WATCH: 5 Things You Didn't Know About "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"
October is here, and that can only mean one thing – it's time for the annual viewing of the Halloween classic It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Based on Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic strip, the film originally aired in 1966, and though it's been gracing our television for over 50 years, we still can't get enough. The story follows Linus who believes, despite ridicule from the Peanuts gang, that the Great Pumpkin will arrive on Halloween delivering presents to all children of the world. Watching this delightful Charlie Brown flick is just as fundamental to fall festivities as pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating! With the approaching return of All Hallows' Eve, you may think you understand every fact and detail of the timeless TV presence, but here are 5 things you probably never knew about It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
Lucy's Signature Trick
Lucy's signature trick – snatching the football from Charlie Brown just as he's about to kick it, causing him to go flying through the air – was animated for the first time in It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! It was originally in the Peanuts comic strip before Lucy's habit was brought to life in the fall special, and it's now one of the most iconic scenes in the film.
It's Really About Santa
Charles Schulz, the cartoonist of the Peanuts newspaper strip, imagined the story of It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown as a metaphor for the anticipation and eventual disappointment that comes with believing in Santa Clause. When the Great Pumpkin doesn't come at the end of the TV special, Linus is devastated.
A Loose Tooth Almost Ruined The Show
The voice of Sally Brown, Kathy Steinberg, was only 6 years old when she was recording the voiceover for her character. The producers soon realized she was on the brink of losing a tooth, which would cause Sally's speech to be noticeably different. Convinced a lisp would wreck the voiceover work, Steinberg was rushed to the studio to finish her lines for the entire show. The very next day, her tooth fell out!
Charlie Finally Got His Candy
One of the most recognizable scenes in the Halloween film comes when discouraged Charlie Brown peeks into his trick-or-treat sack and realizes he was given rocks instead of candy at several houses. Viewers were so troubled by this sequence that Charles Schulz's office was flooded with countless sweets addressed to the character for years after the show aired.
NASA Was A Fan Of The Show
NASA was enthusiastic about Snoopy's Halloween costume, the Flying Ace, which was a popular military aviator. The aircrew of the Apollo 10 Mission eventually labeled their command module "Charlie Brown" and their lunar module "Snoopy" in honor of the show.