You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown
|You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown|
|Genre||Animated TV Special|
|Created by||Charles M. Schulz|
|Directed by||Phil Roman|
Gail M. Davis
|Theme music composer||Vince Guaraldi|
|Country of origin||U.S.|
|Executive producer(s)||Lee Mendelson|
Chuck McCann |
|Running time||24 minutes|
|First shown in||October 28, 1975|
|Preceded by||Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown|
|Followed by||It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown|
You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown is the 14th 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 October 28, 1975.
The cartoon begins with Snoopy playing tennis against Woodstock while Linus and Sally are unable to play due to the courts being occupied. (Sally tries to intimidate those playing by stating "her boyfriend" was going to clobber them, causing Linus to flee.) After failing to beat Woodstock, Snoopy destroys his racket in frustration.
Peppermint Patty arrives on a small motorcycle and alerts the kids about an upcoming motocross race, and suggests that Charlie Brown and Snoopy enter. Linus volunteers to be the pit crew and the two pool their limited financial resources to purchase a shabby old bike. Snoopy enters the race under the pseudonym of The Masked Marvel and Marcie is on hand as the announcer. Charlie Brown and Snoopy crash within minutes of the start of the race, and an ambulance shuttles them off for immediate medical care.
In the confusion, Snoopy is admitted to a regular hospital while Charlie Brown ends up at the vet. After regaining consciousness, Charlie Brown escapes and retrieves Snoopy from the hospital. Upon return, Linus informs Charlie Brown that motocross rules dictate that all drivers must be fitted with a helmet, which was lost during in the crash. Linus proceeds to outfit Charlie Brown with a hollowed-out pumpkin as a helmet and Charlie Brown, demoralized with such ridiculous headgear, returns to the race.
As the race continues, every other competitor falls victim to various mishaps (particularly assorted mud-traps)...leaving Charlie Brown as the only contender left to cross the finish line (his old bike proves to have amazing durability, despite its poor speed). Then he discovers that those who sanctioned the race could not obtain the intended grand prize of Pro Bowl tickets. As a consolation prize, Charlie Brown is given a kiss from Loretta - the incredibly homely "Motocross Queen" - and a certificate for five free haircuts...which are useless to him since (1) his dad is a barber and (2) Charlie has very little hair to be cut. Linus consoles Charlie Brown by telling him that the fact that he won against overwhelming odds is more important than receiving a prize.
In the final scene, a confident Charlie Brown is ready to pitch another baseball game, saying to the team that in spite of his 980 straight defeats, has come to understand what winning is, and is certain that he will win this game. Instead, a line drive plows past him, causing his clothes to go flying in all directions.
- Duncan Watson as Charlie Brown
- Liam Martin as Linus van Pelt
- Gail Davis as Sally Brown
- Melanie Kohn as Lucy van Pelt/Loretta
- Stuart Brotman as Peppermint Patty
- Jimmy Ahrens as Marcie
- Bill Melendez as Snoopy/Woodstock
- Written and Created by: Charles M. Schulz
- A Lee Mendelson-Bill Melendez Production
- Directed by: Phil Roman
- Produced by: Bill Melendez
- Executive Producer: Lee Mendelson
- Music Composed and Performed by: Vince Guaraldi
- Music Supervised by: John Scott Trotter
- Designed by: Bernard Gruver, Evert Brown, Dean Spille
- Animation by: Sam Jaimes, Don Lusk, Bill Littlejohn, Bob Carlson
- Assisted by: Al Pabian, Larry Leichliter, Joe Roman, Patricia Joy, Larry Huber, Jeff Hall
- Painting Supervisor: Joanne Lansing
- Painted by: Eve Fletcher, Marie White, Chandra Poweris, Sheri Barstad, Brigitte Strother, Pat Capozzi, Adele Lenart, Valerie Pabian, Robyn Roberts
- Editing: Chuck McCann, Roger Donley
- Production Manager: Carole Barnes
- Recording: Coast Recorders, Radio Recorders
- Dubbing: Producers' Sound Service, Don Minkler
- Camera: Dickson/Vasu, Tony Rivetti
- Production Assistant: Sandy Claxton
- In cooperation with United Feature Syndicate, Inc. and Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates
- THE END "You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown" © 1975 United Feature Syndicate, Inc.
You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown was the last Peanuts television special to air during Vince Guaraldi's lifetime. Guaraldi died of a sudden heart attack on February 6, 1976, several hours after he had finished recording music cues for the television special It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown. The music composed for "Good Sport" is a slight departure from Guaraldi's other scores as the music here tends to fuse Guaraldi's Jazz style with the funk, disco and pop music of the 1970s that was popular at time coupled with the use of the ARP String Ensemble synthesizer that was also in use of many 1970's pop hits. The special aired posthumously on March 16, 1976. It was also Duncan Watson's second time voicing Charlie Brown — his first was the previous special, Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, as he would return for the feature film, Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown in 1977.