It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

animated Halloween TV special

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) is a critically-acclaimed and very popular animated television special, based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. It was the second Peanuts holiday special (and first Halloween special) to be produced and animated by Bill Meléndez. Its initial broadcast took place on October 27th, 1966.


Linus: [writing] Dear Great Pumpkin, I am looking forward to your arrival on Halloween night. I hope you will bring me lots of presents.
Charlie Brown: Who are you writing to, Linus?
Linus: This is the time of year to write to the Great Pumpkin. On Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin rises out of his pumpkin patch and flies through the air with his bag of toys for all the children!
Charlie Brown: You must be crazy. When are you going to stop believing in something that isn't true?
Linus: When *you* stop believing in that fellow with a red suit and the white beard who goes, "Ho, ho, ho!"
Charlie Brown: We're obviously separated by denominational differences.
Linus: [writing] You must get discouraged because more people believe in Santa Claus than in you. Well, let's face it; Santa Claus has had more publicity, but being #2, perhaps you try harder.
[Snoopy reads part of it and then begins to laugh hysterically out of the room as Linus scowls at him]
Lucy: [as Linus writes a letter to the Great Pumpkin] Not again! Writing a letter to a stupid pumpkin? You make me the laughingstock of the neighborhood! All they talk about is my little brother who always writes to the Great Pumpkin. [she holds up her fist at Linus] You better cut it out right now or I'll pound you!
Linus: There are three things that I've learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.
Patty: [as Linus is writing to the Great Pumpkin] You're wasting your time; the Great Pumpkin is a fake!
Linus: [writing] Everyone tells me you are a fake, but I believe in you. P.S.: If you really are a fake, don't tell me. I don't want to know.

Linus: Hey, have you come to sing pumpkin carols?
Lucy: You blockhead, you're gonna miss all the fun just like last year.
Linus: Don't talk like that. The Great Pumpkin knows which kids have been good... ...and which kids have been bad. You'll be sorry.
Lucy: Oh, good grief.
Linus: He'll come here because I have the most sincere pumpkin patch... ...and he respect sincerity.
Sally: [takes off her costume] Do you really think he'll come?
Linus: Tonight, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch... ...and flies through the air to bring toys to all the children in the world.
Sally: That's a good story.
Linus: You don't believe the story of the Great Pumpkin? I thought little girls always believed everything that was told to them. I thought little girls were innocent and trusting.
Sally: Welcome to the 20th century.
Lucy: Alright! Once and for all, are you coming or are you staying? We can't waste all night!
[The kids start to leave; Sally stops and looks back at Linus smiling at her intently, and she eventually runs right back to him]
Linus: I'm glad you came back, Sally. We'll just sit here in this pumpkin patch... ...and you'll see the Great Pumpkin with your own eyes.
Sally: If you try to hold my hand, I'll slug you.
Linus: Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch... ...that he thinks is the most sincere. He's gotta pick this one. He's got to. I don't see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. [the camera zooms out to reveal the entire pumpkin patch] You can look all around and there's not a sign a hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.

[Lucy, Charlie Brown, and the kids go trick-or-treating and go to the first house]
Kids: Trick-or-treat! Money or eats!
Lucy: [after getting her bag filled] Can I have an extra piece of candy for my stupid brother? He couldn't come with us 'cause he's sitting in a pumpkin patch, waiting for the Great Pumpkin. [gets her extra candy, then the other kids get their bags filled] It's so embarrassing to have to ask for something extra for that blockhead Linus?
[everyone announces what they got in their trick-or-treat bag]
Lucy: I got 5 pieces of candy!
Violet: I got a chocolate bar!
Patty: I got a quarter!
Charlie Brown: I got a rock.

Sally: If anyone had told me I'd be waiting in a pumpkin patch on Halloween night, I'd have said they were crazy.
Linus: Just think, Sally, when the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch, we'll be there to see him. [Suddenly, there's a rustling in the grass among the pumpkins] What's that? What's that? I hear the Great Pumpkin! [The rustling grows louder]
Linus: [Excited] There he is, there he is! [A giant silhouette of Snoopy rises up] It's the Great Pumpkin! He's rising up out of the pumpkin patch! [faints] What happened… did I faint? What did he leave us? Did he leave us any toys?
Sally: [Angrily] I was robbed! I spent the whole night waiting for the Great Pumpkin, when I could've been out for tricks-or-treats! [covers her mouth and realizes what she said] Halloween is over and I missed it! [turns red in anger] You blockhead! You kept me up all night waiting for the Great Pumpkin, and all that came was a beagle! I didn't get a chance to go out for tricks-or-treats, and it was all your fault! I'll sue! What a fool I was! I could've had candy, apples, and gum! And cookies and money and all sorts of things! But no! I had to listen to you. You blockhead. What a fool I was. Trick-or-treats come only once a year. [Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the kids come up to them] And I miss it by sitting in a pumpkin patch with a blockhead. [angrily shakes Linus by his shirt] YOU OWE ME RESTITUTION!!!
Linus: You've heard about fury in a woman scorned, haven't you?
Charlie Brown: Yes, I guess I have.
Linus: Well, that's nothing compared to the fury of a woman who has been cheated out of tricks-or-treats.
[the other children, including an angry Sally, exit the pumpkin patch and leave Linus all alone]
Linus: Hey, aren't you gonna wait and greet the Great Pumpkin, huh?! It won't be long now! If the Great Pumpkin comes, I'll still put in a good word for you! [realizes what he just said] Good grief, I said "if"! I meant when he comes! I'm doomed. One little slip like that can cause the Great Pumpkin to pass you by. [the camera zooms out to reveal the entire pumpkin patch] Oh, Great Pumpkin! Where are you?!

[last lines]

Charlie Brown: Well, another Halloween has come and gone.
Linus: Yes, Charlie Brown.
Charlie Brown: I don't understand it. I went trick-or-treating and all I got was a bag full of rocks. I suppose you spent all night in the pumpkin patch. [Linus nods] And the Great Pumpkin never showed up?
Linus: Nope.
Charlie Brown: Well, don't take it too hard, Linus. I've done a lot of stupid things in my life, too.
Linus: [furious] STUPID? What do you mean "stupid"?! [Begins ranting as the end credits roll and Charlie Brown sighs] Just wait till next year, Charlie Brown. You'll see! Next year at this same time, I'll find a pumpkin patch that is *real* sincere and I'll sit in that pumpkin patch until the Great Pumpkin appears. He'll rise out of that pumpkin patch and he'll fly through the air with his bag of toys. The Great Pumpkin will appear and I'll be waiting for him! I'll be there! I'll be sitting there in that pumpkin patch... and I'll see the Great Pumpkin. Just wait and see, Charlie Brown. I'll see that Great Pumpkin. I'll SEE the Great Pumpkin! Just you wait, Charlie Brown. The Great Pumpkin will appear, and I'll be waiting for him...!

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