It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a 1966 American prime time animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.
It was the first Halloween special to be produced and animated by Bill Melendez. Its initial broadcast took place on October 27, 1966, on CBS, preempting My Three Sons. CBS re-aired the special annually through 2000, with ABC picking up the rights beginning in 2001. The program was nominated for an Emmy award. It has been issued on home video several times, including a Remastered Deluxe Edition of the special released by Warner Home Video on September 2, 2008, with the bonus feature It's Magic, Charlie Brown which was released in 1981.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, a retrospective book was published in 2006 entitled, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: The Making of a Television Classic with the entire script, never-before-seen photographs, storyboard excerpts, and interviews with the original child actors who provided the voices of the Peanuts gang.
With autumn already in full swing, the Peanuts gang prepare for Halloween. Linus van Pelt dives into a pile of leaves with a wet sucker, and Charlie Brown is suspicious of Lucy van Pelt's offer to hold a football while he kicks it—which always results in her pulling the ball away, causing Charlie to fall—until Lucy gives him a signed document that states she will not pull it away this time. Relieved of his suspicions, Charlie runs toward the ball, which Lucy pulls away, and he falls to the ground, after which Lucy points out the document was never notarized.
Meanwhile, Linus writes his annual letter to The Great Pumpkin, despite Charlie's disbelief, Snoopy's laughter, Patty's assurance that the Great Pumpkin is a fake, and even his own sister's violent threat to make her brother stop. Linus laments in the letter that "more people believe in Santa Claus than in you". When Linus goes out to mail the letter but can not reach the mailbox, Lucy refuses to help him; so he uses his blanket to open the box, and throws the letter in.
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