A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

  • Review Date: October 9, 2006
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1973
  • Running Time: 25 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Classic turkey-day special for young and old.
  • Review Date: October 9, 2006
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1973
  • Running Time: 25 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Positive themes about friends, togetherness, and the true message of Thanksgiving.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this DVD pairs A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving with an animated feature about the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving feast. Also starring the Peanuts gang, The Mayflower Voyagers doesn't quite capture the whimsy of earlier Charlie Brown specials, but its historical tale should still interest older kids.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In this popular animated special created by Charles M. Schultz, Charlie Brown (voiced by Todd Barbee) finds himself hosting a Thanksgiving meal for his friends. At first, the characters are ambivalent and somewhat negative about the holiday. But thanks to some philosophical words from Linus (Stephen Shea) and Marcie, the Peanuts gang comes to realize the true meaning of the holiday.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Nobody does holidays quite like the Peanuts gang, and A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING is no exception. Stumped over what to serve his friends for Thanksgiving dinner, Charlie Brown whips up a few tried-and-true recipes, including buttered toast, popcorn, and pretzel sticks. In a fun kitchen scene, Snoopy "conducts" the food preparation to Vince Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy," probably the most well-known and well-loved Peanuts tune. Snoopy steals the show again when he and Woodstock set the Thanksgiving table and later when they don pilgrim-style costumes.

Released in 1988, The Mayflower Voyagers (the second feature on the DVD) strays somewhat from the simplicity that made its predecessors so endearing, but it's still educational. The animated special follows the pilgrims -- including Charlie Brown and friends -- as they journey to the New World in 1620. It does a good job of depicting the perilous Mayflower voyage, as well as the challenges of settling in a new land.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the real meaning of Thanksgiving -- how it's not just about turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. How did the Peanuts gang learn that lesson in this story? What will you be thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 20, 1973
DVD release date:September 12, 2000
Cast:Jimmy Ahrens, Stephen Shea, Todd Barbee
Directors:Bill Melendez, Phil Roman
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Friendship, Holidays
Run time:25 minutes
MPAA rating:NR
MPAA explanation:Not Rated

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Parent Written bymyab October 14, 2010
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Must See Thanksgiving TV

My family watches this every year; in fact, it's the kids who ask to see it. The Snoopy/folding chair scene still cracks me up! As far as the use of "blockhead", "idiot", etc., keep in mind when this movie was made. While kids still use these words to each other today, you won't find these sorts of phrases in most of today's gentler cartoons. However, their use in this show makes a good talking point about how mean the words sound and how they hurt Charlie Brown. It also helps to make his (Charlie Brown's) character more sympathetic, and makes him easier to connect with than most other cartoon characters.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bymrbookworm01 November 6, 2011
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OK, but Mayflower Voyagers may be too much for youngest kids

I've watched this, and I think it's okay for kids of all ages. It's quirky and fun, and has positive messages on the importance of family, friends, and the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Plus, the "Mayflower Voyagers" part is educational, but may be a little bit too much for the youngest kids. Violence: The "Mayflower Voyagers" part mentions people dying from disease, and shows characters tending to sick people, but nothing too bad for young kids.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Parent of a 5 and 9 year old Written bymichugalug November 28, 2009
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Great classic, hold the Mayflower till their older

My kids and I love this Charlie Brown, eventhough there are words they can't use like "Stupid", "Dumb", "Blockhead", "Hate", and basic name calling. My kids know this and my youngest states "We can't use that word." All in all, these have good messages. However, the Mayflower episode afterwards is better suited for my 9-year-old. Too many scary scenes, and talk of people dying, etc.-- people falling overboard in a storm, etc.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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