It seems Thanksgiving Day is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the holiday of gratitude and turkey-filled meals than by tuning into the festive TV special “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”? The animated film, based on the popular comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz, is set to air Wednesday, Nov. 26 on ABC at 8 p.m. EST.
The annually aired, half-hour Thanksgiving classic made its first TV debut on CBS on Nov. 20, 1973, and earned an Emmy Award the following year for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children’s Programming. But nearly three decades later, the entire series switched networks, making ABC home to the "Peanuts" series in 2001.
“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” which was directed by Phil Roman and Bill Melendez, tells the heartwarming tale of how Charlie Brown celebrated Thanksgiving with his friends and family. While preparing to spend the holiday at his grandmother’s house, Charlie Brown received a call from the pushy Peppermint Patty, who invited herself (along with two other friends) to dine at “Chuck’s” house for Thanksgiving dinner.
Feeling perplexed, Charlie looked to his best friend Linus for help. Linus advised him to have two feasts that night: one with his friends and the other with his grandmother. Although Charlie Brown was clearly uncomfortable with the plan, he agreed.
With a last-minute party to throw, Charlie Brown recruited his dog Snoopy and Woodstock (Snoopy’s bird friend) to help prepare the Thanksgiving feast. As the two concocted the meal for the arriving guests, Linus led the Peanuts in prayer and explained what Thanksgiving is all about.
After grace, the food was served. Peppermint Patty wasn’t pleased when her plate was thrown to her (Frisbee style) and displayed with toast, pretzel sticks, and popcorn and jelly beans. Her anger got the best of her and she quickly blamed the terrible meal on Charlie Brown.
“What kind of Thanksgiving dinner is this? Where's the turkey, Chuck? Don't you know anything about Thanksgiving dinners? Where's the mashed potatoes? Where's the cranberry sauce? Where's the pumpkin pie?” she said in the animated film. Charlie Brown left the dinner feeling quite embarrassed.
Marcie tried to rectify the situation by calling Peppermint Patty out for her bad behavior. Realizing she was in the wrong, Peppermint Patty apologized. Charlie Brown accepted her plea for forgiveness and quickly realized he was late for dinner at his grandmother’s. He called her up to explain the situation of what happened to his botched Friendsgiving, which resulted in the whole Peanut gang getting invited over to his grandmother’s condominium for a turkey dinner.
Tune in to “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.