It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

9 years ago

Is there anyone reading this who has not seen the cartoon version of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown? Probably not. I have to confess that while I looked forward every year to the arrival of "The Great Pumpkin" on TV, I was never really a fan.

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I loved to read the Peanuts cartoons in the Sunday paper. I loved all of the other Peanuts TV specials. I even loved It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown book. But every year, after watching the Great Pumpkin tv special, I'd feel let down and disappointed. I think it was my first experience of "the book is always better than the movie" because I didn't have any other Peanuts books, just that one, and that's the only Peanuts show that I really never liked. Weird isn't it?

Even now, as an adult, I want to love The Great Pumpkin. I just don't. I go to the Peanuts - Great Pumpkin site and I smile at the cartoon but when I click the videos - ho hum, bored now.

My children own a gazillion movies and cartoons on VHS and DVD. They own dozens of "classics". They do not own The Great Pumpkin video and they don't show an awful lot of enthusiasm for The Great Pumpkin, or any Peanuts character now that I think about it.

There are a whole lot of people who do love The Great Pumpkin:

Laurie blogged it extensively:

As a kid, this was my favorite Charlie Brown movie of all time. If you are at least as old as I am sure you have also seen “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”, or at least heard of it. But does such a thing actually exist? The only one rumored to have seen him has no corroborating witness to validate the claim.

Growing a life has a little Linus. Aweeee!

Yikibo worried about watching it with "older eyes" and was pleasantly surprised.

I feared that watching The Great Pumpkin with an older set of eyes would result in disappointment. I am happy to report that the special still retains a sense of wonder and innocence. After all, Peanuts itself is seeing childhood through an older set of eyes, and while The Great Pumpkin is not really funny, there’s a magic to it that invokes those same feelings I had about Halloween as I did as a kid.

One More Moore invites friends over to watch, every year.

It's turned into a bit of a tradition to have some friends over for a night of "The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" along with chili and donuts and cider

How do you feel about "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"?

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