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It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown

As a kid, it was a good Saturday afternoon if I had a bowl of Cheetos and a collection of Peanuts comic strips in front of me. Charlie Brown and the gang were friends to me. (I especially identified with Linus.) I really liked the week-long story arcs and the brilliant mix of humor, frustration and perseverance of these lil' folks. And, honestly, I'm a little sad Shermie never took off as a main character. Animated Peanuts was great too. The airing of a Peanuts TV special was a big event in my house. I was pretty young, but I remember seeing RACE FOR YOUR LIFE, CHARLIE BROWN in 1977 in a movie theater. I know I watched A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN over and over on cable. BON VOYAGE, CHARLIE BROWN (And Don't Come Back!) is a wonderful movie, animated or otherwise. And I don't think a year has gone by that I haven't watched the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas specials. I pretty much have the dialogue memorized, much to the chagrin of my wife and kids. To date, Charlie Brown and the gang have appeared in five feature films and dozens of TV specials, including the series "This is America, Charlie Brown" and "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show". And on this podcast, we're going to watch them all. We'll discover what we liked and what we didn't. What worked and what didn't. There are many layers to a Peanuts special. Even in two dimensions, these characters are fully fleshed-out humans - and one beagle - with all the fears, anxieties, joys and laughs we all experience. Let's explore those together.
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Oct 15, 2016

This month, we have a spooktacular treat for your trick-or-pod bag!

Our focus is the 1966 classic IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN CHARLIE BROWN and an episode of the 1983 series THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW. It's the Great Pumpkin's 50th anniversary. Good grief! Get yourself to the most sincere pumpkin patch you can find (take your pod-player with you, of course).

My thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Bass Walker" and "Mining by Moonlight".

Thanks also to Henry Pope for the use of his "Linus and Lucy" remix. Look for him on Soundcloud.

This month's Peanuts short was "School Chums". Find more on Cartoon Network.

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Find a corn maze near you! And other cool Peanuts stuff at peanuts.com

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