A Boy Named Charlie Brown

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Charlie Brown and his fellow Peanuts make their feature film debut in this animated comedy that is based on Charles Schultz long-lived cartoon strip. The story centers on a national spelling bee. Lucky Charlie Brown is so excited that he is selected to participate in it, but will he be able to overcome his chronic bad-karma and actually win?


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Critic Reviews for A Boy Named Charlie Brown

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  • 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.

    Sep 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.

    Jun 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
  • 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.

    Sep 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Classic Peanuts film is as charming and relevant as ever.

    Sep 13, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" is a fun learning experience. It was for me and millions of other kids in the early 1970's. It has a great message and an uncompromising way of making its point at the end. Kids need this movie.

    Sep 6, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Boy Named Charlie Brown

The Peanuts get their first ever feature film and it is a pure blast. Most for kids, this film follows Charlie Brown as he is picked on until he wins a spelling bee in order to prove to his friends that he is not stupid. It is a very harsh reality, but this film pulls it off well. With a great story for kids, great lessons for the young and old, and animation that will make you chuckle and keep a smile on your face, "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" is great! Although not too much happens, I can still call this a great recommendation to any Peanuts fans. By far my favourite aspect of this film is when Snoopy lies on his roof and instead of having an imaginary Dog Fights, he fears them from the past (the holiday specials). It is just a short scene but it was very memorable. There are a lot of callbacks to the shorts in this film and they were all done tastefully. "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" is a very well done first feature.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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A genius piece of animation that makes me cry and feel for a the little guys in the world.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

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A nice kids movie, it's very funny and cute. If you like the Charlie Brown movies you should see it. I really liked this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

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The first ever Peanuts theatrical feature that was Oscar nominated for Best Original Score in 1969. This was the original and the first ever theatrical feature(this was the first of four sequels) featuring Charlie Brown and the whole Peanuts gang with an impressive script written by Charles Schultz. This set the standard for some of the most breathtaking animation that you will ever see.

Mister Caple
Mister Caple

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