Play It Again, Charlie Brown

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Play It Again, Charlie Brown
Play It Again Charlie Brown title card.jpg
GenreAnimated TV Special
Created byCharles M. Schulz
Directed byBill Melendez
Voices ofPamelyn Ferdin
Stephen Shea
Lynda Mendelson
Hilary Momberger
Christopher DeFaria
Chris Inglis
Bill Melendez
Theme music composerVince Guaraldi
Ludwig van Beethoven
Production
Producer(s)Lee Mendelson
Bill Melendez
Editor(s)Bob Gillis
Chuck McCann
Rudy Zamora, Jr.
Running time24 min.
Release
Original networkCBS
First shown inMarch 28, 1971
Chronology
Preceded byIt Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown
Followed byYou're Not Elected, Charlie Brown

Play It Again, Charlie Brown is the seventh prime-time animated TV special based upon the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It originally aired on CBS on March 28, 1971.

This was the first Peanuts TV special of the 1970s, and the first special to focus on a character other than Charlie Brown or Snoopy. It also marked the first time someone other than Peter Robbins voiced Charlie Brown, which in this case was Chris Inglis as the character, since Robbins' voice changed after the previous special. Also, all the other remaining original actors from the first special, except for Bill Melendez, also were replaced by someone else, leaving Bill Melendez the only original actor remaining until his death on September 2, 2008. However, recordings of his voice were used in later Peanuts animated media.

This special was released on DVD for the first time, in remastered form as part of the DVD box set, "Peanuts 1970's Collection, Volume One."

Summary[edit]

This special focuses on Lucy's infatuation with Schroeder, and her willingness to do anything to win his affections away from his unshakable devotion to classical music, particularly Beethoven.

Frustrated in her repeated failures to get Schroeder's attention (by, among other things, demonstrating that Beethoven now comes in spray cans), she opens up to Sally and Peppermint Patty about her situation, and Peppermint Patty comes up with an idea to get Lucy in good with Schroeder: invite him to play his piano in concert at the upcoming PTA program. Lucy goes along with the idea and goes back to tell Schroeder, who warms up to the idea, and after thanking Lucy begins rehearsing right away.

The fact that Schroeder thanks her for the invite is enough to send Lucy skyrocketing into cloud nine, randomly hugging Snoopy and Charlie Brown in total euphoria. On her way back home, Lucy runs into Peppermint Patty again and thanks her for the idea, but Peppermint Patty mentions something she forgot to tell Lucy before: That Schroeder cannot play any Beethoven in the program; the PTA decided they want a rock concert instead.

Lucy anguishes over this revelation, knowing well that Schroeder will never agree to it, so she asks Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Pig-Pen for help. Snoopy comes up with an idea: He brings out a set of drums, an acoustic guitar, an upright bass, and the three start playing with Lucy dancing.

Moments later Schroeder walks by, and Lucy — in an attempt to save face — introduces the combo as his backup band for him for the PTA concert. But Schroeder, still thinking he will be playing Beethoven, insists he can handle it alone, but when Lucy tells him that the PTA wants a rock concert instead of a classical recital, Schroeder backs out, just as expected. But after coercing from Charlie Brown, Schroeder reluctantly changes his mind. During their initial rehearsal, Schroeder cannot bring himself to stomach the fact that he has sold out his beloved Beethoven.

The night of the PTA meeting comes, and the combo is tuning up their instruments for the concert. Schroeder arrives close to show time, but despite Lucy and Peppermint Patty's pleading, he decides to stick to his guns and refuses to perform, reinforcing his belief that playing rock music would be compromising his classical roots. So now it is Patty who has the dilemma—a PTA meeting without a program. But Lucy has a solution: Holding up a spray can, she says PTA meetings now come in spray cans, too.

On the final scene, Lucy visits Schroeder again and somehow offends him about Beethoven not making it in Nashville and that he did not have the Nashville sound. Schroeder leaves feeling insulted by this. Lucy then yells out to him, "He probably would not have made it in New Orleans, either!" Lucy then takes out her radio and happily listens to rock and roll on Schroeder's piano as the credits roll.

Voice cast[edit]

Credits[edit]

  • Created and Written by: Charles M. Schulz
  • Directed by: Bill Melendez
  • Produced by: Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez
  • Musical Score Composed by: Ludwig Van Beethoven, Vince Guaraldi
  • Conducted by: John Scott Trotter
  • Beethoven Sonatas Played by: Lillian Steuber
  • Graphic Blandishment: Ed Levitt, Bernard Gruver, Evert Brown, Dean Spille, Frank Smith, Rudy Zamora, Don Lusk, Bill Littlejohn, Emery Hawkins, Al Pabian, Sam Jaimes, Beverly Robbins, Eleanor Warren, Carole Barnes, Faith Kovaleski, Manon Washburn
  • Editing: Bob Gillis, Chuck McCann, Rudy Zamora, Jr.
  • Sound:
    • Radio Recorders, Sid Nicholas
    • United Recorders, Arte Becker
    • Producers' Sound Service, Don Minkler
  • Camera: Dickson/Vasu
  • In Cooperation with United Feature Syndicate
  • THE END "Play It Again, Charlie Brown" © 1971 United Feature Syndicate

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