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'It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown'

'It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown'

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It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

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Charles M. Schulz brought the Peanuts to the small screen when Coca-Cola paid for A Charlie Brown Christmas. It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown premiered years later in 1974 on CBS. This Easter special has aired nearly every year since on different networks. Possessing the charm of the original holiday special, combined with the sting of missing the Great Pumpkin, It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown is one of the most enjoyable Easter specials on TV.

Where do Easter eggs come from?

Peppermint Patty, Marcie and the rest of the Peanuts gang are busy getting ready for Easter by decorating Easter eggs, except for Linus. Linus assures his friends that, similar to the Great Pumpkin, the Easter Beagle will mysteriously rise and deliver eggs to them. His friends are skeptical, however, and continue their shopping and decorating. In the end, when it seems all the eggs have disappeared, the Easter Beagle does, indeed, deliver Easter eggs that are decorated suspiciously like the ones Lucy made.

My Two Cents

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown aired almost a decade after A Charlie Brown Christmas. By that time, Peanuts merchandise was available everywhere and the Snoopy craze was in full swing. It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown was created and televised more in the spirit of cashing in on this craze rather than the holiday spirit of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Even though Charles Schulz fought to keep a religious message in the Christmas special, this Easter special contains no such message.

However, a minor message against commercialism is communicated when the children visit the local mall (to buy eggs, strangely enough). Everywhere they encounter signs about sales and how many days until Christmas.

But even those sight gags are kept to the background, literally, while Snoopy dances with the girls or Sally tries on way-too-big shoes or poor Marcie tries to figure out how to make Easter eggs. The cutest bits have nothing to do with eggs or Easter, but happen when Snoopy is exploring Woodstock's birdhouse.

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown is charming, keeping away from loads of pop culture references and sticking with portraying the joys of an innocent childhood.

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 4 out of 5
Very underrated, Member mikeCubbie69

My all time favorite Christmas special is A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as my favorite Peanuts special, but Its The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown is underrated. At the time it first came on, my interest in Peanuts was starting to wane a little. It did seem like Snoopy was taking over the strip and the specials, but over the years my opinion of this special has changed. It is actually a very sweet, charming little special with a bit of satire about commercialism and some of Vince Guaraldis best Peanuts music. My favorite part is when Snoopy dances with the bunnies to a bit of Bach. Its Snoopy at his most appealing. Snoopy does dominate the proceedings but in hindsight its not such a bad thing. And lets face it, when Lucy gets her comeuppance, who doesnt feel a pang of satisfaction?

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