A Boy Named Charlie Brown
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The lovable characters from the popular comic strip by Charles M. Schulz appear in this full-length feature. The perennial failure Charlie Brown attends the National Spelling Bee and manages the worst sandlot team in the history of baseball. Linus loses and retrieves his security blanket. Snoopy the beagle dances wildly and plays shortstop. The irascible Lucy Van Pelt tricks Charlie Brown into kicking the football, but at the last minute she pulls it back and sends him flying onto his back. Although he loses the spelling bee, his friends gladly welcome Charlie Brown back to town upon his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An hour and a half is a long time for any child -- or beagle -- to be amusing, and the whimsy that attempts to fill the time frequently falters."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The popular comic strip was made into a nice, Oscar-nominated big-screen entertainment."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Charming; still the best of the 'Peanuts' feature films"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Schulz's script maintains much of the irony of the strips, but the injections of whimsy put its appeal uneasily between adults and children."
‑ , Time Out
"The animated adventures of the 'Peanuts' gang come off surprisingly well in this feature-length treatment, largely because the film is faithful to the spirit of the famous comic strip."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Many people I know swear to this day that they learned the 'i' before 'e' spelling rule from the jingle in this movie."
‑ , Austin Chronicle
"The only really dreadful contribution to the film is that of Rod McKuen, whose three songs can barely be endured."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The appeal of Schultz's pop philosophy hasn't faded in forty years: this kind of sincerity can't be faked."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"All the charm, poignancy and even melancholy of "Peanuts" faithfully captured on the big screen."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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