Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!

I hope many of you were able to catch Rudolph's Shiny New Year last night on ABC. Tonight, ABC is bringing us one more New Years Animation Special.... Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!

This New Years Special is available on DVD, as of October 9, 2009- when it was included as a Bonus feature to the dvd, I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown.

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown
Plot from Wikipedia:

Over the Christmas holidays, Charlie Brown is assigned a book report that is due on the first day back from the break. The book: War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy. Charlie Brown struggles to find time to read the book but keeps getting distracted, first by dance lessons, then by a New Year's party that all his friends are attending. At one point he goes to a store and unsuccessfully tries to buy the book in comic book form, then as a "tape or cassette," a computer game, and finally a film strip.

Things get worse for Charlie Brown when he tries to invite the object of his desires, the Little Red-Haired Girl, by getting his hand caught in the mail slot while delivering an invitation to her house (to which she doesn't respond). He leaves the party and sits on the front porch of the host's house to read his book, but falls asleep. He is awakened after midnight by an indignant Peppermint Patty and Sally, Patty because Charlie Brown did not dance with her and Sally because Linus danced not with her, but with the Little Red-Haired Girl, who had arrived while he was on the porch.

Charlie Brown eventually finishes his book report - on the last day and night before Christmas break ends. He hands it in to his teacher, and receives a grade of D-minus (the teacher says that "it looks like it was written on the very last night of Christmas vacation"). Linus then prepares Charlie Brown for his next assignment—reading Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky, causing him to faint in his desk.

Blessings to You All in the New Year Ahead!

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