I remember as a child every Halloween it was time to watch The Great Pumpkin. I used to love that short movie. So, when I had my 2 kids I wanted them to have the same excitement I had.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) is another Peanuts story by the beloved writer Charles M. Schulz and directed by Bill Melendez. Everyone knows the story of Santa Claus but in this story it’s about The Great Pumpkin. Linus (voiced by Christopher Shea) writes a letter to The Great Pumpkin, who rises out of the pumpkin patch to deliver presents, puts the letter in the mailbox. In the mean time Charlie Brown (voiced by Peter Robbins) is excited because he received an invitation to a Halloween party. The gang starts making Halloween costumes to go trick or treating before they go to the party however Linus isn’t with them because he is in the pumpkin patch and Sally (voiced by Cathy Steinberg) decides to stay with him because she’s in love with him even though she’s skeptical of the Great Pumpkin existing. The gang starts trick or treating, and everyone gets candy except for Charlie Brown who gets a rock. Meanwhile, Snoopy (voiced by Bill Melendez) is dressed as a World War I flying ace to find the Red Baron and shoot him down. Sally realizes there is no Great Pumpkin and leaves Linus who then falls asleep in the pumpkin patch. In the end we all know the story the Great Pumpkin never arrives.
The story ends with Linus and Charlie Brown discussing their disappointments – Charlie Brown getting rocks and Linus never getting to see the Great Pumpkin. Now, a lot of people think it’s good to show that disappointment is a part of life while it is it’s also good to show encouragement and never giving up which is what Linus does in the end and will wait until next year for The Great Pumpkin to hopefully return.