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Charles Schulz classic Halloween special, 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,' airs on ABC

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Wed, Oct 19th 2016 01:50 pm
The classic animated Halloween-themed `Peanuts` special, `It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,` created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, airs Wednesday, Oct. 19 (8-8:30 p.m. ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC photo ©1966 United Feature Syndicate Inc.)
The classic animated Halloween-themed "Peanuts" special, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, airs Wednesday, Oct. 19 (8-8:30 p.m. ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC photo ©1966 United Feature Syndicate Inc.)

The classic animated Halloween-themed "Peanuts" special, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz will air Wednesday, Oct. 19 (8 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

In the 1966 animated special "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," The "Peanuts" gang celebrates Halloween, with Linus hoping that, finally, he will be visited by The Great Pumpkin. Charlie Brown, meanwhile, is invited to a Halloween party.

Cast members include Peter Robbins (Charlie Brown) and Christopher Shea (Linus). The cast also includes Sally Dryer as Lucy, Chris Doran as Schroeder, Bill Melendez as Snoopy, Kathy Steinberg as Sally, Tracy Stratford as Violet and Ann Altieri as Frieda.

"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" was executive produced by Lee Mendelson and created and written by Schulz. Bill Melendez is the producer and director and Vince Guaraldi is the music composer.

On Oct. 2, 1950 the "Peanuts" comic strip launched in seven American newspapers. "Peanuts" animated specials have become a seasonal tradition.

Charlie Brown kicking the football, Linus and his blanket and Lucy leaning over Schroeder's piano are images to which everyone can relate. Such phrases as "Security Blanket" and "Good Grief" have become a part of the global vernacular.

Mendelson and Melendez's association with Schulz stretches back to 1965 with "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which debuted on CBS in 1965, with Mendelson as executive producer and Melendez as animator and director. The three men continued their long-term association until Schulz's death, working together on 50 "Peanuts" network specials and four feature films. The network specials won five Emmys, two Peabodys and 18 other Emmy nominations.

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