It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown is the fifteenth animated TV special based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. It first aired on CBS on March 16, 1976. It is the first animated cartoon in which Rerun van Pelt appears.

This special was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Special.


To celebrate Arbor Day, everybody works together to plant a garden, after Sally was humiliated in class by not understanding the purpose. She intially believes it to be "the day when all the ships come sailing into the arbor" causing her to be laughed at. Unfortunately, the garden is located in Charlie Brown's baseball field, and he has a game with Peppermint Patty's team approaching. However, Charlie Brown works to make the best of the situation by attaching baseball gloves to the trees as well as caps (to make them look like scarecrows). The plants and trees prove an advantage for Charlie Brown's team, as Peppermint Patty's proves unable to score due to the large number of fly outs from the balls being hit into the trees and bushes, one flyball is even caught by Rerun, while he is riding on his mother's bicycle.Schroeder says he will kiss Lucy if she hits a home run, which he figures she will not. However, Charlie Brown is happy to see that Lucy indeed hits a home run and Schroeder reluctantly prepares to kiss her, only to be rejected. As Charlie Brown starts to believe that his team will finally win, the game is cut short by a flood-inducing rain, as the others run home Charlie Brown yells in agony that his team was going to win. The next day, Sally presents her report on the true meaning of Arbor Day to her class and is congratulated. Meanwhile, Peppermint Patty speaks kindly to a discouraged Charlie Brown, she speaks positively about the garden in the ball field and wishes him "Happy Arbor Day", cheering him up.



  1. "Rerun's Lament"*
  2. "Eighty-Nine Bottles of Beer" (vocal, by Rerun)
  3. "Rerun's Lament"*
  4. "Ships Sail into Arbor"*
  5. "Laughter in the Library"*
  6. "Flatten Platten" (vaguely similar to "Baseball Theme")*
  7. "Young Man's Fancy"*
  8. "Jay Sterling Morton Jazz" (vaguely similar to "Christmas Time Is Here")*
  9. "We're the Visiting Team" (also vaguely similar to "Christmas Time Is Here")*
  10. "Seeds for Thought" (vaguely similar to "Joe Cool")*
  11. "Don't Forget the Shovel" (also vaguely similar to "Christmas Time Is Here")*
  12. "Sprinkle Your Bird"*
  13. "Flatten Platten" (vaguely similar to "Baseball Theme")*
  14. "Snoopy at Bat"*
  15. "Lucy's Home Run" (again, vaguely similar to "Christmas Time Is Here")*
  16. "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" (vocal, by Rerun)
  17. "Lucy's Home Run" (vaguely similar to "Christmas Time Is Here")*
  18. "Rain, Gentle Rain" (vaguely similar to "Rain, Rain, Go Away")*
  19. "Happy Arbor Day, Charlie Brown"*
  20. "Lucy's Home Run" (vaguely similar to "Christmas Time Is Here")*

Goodbye Guaraldi

Vince Guaraldi had composed the soundtrack to the TV special, which was his final opus. After work, he went to a Howard Johnson's where he had been staying in San Francisco, but was later found dead at the desk in his room. An autopsy revealed that Guaraldi had died of myocardial infarction. Although some critics gave It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown low marks due to celebrating an obscure holiday, many have regarded it as the swan song of Charlie Brown music, as later Peanuts specials often lacked the jazzy tones Guaraldi was known for.

Voice cast

Marcie, Franklin, 5, Patty, and Violet appear, but are silent.


External links

Peanuts Animated Features
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The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show "Snoopy's Cat Fight" • "Snoopy: Team Manager" • "Linus and Lucy" • "Lucy vs. the World" • "Linus' Security Blanket" • "Snoopy: Man's Best Friend" • "Snoopy the Psychiatrist" • "You Can't Win, Charlie Brown" • "The Lost Ballpark" • "Snoopy's Football Career" • "Chaos in the Classroom" • "It's That Team Spirit, Charlie Brown" • "Lucy Loves Schroeder" • "Snoopy and the Giant" • "Snoopy's Brother Spike" • "Snoopy's Robot" • "Peppermint Patty's School Days" • "Sally's Sweet Babboo"
This Is America, Charlie Brown "The Mayflower Voyagers" • "The Birth of the Constitution" • "The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk" • "The NASA Space Station" • "The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad" • "The Great Inventors" • "The Smithsonian and the Presidency" • "The Music and Heroes of America"
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