Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (1986)





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Charlie Brown and the "Peanuts" gang are back in this 30-minute animated TV special. Per the title, the story takes place on New Years' Eve as Marcie and Peppermint Patty prepare to throw a party. Though he's been invited (for a change!), Charlie Brown would rather stay home and complete a book report on War and Peace. But as midnight approaches, our hero shows up at the party after all, dragging the Tolstoy classic behind him. First telecast on January 1, 1986, Happy New Year, Charlie Brown was given two annual network reruns before its absorption into the Disney Channel's Charlie Brown and Snoopy package.
Animation , Kids & Family
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Charles M Schulz Creative Associates

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"Your dog just sniffed my root beer!" It's not as great as some of the Peanuts other classics, but at the end of the day, Happy New Year, Charlie Brown is a fun show to watch to get in the spirit of New Year's.

Jacob Martin
Jacob Martin

A fun New Year special from the Peanuts

Bradley Wright
Bradley Wright

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As unbelievably cruel as the Peanuts holiday specials are, I enjoy them a lot. But Happy New Year, Charlie Brown is especially inhuman to the title character. The plot is one gloomy event after another and I question if being sadistic is supposed to be funny if there's no payoff. It begins with Charlie Brown having to read War and Peace (yet mysteriously no one else in his class must) over Christmas break. This is depressing because it's as if they completely skipped Christmas and went straight to New Years. Then Charlie Brown experiences failure after failure, with all of the female characters being snobby a-holes, and you can guess what kind of grade he gets on the book report. I like A Charlie Brown Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, but New Year is the most tragic, polar opposite of uplifting as Charlie Brown can get and it's probably why it's not a classic. Also (and my biggest complaint), there's not enough Snoopy.

Tom Radovich
Tom Radovich

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