You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown

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You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown
Not Elected Charlie Brown.jpg
Created byCharles M. Schulz
Written byCharles M. Schulz
Directed byBill Melendez
StarringChad Webber
Hilary Momberger
Stephen Shea
Robin Kohn
Todd Barbee
Linda Ercoli
Brian Kazajian
Lynda Mendelson
Bill Melendez
Theme music composerVince Guaraldi
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Bill Melendez
Lee Mendelson
Editor(s)Robert T. Gillis
Charles McCann
Rudy Zamora, Jr.
Running time25 minutes
Production company(s)United Features Syndicate
Original networkCBS
Original releaseOctober 29, 1972
Preceded byPlay It Again, Charlie Brown
Followed byThere's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown

You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown is the eighth prime-time animated TV special produced based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz, and the 10th one to air. It originally aired on CBS on October 29, 1972, before the 1972 election.


At school, Charlie Brown sees an election poster for Student Body President. Linus thinks that Charlie Brown would make a great president, but Charlie Brown is convinced that nobody would vote for him. Lucy appoints herself his campaign manager and takes a student poll, which only confirms Charlie Brown's belief. When Lucy announces they need to find another candidate, Sally suggests Linus, and Lucy takes another poll, which is highly favorable toward Linus, so he enters the election.

Linus' campaign is vigorous and enthusiastic, and he takes a huge early lead in the polls against his opponent, Russell Anderson. At an assembly where Linus and Russell each make a campaign speech, Linus gives himself a major setback when he brings up the Great Pumpkin, which causes him to be laughed off the stage. Linus is convinced that he talked too much and has blown the election.

When election day finally arrives, it is a back and forth affair with the lead changing hands several times. The votes are tied when the final vote is submitted by Russell himself, who decided that Linus would be a better president; the final ballot count, 84 to 83, declares Linus the winner. Following his victory, Sally prods Linus to go to the principal and lay down the law, only to have the law laid down to him by the principal. After he reveals this to Sally and then walks away sheepishly, Sally has a fit and accuses Linus of selling out like all other politicians.

Voice cast[edit]

This special marks the debut television appearance of Woodstock, whose feature film debut was in Snoopy, Come Home, also released in 1972. Snoopy scenes are accompanied by a "Joe Cool" theme song—written, played, and sung by Peanuts musical score composer Vince Guaraldi.

Patty, Frieda, Pig-Pen, 555 95472, and Shermy appear, but they have no lines.


The plot from You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown was taken from a story that ran in the comic strip in October 1964, in which Linus runs for school president with Charlie Brown as his running mate. In the original storyline, Linus blows the election (and Charlie's bid for Vice President) after bringing up The Great Pumpkin in his final speech and being laughed off stage–again after leading in the polls at the time. Unlike the television special, Linus' opponent is never seen or mentioned. This special first aired under the title You're Elected Charlie Brown. It was subsequently changed after Charles Schulz realized that Charlie Brown was neither elected nor does he run. This explains why there is a caret between the words "You're" and "Elected" on the chalkboard (there was no time to redo the entire cel).[citation needed]

ABC edits[edit]

In October 2006, You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown began airing the following of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on ABC. In order to fit both specials in a one-hour time slot, the following edits were made to You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown:

  • The opening scene where Sally comes home from school and announces she will not be going back, then takes her brother for show-and-tell, (except for Snoopy preparing breakfast for himself and lunch for Charlie Brown and Sally) was removed entirely.
  • The part when Lucy told Charlie Brown that he will never be elected the second time was cut.
  • Woodstock walking up and down to get paint was shortened.
  • Linus and Lucy's talk show was shortened.
  • The part where Linus tells the audience during his speech about "across the board wages for custodians, teachers, and all administrative personnel" was removed.
  • The theme song for this special, "You're Elected, Charlie Brown", was replaced by "Linus and Lucy" in the title sequence.
  • In the ending segment, Sally kicked the locker and forced it open. In the ABC version, the locker stayed closed and the ABC credits rolled.
  • Vince Guaraldi stock music cues were added to scenes (including Charlie Brown being "elected" and a Beethoven speech) without music.

Home video release[edit]

The special was first released on home video in the 1980s by Hi-Tops Video. On June 25, 1994, it accompanied It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown on a Snoopy Double Feature release from Paramount Home Entertainment. It has been released on DVD twice, first as a "bonus feature" on the September 12, 2000 It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown DVD[1] then on its own as part of Warner Home Video's "Remastered Deluxe Edition" line of Peanuts specials on October 7, 2008.[2]

Warner Bros. remake[edit]

In 2008, iTunes released a quasi-remake of You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown from Warner Bros. as the first of the Peanuts Motion Comics series. The two-part webisode, entitled "Linus for President/The Election," followed the original comic strip segments rather than the TV special. It was released under the permission of Charles Schulz's wife Jeannie. Rather than the traditional Peanuts special animation, Warner Bros. used the original comic segments and used the latest technology to move the characters' body parts.


  1. ^ "Charlie Brown/Peanuts Specials - It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (& You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown)". Archived from the original on 2009-10-03. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  2. ^ Lambert, David (2008-08-25). "Charlie Brown/Peanuts Specials - Warner's Official Press Release for You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown: Remastered Deluxe Edition". Archived from the original on 2008-10-13. Retrieved 2008-11-01.

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