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Boy Named Charlie Brown, A
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by PyThomas

"'I' before 'E' except after 'C'..."
5 stars

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).

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3/12/21 Paul What's not to like? 5 stars
12/29/17 morris campbell great for peanuts fans 4 stars
12/24/13 Michelle O love SNOOPY & the gang-- warts and all!! 5 stars
11/29/09 Stelth A depressing suckfest. Charles Schultz must have been one screwed up man to make something 1 stars
12/15/08 Pamela White Charlie learns life is not fair early on. Way to Go. 5 stars
1/28/07 David Pollastrini great! 4 stars
6/11/04 Sean Scanlan Heartwarming 5 stars
2/06/04 Allen Singer A great feature cartoon. The Peanuts story is told through incredible, stylish animation. 5 stars
6/23/03 cochese Peanuts is the best toon ever. RIP Charles Schulz, you are missed 5 stars
12/27/02 Charles Tatum So much better than half the "cool" stuff on Cartoon Network 5 stars
12/26/02 Jon "Thumb the Toad" Lyrik I love it. 5 stars
12/19/01 Bill Waterson Why is the Charlie Brown saga so freakin sad in its many movies? It's depressing 3 stars
1/31/00 Weird Andy wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah... 4 stars
11/25/99 Dr. Acula Charming little cartoon about a boy his dog and a spelling bee. 5 stars
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  DVD: 28-Mar-2006



Directed by
  Bill Melendez

Written by
  Charles M. Schulz

  Peter Robbins
  Pamelyn Ferdin
  Andy Pforsich
  Glenn Gilger

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