There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown is the ninth prime-time animated TV special based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It originally aired on the CBS network on March 11, 1973. It was released to DVD as a bonus feature accompanying the special A Charlie Brown Valentine (along with Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown) on January 2, 2004. It was also released in remastered form as part of the DVD box set, Peanuts 1970's Collection, Volume One.
There are three months of school left and all of the Peanuts gang are under pressure from too many tests and homework assignments. They now have to make preparations to write a report on a field trip to an art museum, for half their grade. Both Charlie Brown's and Peppermint Patty's schools are going on the field trip.
When Charlie Brown, Sally, and Snoopy get off the bus for the trip, they see Patty, and a new student named Marcie. The five of them start talking and do not see their classmates go into the museum. They accidentally walk into the supermarket next door, and mistake it for the art museum. They study the meat and the cans, and do not realize they are not in the art museum.
Marcie asks Peppermint Patty if she likes Charlie Brown, to which she replies, "How could anybody ever be in love with boring, dull, wishy-washy old Chuck?". Unbeknownst to Peppermint Patty, Charlie Brown overhears her comment and is heartbroken. When they leave the supermarket, Patty apologizes.
The next day Linus shows Charlie Brown and Lucy slides of the artworks that he photographed. Charlie Brown's hopes of salvaging his grades are shattered. As he waits for his graded report, he expects the worst. However, everything works out for the best, as his teacher assumed his report was a creative description of an art museum interpreted as a supermarket and gave him an "A".
In the final scene, Peppermint Patty apologizes to Charlie Brown for saying bad things about him and says that it is not easy for a girl to talk like she is now to a boy. But Peppermint Patty angrily rebukes Charlie Brown after he brings up the Little Red-Haired Girl. Marcie, who was watching this, points out to Peppermint Patty that she said the wrong thing once again. Peppermint Patty then asks Marcie, who has been calling her "sir" throughout the special, if she realizes how annoying it is being called 'sir' a lot when she has asked not to be called that. Marcie replies, "No, ma'am".
- Chad Webber – Charlie Brown
- Robin Kohn – Lucy van Pelt
- Stephen Shea – Linus van Pelt
- Hilary Momberger – Sally Brown
- Jimmy Ahrens – Marcie
- Todd Barbee – Franklin (uncredited)
- Christopher DeFaria – Peppermint Patty (uncredited)
- Bill Melendez – Snoopy (uncredited)
- Vince Guaraldi – Joe Cool Singer (uncredited)
- This special marks the animated debut of Peppermint Patty's friend Marcie (voiced by Jimmy Ahrens) who appeared in the comics for the first time in 1971 (although a girl resembling her named "Clara" had appeared in 1968).
- A few satiric comments are made towards pop art, particularly Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans (without mentioning the artist by name).
- This is the last special in which Charlie Brown is voiced by Chad Webber. He would be replaced by Todd Barbee.
- Twice in the special Peppermint Patty refers to Charlie Brown by his usual name instead of "Chuck".
- The entire first act of this special does not really have a story, but is instead made up of short vignettes based on the comic strips. This would be the first time Schulz did this in his specials, continuing this in the specials A Charlie Brown Celebration and It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown, and in The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.
- In the final scene Peppermint Patty apologizes for calling Charlie Brown "stupid" (among other things) even though she had not said that particular thing about him.
- Sally: [wakes up] My alarm clock didn't go off!
[she takes her alarm clock and shakes it and goes to the kitchen to Charlie Brown]
- Sally: Maybe I wound it too tight. Sometimes if you wind an alarm clock too tight, it won't go off.
- Charlie Brown: We're all a little that way. [Sally and Charlie Brown walk to school] You're really something, do you know that? I've never seen anyone who is so uptight about school. Why do you just relax?
[Sally is standing on her desk at school in the next scene]
- Sally: [confused] Who can relax?
- Peppermint Patty: I'm very discouraged, Chuck. We just had a 'true and false' test and it followed an essay test. We still have three months of school. There'll be more study, more tests, and more agony. How can one fall in love when all these stupid things are going on? Tests to do, reports to write - all these dumb things to do. There's no time for love, Chuck.
- Sally: Report; Agriculture. This report is on melons. Melons have to be planted between May 15th and June 5th. I don't know what you do if you happen to be out of town. I'm glad I'm not a melon farmer.
- Peppermint Patty: A science project? Oh, good grief, I hate science projects! I can never think of anything different!
- Franklin: I'm going to do mine on the various kinds of metals in the earth and how each has affected the progress of mankind.
- Peppermint Patty: Maybe I'll do one on stomachaches.
