I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown

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I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
GenreAnimated TV special
Created byCharles M. Schulz
Directed byBill Melendez
Larry Leichliter
Voices ofJimmy Bennett (Rerun van Pelt)
Adam Taylor Gordon (Charlie Brown)
Ashley Rose Orr (Lucy van Pelt)
Corey Padnos (Linus van Pelt)
Hannah Leigh Dworkin (Sally Brown)
Nick Price (Schroeder)
Jake Miner (Franklin, Pig-Pen, and Shermy)
Kailtyn Maggio (Little Pigtailed Girl, Violet, Patty, and Frieda)
Bill Melendez (Snoopy, Woodstock, and Spike)
Composer(s)David Benoit
Country of origin United States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Lee Mendelson
Producer(s)Bill Melendez
Running time41 minutes
Production company(s)United Feature Syndicate
Original networkABC
Original releaseDecember 9, 2003 (2003-12-09)
Preceded byLucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown
Followed byHe's a Bully, Charlie Brown

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown is one of Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts made-for-television specials. The special first aired on ABC on December 9, 2003. It was released to DVD and VHS by Paramount on October 26, 2004, and Warner Home Video released it as a remastered deluxe edition on DVD on October 6, 2009. This special was re-released as part of the box set Snoopy's Holiday Collection on October 1, 2013.


Having seen the relationship between Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Rerun van Pelt is desperate for a dog of his own for Christmas. He asks Santa Claus for a dog. Unfortunately, his mother and older sister, Lucy do not believe that he is old enough to care for a dog. Frustrated, Rerun asks Charlie Brown if he can play with Snoopy. While initially cooperative, Snoopy quickly tires of Rerun's idea of fun and games, and after a while Snoopy begins to snub Rerun.

At Rerun's request, Snoopy asks his brother Spike to leave his home in the desert near Needles, California and come to visit. When Spike arrives, Lucy is appalled at his skinny figure and takes him in to fatten him up. After a short stay, Spike gains significant weight, which he then loses from fear while riding with Rerun on his mother's bike. Because Rerun's mother still will not allow Rerun to have his own dog, Charlie Brown tries to find another home for Spike but to no avail, prompting Spike to return to his desert home.

Rerun asks Charlie Brown if Snoopy can come out and pull him on his sled. Rerun finds himself pulling Snoopy on the sled instead, which makes him come to the conclusion that dogs can be troublesome.

Charlie Brown breaks the fourth wall at the end of the special by saying, "I always lie awake wondering, when will it all end? Then a voice tells me, 'Right after the credits.'"


Shermy, Eudora, and Patty also appear, but are silent.


  • This special is the second time Snoopy's brothers Marbles, Olaf, and Andy appear in a Peanuts special; the first being 1991's Snoopy's Reunion. Also his sister Belle is mentioned, but not seen.
  • The scene where Lucy fattens Spike up was previously used in the "Snoopy's Brother Spike" episode of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show as well.

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