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A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)

Charlie Brown makes his way to the national spelling bee finals.

Director:

Bill Melendez

Writers:

Charles M. Schulz (created by), Charles M. Schulz
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Robbins Peter Robbins ... Charlie Brown (voice)
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Lucy Van Pelt (voice)
Glenn Gilger Glenn Gilger ... Linus Van Pelt (voice)
Andy Pforsich Andy Pforsich ... Schroeder (voice)
Sally Dryer Sally Dryer ... Patty (voice)
Ann Altieri Ann Altieri ... Violet (voice) (as Anne Altieri)
Erin Sullivan Erin Sullivan ... Sally (voice)
Lynda Mendelson Lynda Mendelson ... Frieda (voice) (as Linda Mendelson)
Christopher DeFaria ... Pig Pen (voice)
David Carey David Carey ... 2nd Boy (voice)
Guy Pforsich Guy Pforsich ... 3rd Boy (voice)
Bill Melendez ... Snoopy (voice)
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Storyline

Poor Charlie Brown. He can't fly a kite, and he always loses in baseball. Having his faults projected onto a screen by Lucy doesn't help him much either. Against the sage advice and taunting of the girls in his class, he volunteers for the class spelling bee...and wins! Next, it's the school spelling bee. Once again, a winner! Good grief! Now the pressure is on as he is off to New York City for the televised national spelling bee. With Snoopy and Linus present for moral support, can Charlie Brown spell his way to a national championship? Written by jlentz1@comcast.net

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Taglines:

The Peanuts' Gang in their First Movie!


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G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Boy Named Charlie Brown See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$13,080,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Peppermint Patty makes a brief appearance in one shot (behind Frieda), among a group of children cheering for Charlie Brown upon successfully spelling "perceive" in the class spelling bee. She would finally become a major character in the next film, Snoopy Come Home (1972). See more »

Goofs

When the other boy is asked to spell "leisure", he says the letter "f" instead of "s" while spelling the word. Because he spelled the world incorrectly before Charlie Brown was asked to spell "beagle", he should have lost the spelling bee and Charlie Brown should have been the winner. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lucy Van Pelt: Aren't the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton. I could just lie here all day and watch them drift by. If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud's formations. What do you think you see, Linus?
Linus Van Pelt: Well, those clouds up there look to me look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean.
[points up]
Linus Van Pelt: That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor. And that group of clouds over there....
[...]
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the opening credits, when Snoopy plays "vulture" sitting on a tree, he slips and crashes on the "Directed by Bill Melendez" credit, which dashes into scattered black text below. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version of the movie released on DVD by Paramount on March 28, 2006, includes several minutes of footage not seen since the film's test screening, including Lucy using an instant replay device to analyze Charlie Brown's attempt to kick the football, and an additional verse of "I Before E." See more »

Connections

Followed by It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

I Before E
Music by John Scott Trotter
Lyrics by Bill Melendez & Alan Shean
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Charles Schultz at his comedic best
22 July 2000 | by MonkasiSee all my reviews

This groundbreaking animated film brought the bittersweet and somewhat bleak humor of Schultz's "Peanuts" comic strip to the big screen, with beautiful, lush artwork that has probably never been duplicated. Memorable scenes include Schroeder's piano concert; Snoopy ice-skating in Central Park; the New York City spelling bee (where the famous "wah-wah-wah" voice approves or disapproves of contestants' spellings); and a showstopping rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," complete with psychedelic red, white, and blue imagery. A wonderful cult classic.


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