A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1963 film)

A Boy Named Charlie Brown is an unreleased television documentary film about Charles M. Schulz and his creation Peanuts, produced by Lee Mendelson with some animated scenes by Bill Meléndez and music by Vince Guaraldi.

A Boy Named Charlie Brown
GenreAnimated TV Special
Created byCharles M. Schulz
Directed byLee Mendelson
Voices ofPeter Robbins
Christopher Shea
Karen Mendelson
Sally Dryer
Ann Altieri
Tracy Stratford
Chris Doran
Geoffrey Ornstein
Bill Melendez
Narrated byDon Sherwood
Theme music composerVince Guaraldi
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Lee Mendelson
CinematographySheldon Fay
Running time30 minutes
Audio formatMonaural
First shown in1963 (Unaired)
Followed byA Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Although never aired on television, this 30-minute 1963 documentary was instrumental in garnering commercial support and the creative teamwork that resulted in A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965 and the ensuing series of Peanuts television specials. Portions of the film were used in commercials for A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965.

An album by the Vince Guaraldi Trio with music from the above documentary, originally titled Jazz Impressions of a Boy Named Charlie Brown, was released by Fantasy Records in 1964.

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Home mediaEdit

The documentary is available on DVD through the Charles M. Schulz Museum.

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