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It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown is the thirty-ninth animated special based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. It was originally released direct to video on September 12, 2000, making it the first Peanuts TV special of the 2000s, It was the last Peanuts special to be produced by Charles M. Schulz and the first to be released after Schulz's death.

The program is a retelling of the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Some of the dialog is taken from the 1842 children's poem "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" by the British writer Robert Browning.

Along with Play It Again, Charlie Brown, You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown, She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown, Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?, What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?, Snoopy's Reunion, two movies Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!!) and the mini-series This is America, Charlie Brown, this is one of the few times in the Peanuts franchise in which adults' faces are seen and in which adults speak in comprehensible English instead of the iconic "WAH-WAH" trombone sound.


Sally Brown reminds her brother Charlie Brown that he promised to read her a story. Charlie Brown is reluctant to read to his sister at first. He reminds her that she has broken promises that she made to him, namely promising to feed Snoopy that night and promising not to move her belongings into Charlie Brown's bedroom every time he goes out. However, Sally insists and eventually Charlie Brown agrees, offering her a choice of listening to War and Peace or The Pied Piper. Sally weighs the books and chooses The Pied Piper because it is lighter, and consequently shorter.

Charlie Brown begins reading the story but Sally says that she does not want to hear about rats, although she would not mind hearing about mice. Consequently, Charlie Brown changes the story. He tells his sister that there was once a town very much like their town where people just like them lived. The town was overrun by what Charlie Brown calls "sports mice", mice who like playing sports.

The scene changes to the story that Charlie Brown is telling his sister. Mice are seen on the streets, in people's homes, in parks, in the library and in the mayor's office. The mice play sports, dance and play Schroeder's piano.

Charlie Brown, Sally Brown, Linus and Lucy follow a TV crew into the mayor's office. Charlie Brown tells the mayor that he knows someone like the Pied Piper who can lead the "sports mice" out of town. Snoopy appears wearing a Pied Piper costume and carrying a concertina. Charlie Brown tells the mayor that Snoopy will remove the mice in return for a year's supply of dog food. The mayor promises to give Snoopy his reward and signs a contract which Charlie Brown gives him.

Snoopy plays the squeezebox, the mice are put under a spell and follow him out of town. The mayor and his council are delighted that the mice are gone. However, when Charlie Brown and Snoopy come to collect the year's supply of dog food, the mayor claims that he does not remember promising such a generous reward. All of the council members say that they can not remember the mayor making such a promise either. Charlie Brown shows the mayor the contract but the mayor refuses to honor it, saying that it is not a real contract, just a childish scribble. Charlie Brown warns the mayor that those who refuse to pay will pay in other ways.

Snoopy plays his song again. The mayor and his council become bewitched and follow Snoopy out of town, never to return again.

Charlie Brown concludes his story by telling his sister the moral of the tale: "a promise is a promise". Sally grudgingly accepts the moral but insists that nothing like that could happen in real life. The two children then hear music coming from the yard. They look out the window and see Snoopy in the Pied Piper costume playing the concertina while a bewitched Linus, Lucy, Franklin and Peppermint Patty dance around his doghouse. Lucy is able to stop dancing long enough to shout at Charlie Brown, asking him to make his dog stop.

Voice cast

Violet, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, "Pig-Pen", and Franklin appear but are silent.



  • Neil Ross and Frank Welker had both done more than one voice each in the 1991 video adaptation of The Little Engine that Could (with Ross as Doc, Tower and Handy Pandy and Welker as Farnsworth, Jebediah, Rollo, Jeepers, Perky, The Big Wolf and the Eagle).
  • On the VHS and DVD covers Sally Brown is shown to be wearing her shirt and pants but in the special she is wearing her regular dress.

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