You're in Love, Charlie Brown
|You're In Love, Charlie Brown|
|Also known as||You Love Her, Charlie Brown
by Charles M. Schulz
|Genre||Animated TV Special|
|Created by||Charles M. Schulz|
|Directed by||Bill Melendez|
|Voices of||Peter Robbins
Gabrielle DeFaria Ritter
|Theme music composer||Vince Guaraldi|
|Country of origin||USA|
|Executive producer(s)||Lee Mendelson|
|Editor(s)||Robert T. Gillis|
|Camera setup||Nick Vasu|
|Running time||30 min.|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|First shown in||June 12, 1967|
|Preceded by||It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown|
|Followed by||He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown|
You're in Love, Charlie Brown is the fourth prime-time animated TV special based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It originally aired on CBS on June 12, 1967. This was the second non-holiday-oriented Peanuts special, following Charlie Brown's All-Stars.
It is late spring, school is about to let out for summer vacation, and Charlie Brown is upset about everything. On the way to school, he meets Linus and tells him he is frustrated that he can't enjoy himself like all the other kids at school. But when he notices the Little Red-Haired Girl sitting on a passing bus, Linus immediately realizes that Charlie Brown is in love.
During the next-to-last day of school, Charlie Brown agonizes over the Little Red-Haired Girl, trying to think of different ways to get her attention, only to have each attempt fail embarrassingly. First he writes her a love note, but he gets called on by the teacher to read a report in front of the class, and accidentally reads the note aloud to the raucous laughter of the class. Then he goes to the pencil sharpener to sharpen... his ball point pen. Lunch hour is just as frustrating. He tries to get up the courage to go and talk to the girl, only to fail at the last moment. Then he panics when the Little Red-Haired Girl approaches, tying his peanut butter sandwich in a knot and pulling his lunch sack down over his face. On the way home, Lucy and Violet jeer at Charlie Brown for a ridiculous answer he gave in class. Linus defends him by revealing that he loves the Little Red-Haired Girl, but it only gives the girls another way to humiliate Charlie Brown.
That afternoon, Charlie Brown goes over to Lucy's psychiatry booth, but Lucy, already upset over Schroeder for ignoring her after she breaks his piano and Beethoven bust, isn't much help. Later, he meets Peppermint Patty and talks about the girl at school, but before he can mention her red hair, Patty jumps in and tells Chuck that she will set up a meeting with her. Patty then tells Lucy that "Someone" wants to meet her at the ball park that night. Lucy agrees, thinking the "Someone" is Schroeder, and Patty returns to tell Charlie Brown everything is all set. When the two meet each other at home plate, they respond with "You! Bleah!"
The next morning, the last day of school before summer vacation, Charlie Brown plans to get up at 4:30 a.m. and meet the Little Red-Haired Girl at the bus stop. But he falls asleep on the bench, and when the bus comes, it leaves him behind. He arrives late at school and is sent to the principal's office right after yelling at the teacher when asked why he was late. When he comes back to class, the teacher calls on him to solve a math problem on the blackboard. Thinking he will finally impress the Little Red-Haired Girl, he struts to the blackboard and works hard, writing college geometry formulas, but when the teacher asks him if he knows what he is doing, he sheepishly admits he has not a clue. He is once again laughed at, and once again goes slowly back to his desk.
At noon school is finally over, and determined to finally meet the Little Red-Haired Girl, Charlie Brown beats everyone out to the school bus to meet her. But a clamoring crowd of fellow students pushes him away. The last student gets on the bus, and it pulls away again, leaving Charlie Brown behind. He shouts out his misery until he notices a sheet of paper that had gotten slipped into his hand. It reads:
- I Like You, Charlie Brown. signed Little Red Haired Girl
Charlie Brown's anguish quickly turns into delight and hope as he dances up the hill toward home as the end credits roll. At the very end, he stops and asks himself, "Good grief! How will I live until September?"
- Peter Robbins- Charlie Brown
- Sally Dryer- Lucy van Pelt
- Gabrielle DeFaria Ritter- Peppermint Patty/Shermy/Pig-Pen
- Ann Altieri- Violet/Frieda
- Glenn Mendelson- Schroeder
- Lisa DeFaria- Patty
- Kathy Steinberg- Sally Brown
- Bill Melendez- Snoopy
You're In Love, Charlie Brown is notable for at least two important firsts:
- It marked the on-screen debut of Peppermint Patty, who was introduced in the classic comic strip the year before.
- It was also the first special that used "tromboning" (a muted trombone) in place of adult voices.
Additionally similar to the fight sequences of the 1966 Batman series, it was the only known Peanuts special in which the more intense sound effects are actually spelled out in onomatopoeic words: wiggly R's when Charlie Brown's alarm clock goes off, and a very hard, straight word "Click-clack" when he opens some school doors getting to school silently, as he is late (however, in The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show episode "Linus and Lucy" the word Pow can be seen when Snoopy punches somebody in Sally's class).
This special was first released on home video in the 1980s by Kartes Video Communications. It was also paired with Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown on a 2-pack in 1989. Along with the special It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, this was released to DVD as a bonus feature on the Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown-Remastered Deluxe Edition DVD on January 15, 2008. On July 7, 2009, it was re-released on DVD, in remastered form as part of the DVD box set, "Peanuts 1960's Collection." It was released on the Happiness is Peanuts: Friends Forever DVD on December 27, 2011 (only 4 days of New Year's Eve).