It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown

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It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown
Genre Animated TV Special
Created by Charles M. Schulz
Directed by Phil Roman
Voices of Dylan Beach
Gail M. Davis
Sarah Beach
Stuart Brotman
Greg Felton
Liam Martin
Michelle Muller
Vinnie Dow
Bill Melendez
Theme music composer Vince Guaraldi
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Lee Mendelson
Producer(s) Bill Melendez
Editor(s) Chuck McCann
Roger Donley
Running time 30 mins.
Original network CBS
First shown in March 16, 1976
Preceded by You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown
Followed by It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown

It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown is the 15th prime-time animated TV special based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was originally aired on the CBS network on March 16, 1976. It was released as a bonus feature with the DVD release of It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown on March 4, 2003, by Paramount. It was re-released on DVD under the "remastered" form on February 15, 2008, by Warner Home Video. It also appeared in remastered form in the DVD boxset "Peanuts 1970's Collection Vol. 2". It is the first special to feature the new character Rerun Van Pelt, Linus and Lucy's little brother, who had first appeared in the Peanuts comic strip in March 1973 .

The special's score has the final compositions and recorded performances of the musician most associated with the Peanuts franchise, Vince Guaraldi.


To celebrate Arbor Day, everybody works together to plant a garden after Sally Brown was humiliated in class by not understanding the purpose, her response being "Oh, that's simple. That's the day when all the ships come sailing into the arbor!". Unfortunately, the garden is located in Charlie Brown's baseball field, and he has a game with Peppermint Patty's team approaching. Charlie Brown works to make the best of the situation by attaching baseball gloves to the trees as well as caps (to make them look like scarecrows), which results in Peppermint Patty's team being unable to score due to the large number of fly outs from the balls being hit into the gloves. Schroeder says he will kiss Lucy if she hits a home run, which he figures she will not. However, Charlie Brown is happy to see Lucy indeed hit a home run and score the only run in the game. The game is cut short by rain, and although Charlie Brown expresses agony that "We were winning!", he accepts it as a de facto victory and one of the few times his baseball team has won a game.

Death of Vince Guaraldi[edit]

It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown was the last Peanuts special to feature original music composed by Vince Guaraldi, who was best known for the Peanuts' signature tune, "Linus and Lucy." 47-year-old Guaraldi died suddenly several hours after completing the soundtrack for this special. The end credits include a dedication, "For Vince."

With the untimely death of Guaraldi, later Peanuts animated specials lack the same jazzy musical score as previous entries. As such, It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown is seen by some fans as marking the swan song of the "golden era" for Charlie Brown's television run.[1]

Voice actors and their characters[edit]

Marcie, Franklin, Violet and Patty have silent roles.


  • Written and Created by: Charles M. Schulz
  • A Lee Mendelson-Bill Melendez Production
  • Directed by: Phil Roman
  • Produced by: Bill Melendez
  • Executive Producer: Lee Mendelson
  • Music Composed and Performed by: Vince Guaraldi
  • Designed by: Tom Yakutis, Ellie Bogardus, Evert Brown, Bernard Gruver
  • Animation by: Sam Jaimes, Don Lusk, Bill Littlejohn, Bob Matz, Bob Bachman, Rudy Zamora, Warren Batchelder
  • Assisted by: Al Pabian, Larry Leichliter, Patricia Joy, Jeff Hall, Joe Roman
  • Ink and Paint Supervision: Joanne Lansing
  • Checking: Eve Fletcher, Peggy Drumm, Eleanor Warren
  • Ink and Paint: Chandra Poweris, Pat Covello, Pat Capozzi, Sheri Barstad, Roubina Sarkissian, Cheri Lucas, Valerie Pabian, Charlotte Richardson
  • Editing: Chuck McCann, Roger Donley
  • Production Manager: Carole Barnes
  • Recording: Coast Recorders · Radio Recorders
  • Dubbing: Producers' Sound Service · Don Minkler
  • Camera: Dickson/Vasu
  • Production Assistant: Sandy Claxton
  • In cooperation with United Feature Syndicate, Inc. and Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates
  • THE END "It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown" © 1976 United Feature Syndicate, Inc.


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