There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown

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There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown
Genre Animated TV Special
Created by Charles M. Schulz
Directed by Bill Melendez
Voices of Chad Webber
Stephen Shea
Robin Kohn
Hilary Momberger
Linda Ercoli
Jimmy Ahrens
Christopher DeFaria
Lynda Mendelson
Bill Melendez
Theme music composer Vince Guaraldi
Country of origin USA
Producer(s) Lee Mendelson
Bill Melendez
Running time 30 minutes
Original network CBS
First shown in March 11, 1973
Preceded by You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown
Followed by A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown is the ninth prime-time animated TV specials based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was originally aired on the CBS network on March 11, 1973, and released to DVD as a bonus feature (along with another Peanuts special Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown) on January 2, 2004. It was also released in remastered form as part of the DVD box set, "Peanuts 1970's Collection, Volume One."

Plot summary[edit]

There are three months of school left and all of the Peanuts gang are under pressure from too many tests and homework assignments. They now have to make preparations to write a report on a field trip to an art museum.

Charlie Brown's grades are falling from A to C and he has to receive a big grade on his museum report in order to salvage his grades for the entire term. Simultaneously, he must fight off the distraction of Peppermint Patty and her classmate Marcie (in her animated debut), both of whom have feelings for him. Unfortunately, on the way to the art museum, Charlie Brown, his sister Sally, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, and Snoopy inadvertently arrive in a supermarket and mistake it for the art museum. When Linus shows Charlie Brown and Lucy slides that resemble the works he took pictures of, Charlie Brown's hopes of salvaging his grades are shattered. As he waits for his graded report, he expects the worst of it all. However, everything works out for the best, as his teacher assumes his report is a description of an art museum described through the description of a supermarket and she gives him the grade he needs.

Peppermint Patty later apologizes to Charlie Brown for saying bad things to him and that it was not easy for a girl to talk like that to a boy. But Peppermint Patty angrily blows Charlie Brown away after Charlie Brown brings up the Little Red-Haired Girl. Marcie, who was watching this and calling her 'sir' throughout the special, reminded Peppermint Patty that she said the wrong thing again like she did in the supermarket. Peppermint Patty then asks Marcie if she knows how annoying it is being called 'sir' a lot when she tells her not to. Marcie responds, "No, ma'am".


  • This special marks the animated debut of Peppermint Patty's friend Marcie, who appeared in the comics for the first time in 1971 (although a girl resembling her named "Clara" had appeared in 1968).
  • A few satiric comments are made towards pop art, particularly Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans (without mentioning the artist by name).
  • Two times in the special, Peppermint Patty refers to Charlie Brown by his usual name instead of "Chuck".
  • This was the first Peanuts special to use vignettes or "blackout" sketches, notably at the beginning of the special. This would later be used on a bigger scale in the specials A Charlie Brown Celebration (1982), It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown (1983), Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales (2002), and the series The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.
  • When Charlie Brown and Marcie walks home from Peppermint Patty, he speaks the same "Good grief!" line is used in the film Snoopy, Come Home, which is said when Lucy, Linus, Charlie Brown, and Schroeder are play the Monopoly game. Oddly, this line was a reused voice clip voiced by Chad Webber.
  • Marcie also kisses Charlie Brown for the first time in this special, but instead of being because she loves him, it's for him to "think of it as a goodnight kiss from Peppermint Patty".

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Written and Created by: Charles M. Schulz
  • Directed by: Bill Melendez
  • Produced by: Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez
  • Original Music Composed and Performed by: Vince Guaraldi
  • Music Supervision by: John Scott Trotter
  • Graphic Blandishment: Ed Levitt, Evert Brown, Dean Spille, Frank Smith, Bernard Gruver, Carole Barnes, Ellie Bogardus, Phil Roman, Don Lusk, Bob Carlson, Sam Jaimes, Bill Littlejohn, Al Pabian, Rod Scribner, Hank Smith, Beverly Robbins, Eleanor Warren, Manon Washburn, Faith Kovaleski, Adele Lenart, Joanne Lansing, Dawn Smith, Joice Lee Marshall, Carla Washburn, Debbie Zamora
  • "Joe Cool" Sung by: Vince Guaraldi
  • Editing: Robert T. Gillis, Charles McCann, Rudy Zamora
  • Recording:
    • Voices: Radio Recorders, Coast Recorders
    • Music: Wally Heider Recording
    • Mix: Producers' Sound Service
  • Camera: Dickson-Vasu, Tony Rivetti
  • in cooperation with United Feature Syndicate, Inc. and Charles M. Schulz Creative Development, Corp., Warren Lockhart, President
  • THE END "There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown" © 1973 United Feature Syndicate, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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