A Boy Named Charlie Brown

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When Charlie Brown (Peter Robbins) enters the school spelling bee, the perpetually crabby Lucy (Pamelyn Ferdin) predicts his humiliation. But with the help of his best friend, Linus (Glenn Gilger), and faithful dog, Snoopy (Bill Melendez), Charlie Brown not only wins the spelling bee, he's chosen to attend the national spelling bee in New York City, leading to many misadventures in the big city. This is the first animated feature based on Charles Schulz's comic strip, "Peanuts."

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Critic Reviews for A Boy Named Charlie Brown

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  • A very likeable attempt to transfer Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts cartoon to the screen.

    March 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • An hour and a half is a long time for any child -- or beagle -- to be amusing, and the whimsy that attempts to fill the time frequently falters.

    September 1, 2008 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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  • Schulz's script maintains much of the irony of the strips, but the injections of whimsy put its appeal uneasily between adults and children.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • The only really dreadful contribution to the film is that of Rod McKuen, whose three songs can barely be endured.

    May 9, 2005 | Full Review…
  • It's a colorful, graphically clever recounting of a story arc from the strip.

    January 6, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's the humor that carries the day -- that, and the nostalgic twinges at seeing the beloved comic characters going through the usual routines familiar from the long-running strip.

    September 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Boy Named Charlie Brown

  • Dec 24, 2011
    Jazz, superb animation, wonderful infantile dubbing and a slapstick slap in the face to materialist commercialism. The Savior has been born to save mankind and Charlie Brown and his infinitely loved characters have staged a play to remind us of the true meaning of <b>Christ</b>-mas. Hallelujah! This is one of the few flawless masterpieces of the overrated holidays. 98/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2011
    I've seen this many times since 1965. It is to the point where I know exactly what is coming in the next scene, but I don't mind watching it each year. It still rings true every Christmas.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    A Charlie Brown Christmas is a classic holiday special and reminds me of how much I love the Peanuts.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2011
    Not a movie, but a classic
    Jim C Super Reviewer

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