Whatever happened to …

… the Great Pumpkin?

We got the bad news this week. For the first time ever, the Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin show won’t be shown on free television this year.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! is free on Apple TV Plus for Halloween

Reading the article, the show first came out in 1966. If that doesn’t make you feel old …

It was a show that we watched as a family for years, took a break from at university, and then made it a tradition once I had kids of my own.

It was kind of a goofy premise but, like all the Peanuts shows, just pulled you in like crazy.

Sadly, it’s fallen victim to subscription, pay to play television. Since it requires high speed internet access, we really didn’t consider all the shows that are broadcast in this manner. It was always the Emmys nominations and winners that would remind us that there was this whole other world out there when we’d look at the shows that were nominated and have no clue since we had no way of watching them anyway.

So, the Great Pumpkin has fallen into that category.

Animated shows like this were always great fodder to lure people into workshops dealing with flip animation. We could create our own cartoons but certainly never rivalled Peanuts.

So, this year, you may well be shut off watching this classic. Or will you? You could pony up and buy a subscription or, in a tribute to my complete understanding of copyright laws head to YouTube.

For a Sunday, your thoughts?

  • how many times have you seen “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”?
  • who was the genius behind the Peanuts franchise?
  • what other Charlie Brown shows do you remember seeing?
  • have you ever created your own flip animation cartoon?
  • do you subscribe to Apple TV Plus? Will you watch it this year?
  • what other pay subscriptions have you subscribed to?

Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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3 responses to “Whatever happened to …”

  1. My Week Ending 2020-10-25 – doug — off the record Avatar

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  3. alfredtwo Avatar

    I used to make flip page animations in the corners of books during class. This proves that students don’t need electronic devices to get distracted in school. I also wrote a little application once that let me load up a bunch of stick figure drawings and show them as an animation. These days we have have websites that let you make animated GIFs from files like that but it was fun to create my own application.


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