Tuesday, October 25, 2011
My Halloween Movie of the Day: Day 25
34. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown / It's Magic, Charlie Brown - I'm counting as one because were on same DVD, even though It's Magic doesn't really have anything to do with Halloween other than a reappearance of the ghost costume. As Peanuts specials go, Great Pumpkin was never one of my favorites, honestly. It has its moments, but I've always felt like too much time is spent on Snoopy's story. I like Snoopy in the comic, but most of the time he winds up being not that interesting in the cartoons, at least in my opinion, largely because he doesn't talk. I do like the part where he's dancing as Shroeder plays the piano, though. The more Halloween oriented stuff is much more consistently fun, and it gives us the classic, "I got a rock," which does on much longer in the DVD version than I remember it being on TV, and is one of the first things I automatically think of when I think of Charlie Brown. And the ending with Linus and Lucy is really very sweet, much more than Lucy usually gets to be. I'd never seen It's Magic before, and it's... Well, it isn't terrible, but it's definitely not the best of the specials. The different voices for the characters are pretty distracting, though understandable, since it was fifteen years between these two episodes. The whole thing is pretty Snoopy-centric, though that isn't quite a big of a deal as the decision to make half the episode a magic show, and the other half pretty ridiculous. Other than Snoopy, the cartoons usually stick pretty close to realism, or at least a close approximation of such, but not here. That's not necessarily a bad thing, it's just pretty inconsistent with what I'm using to seeing, as is Charlie Brown actually getting to kick the football, which just seems wrong. I half expected it to be revealed as a dream, but it never happened.