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Play It Again, Charlie Brown is the seventh prime-time animated TV specials based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was originally aired on the CBS network on March 28, 1971. It was the first Peanuts TV special of the 1970s. Unlike most Peanuts specials, this special focuses mostly on Lucy and Schroeder.

Plot

This special begins with Schroeder playing his piano. Then Lucy walks in, leans on Schroeder's piano, and starts trying to get his attention. She tries many ways to get his attention, such as complimenting him, showing him that Beethoven now comes in spray cans, trying to convince him she also likes Beethoven, dusting his piano, and even walking up and kissing him. But with everything Lucy tries, Schroeder either ignores her, throws her off his piano, or just walks away.

Lucy becomes frustrated by Schroeder not paying any attention to her. She tells her problem to Sally and Peppermint Patty. Peppermint Patty comes up with an idea to get Schroeder to notice Lucy. There is an upcoming PTA program, and they need entertainment for it, so Peppermint Patty suggests that Lucy invite him to play his piano at the program. Lucy likes that idea and goes to tell Schroeder.

Lucy arrives at Schroeder's house and tells him about the PTA program. Schroeder thanks Lucy for the invite, and says he will practice for it right away.

The mere fact that Schroeder thanks her for the invite gets Lucy so excited that she starts skipping into the street singing, "He thanked me!" and randomly hugging Snoopy and Charlie Brown.

On her way back, Lucy runs into Peppermint Patty, and thanks her for the idea. Patty then mentions that she forgot to say earlier that the PTA would like a rock concert, so Schroeder cannot play Beethoven for the PTA program. This shocks Lucy. She says Schroeder will never agree to this, but Patty replies that they have no choice.

Lucy is upset, so she tells her problem to Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and "Pig-Pen". Charlie Brown has an idea. Snoopy brings out a set of drums, a guitar, an upright bass, and the three start playing, while Lucy dances. They think Schroeder might agree to join their combo, and Lucy agrees.

Then, Schroeder walks by, and Lucy, in an attempt to save face, introduces the combo as his backup band for him for the PTA concert. But Schroeder, still thinking he will be playing Beethoven, insists he can handle it alone, but then Lucy tells him that the PTA wants a rock concert instead of a classical recital. Schroeder then says he can't do that, just as expected. But after coercing from Charlie Brown, Schroeder reluctantly changes his mind.

During their initial rehearsal, Schroeder cannot bring himself to stomach the fact that he has sold out his beloved Beethoven. He keeps messing up because he can't play rock music. After practicing, he decides that there is no way he can bring himself to play rock music. He would never forgive himself if he were to do so.

The night of the PTA meeting comes, and the Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Pig-pen are tuning up their instruments for the concert. Peppermint Patty is wondering where Schroeder is. Schroeder arrives close to show time, and then he announces, that after a lot of thought, he has decided that he will not play for the concert. This upsets everyone, because now there is no act. Then Lucy remembers that PTA entertainments also come in a spray can, and they use that as the entertainment.

In the final scene, Lucy tells Schroeder that Beethoven never would have made it into Nashville and that he did not have the Nashville sound. Schroeder leaves, feeling insulted by this. Lucy then yells out to him, "He probably would not have made it in New Orleans, either!" Lucy then takes out her radio and happily listens to rock and roll on Schroeder's piano as the credits roll.

Voice cast

Notes

  • This is the first special that does not center around Charlie Brown.
  • This is the first special in which the character of Charlie Brown is voiced by Chris Inglis other than Peter Robbins.
  • This is the first special where the adult voices speak words are heard when PTA programs come in spray cans rather than being represented with the plunger-muted trombone sounds.
  • This is the first Special where Violet & Patty don't make an appearence.
  • This special is the first one in which Schroeder sees Lucy's face appear in the notes while he plays the piano. The same gag is also seen in Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?
  • Schroeder's comment "Don't tell me I've grown accustomed to THAT face..." is a reference to the song "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" from the stage musical and film My Fair Lady.
  • The guitar that Charlie Brown plays is a bit of an oddity. It is shaped like an electric guitar, and has control knobs (and sounds like an electric guitar), but it is apparently not connected to an amplifier and it has a hole in the body like an acoustic guitar.
  • This is the first special to use the Fender Rhodes Stage-73 to create the music.
  • Music conductor John Scott Trotter received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming for his work on this special, though the special itself did not receive a nomination.
  • This special aired 18 months after the previous TV special It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown, meaning that there was no new Peanuts special broadcast in 1970. This may be explained by the feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown having been released in December of 1969, with the producers not wanting a new TV special to divert attention from the film.
  • This is the first special Linus van Pelt was voiced by Stephen Shea.
  • This is the last special Lucy van Pelt was voiced by Pamelyn Ferdin.
  • This is Peppermint Patty's fourth appearence in a Peanuts TV Special; following "You're in Love, Charlie Brown", "He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown", & "It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown".

Goofs

  • Whenever Sally leans diagonally on Linus and he runs off, she stays in that pose and does not fall.
  • Throughout the special, Schroeder's toy piano changes color numerous times.
  • When Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and "Pig-Pen" yell, "Forget it! Aaugh!," they are accidentally voiced by Pamelyn Ferdin.
  • While Charlie Brown, "Pig-Pen", and Snoopy sound perfectly fine without Schroeder when demonstrating their rock band to Lucy, they are not able to go on without him at the PTA meeting.

