Thanksgiving Special: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

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With only a few more weeks until Thanksgiving in the US which always falls on the third week of November, it’s time to get into the spirit and… Suck it up enough to spend time with your family this Holiday season. And what better thing to do than to watch a classic Thanksgiving movie like A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving? Of course, you could also watch this movie as well as all the other Holiday Peanuts movies in preparation for the Peanuts movie coming out soon!

About: The tenth TV special for Charlie Brown, this episode aired in 1973. Every November, ABC airs this during it’s prime time slot on Thanksgiving night. The story centers around the popular Peanuts characters celebrating Thanksgiving together, after Charlie Brown is roped into hosting dinner for all his friends thanks to Peppermint Patty. In 1974, this special won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Programming. It’s become a family tradition to watch this TV special much like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

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Plot/Characters: Charlie Brown has plans for Thanksgiving at his Grandma’s house with his sister Sally but Peppermint Patty calls him up and invites herself over for dinner at his house. Not able to get a word in edge wise, ‘Chuck’ is forced into trying to figure out something with the help of Linus after Patty begins to invite others to the feast. Charlie Brown reveals he has no cooking skills but Linus recruits Snoopy and Woodstock to assist. The meal ends up consisting of buttered toast, pretzel sticks, jelly beans and popcorn instead of the traditional turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy or even pumpkin pie. There’s a lot of goofy humor spread throughout as Snoopy and Woodstock have troubles with the set-up, Charlie Brown is set up traditionally for a football fail by Lucy, and Snoopy and Woodstock dress up like pilgrims and ‘Chuck’ loses his patience. Peppermint Patty is not impressed and loses her cool when the food is not what she expects, but then Charlie Brown learns that we should just be thankful for what we have. The true meaning of Thanksgiving. In the end, everyone is invited to Charlie Brown’s Grandma’s house for dinner.

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Overall: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a traditional thing to watch for most families. It has held up against time thanks to it being aired every year as well despite it’s simplistic animation and basic story. Overall, it’s designed to get you into the holiday spirit and also teach that Thanksgiving isn’t all about the food and having a lavish meal, but spending quality time together no matter what is served on the table.

Have you seen A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving? If so, do you watch it as an annual tradition?

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