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
Warren Foster
Joseph A. Bailey
Mark Saltzman
Jocelyn Stevenson
Norman Stiles
Christopher Cerf
Nancy Sans
Sharon Lerner
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
Christopher Cerf (music supervisor)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Lee Mendelson
Charles M. Schulz
Producer(s) Bill Melendez
Camera setup Nick Vasu
Running time 28 minutes
Original network CBS
Original release 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 to write a book report on War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy over winter vacation. There is one major distraction on his mind, the big new year's party all of his friends are attending, with Peppermint Patty continuously convincing him to attend. Charlie tries inviting the object of his desires, the Little Red-Haired Girl, but gets his hand caught in the mail slot. With the party on his mind, he attempts to try to find another way to write the report, even going to a bookstore to find an audiobook or computer game of War and Peace, all to no avail. While at the party, he tries to finish "War and Peace" on the front porch of the house, but falls asleep and misses the clock's striking of midnight but is more devastated to find out that Linus ended up dancing with the Little Red-Haired Girl, who showed up after all. In the end of the special, Charlie hands his book report to the teacher, and gets a D minus, "the lowest grade ever without failing", as he calls it. However, the teacher announces that their next book report is on Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, overwhelming him even more.

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]

When it was shown on the ABC network on December 30, 2008, paired with a repeat of Rudolph's Shiny New Year, the program cuts out the following:

  • Some parts where Charlie Brown's voice is heard while reading "War and Peace".
  • A scene in which Charlie Brown goes to a store to try to find a "War and Peace" product to replace reading the book.
  • The final minutes.

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


Franklin, the Little Red-Haired Girl, Patty, Pig-Pen, Rerun, and Violet appear but are silent.


  • Created by: Charles M. Schulz
  • This film is dedicated to the memory of Bernie Gruver
  • Executive Producer: Lee Mendelson
  • Produced by: Bill Melendez
  • Directed by: Bill Melendez and Sam Jaimes
  • Written by: Charles M. Schulz, Warren Foster, Joseph A. Bailey, Christopher Cerf, Sharon Lerner, Mark Saltzman, Nancy Sans, Jocelyn Stevenson, Norman Stiles
  • Music by: Desirée Goyette and Ed Bogas
  • Music Supervision by: Christopher Cerf
  • Storyboards by: Andy Gaskill
  • Additional Storyboards: Debbie Baber, Jerry Richardson
  • Designed by: Evert Brown, Leo Moran, Utit Choomuang, Dean Spille
  • Lead Animation by: Ron Myrick
  • Animation by: Bill Littlejohn, Leslie Gorin, Al Pabian, Larry Leichliter, Bob Matz, Dave Burgess, Rumen Petkov
  • Additional Animation by: Greg Tiernan, Marlene May, Jeff Hall
  • Checking: Cynthia Goode, Jane Gonzales
  • Ink and Paint Supervisor: Joanne Lansing
  • Ink and Paint: Joan Pabian, Mickey Kreymann, Karin Holmquist, Teale Wang, Karen Webb, Emaline Seutter, Lee Guttman, Roubina Janian, Ginny Tucker, Lee Hoffman, Barbara Hiestand
  • Editing: Chuck McCann, Julie Maryon
  • Production Manager: Carole Barnes
  • Production Assistants: Sandy Claxton Arnold, Carol Neal, Glenn Mendelson, Joanna Loccisano
  • Camera: Nick Vasu
  • Dubbing: Glen Glenn Sound
  • Voice Recording: Buzzy's Recording Services
  • Music Recording: Russian Hill Recording
  • Color: Technicolor
  • A Lee Mendelson-Bill Melendez Production
  • In association with Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates and United Media Productions
  • THE END "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown" Copyright © 1985 United Feature Syndicate, Inc.


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