Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown

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Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown
Genre Animation
Created by Charles M. Schulz
Written by Charles M. Schulz
Craig Schulz
Stephan Pastis
Directed by Andrew Beall
Frank Molieri
Voices of Austin Lux (Linus van Pelt)
Amanda Pace (Sally Brown)
Trenton Rogers (Charlie Brown, Schroeder)
Grace Rolek (Lucy van Pelt)
Shane Baumel (Pig-Pen)
Blesst Bowden (Violet)
Ciara Bravo (Patty)
Andy Pessoa (Shermy)
Andrew Beall (Snoopy and Woodstock)
Bill Melendez (Snoopy and Woodstock's archival audio)
Composer(s) Mark Mothersbaugh
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Charles M. Schulz
Running time 46 minutes
Production company(s) Peanuts Worldwide
Warner Premiere
Original network Fox (US)
Teletoon (Canada)
Original release October 1, 2011
Preceded by He's a Bully, Charlie Brown
Followed by The Peanuts Movie

Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown is a Peanuts television special that was released in 2011. The special is the 45th Peanuts special and the first produced without Bill Melendez on the production team. It is also the first special without the direct involvement of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, Lee Mendelson Productions or Bill Melendez Productions (it is unknown, though, if Lee Mendelson also worked on this special).[1] In addition, it is the first Peanuts special produced in part under Warner Bros. Television, which holds the home media distribution rights to the Peanuts specials.

The special was released on DVD on March 29, 2011, and first aired on television on October 1, 2011, on Teletoon in Canada. The special premiered in the United States on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2011, at 8:30PM ET/PT on Fox, the first Peanuts special to air on the network; with this airing, Peanuts specials have aired on all four major networks. Coincidentally, the first half of the film's original Fox broadcast in 2011 competed directly with a Peanuts special that aired at the same time on ABC ("The Mayflower Voyagers" from This Is America, Charlie Brown).[2][3] The special aired again on November 23, 2012 (the day after Thanksgiving, so as not to directly compete with the other Peanuts specials) and December 17, 2013.

The program special is particularly notable in that the characters/animation are drawn in an early-1960s style, and uses only characters from that time period (including Violet, Shermy, and Patty), except for the inclusion of one later character, Woodstock, and intermediate-era characters Frieda, Faron, 5, 4, and 3 appearing briefly as extras; and even pays homage to the very first Peanuts strip, from October 2, 1950 (when Charlie Brown has a flashback sequence).

The title recalls the 1960s Peanuts phrase "Happiness Is a Warm Puppy," which became a cultural reference.


It was announced by one of the hosts at the 2010 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade when a Snoopy balloon (in his flying ace outfit) passed by. As quoted: "Snoopy fans will be happy to know that next year, a new Peanuts animation will be flying your way."[4]

The last Peanuts special had been in 2006. Craig Schulz, son of the strip's creator, said the intention was to use 1960s style animation. Wildbrain Entertainment found a Korean company to do the work. Schulz also said the majority of the script used the actual strips, supplemented by work by Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis. Pastis had the idea to focus on Linus' blanket.[5]

After the death of Bill Melendez, the voices of Snoopy and Woodstock were provided by director Andrew Beall.

The movie was scored by Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh.[6]

Some scenes come from It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown, The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, and A Charlie Brown Celebration.


The special starts with Woodstock following holes which Linus dug, who is trying to find his security blanket and after the title, Charlie Brown does baseball with his two friends and with usual results and Schroeder keeps playing his composer's and Lucy keeps trying to hide Linus' blanket but Linus keeps getting it back. Then he and Charlie Brown try to put a stop to it. Lucy knew that Linus tricked Lucy and she let's go of her kite with a blanket. Linus then gets it back and decoys his grandmother with a tea towel and Violet and Patty try to insult Pig-Pen with his dirt cloud and in the end Linus tries to get his blanket back after Snoopy steals it and goes who knows where and shouts: "AUGH!!" in the end.


Frieda, Faron, 5, 3 and 4 have cameo appearances, but are silent.


  • Jamie Simone - Casting and Voice Director
  • Craig Schulz - Executive Producer

Blu-ray and DVD release[edit]

Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown was released on Blu-ray and DVD March 29, 2011 by Warner Home Video and includes the following special features:

  • Deconstructing Schulz: From Comic Strip to Screenplay
  • Happiness Is...Finding the Right Voice
  • 24 Frames a Second: Drawing and Animating a Peanuts Movie
  • Deleted Scene featuring an introduction by Director Andy Beall


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