Throwback Thursday: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Peanuts holiday specials were sacred viewing events for generations of U.S. children. The specials were shown on CBS merely once a year, sponsored usually by McDonald's and Peter Paul Cadbury, and introduced with the wild, bongo-infused "CBS Special Presentation" animation that sent kids into paroxysms of anticipatory glee.
Nowadays, of course, you can watch the DVD or play clips from YouTube whenever you wish, but nothing quite replaces the feeling of watching a Peanuts special as it airs on television. Tonight, you'll get your second and last chance to watch it over the air this year, as ABC, which now owns the rights to Peanuts specials, will present it at 8 p.m.
"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" is one of our favorites. It's from 1973, several years after the original Halloween and Christmas specials, and it definitely has a funky feel. Woodstock is there, with his antics accompanied by the impossible-to-get-out-of-your-head song "Little Birdie." Vince Guaraldi, the genius behind the original Peanuts' music, penned a haunting, maudlin theme for the special. (It was among his last major works for the specials -- he died at age 47 in 1976.) And we meet Franklin, who is black, as well as Peppermint Patty and Marcie.
Above, we bring you the "sponsored by" credits from the 1980 showing, which feature Guaraldi's Thanksgiving theme. And click HERE for the CBS Special Presentation jingle, which is actually a cut from a soundtrack of a Hawaii 5-0 episode. CBS, please learn a thing from these guys and bring it back!
We'll thank you.
-- Rolando Pujol