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."

Plot[edit]

This special centers on Lucy's infatuation with Schroeder and her willingness to do anything to win his affections. Frustrated in her perpetual failures, she opens up to Sally and Peppermint Patty about her situation, and Peppermint Patty comes up with an idea: invite him to play his piano at an upcoming PTA concert. 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.

Schroeder's thanking her for the invite is enough to send Lucy skyrocketing onto cloud nine; she again runs into Peppermint Patty and thanks her for the idea, but then Peppermint Patty adds something she forgot to mention before: the PTA wants a rock concert, not a classical recital. Lucy anguishes over this revelation, knowing that Schroeder will never agree to it, so she asks Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Pig-Pen for help. Snoopy brings out a set of drums, an acoustic guitar and an upright bass, and as the three start playing with Lucy dancing, Schroeder walks by. Lucy introduces the combo as his backup band for the PTA concert. Schroeder, still thinking he will be doing a recital, insists he can handle it alone, but when Lucy tells him that the PTA wants a rock concert instead, Schroeder backs out. After coercing from Charlie Brown, Schroeder reluctantly changes his mind, but soon regrets selling out his beloved Beethoven.

The combo is tuning up their instruments in preparation for the PTA 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 play rock music. Later, Lucy visits Schroeder again and somehow offends him when she comments about Beethoven not making it in Nashville. Schroeder is insulted and leaves, and Lucy, after quipping that Beethoven "probably wouldn't have made it in New Orleans either", then takes out her transistor 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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