TV Trash: Why Charlie Brown Why

Can Peanuts handle a Very Special special?

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9 Responses to TV Trash: Why Charlie Brown Why

  1. Emily J. says:

    I’m sorry that I didn’t see The Peanuts Movie yet. I didn’t have the opportunity…

    On paper, very special episodes aren’t a bad idea, but… Wow, I can’t believe that the Peanuts actually took on this subject, and given how emotional this seems, any scene with Snoopy isn’t too unneccessary. Either way, the younger ones need to learn about stuff like this as soon and as easily as possible.

    Also, is it me, or does Janice look a bit like Lila, only wearing a pink ribbon instead of green?

  2. I wouldn’t say this is a bad special by any means since it accomplished what it was created for, and in many respects I think was created for the purpose of being put on videotape for later viewing to kids who were going through the very issue this special was making light of so I can’t really complain on this one.

    With that said Rowdy, I’m going to have to disagree with you about the Snoopy scenes. Yes, given the obviously serious subject matter his filler pieces may come off as out of place to some extent, but unless Snoopy is the focus of a special such filler pieces are often expected of him because he has always been the reliable source of humor in Peanuts and you pointed out in reviewing It’s The Great Pumpkin years ago that it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Plus, if I was a child with cancer or a sibling watching this I would like to have an opportunity to smile now and then instead of being blanketed by everything that is wrong. And if the cancer was terminal, well at that point one would have to at least figure out how to enjoy what’s left of his or her life and laughing at a cartoon is at least one simple thing they could do. But that’s just my thought.

    By the way, why aren’t you using the special intro you always used for Charlie Brown reviews?

  3. James says:

    I just played the clip in which Linus boiled over and ripped the bully a new one! By the end of that I whimpered out a No Mas from the beating he gave the bully!

  4. Jason Waguespack says:

    And Rowdy for the win for putting in that Funky Winkerbean joke. Haven’t seen that strip in years (was dropped from my paper), and I still don’t miss it!

    I actually taped this special when it first aired. I can’t say I have strong feelings about it, though it probably packed a bigger punch when I was a kid.

  5. jfsredhead says:

    i wonder what next vid will be i thought its ure first kiss charlie brown was one u liked least

    • Burmy says:

      My guess is “It’s the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown”…which was BARELY a Peanuts special (Charlie Brown & Snoopy are just in the opening bit, it’s just about Spike in a live-action background hoping to find the live-action girl of his dreams)

  6. Carrie Kube says:

    Despite its flaws, I really like this one and they did a good job handling the subject matter. I do think the special is a definite worth see for Linus fans.

  7. Steve says:

    Have you seen the second Thanksgiving special? I didn’t even know there was such a thing until a couple weeks ago when it aired after the original on ABC last month. It was another educational episode, and it was made in the “special episode” period you mentioned.

  8. I don’t think every Captain Planet episode was poorly done, the AIDS episode “A Formula for Hate” was really done IMO, it took guts to do an episode on such heavy subject(especially since back then AIDS was thought to be a disease that only gay people had) and it’s too bad that kids shows nowadays don’t have the balls to tackle serious subjects like that anymore.

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