TV Show Name: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Release Date(s): November 20, 1973
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Charlie Brown finds himself throwing a Thanksgiving party when Peppermint Patty, Marcie, and Franklin invite themselves to Thanksgiving. Snoopy is in charge of the cooking as Charlie Brown, Sally, and Linus try to make Thanksgiving special for their friends…but will the menu ruin Thanksgiving for everyone?
Directed by Bill Melendez and Phil Roman, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving first aired on November 20, 1973 on CBS. The cartoon became a staple of the holiday season and won and Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children’s Programming and was nominated for Outstanding Children’s Special.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving follows in popular line of holiday specials based around Charles Schulz’s Peanuts characters. The special is probably the third most popular behind A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Unlike the the other two cartoons, this one is not a favorite of mine (though still generally gets watched as the holidays approach).
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving just doesn’t have the heart of either A Charlie Brown Christmas or It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. It feels a bit forced and maybe because there is no real central theme like the Great Pumpkin or the Christmas pageant that help direct the other holiday specials. Linus (like always) tries to get to the root of the holiday and Marcie also helps balance things out, but other than the fun dinner of toast, pretzels, popcorn, and jellybeans all served on a ping-pong table, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is kind of forgettable.
Thanksgiving, in general, is a nice holiday with no expectations. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is kind of like that. The special can be seen as kind of a kick-off to the Christmas season and the exciting month that follows November, but other than that, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is kind of a miss.