Janice Emmons is a very minor female character, making her only appearance as the focus of a Peanuts TV special. She is a nice, sweet girl and good friends with Charlie Brown and Sally, but seems to have the closest friendship with Linus. She is voiced by Olivia Burnette.
Personality and biography
Janice never appeared in the comic strip. She was introduced in the TV special Why, Charlie Brown, Why? In that special, Janice is a new student at Charlie Brown and Linus' school, and has also befriended them. She likes to play on the school swings. However, after she becomes ill at school one day, she is diagnosed with leukemia, and has to go to the hospital. She loses her hair as a result of the treatment she receives, and has to challenge the teasing of a schoolyard bully (who is told off by Linus), as well as the resentment of her two sisters due to the attention she receives. At the end of the special, she has apparently recovered, her hair growing back longer than before. She has a notably optimistic and brave attitude toward her illness, hoping to eventually recover and return to her normal life, as she says when
she is at the hospital: But I'm going to get well, and go back to school and swing on those swings!.
Janice has some similarities with the other minor Peanuts character Lila. The two girls look similar and both are hospitalized due to illness at one point, although in Janice's case her illness is clearly specified.
Janice is a young blonde with long hair. On top of her head is a pink bow. She normally wears a magenta dress. In the hospital, she has a blue hospital dress with puffier sleeves, identical to Lucy’s dress but slightly lighter and more like a gown, while the bottom of Lucy’s dress is like a skirt. During her treatment, her hair disappears and because of this, she does not wear her bow, but instead wears a pink baseball cap over her head. At the end of her chemotherapy, Janice's hair grows back even longer, and wears her pink bow again. Her shoes are gray. Her hair slightly resembles Lila's, and her color scheme is similar to that of Mimi from It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown.