You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown

1972 television special directed by Bill Melendez

You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown (1972) is a critically-acclaimed and very popular animated television special, based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. It was the third Peanuts holiday special (and first Election special) to be produced and animated by Bill Meléndez. Its initial broadcast took place on CBS on October 29th, 1972.

Dialogue

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Lucy: If my brother Linus were running for student body president, would you vote for him?
Boy 2: You bet!
Boy 3: How can I help it?
Boy 4: Linus all the way!
Lucy: If you knew that Linus van Pelt were running for president, would you vote for him?
Russell: No.
Lucy: If you knew that he was going to straighten out the whole educational system, would you vote for him?
Russell: No.
Lucy: If you knew that he was going to solve all the problems of the whole world, would you vote for him?
Russell: No.
Lucy: Well, why not?
Russell: Cause I'm the one who'd be running against him.

Lucy: [to Charlie Brown] We have it cold, Charlie Brown. (If he does not say anything stupid, we can't lose.)
Linus: And as a change of pace, rather than campaign talk, I've decided to say a few words about the Great Pumpkin.
Charlie Brown & Lucy: [screaming] AAUGH!
Linus: Halloween will soon be with us. And on Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch and brings toys to all the good little children.
[The audience of kids laugh at his speech]
Linus: I've blown the election.
[The scene cuts to the front of the school. Lucy --angrily-- thinks for a few moments.]
Linus: All right, say it. Say it. Go ahead and say it. I know you want to say it. I have talked too much. And I blew the election. So go ahead and say it.
Lucy: OH, YOU BLOCKHEAD!
[Lucy says this, completed with her nose in Linus's. Then she walks away.]
Linus: She said it!
[The scene cuts to Linus and Lucy --and they are with the rest of the group.]
Lucy: The way I see it, we still have a chance. My personal poll now shows you and Russell tied at 50-50. [turns to Linus] If you don't do some other stupid thing, we might still pull it out of the bag.
Linus: It's depressing to think that there are students who don't believe in the Great Pumpkin.
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