'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' Won't Be on TV This Year, but You Can Still Watch It — Here's How
You can stream the animated Halloween-themed Peanuts movie for free for a short period of time, too.
We may be missing out on many of our favorite fall rituals this year, as some apple farms and pumpkin patches are closed because of Covid-19 restrictions, and the CDC is cautioning against trick-or-treating. But one tradition is most certainly returning: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
Yes, indeed, the Peanuts gang will be taking us picking pumpkins with Lucy and Linus, trick-or-treating with Pig-Pen, and celebrating Halloween at Violet's house. And will Linus see the Great Pumpkin rising out of the pumpkin patch this year? We'll have to watch and see.
Since the 1960s, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown has aired on broadcast television, first on CBS and then on ABC. This year, however, it will not be on broadcast TV. It's moving to the streaming service AppleTV+.
Today, WildBrain, Peanuts Worldwide, and Lee Mendelson Film Productions announced they're bringing the Halloween-themed Peanuts movie to the streaming service. What's more, this partnership will also bring A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas to AppleTV+ this year.
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown was first released on prime time television in 1966, and it has aired every year since on broadcast TV; 2020 will be the first time it has not. It was also the third television special for the Peanuts comic strip-based cast of characters. The first, A Charlie Brown Christmas, aired in 1965, and the second, Charlie Brown's All Stars! aired in the summer of 1966.
The new partnership between the trio of entertainment brands will also mean new Peanuts content will be coming soon to AppleTV+. In addition to news of the holiday streaming opportunities, today's laid out the group's plans to produce a second season of the Daytime Emmy-nominated Snoopy in Space and a slate of brand-new specials for Mother’s Day, Earth Day, New Year's Eve, and Back to School. These new productions join The Snoopy Show, a brand-new Peanuts 70th anniversary documentary film set to premiere in February 2021.
How to Watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
The animated Peanuts movies will be available for a brief period of time during the upcoming holidays. If you're already an AppleTV+ subscriber, you can start viewing it on October 19. Not a member of the streaming service? AppleTV+ will be showing the movies for free in these windows:
- It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: free October 30-November 1 (launches October 19)
- A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: free November 25-27 (launches November 18)
- A Charlie Brown Christmas: free December 11-13 (launches December 4)
Buy the DVD
Of course, if you can't catch the window of free streaming and don't have an AppleTV+ subscription, you can always pick up the cartoon on DVD from Amazon for $7. Or go ahead and buy the Peanuts Holiday Collection DVD, which features It's the Great Pumpkin, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving ($50; Amazon). This way, you most certainly won't miss the Charlie Brown specials.
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