, telling him that everybody knows he did his best. Marcie arrives and Charlie Brown congratulates her on the win. Marcie, in turn, replies, "You're a great competitor and a real gentleman. I think you're the greatest, Charles." Uncharacteristically, she then lifts her glasses and winks at Charlie Brown, who blushes.
- This show was nominated an Emmy award.
- This is the only Peanuts special where Marcie shows her eyes and they were similar to Clara/"annoying girl"'s
- Charlie Brown's grunting as he tries to lift the barbell is the same grunting Daffy Duck made in the 1965 Warner Bros. cartoon Tease for Two when Daffy tries lifting a rock. This grunting was supplied by Mel Blanc.
- Although Charlie Brown is shown to be in the same school as Peppermint Patty and Marcie, the comic strip and other animated specials have indicated that the two girls go to a different school across town.
- Freddie Fabulous mentions that he is from Fremont. Due to the fact that Fremont is a real place in California, it could possibly mean that the Peanuts gang live in California.
- This was the third Peanuts special or movie to feature one or more teenaged characters, following It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown and Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown.
- Arrin Skelley: Charlie Brown/Vocal Effect/5
- Michelle Muller: Lucy van Pelt
- Bill Melendez: Snoopy/Woodstock/Announcer
- Patricia Patts: Peppermint Patty
- Casey Carlson: Marcie
- Daniel Anderson: Linus van Pelt/Schroeder
- Annalisa Bortolin: Sally Brown
- Tim Hall: Freddy Fabulous from Fremont/"Pig-Pen"
- The "Peanuts" Comic Strip Written and Created by Charles M. Schulz
- A Lee Mendelson-Bill Melendez Production
- Directed by Phil Roman and Bill Melendez
- Produced by Bill Melendez
- Executive Producer Lee Mendelson
- Music by Ed Bogas and Judy Munsen
- Music Supervision by Joe Raposo
- Designed by Evert Brown, Bernard Gruver, Dean Spille, Lance Nolley,
- Animation by Sam Jaimes, Al Pabian, Hank Smith, Larry Leichliter, Bill Littlejohn, Ed Newmann, Bob Carlson, Hank Tucker, Dale Baer, Joe Roman, Spencer Peel, Larry Huber, Herman Cohen, Bob Matz, Jeff Hall, Don Lusk, Rod Scribner, Segtio Bertolli, Leslie Margolin, Patricia Joy, Warren Batchelder, Manuel Perez, Emery Hawkins, Terrence Lennon, Richard Thompson, Charles McKimson, Utit Choomuang, Margaret Nichols, Kenneth Muse, Irven Spence, Ray Patterson, Ed Barge, Michael Lah, Al Grandmain
- Checking: Carole Barnes, Eve Fletcher, Jane Gonzales
- Final Check: Peggy Drumm
- Ink and Paint Supervisor: Joanne Lansing
- Ink and Paint: Adele Lenart, Lee Guttman, Karin Stover, Valerie Green, Roubina Babajanian, Lee Hoffman, Mickey Kreymann, Pat Capozzi, Chandra Poweris, Joan Pabian, Ginny Hansard, Emalene Setter, Karin Holmquist, Karen Webb, Evelyn Hairapetian, Olaya Stephenson, Marie White, Sue Rowan
- Editing Chuck McCann, Roger Donley
- Music Editing Joe Siracusa
- Negative Cutting Alice Kellior
- Production Manager Carole Barnes
- Camera: Nick Vasu, Inc.
- Dubbing: Producers' Sound Service, Don Minkler
- Voice Recording: Coast Recorders, Music Annex, Inc.
- Music Recording: Filmways/Wally Heider
- Color by Metrocolor
- Production Assistants Lora Sackett, Sandy Claxton-Arnold
- in cooperation with United Feature Syndicate, Inc. and Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates
- THE END "You're The Greatest, Charlie Brown" ©1979 United Feature Syndicate, Inc.