A Boy Named Charlie Brown

1969

Action / Animation / Comedy / Drama / Family

16
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 94%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 83%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 3701

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Reviewed by calvinnme 9 / 10

A very good but somewhat forgotten Peanuts feature film

Sometimes the Peanuts cartoons can be a little corny, but I really liked this one. It was actually a little sad, even for Charlie Brown. Poor guy, why can't he ever win anything? In this particular film, Charlie Brown feels like a loser because he can't get his kite to fly, he can't play baseball and can't seem to do anything right. Of course, people like Lucy, Violet and Patty (not to be confused with Peppermint Patty) have to make sure he knows how much of a loser he is, even going as far as to sing a song called "Failure Face" to him. There is another scene of Charlie Brown visiting Lucy for psychiatric help and she reiterates how much of a loser he is. She even shows him a slide show she made to pinpoint every moment that Charlie is a failure.

In an attempt to overcome his inferiority complex and to prove to the other kids that he's not a loser, Charlie Brown decides to enter the school spelling bee. He ends up doing really well wins the school bee (Yay for Charlie Brown!). He is sent to a bigger spelling bee (I'm assuming he's either in a state spelling bee or perhaps a city wide spelling bee?), via the bus and even stays in a hotel. He runs himself ragged trying to study. Linus had given Charlie Brown his blanket as a good luck charm for the bee and then has a nervous breakdown being without the blanket. Snoopy and Linus ride the bus to find Charlie Brown and retrieve Linus' blanket.

There are of course some funny Snoopy scenes: Snoopy plays "The Star Spangled Banner" on a record player to start of the baseball game and later he has a funny ice skating/ice hockey scene. Snoopy also plays the jaw harp to help Charlie Brown write a song to learn all the basic spelling rules ('i' before 'e' except after 'c').

This film had all the delightful trademarks of a 1960s film: montages, bright colors, Simon & Garfunkle-esque maudlin sounding music. It was really fun. One thing that made me laugh was that one of Charlie Brown's words in the spelling bee was "fussbudget." This film also brought up all kinds of questions that I suppose I should ignore, because it's a cartoon and it's Peanuts:

-Why is Charlie Brown, an 8 year old, riding a bus alone to the city and staying in a hotel room alone?

-Why is Linus riding the bus (kind of alone) accompanied by a dog to the city to find Charlie Brown?

-Why aren't any of the Spelling Bee participants' parents in the audience? The audience is entirely children.

-How does Snoopy have such a long extension cord to reach all the way from his doghouse to the baseball field to play his record player?

-Snoopy's doghouse has electricity?

-How does Snoopy's back not hurt sleeping on the top of his doghouse?

Oh well, I guess it's just best to lose yourself in Peanuts' world full of whimsy and absent of all parental supervision.

Reviewed by richspenc 9 / 10

Good grief, a good charlie brown show

I really like the peanuts movies. There was one summer when I was a kid, I think it was 1984, they kept showing "A boy named charlie brown" and "snoopy come home" over and over again. And I loved em. I couldn't stop watching them. I like how in "a boy named charlie brown", there is that real down to earth feel combined with humor and good fun. Charlie brown gets constantly teased by Lucy and her friends for his lack of achievements. They even taunted poor Chuck with the song " failure face". That's when charlie enters the spelling bees. He wins the class and local bees, but then he goes to NY for the national bee. The ride along the way is such innocence and good fun. The antics of Snoopy. Linus trying to give up the blanket. I've also always liked the imaginative sequences in these films. Schroeder plays Beethoven (one of his sonatas, I forget which movement) on his little piano and they then show him (Shroeder's imagination) playing on a large concert grand piano with candles and classic decor surrounding him, him looking so small againced it all. This is all part of Schroeder's dreams of someday becoming a concert pianist. And Linus's dreams of never needing the ol blanket again, and Charlie's dreams of being successful. That's another thing that I like about the peanuts, each character's dreams and wishes. Then we see Snoopy ice skating to that one famous piano tune ( I forget the name of it but I've also heard them play that same song on the local forecast segment on the weather channel). Then we see Charlie struggling to spell those last words right at the national spelling bee. Lucy and friends are watching the bee on TV back home. There's the famous peanuts whah-whah voice conducting the bee, the same voice that's always the teacher's voice at school. Spoiler alert: Charlie brown does not win the spelling bee. That's another good thing about this film, instead of the normal Hollywood ending of most movies where the main character always wins, here we get a scoop of real life. In real life, you don't always come in first place.

Reviewed by Terryfan 7 / 10

A boy named Charlie Brown

This is the only of few Charlie Brown and Peanuts films that I feel mix on and that's rare for being a long time fan of Charlie Brown

After watching this again after so many years I have to say the movie more or less I wouldn't call it one of the better films from Charlie Brown and Peanuts

The reason for it being that while it did have all that makes the Peanuts Gang it just don't feel right to me

It does feature a original story for Charlie Brown and we get to see our favorite Dog Snoopy do what he does best

The animation for the film is just what you would expect in the late 1960s this film animation is just far out there while there are moments of good animation some scenes just makes you go what were they thinking

Some of the animation is way out there that I forgot how it was when I first saw it

The voice acting is mix to me on this one is as best as I could put it

The music of course is where the Peanuts always promise to have great music

While I still found some good out of this film I just wouldn't say it was one of their best ones in my opinion but if you're a fan of Charlie Brown Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang this would be one to watch with the whole family

I give A Boy Named Charlie Brown an 7 out of 10

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