Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Some things are just timeless, and the videorecording of It’s the great pumpkin Charlie Brown certainly is. This week, with Halloween coming, is a great time to borrow this animated classic from the library.

If you have forgotten the story, let me remind you. This is the night that Linus sits in his very sincere pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin to rise up with a bag of toys for all the good children. Charlie Brown’s little sister, Sally, decides to stay with the object of her affection in the pumpkin patch. Meanwhile the other children are trick-or-treating, with Lucy being her usual self, and Pig-pen kicking up his little cloud of dust behind him. Charlie Brown finds rocks in his treat bag. And of course, Snoopy, the World War I flying ace, is shot down by the Red Baron, and wanders through the French countryside.

The copyright date for this production is 1966, but the underlying themes of failure, faith, and hope are as relevant as ever. The library has VHS and DVD copies of this classic available. The DVD has some special features as well, like: It's magic, Charlie Brown, and We need a blockbuster, Charlie Brown.

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