Bentley, Logan, and Sydney
The website TheFW.com has put together a list of "10 Things You Didn't Know About 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown'".
--Here are a few highlights:
--The Original "Great Pumpkin" Story Was Actually About Religion . . . Apparently, when CHARLES M. SCHULZ created the Great Pumpkin for the "Peanuts" comic strip, he was actually using it to show how SACRILEGIOUS it was to believe in Santa Claus.
--Yes, Schulz was a SANTA HATER.
(--Which makes sense . . . because "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is about finding the "true" meaning of Christmas, meaning Jesus' birth . . . NOT Santa and stuff like that. Schulz was a fairly religious dude.)
--Kids Sent Candy to Charlie Brown After It Aired . . . The director has said that some kids felt so bad about Charlie Brown only getting rocks while trick-or-treating that they actually mailed candy and other gifts to CBS addressed to Charlie Brown.
--The First Adult to Record a Voice for a "Peanuts" Special Was for Snoopy . . . The director provided the voice for Snoopy in "Great Pumpkin", a role he continued in the later specials. It was the first time an adult voiced a "Peanuts" character.
--Lucy Is Reading a "TV Guide" Featuring Herself on the Cover . . . Here's something you may not have noticed: Early in the movie, Lucy is briefly shown reading a "TV Guide" . . . that has a picture of HERSELF on the cover.
--It happens after Linus writes his letter to the Great Pumpkin . . . and he walks past her on his way to the mailbox. (--Here's a clip of that scene.)
(--For the complete list, hit up TheFW.com. ABC is airing "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" on Halloween . . . next Wednesday night.)