Good mourning! If you were hoping to spend your Thanksgiving with Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang, you won’t find them on regular TV. The classic animated special from 1973 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will not be televised in 2022. However, you can stream the special for free over Thanksgiving weekend.
This year, Apple TV+ has the exclusive streaming rights A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and the Peanuts’ other holiday specials. Subscribers to the streaming service can watch the 30-minute Thanksgiving special anytime It’s the Big Pumpkin Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Don’t want to spend more than $4.99 a month to see Charlie Brown serve his friends Thanksgiving dinner of toast and popcorn? A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will also stream for free on Apple TV+ from Wednesday November 23rd to Sunday November 27th. To watch, go to tv.apple.com or download the Apple TV app. Then search for A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and press play.
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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Premiered November 20, 1973 on CBS. It was the 10th Peanuts TV special and a particular favorite of comic book creator Charles Schulz.
On the show, Charlie Brown gets busy preparing for Thanksgiving dinner when Peppermint Patty invites herself, Marcie, and Franklin to the holiday dinner. But when the menu turns out to be a bit lackluster, Peppermint Patty gets upset. (“Where’s the turkey, Chuck? … Where’s the mashed potatoes?”)
“Charles Schulz drew over 18,000 comic strips (without outside help!) in half a century. He also wrote all of the TV shows, and one of his favorite shows was our Thanksgiving show,” recalled producer Lee Mendelson in a 2014 article for the Huffington Post. “He thought it would be very entertaining to see kids create a Thanksgiving dinner without knowing what to do. Along with a dog for good measure.”
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fans of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving instantly recognizes “Little Birdie,” a jazzy tune about Snoopy’s friend Woodstock. But at first, Mendelson wasn’t sure whether composer Vince Guaraldi’s song was a good fit for the special.
“Regarding the [basketball] That scene, when Vince Guaraldi told me he wanted to sing a new song he wrote about Woodstock for the show, I was really concerned,” Mendelson told The Washington Post in 2014. “But he did a great job on ‘Little Birdie.’ ”
Mendelson was also concerned about a still-controversial scene in which Woodstock eats turkey with Snoopy. He found it a bit morbid to let one bird eat another bird. But the rest of the creative team disagreed.
“I’ve always been against Woodstock eating the turkey,” he said. “But I was overruled by my partners.”
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