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It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown [Blu-ray] [US Import]
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The trick-or-treating goes well for everyone apart from poor Charlie Brown who is only given rocks. That's probably what would happen to me if I went trick-or-treating as a child. Meanwhile, Snoopy dresses up as a WWI fighter pilot and pretends to be shot down behind enemy lines. But there's not enough of Pigpen, who is my favorite character.
A great TV special indeed. Kids back in 1966 didn't know how good they had it. With all of today's CGI technology I guess we have forgotten that, sometimes, the simple stories and animation can be the most endearing.
Also included on the Blu Ray is It's Magic, Charlie Brown. Annoyed at Snoopy for just sleeping all day Charlie Brown gives him a library card and tells him to go educate himself. The book he comes home with is full of magic tricks which he practices live in front a bunch of Chuck's friends. Some of the tricks work, others don't. But once the show is over Chuck is turned invisible as some kind of weird side-effect. Now with the powers of invisibility Chuck's only desire is to kick a football without Lucy yanking it out of the way at the last minute, as she so often does.
I think a lot more could have been done with this story. As soon as Charlie Brown goes invisible he orders Snoopy to fix him. Why not have more fun playing jokes on people? There was a lot of potential here but it's mainly wasted. Fun though.Read more ›
Autumn has come, and the Peanuts gang is embracing the season -- carving jack-o-lanterns, jumping into leaf piles (with wet suckers), and Charlie Brown kicking the football. It also means that Linus is writing his yearly letter to the Great Pumpkin and planning to sit in the pumpkin patch being sincere while all the other kids are out trick-or-treating. Since Sally has a crush on him, she plans to sit out there as well.
So while Sally and Linus are out there being sincere (much to the scorn of Lucy), the other kids congregate for a round of rather disappointing trick-or-treating ("I got a rock") before going on to an equally disappointing party. Meanwhile, the World War I flying ace (aka Snoopy) is shot down over enemy lines, and wanders through the French countryside. The real question is: will the Great Pumpkin appear?
"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" is one of those delightful Peanuts specials that everybody has seen, but somehow they never get stale or boring. And though nothing major or groundbreaking happens here, the humor is in the little running jokes that Charles Schulz littered his series with -- particularly in Linus' deep, devout belief in the Great Pumpkin.
So there's lots of funny dialogue ("You didn't tell me you were gonna kill it!" Linus howls when Lucy starts scooping out pumpkin goop), hilarious scenes (guess who all the little ghosts are!Read more ›
The planning of what costume to wear, selecting a pumpkin to carve, the route to take for Trick or Treating , and the pre- excitement of the local children's parties. All these rather neatly summed up with deadly accuracy by Charles Schultz, when he created "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie, Brown". This was was a special so hotly anticipated for this holiday event that you simply did not make plans to watch any other channels, or to go anywhere. Mom and Dad sat down with children all across America, and sat and watched a humorously retold vignette of childhood. Not that trick or treating is an American invention. Oh no, that honour goes to the Scots, who carved neeps (turnips) and went guising (and still do) door to door for treats, before bringing their tradition to the US and Canada, where the pumpkin found favour as the lantern of choice!Read more ›
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I grew up watching this with my folks every year at Halloween (it was always run on TV), and now thanks to the DVD I can watch it with my daughter. Three cheers for nostalgia! Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2012 by Bongo McBongo
Although hundreds of Halloween TV specials bombard us each October with cartoons and shows but this is my personal all-time favorite. Charles Shultz was a visionary artist. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2008 by Jenny