My Baffled Thought for the Year About _A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving_

Finally got to the annual viewing of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and I hope you’ve been wondering what trivial thing I’m fixated on this time. It’s a moment from early on in the special, when Linus asks what all the commotion is and Charlie Brown explains they have another holiday they have to deal with. No, it’s not Sally complaining she hasn’t even finished eating all her Halloween candy despite how we saw how she didn’t get any Halloween candy because she was waiting for the Great Pumpkin. It’s that Linus asks what Charlie Brown’s plans are for Thanksgiving, and he says, they’re going over to their grandmother’s for dinner. And then Charlie Brown just walks off, rather than risk Linus asking any follow-up questions or saying what his family’s doing or saying goodbye or anything. Just, he’s delivered his line, he’s done, until he needs Linus’s help managing Peppermint Patty. It’s a delightful, odd little moment. I hope you notice it next time you see the thing.


Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

2 thoughts on “My Baffled Thought for the Year About _A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving_”

    1. There is, yes. I’m not angry at Flashbeagle; it’s an okay bundle of blackout gags, mostly taken from the actual comic strip, interrupted with musical numbers that put some work into the animation, must say.

      No, what I’m angry at is “Someday You’ll Find Her, Charlie Brown”, an offensive and misguided short that begins with Charlie Brown spotting a girl at a football game on TV, enlisting the help of Linus and Snoopy to track down her home address and find her while he builds this elaborate fantasy of the beautiful life he’ll have with this girl who, let me remind you, could not possible even know that Charlie Brown existed, and then in the inevitable punch line, Charlie Brown’s too scared to talk to her so Linus goes in and strikes up a friendship with her instead and Charlie Brown gets mad about this. Gah. Just bad, bad all around and aged even worse.


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