Fun facts about 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown'
Did you know that the famous failed football kick from "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" is sometimes cut for time when the special is aired on television? Wild, right?
You've watched it a million times, but there are some more facts you probably don't know about this Halloween classic.
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-- In a weird way, "The Great Pumpkin" is kind of a sequel to "A Charlie Brown Christmas." The Christmas special was so successful that CBS wanted another annual blockbuster, and the Peanuts gang absolutely delivered. During the first airing, it received 50 percent of the total viewership in that time slot.
-- This special was the first time we saw Snoopy as the World War 1 flying Ace outside the comic strip. It was a big challenge for the animators, and they hit it out of the park. Animator Bill Mendelson said the special proved Snoopy could be a "star" without ever talking.
-- Not all of the little kids could say some of the more complicated lines -- so they were recorded a syllable at a time and then edited together. Sally's "You owe me restitution" line is one of them.
-- According to Bill Mendelson, kids felt so bad about Charlie Brown and his Halloween rocks that they sent candy and presents to creator Charles Schultz's studio, addressed to Charlie Brown -- not just when the special aired in 1966, but for years and years after.
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