A Boy Named Charlie Brown
A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)

Charlie Brown and his fellow Peanuts make their feature film debut in this animated comedy that is based on Charles Schultz long-lived cartoon strip. The story centers on a national spelling bee. Lucky Charlie Brown is so excited that he is… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: December 4, 1969
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

It's the humor that carries the day -- that, and the nostalgic twinges at seeing the beloved comic characters going through the usual routines familiar from the long-running strip.

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Emanuel Levy

The popular comic strip was made into a nice, Oscar-nominated big-screen entertainment.

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Time Out

Schulz's script maintains much of the irony of the strips, but the injections of whimsy put its appeal uneasily between adults and children.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Classic Peanuts film is as charming and relevant as ever.

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TV Guide

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The only really dreadful contribution to the film is that of Rod McKuen, whose three songs can barely be endured.

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

"A Boy Named Charlie Brown" is a fun learning experience. It was for me and millions of other kids in the early 1970's. It has a great message and an uncompromising way of making its point at the end. Kids need this movie.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

The appeal of Schultz's pop philosophy hasn't faded in forty years: this kind of sincerity can't be faked.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
The Peanuts get their first ever feature film and it is a pure blast. Most for kids, this film follows Charlie Brown as he is picked on until he wins a spelling… More
Mister Caple
The first ever Peanuts theatrical feature that was Oscar nominated for Best Original Score in 1969. This was the original and the first ever theatrical… More
Jim Careter
A genius piece of animation that makes me cry and feel for a the little guys in the world.
Bradley Wright
A genius piece of animation that makes me cry and feel for a the little guys in the world.
Aj V
A nice kids movie, it's very funny and cute. If you like the Charlie Brown movies you should see it. I really liked this movie.