Quotes

  • Lucy van Pelt: How come you never send me flowers?
  • Schroeder: Because I don't like you.
  • Lucy van Pelt: The flowers wouldn't care. Beethoven wouldn't have made it in Nashville.
  • Schroeder: What did you say? What do you mean Beethoven wouldn't have made it in Nashville?
  • Lucy van Pelt: Did he have the Nashville sound? Huh? Did he? Did he?
  • Lucy van Pelt: He probably wouldn't have made it in New Orleans, either!

Gallery

Soundtrack

  1. Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Opus 2, Allegro Con Brio, first movement (Beethoven, three separate cues)
  2. "Stupid Beagle" (composed by John Scott Trotter)*
  3. Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Opus 2; Allegro Con Brio, first movement (Beethoven, two separate cues)
  4. Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Opus 67, first movement (Beethoven ... "in a spray can")
  5. Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, Opus 7, third movement (Beethoven)
  6. "Play It Again, Charlie Brown" (also known as "Charlie's Blues" and "Charlie Brown Blues")*
  7. Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Opus 14, No. 2, first movement (Beethoven, two separate cues)
  8. "Oh, Good Grief"*
  9. Piano Sonata No, 14 in C-sharp Minor ("Moonlight Sonata"), Opus 27, No. 2, second movement (Beethoven)
  10. Piano Sonata No, 14 in C-sharp Minor ("Moonlight Sonata"), Opus 27, No. 2, third movement (Beethoven)
  11. "Lucifer's Lady"*
  12. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major ("Waldstein"), Opus 53, third movement (Beethoven)
  13. "Peppermint Patty" (electric band version)*
  14. Piano Sonata No. 20 in G Major, Opus 49, No. 2, first movement (Beethoven)
  15. Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Opus 79, first movement (Beethoven)
  16. "Happy, Happy" (acid rock-style jam)*
  17. "Charlie's Rock" (composed by John Scott Trotter)*
  18. Tune Up
  19. "Charlie's Rock" (composed by John Scott Trotter)*
  20. "Play It Again, Charlie Brown" (ultra-slow version with no percussion) (aka "Charlie's Blues" and "Charlie Brown Blues")
  21. Tune Up: "My Dog Has Fleas"
  22. "Happy" (composed by Harry Bluestone)
  23. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major ("Hammerklavier"), Opus 106, first movement (Beethoven)
  24. "Play It Again, Charlie Brown" (acid rock version) (aka "Charlie's Blues" and "Charlie Brown Blues")*

(*) - Unreleased

External links

Peanuts Animated Features
TV Specials A Charlie Brown ChristmasCharlie Brown's All-StarsIt's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie BrownYou're in Love, Charlie BrownHe's Your Dog, Charlie BrownIt Was a Short Summer, Charlie BrownPlay It Again, Charlie BrownYou're Not Elected, Charlie BrownThere's No Time for Love, Charlie BrownA Charlie Brown ThanksgivingIt's a Mystery, Charlie BrownIt's the Easter Beagle, Charlie BrownBe My Valentine, Charlie BrownYou're a Good Sport, Charlie BrownIt's Arbor Day, Charlie BrownIt's Your First Kiss, Charlie BrownWhat a Nightmare, Charlie BrownYou're the Greatest, Charlie BrownShe's a Good Skate, Charlie BrownLife Is a Circus, Charlie BrownIt's Magic, Charlie BrownSomeday You'll Find Her, Charlie BrownA Charlie Brown CelebrationIs This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?It's an Adventure, Charlie BrownWhat Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?It's Flashbeagle, Charlie BrownSnoopy's Getting Married, Charlie BrownYou're a Good Man, Charlie BrownHappy New Year, Charlie Brown!Snoopy!!! The MusicalIt's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie BrownWhy, Charlie Brown, Why?Snoopy's ReunionIt's Spring Training, Charlie BrownIt's Christmastime Again, Charlie BrownYou're in the Super Bowl, Charlie BrownIt Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie BrownIt's the Pied Piper, Charlie BrownA Charlie Brown ValentineCharlie Brown's Christmas TalesLucy Must Be Traded, Charlie BrownI Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie BrownHe's a Bully, Charlie BrownHappiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie BrownSnoopy Presents: For Auld Lang SyneSnoopy Presents: It's the Small Things, Charlie BrownSnoopy Presents: To Mom (and Dad), With LoveSnoopy Presents: Lucy's School
Movies A Boy Named Charlie BrownSnoopy, Come HomeRace for Your Life, Charlie BrownBon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!!)The Peanuts Movie
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"
Snoopy in Space "The Application" • "Training" • "The Graduation" • "Welcome to the ISS" • "I Never Promised You a Space Garden" • "Space Sleepwalking" • "The Journey on Orion" • "Crater Crash" • "Searching for Moon Rocks" • "You're a Good Moon, Charlie Brown" • "The Next Mission" • "Mars or Bust"
Others Peanuts (2014 TV series) • Peanuts Motion ComicsThe Snoopy Show
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