It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown

television special

It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown is the sixth prime-time animated television special based on the popular comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz. It was originally aired on CBS on September 27, 1969.

Directed by Bill Meléndez. Produced by Lee Mendelson and Bill Meléndez. Written by Charles M. Schulz.
Happy camp days recalled by Charlie Brown, Linus and the rest of the "Peanuts" gang.
  • [voiceover; writing his essay] The worst was yet to come. It was bad enough at having been so thoroughly thrashed in softball. But there were plans for a nature hike the next day. The campfire activity - was a dismal failure.


  • Peppermint Patty: Boy, I like summer camp. It's the next-best thing to being in the infantry.
  • Lucy van Pelt: [gets kissed by Snoopy during the arm wrestling match] Ugh! Foul! Foul! This stupid Masked Marvel fouled! And I'm the rightful winner! I won!


Lucy: I've signed everyone up for summer camp.
Schroder, Linus, Pig-Pen and Charlie Brown: CAMP?!?! EVERYONE?!?!
Lucy: There is to be no discussion and no need to thank me.
Charlie Brown: I feel like I've been drafted!!!
Schroder: If I can't take my piano, I won't go!
Linus: Camp?! CAMP?! Those summer camps are always out in the woods someplace, and those woods are all full of queen snakes! Have you ever been chomped by a queen snake?! You'll not get me near any woods full of queen snakes! No sir, not me!
Lucy: I'll tell the parents you'll all be happy to go.
Schroder, Linus, Pig-Pen and Charlie Brown: [screaming in misery and frustation] AAAAUUUUGGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Linus: Oh, well, it was a short summer, Charlie Brown.
Charlie Brown: And it looks like it's going to be a looong winter.

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