It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown
It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown is the 25th prime-time animated television special based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was originally aired on the CBS network on May 16, 1983. It, along with 1982's A Charlie Brown Celebration, inspired the Saturday Morning series The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.
|It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown|
|Created by||Charles M. Schulz|
|Written by||Charles M. Schulz|
|Directed by||Bill Meléndez|
|Voices of||Michael Catalano|
Angela Lee Sloan
Gerard Goyette Jr.
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||47 minutes|
|First shown in||May 16, 1983|
|Preceded by||Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown? (1983)|
|Followed by||What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown? (1983)|
The special is a compilation consisting of eight individual stories adapted from the stories in the comic strip:
- Sack: Charlie Brown is having hallucinations as a result of a rash on the back of his head resembling the stitchings of a baseball, most notably seeing the rising sun as a baseball. After consulting with his doctor, he goes to camp in an attempt to get over his hallucinations. To hide his rash, he puts a paper bag over his head. Charlie Brown's fellow campers begin calling him "Sack" and elect him as camp president, constantly professing their respect and admiration for him. When he removes his sack the next morning, however, he becomes unpopular again. Charlie Brown watches the sun rise, fearing that it will appear as a rising baseball. Instead, the sun is replaced with MAD Magazine mascot Alfred E. Neuman.
- Caddies: Peppermint Patty and Marcie become golf caddies. They are forced to deal with an obnoxious supervisor and a pair of female golfers whose bickering degenerates into violence. Fed up with their duties, they quit the job, but not before making $1.
- Kite: Charlie Brown, sick of the Kite Eating Tree, bites it as retaliation for eating his kites. Shortly after, he receives a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency threatening action against him. To evade the EPA, Charlie Brown runs away from home. He wanders into a strange neighborhood and accepts a job offer to coach a younger baseball team, even though this requires that he sleep in a cardboard box at night. Charlie Brown gains the respect and admiration of his players despite their incompetence. He discovers that his new team's first game is against his old team. Charlie Brown's old teammates inform him that he can come home, as the Kite Eating Tree was blown over in a storm, thus clearing his name.
- Song: Lucy comes to Schroeder's house, annoying him while he tries to play many pieces.
- Sally: Sally tells jokes in class. (This story was added as part of "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.")
- Butterfly: Peppermint Patty falls asleep with a butterfly resting on her nose, and Marcie fools her into believing it turned into an angel. Peppermint Patty attempts to contact religious leaders to share her story but is unsuccessful.
- Blanket: Lucy attempts to get rid of Linus's blanket twice: first by burying it and later by turning it into a kite and letting it go. When separated from his blanket, Linus has a panic attack and is desperate to find it. Thankfully, Snoopy goes to great lengths to get his blanket back for him both times.
- Woodstock: Woodstock performs many of his antics in front of Snoopy, who is taking an afternoon nap. (This story was added as part of "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.")
- Michael Catalano as Charlie Brown
- Angela Lee Sloan as Lucy van Pelt (Credited As Angela Lee)
- Earl (Rocky) Reilly as Linus van Pelt
- Cindi Reilly as Sally Brown
- Brent Hauer as Peppermint Patty
- Michael Dockery as Marcie
- Brad Schacter as Schroeder
- Brian Jackson as Camp Kids
- Jason Castellano as Camp Kids
- Gerard Goyette Jr. as Caddie Master
- Jenny Lewis as Ruby
- Johnny Graves as Austin
- Joel Graves as Leland
- Jason Mendelson as Milo
- John Hiestand as Joe Mel
- Bill Meléndez as Snoopy and Woodstock
- Solomon, Charles (2012). The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation: Celebrating Fifty Years of Television Specials. Chronicle Books. p. 20. ISBN 978-1452110912.
- Woolery, George W. (1989). Animated TV Specials: The Complete Directory to the First Twenty-Five Years, 1962-1987. Scarecrow Press. pp. 212–214. ISBN 0-8108-2198-2. Retrieved 27 March 2020.