- Linus: Problem number 5: "A man has a daughter and a son. The son is 3 years older than the daughter. In 1 year, the man will be 6 times as old as the daughter is now; and in 10 years, he'll be 14 years older than the combined ages of his children. What is the man's present age?"
- Lucy: I'm sorry. We are unable to complete your call. Please check the number and dial again.
- Sally: [exasperated] Who was the father of Henry IV? I could not possibly care less! [realizes her comment and turns to the audience] Oops! I'm sorry, I apologize. [turns to the teacher] That was just a gut reaction.
- Linus: The new math is too much for me!
- Lucy: You'll get on to it. It just takes time.
- Linus: Not me. I'll never get on to it! How can you do new math problems with an old math mind?
- Linus: What's wrong, Charlie Brown?
- Charlie Brown: I just got terrible news. The teacher says we're going on a field trip to an art museum; and I have to get an A on my report or I'll fail the whole course. Why do we have to have all this pressure about grades, Linus?
- Linus: Well, I think that the purpose of going to school is to get good grades so then you can go on to high school; and the purpose is to study hard so you can get good grades so you can go to college; and the purpose of going to college is so you can get good grades so you can go on to graduate school; and the purpose of that is to work hard and get good grades so we can get a job and be successful so that we can get married and have kids so we can send them to grammar school to get good grades so they can go to high school to get good grades so they can go to college and work hard...
- Charlie Brown: Good grief!
- Sally: I don't know why we have to go on field trips. Why can't we stay in school? Why should we bother the outside world? I think field trips were invented by school custodians to get us out of there so they can clean it! Do you know what going on a field trip means? It means we ride about 10,000 miles on a bus and we all get sick!
- Marcie: Sir, I'm sorry I woke you up so early.
- Peppermint Patty: That's alright.
- Marcie: I appreciate you're taking me with you, sir.
- Peppermint Patty: Stop calling me 'sir'!
- Sally: [Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, Marcie and Sally see a huge pile of tomato cans on display] Look at the pieces of sculpture.
- Marcie: It looks like a stack of tomato cans in a supermarket.
- Peppermint Patty: What do you mean supermarket? That's pop art! What's the matter with you, Marcie? Don't you know pop art when you see it?
- Marcie: You're in love with Chuck, aren't you, sir?
- Peppermint Patty: Me? Me in love with Chuck? How could anybody ever be in love with boring, dull, wishy-washy old Chuck?
- Marcie: I thought I heard someone sigh.
- Peppermint Patty: There he is! There's Chuck! Where is he going?
- Marcie: It looks like he's going home, sir.
- Peppermint Patty: Stop calling me 'sir'! Hey, Chuck, what's the matter?!
- Marcie: I'll bet he heard what you said about him, sir. About how he's dull and wishy-washy and that no one could ever be in love with him.
- Peppermint Patty: Chuck, come back! I didn't mean it! I didn't know you were listening! Chuck!!
- Peppermint Patty: Well, I don't know what I can do for Charlie Brown, but I sure know what you can do for me.
- Marcie: What's that?
- Peppermint Patty: [blows her away from her yells] Stop calling me 'sir'!!
[last lines, after Charlie Brown got his first 'A' on his report]
- Peppermint Patty: Chuck, I want to apologize for saying that you're stupid and wishy-washy and everything. It's not easy for a girl to talk like this to a boy, you know.
- Charlie Brown: I know. But I always used to think how nice it would be if that little red-haired girl would just come up to me and...
- Peppermint Patty: [blows him away with her yells] I can't stand you, Chuck!!!
- Marcie: [comes by] Well, sir, you said the wrong thing again, didn't you?
- Peppermint Patty: Kid, I want to ask you something: how come you're always calling me 'sir' when I keep asking you not to? Don't you realize how annoying that can be?
- Marcie: No, ma'am.
[Peppermint Patty winces from the word]
- "Early Wake-Up"
- "There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown" (variation on cue 11)
- "Pitkin County Blues" (numerous versions) M
- "There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown" (variation on cue 11)
- "Play It Again, Charlie Brown" (aka "Charlie's Blues" and "Charlie Brown Blues") M
- "African Sleigh Ride" M
- "Joe Cool" (Guaraldi vocal)
- "Peppermint Patty" (brass version)
- "Bus Me"
- "There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown" M
- "Linus and Lucy" (electric guitar version)
- "Incumbent Waltz" (piano and electric guitar version)
- "There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown" (brass version)
- "There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown" (wah-wah guitar version)
- There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown on the Internet Movie Database.
- There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown on the Big Cartoon Database.
- There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown on AllMovie.