It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown [Deluxe Edition] [DVD] [1966]

  • SKU: 8953411
  • Release Date: 09/02/2008
  • Rating: NR
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (107 out of 108)

Special Features


  • Another story featuring the gang: It's Magic, Charlie Brown - Snoopy's magic act goes awry and renders Charlie Brown invisible - a predicament that the youngster just might transform into an opportunity
  • All new featurette: We Need a Blockbuster, Charlie Brown!

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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
It's Halloween in Peanuts land. Charlie Brown is thrilled that at last he's been invited to a costume party. Snoopy's costume choice consists of the goggles and scarf of a World War I flying ace, who is ever in search of the elusive Red Baron. And Linus makes preparations for the arrival of The Great Pumpkin, whom he believes will rise from the pumpkin patch and deliver presents to all the good little boys and girls. At episode's end, Charlie Brown finds himself with a trick-or-treat bag full of rocks; Snoopy once more fails to bring the Red Baron to heel; and Linus spends the entire night in the pumpkin patch, waiting in vain for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin ("But just wait till next year!") The second of Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez' animated Peanuts specials, the 30-minute It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown was first telecast October 27, 1966. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Family Favorite

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    Gillette
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    It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown has become nearly as celebrated as the first in the series, A Charlie Brown Christmas. The film opens with a perfect little vignette where siblings Linus and Lucy go out to select the perfect pumpkin for their jack-o-lantern. Naïve, idealistic little Linus, who we will learn has a unique perspective of what it means to be a kid on Halloween, balks in horror at his older sister as she pulls out a knife and cruelly cuts open and guts what was once a perfectly plump, intact pumpkin. “Awww, you didn’t tell me you were going to kill it!” he sobs. Though Charlie Brown’s name is in the title, fitfully, he’s really more of a secondary focus in his own film, as the story proper is really more about Linus and his undying faith in the Great Pumpkin, who he claims “rises up out of the pumpkin patch and flies through the air to deliver toys to all the good children everywhere” on Halloween night. The other kids predictably scoff at his unorthodox beliefs, poking fun at his letter-writing and calling him names when he takes a vigilant all-night watch over the “sincerest” pumpkin patch he’s cultivated in lieu of trick-or-treating, all in the hopes of seeing the Great Pumpkin rise up. What’s so great about the story here is that there’s an obvious but subtle commentary regarding differing belief systems – and it’s a bit appropriate that one of the more religiously contested holidays is used to illustrate this, too. While it’s obvious to the other kids and the audience that Linus’ perspective on Halloween is certainly fringe, at best, our sympathies are obviously meant to be with Linus, who remains admirably unwavering in his beliefs, despite persecution from the other kids. It’s a great lesson that even many adults today should remember when dealing with people who do not share their beliefs, religious or not. “There are three things that I’ve learned never discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin,” Linus reflects. Disagreement need not call for ad hominem attacks, which rarely, if ever, leads to changing minds. Linus remains devout in his faith in the Great Pumpkin, even despite some encroaching doubts. We see that, even if he and Charlie disagree on things (“You must be crazy. When are you going to stop believing in something that isn’t true?” “When you stop believing in that fellow with a red suit and the white beard who goes, ‘Ho ho ho!’”), they decide to follow the Golden Rule, having discussed it and agreeing to disagree. (“We are obviously separated by denominational differences.”) I honestly have no fault to find with the film, as I was perfectly entertained by all 25 brisk minutes of its runtime. It’s got the right amount of everything: Charlie Brown’s melancholy existence, Lucy’s brash rationalism, Snoopy’s flights of fancy, Sally’s romanticism, and, best of all, Linus’ unwavering philosophizing. I liked it as a kid and, quite honestly, I like it even more as an adult now that I understand it on a deeper level. It may not be a feature-length film, but if it were released theatrically today, there’s no doubt in my mind that it would be up for the Best Animated Short Oscar.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Ehhhh....

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    Y2Kane
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    I'm new to the 4K and HDR format, so in no way am I an expert, BUT I don't necessarily recommend getting this. It's the first and only cartoon I've seen with HDR, and personally I think it ruins the experience. One of the things I love about the Peanuts series is the brightness and saturation of color, and that's the total opposite of what HDR is good for. To make matters worse, I feel as though whoever it was who did the transfer didn't watch it after completion, as there are many spots where the audio drops out.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A beloved classic from my childhood

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    MusicGeek
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    I was very pleasantly surprised when I saw that a 4K version of It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown had been released. I purchased it right away. I watch it at least a couple of times every October. The 4K version doesn't ad a ton to it. Mostly just brightens up the colors, and fits the screen better. Fingers crossed that some of the other Peanuts specials will make it to 4K.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    yaay

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    DwayneH
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    has the great pumpkin, and a few other vids. the price wasn't that great; but, it's best buy - not like you're going TO get great prices from them. i'd recommend it to a friend, as long as they can get a good price on it. i.e. we later got a dvd pack of all the charlie brown holidays for about $5 less than this one

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love Charlie Brown movies

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    Danswife
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    We purchased 3 of these "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" movies to send back East to our grandkids for Halloween. The grandkids enjoyed them, but the phone calls we received from the adults, it was clear that they enjoyed the movie more than the grandkids. Was a nice change from sending candy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Family Favorite

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    BSam
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    I have watched this movie on TV every year since I was a kid with my family; the last two years, however, I was unable to catch it. So, instead of missing it yet another year, my wife and I decided to buy it. We hope our future kids will enjoy it as much as we do!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Halloween show

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    Link95
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    I've always been a huge Peanuts fan and this is just the latest addition to my growing collection of memobilia. This is a great update to the ordinal TV show!! Crystal clear picture and sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Classic Peanuts Cartoon

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    nightcrawler729
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    The second of the Charlie Brown specials, the Great Pumpkin is a whimsical story that focuses on Linus's unwavering belief. A solid "sequel" to Charlie Brown Christmas.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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