You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (TV special)

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You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
GenreAnimation
Created byCharles M. Schulz
Based on
Directed bySam Jaimes
Voices ofBrad Kesten
David T. Wagner
Jessica Lee Smith
Tiffany Reinbolt
Jeremy Reinbolt
Michael Dockery
Robert Towers
Bill Melendez
Composer(s)Clark Gesner
Ed Bogas
Desiree Goyette (credited as music director in opening credits)
Joe Raposo (original arranger and composer of incidental music, uncredited)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)Lee Mendelson
Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates
Producer(s)Lee Mendelson
Bill Melendez
Editor(s)Chuck McCann
Julie Maryon
Camera setupNick Vasu
Running time50 minutes
Production company(s)Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates
United Features Syndicate
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture format4:3
First shown inNovember 6, 1985
Chronology
Preceded bySnoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown
Followed byHappy New Year, Charlie Brown!

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is the 29th prime-time animated musical TV special based upon the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. This adaptation of the 1967 musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown[1] originally aired on the CBS network on November 6, 1985, and repeated on January 8, 1987 on the NBC network. The special was produced by Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates. It is the first Peanuts special to have input from the Japanese animation studio, Studio Pierrot, and like the other specials, had input from Toei Animation, also from Japan.

Plot[edit]

The program opens with the other Peanuts characters singing the title song to Charlie Brown.

In the next scene, Schroeder plays Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" and Lucy sings along. She tries to tell him that they should get married. Schroeder ignores her, then Lucy says, "My aunt Marian was right; never try to discuss marriage with a musician."

Charlie Brown hopes for the first time to be able to keep a kite but he once again fails. Sally writes a letter to Ann Flanders about the Valentine's Day card she gets.

Charlie Brown gives Lucy a Valentine's Day card and mistakenly says, "This is for you, Lucy. Merry Christmas!" Charlie Brown sees Marcie and thinks that she is going to give him a Valentine's Day card but she does not. Lucy comes up to Schroeder again and talks about saucepans, and, again, Schroeder cannot stand it.

Snoopy imagines that he is a wild animal. Charlie Brown, Schroeder, Linus, and Lucy work on their book reports on Peter Rabbit ("Book Report"). Lucy teaches Linus about nature in her own way while Charlie Brown tries to correct her, to no avail ("Little Known Facts").

Charlie Brown writes a letter to his pencil pal about his downfall at his baseball game. Charlie Brown pleads his baseball team to win the game by chanting "T-E-A-M" but fails. Lucy dreams of becoming a queen but gives up dreaming. Charlie Brown tries to get the Little Red-Haired Girl to know him better but fails.

Schroeder's Sing Along has songs for the play in "The Concert" by singing "Home On the Range" with his friends. And the five friends sing while Lucy, Linus, and Sally argue. Lucy wanting her pencil back from Linus, and threatening to tell Sally what he said about her if he didn't give back the pencil (Linus called Sally an Enigma). Snoopy sings a song devoted to "Suppertime" when he sees Charlie Brown serving him his supper.

In the end, Charlie Brown and all of his gang learn all about "Happiness" and why it's all around them; the special ends with Lucy telling Charlie Brown that he is a good man.

Voice cast[edit]

Note: Peppermint Patty, Franklin, 5, and Frieda appeared in the special but had no lines.

Home media[edit]

Warner Home Video released You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown on DVD for the first time on January 26, 2010, as a part of their Charlie Brown "Remastered Deluxe Edition" line. The DVD included a featurette entitled "Animating a Charlie Brown Musical".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown". The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved November 15, 2018.

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