It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown

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It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown
GenreAnimated TV special
Created byCharles M. Schulz
Directed byBill Melendez
Voices ofVarious (see below)
Composer(s)Vince Guaraldi
Producer(s)Lee Mendelson
Bill Melendez
Editor(s)Bob Gillis
Chuck McCann
Steve Melendez
Running time24 min.
Original networkCBS
First shown inSeptember 27, 1969
Preceded byHe's Your Dog, Charlie Brown
Followed byPlay It Again, Charlie Brown

It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown is the sixth prime-time animated TV specials based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz. It was directed by Bill Meléndez and originally aired on CBS on 27 September 1969. This was also the first Peanuts special not to feature the majority of the original voice cast from the inaugural A Charlie Brown Christmas, except for Ann Altieri, Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins, and Sally Dryer. Among the notable additions to the cast for this special was Pamelyn Ferdin, Robbins's co-star on Blondie.


School is out for the summer and Charlie, Linus, Schroeder, and Pig Pen are planning to spend it reading every comic book, watching television, playing baseball, and playing classical music. However, Lucy tells them that she signed them up for camp. The girls are eager to go, but the boys hate the idea. (Charlie adds that it's like finding out that he was drafted.) The boys shove each other to get on the bus, while the girls line up in order. At camp, Charlie is chosen as captain of the boys' camp. The boys and girls have a swim race which the girls win easily. Then they have a softball game, which the boys lose with only one run. Other competitions are just as lopsided.

Charlie and Shermy, disillusioned by their continued defeat, see Snoopy arm-wrestling with the boys. They realize that the boys might get even with an arm wrestling game, with "The Masked Marvel" (Snoopy) as their champion. Snoopy goes into training, eating the camp's awful food, doing exercises, and drinking a nutritious and noxious concoction. In the contest, Snoopy goes up against Lucy. They both get sweaty and tired in the match, which ends when Snoopy kisses Lucy. He pins her hand; but she says that kissing her was a foul, and she is the winner.

Back at school, Charlie only comes up with 13 words on his essay that he and Linus are forced to write on the first day, having been caught playing hangman in class. Linus gets an A but Charlie gets a C-. Linus then says "Oh, well, it was a short summer, Charlie Brown", to which Charlie gloomily replies, "And it looks like it's going to be a long winter".


On July 7, 2009, it was released on DVD for the first time, in remastered form as part of the DVD box set, "Peanuts 1960s Collection." On October 6, 2015, the special was released in the remastered deluxe edition of He's a Bully, Charlie Brown along with an episode from The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show as bonus specials.

Voice cast[edit]


  • Created and Written by: Charles M. Schulz
  • Directed by: Bill Melendez
  • Produced by: Lee Mendelson, Bill Melendez
  • Graphic Blandishment: Ed Levitt, Bernard Gruver, Ellie Bonnard, Evert Brown, Don Lusk, Frank Smith, Bob Carlson, Spencer Peel, Ruth Kissane, Beverly Robbins, Rudy Zamora, Brad Case, Phil Roman, Bill Littlejohn, Herman Cohen, Hank Smith, Jan Strejan, Sam Jaimes, Eleanor Warren, Faith Kovaleski, Manon Washburn, Gwenn Dotzler
  • Original Score Composed and Performed by: Vince Guaraldi
  • Arranged and Conducted by: John Scott Trotter
  • Editing: Bob Gillis, Chuck McCann, Steve Melendez
  • Recording:
    • Voices: Radio Recorders, Sid Nicholas
    • Music: United Recorders, Arte Becker
    • Mix: Producers' Sound Service, Don Minkler, Bill Mumford
  • Camera: Jim Dixon, Nick Vasu, Wally Bulloch
  • In Cooperation with United Feature Syndicate, Inc.
  • THE END "It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown" © 1969 United Feature, Inc.

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