Ever wonder how Charlie Brown would turn out as an adult? Perhaps a nebbish like Seinfeld's George Constanzo? Or maybe he would turn out just fine once he got out of his hometown and the negative vibe surrounding him there. As a teenager, he probably would have listened to Morrissey (if it was the 80s), Nirvana (in the 90s) or maybe Papa Roach or Staind in the rock world of today.Charlie Brown has been the quintessential loser, the boy that people on their worst days could identify with. Nothing ever went right for him, except in those rare instances like winning a motocross or kissing the homecoming queen. He could never pitch a winning baseball game, his foot could never connect with Lucy's sneaky football placeholding, none of the girls (except Peppermint Patty on some instances) wanted anything to do with him, and his dog Snoopy got more respect than he did. Fortunately, he had his loyal friends in kids like security-blanket-addict Linus, piano prodigy Schroeder and chronically-muddy Pig Pen.
Linus suggests that Charlie Brown enters the spelling bee, and with the help of Snoopy, they study hard for the competition, at which point we get the "I Before E" jingle. (Hey, it helped ME in my spelling tests.) The hard work pays off as Charlie aces the school spelling bee and advances to the national championship in New York City. But will he keep his cool and win it all? And will Linus keep HIS cool after lending Charlie his precious blanket for good luck?If the animation seems a bit primitive and choppy in spots, just keep in mind that this was the first cinematic feature for the Peanuts cartoon series, hot on the heels of "A Charlie Brown Christmas", the first venture into animation for Snoopy and the gang. However, that doesn't subtract at all from the film, which is already a cinematic classic (and rightly so).