EVERYONE’S FAVORITE ANIMATED CLASSIC HALLOWEEN SPECIAL, CHARLES SCHULZ’ “IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN,” AIRS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 ON ABC
classic animated Halloween-themed PEANUTS special, “It’s the Great
Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (OAD on ABC 10/30/01), created by late
cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, as well as a bonus PEANUTS cartoon,
“You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown,” in which Linus runs for class
president, will air THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The program will air with Spanish audio via SAP.
the 1966 animated special “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” The
PEANUTS gang celebrates Halloween, with Linus hoping that, finally, he
will be visited by The Great Pumpkin, while Charlie Brown is invited to a
Halloween party. Cast members include Peter Robbins (Charlie Brown) and
Christopher Shea (Linus). The cast also includes Sally Dryer as Lucy,
Chris Doran as Schroeder, Bill Melendez as Snoopy, Kathy Steinberg as
Sally, Tracy Stratford as Violet and Ann Altieri as Frieda.
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” was
executive-produced by Lee Mendelson and created and written by Charles
M. Schulz. Bill Melendez is the producer and director and Vince Guaraldi
is the music composer.
“You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown” –
in which Linus runs for class president with Lucy and Charlie Brown
managing his campaign -- features Chad Webber as Charlie Brown, Robin
Kohn as Lucy, Stephen Shea as Linus, Hilary Momberger as Sally and Todd
Barbee as Russell.
“You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown”
was written by Charles M. Schulz, directed by Bill Melendez and produced
by Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez. The original music was composed and
performed by Vince Guaraldi.
On October 2, 1950, the PEANUTS comic
strip launched in seven American newspapers. Who would have guessed the
impact the brand would have around the world for decades to come. Nearly
60 years later, the comic strip appears in over 2,200 newspapers, in 75
countries and 21 languages. PEANUTS animated specials have become a
seasonal tradition and thousands of consumer products are available in
virtually all retail channels. Charlie Brown kicking the football, Linus
and his blanket and Lucy leaning over Schroeder’s piano are images to
which everyone can relate. Such phrases as “Security Blanket” and “Good
Grief” have become a part of the global vernacular. Lee
Mendelson and Bill Melendez’s association with Charles Schulz stretches
back to 1965 with “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which debuted on CBS in
1965 with Mendelson as executive producer and Bill Melendez as animator
and director. The three men continued their long-term association until
Schulz’s death, working together on 50
PEANUTS network specials and four feature films. The network specials
won five Emmys, two Peabodys and 18 other Emmy nominations.
About Peanuts Worldwide The PEANUTS characters
and related intellectual property are owned by Peanuts Worldwide LLC, a
joint venture owned 80% by Iconix Brand Group, Inc. and 20% by members
of the Charles M. Schulz family. Iconix Brand Group, Inc. owns, licenses
and markets a growing portfolio of consumer brands including CANDIE'S
(R), BONGO (R), BADGLEY MISCHKA (R), JOE BOXER (R), RAMPAGE (R), MUDD
(R), MOSSIMO (R), LONDON FOG (R), OCEAN PACIFIC (R), DANSKIN (R),
ROCAWEAR (R), CANNON (R), ROYAL VELVET (R), FIELDCREST (R), CHARISMA
(R), STARTER (R), WAVERLY (R), ZOO YORK (R), and SHARPER IMAGE (R). In
addition, Iconix owns interests in the ARTFUL DODGER (R), ECKO (R), MARC
ECKO (R), ED HARDY (R) MATERIAL GIRL (R), PEANUTS (R), and TRUTH OR
DARE brands. The Company licenses its brands to a network of leading
retailers and manufacturers that touch every major segment of retail
distribution from the luxury market to the mass market in both the U.S.
and worldwide. Through its in-house business development, merchandising,
advertising and public relations departments Iconix manages its brands
to drive greater consumer awareness and equity. This program is broadcast with Spanish audio via SAP and carries a TV-G parental guideline.