A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a 1973 film about Charlie Brown's attempt to hold a Thanksgiving dinner.

Directed by Bill Melendez. Written by Charles M. Schulz.


Lucy van Pelt: [holding a football] Charlie Brown! Oh, Charlie Brown!
Charlie Brown: I can't believe it. She must think I'm the most stupid person alive.
Lucy: Come on, Charlie Brown. I'll hold the ball and you kick it.
Charlie Brown: "Hold it"? Ha! You'll pull it away and I'll land flat on my back and kill myself.
Lucy: But Charlie Brown, it's Thanksgiving.
Charlie Brown: What's that got to do with anything?
Lucy: Well, one of the greatest traditions we have is the Thanksgiving Day football game. And the biggest, most important tradition of all is the kicking off of the football.
Charlie Brown: Is that right?
Lucy: Absolutely. Come on, Charlie Brown. It's a big honor for you.
Charlie Brown: Well, if it's that important, a person should never turn down a big honor. Maybe I should do it. Besides, she wouldn't try to trick me on a traditional holiday. This time I'm gonna kick that football clear to the moon! [runs to kick the ball, but Lucy pulls it away] Aaauuugh! [falls flat on his back]
Lucy: Isn't it peculiar, Charlie Brown, how some traditions just slowly fade away?

Sally Brown What's the matter, big brother?
Charlie Brown: Nothing. I was just checking the mailbox.
Sally: What did you expect, a turkey card?
Charlie Brown: Holidays always depress me.
Sally I know what you mean. I went down to buy a turkey tree and all they have are things for Christmas.
Charlie Brown: For Christmas, already?
Sally Anyway, why should I give thanks on Thanksgiving? What have I got to be thankful for? All it does is make more work for us at school. Do you know what we have to do? We have to write an essay on Stanley Miles.
Charlie Brown: You mean Miles Standish.
Sally I can't keep track of all those names.
Linus: What's all the commotion.
Charlie Brown: We've got ANOTHER holiday to worry about. It seems Thanksgiving Day is upon us.
Sally I haven't even finished eating all of my Halloween candy!
Linus: Sally, Thanksgiving is a very important holiday. Ours was the first country in the world to make a national holiday to give thanks.
Sally [to her brother] Isn't he the cutest thing?
Linus: What are you going to do on Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown?
Charlie Brown: My mother and dad, and Sally and I are all going to my grandmother's for dinner.
Sally Why don't you come along, Linus? We can hold hands under the table.
Linus: Blah!

Charlie Brown: : I can't cook a Thanksgiving dinner. All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast.
Linus: That's right. I've seen you make toast. You can't butter it, but maybe we can help you.

Peppermint Patty: What's this?! A piece of toast, a pretzel stick, popcorn? What blockhead cooked all this? 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? [Charlie Brown walks off to be by himself]
Marcie: You were kind of rough on Charlie Brown, weren't you, sir?
Peppermint Patty: "Rough"? Look at this! Is this what you call a Thanksgiving day dinner? Did we come across town for this? We're supposed to be served a real Thanksgiving dinner!
Marcie: Now wait a minute, sir. Did he invite you here to dinner, or did you invite yourself, and us, too?
Peppermint Patty: Gee, I never thought of it like that. You think I hurt ole Chuck's feelings? I bet I hurt his feelings, huh? Golly, why can't I act right outside of a baseball game?

Marcie: Don't feel bad, Chuck. Peppermint Patty didn't mean all those things she said. Actually, she really likes you.
Charlie Brown: I don't feel bad for myself; I just feel bad because I ruined everyone's Thanksgiving.
Marcie: But Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those early Pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that's what they mean by "Thanksgiving", Charlie Brown.


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