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'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown': Concerning things you may not have noticed

Who doesn't love "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown?" (If you don't, you should be ashamed!) It's a timeless classic that spans generations with scenes that are ingrained in our memories, from Lucy pulling that football away from Charlie Brown, to poor Chuck getting denied candy while trick or treating.

However, if you watch it closely, subtle and strange things of note emerge that you may have missed. Here's a few of them.

Violence

These kids have a lot of pent up

These kids have a lot of pent up anger. Lucy threatens both Charlie Brown and her brother Linus, while Sally tells Linus she'll "slug" him if he holds her hand in the pumpkin patch. Fortunately for everyone involved, he gets the message. (Watch a clip on YouTube)

The Rock

When trick-or-treating on Halloween night with his

When trick-or-treating on Halloween night with his "pals," (who all hate him for some reason), Charlie Brown famously is given a rock at each house as opposed everyone else, who, obviously, get candy. (Which brings the kids more joy than we feel comfortable with, but, good for them.) One even gets a quarter! Another a pack of gum!

This poses many questions:

What does that neighborhood have against an innocent child?

How do they know it’s Charlie Brown in the costume?

Is it the botched ghost-costume that raises their ire?

Why do they have rocks anyway? They knew he was coming?

Is it even LEGAL to give children rocks as a treat?

Wouldn’t it make more sense for Pig Pen to get the rock considering all the dirt he’s leaving in front of everyone’s homes?

(Watch a clip on YouTube)

Bad Parenting

While waiting for the Great Pumpkin, who never

While waiting for the Great Pumpkin, who never comes of course, (well he did on "The Simpsons" at least), Linus falls asleep in the pumpkin patch only to be retrieved by Lucy at 4 IN THE MORNING. Nice job by Linus' parents. If Lucy didn't wake up in the middle of the night to bring Linus back inside, who knows what would have happened to poor Linus. His parents essentially go to bed on Halloween night, mind you, with one of their kids missing and they don't even notice. Clearly, Linus has bigger problems than the Great Pumpkin not showing up.

(Watch a clip on YouTube)

Inappropriate Music

Why is the happy

Why is the happy "Linus and Lucy" piano music playing when Lucy goes to the Pumpkin Patch at 4 a.m. to find a now-insane Linus freezing to death? This is not a happy occasion. It's a sad, humiliating chapter in Linus' young life.

(Watch a clip on YouTube)

Is Linus Sexist?

Linus to Sally when explaining the legend of

Linus to Sally when explaining the legend of the Great Pumpkin:

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!

...Good for her for calling him out on it.

Snoopy Can Read

Snoopy is a canine genius, having the ability

Snoopy is a canine genius, having the ability to read the letter Linus is writing to the Great Pumpkin. And as we learn in Peanuts strips, he can also type, since he’s writing a novel his typewriter. (Too bad it was the '60s and not today -- he could self publish!)

(Watch a clip on YouTube)

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