You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown

  • Review Date: February 12, 2009
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1975
  • Running Time: 24 minutes

Common Sense Media says

The Peanuts gang gets sporty.
  • Review Date: February 12, 2009
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1975
  • Running Time: 24 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Examples of poor and good sportsmanship provide plenty of reinforcement for the fact that it's not the winning, but how you play the game. Grandstanding winners lose, and underdogs who focus and keep trying triumph.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Emmy Award-winning Peanuts movie is funny and entertaining, and reinforces important lessons about trying your best even when the competition is intimidating. Made in 1975, this DVD features a few historical sports references that may go over kids' heads, but otherwise Charlie Brown's sporting efforts have stood the test of time. A bonus episode included on the DVD is also sports-focused.

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What's the story?

In YOU'RE A GOOD SPORT, CHARLIE BROWN, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz took inspiration from his son's lifelong love of dirt biking to write a funny TV special reinforcing the merits of good sportsmanship. Charlie Brown (voiced by Duncan Watson) is invited by Peppermint Patty (Stuart Brotman) to participate in a charity motocross event. Despite his inexperience and broken-down equipment, Charlie Brown enters and finds himself pitted against mysterious competitor The Masked Marvel, who has every advantage to win the race. In the second episode entitled "You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown," The Marvel and Charlie Brown meet up again, this time at a school track meet.

Is it any good?


The Peanuts movies are family favorites for the very attributes that characterize these two stories: funny, slapstick animation paired with a hapless hero to teach good values. The fact that Charlie Brown isn't a sure bet to be the winner of any contest he undertakes makes him accessible to children who are gaining confidence only as they gain skills. At the same time, Charlie Brown has a few solid friends who encourage him, love him despite his faults, and help him keep both wins and losses in perspective.

There may be a need for explanation from parents on scoring for tennis and for decathlons, as well as references to the big names in track from 1975 like Bruce Jenner and Dick Fosbury. Even without that, kids should be able to follow along the action just fine, entertained by Snoopy at every turn.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the examples of good and bad sportsmanship in both specials. What do you think it takes to be a good sport? Have you ever competed with someone who you thought was a great competitor, like Marcy considers Charlie Brown? What made that person a good sport?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 28, 1975
DVD release date:January 27, 2009
Cast:Duncan Watson, Melanie Kohn, Stuart Brotman
Director:Phil Roman
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Run time:24 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe June 2, 2010
I cannot express my love for Peanuts! Every child should view these movies!


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