It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown will be streaming for free on Apple TV+ from October 28 through October 31. Apple TV+ subscribers can watch the classic 1966 Halloween special anytime. The special will not air on TV in 2022. ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ | AppleTV+
Good grief! If you were hoping to celebrate spooky season with Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang, you won’t find them on regular television. The classic 1966 animated special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown won’t air on TV in 2022. But you’ll be able to stream the special for free in the days leading up to Halloween.
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” streams for free on Apple TV+
This year, Apple TV+ has exclusive streaming rights to It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Subscribers to the streaming service can watch the 30-minute special anytime.
Don’t want to shell out more than $4.99 a month just to see Charlie Brown get a bag full of rocks? It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown will also stream for free on Apple TV+ from Friday, October 28 through Monday, October 31.
The Peanuts special is a Halloween classic
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It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown premiered October 27, 1966 on CBS. It was Peanuts TV’s third special, following A Charlie Brown Christmas and Charlie Brown’s All-Stars. After the success of the Christmas special a year earlier, producer Lee Mendelson and host Bill Melendez were under pressure to deliver another holiday hit to the network. Fortunately, the story they came up with proved to be as enduring (and endearing) as its predecessor.
In the special, most of the Peanuts gang members are busy preparing Violet’s trick or treating and Halloween party. But Linus is focused on writing a letter to the Great Pumpkin, which he says rewards the most sincere children with toys. On Halloween, Linus skips the festivities to wait for the Great Pumpkin with Sally. Meanwhile, Charlie Brown (voiced by the late Peter Robbins) gets nothing but rocks when he does sleight of hand tricks and his dog Snoopy imagines he’s a flying ace from World War I who fights with the Red Baron.
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” is actually about Santa Claus
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Although it’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown set on Halloween, the special is actually a pointed commentary on the traditions of another holiday. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz designed the Great Pumpkin as a satire on Santa Claus.
“We forget that there are hundreds of thousands of poor children in this world who are lucky if they receive even one or two gifts at Christmas,” Schultz said in the book It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: The Making of a Television Classic. . “And here they have heard so much about Santa Claus and all the gifts he gives. This must be very hard on a lot of families… now I may be way off in this Santa thing and that’s okay I guess. But the Great Pumpkin is really a kind of satire on Santa Claus, because Linus of course writes for presents and expects to get them. And when the Great Pumpkin doesn’t come, Linus is crushed. It shows that you can’t always get what you hoped for, but you can always survive.
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