|A Boy Named Charlie Brown|
|Created by||Charles M. Schulz|
|Directed by||Lee Mendelson|
|Voices of||Peter Robbins|
|Narrated by||Don Sherwood|
|Theme music composer||Vince Guaraldi|
|Opening theme||"Oh, Good Grief"|
|Ending theme||"Oh, Good Grief"|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|First shown in||1963 (Unaired)|
|Original release||December 2005 (DVD)|
|Followed by||A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)|
A Boy Named Charlie Brown is an unreleased television documentary film about Charles M. Schulz and his creation Peanuts, produced by Lee Mendelson with some animated scenes by Bill Melendez and music by Vince Guaraldi.
A Boy Named Charlie Brown was screened the Greater San Francisco Advertising Club, where it was received with considerable enthusiasm, but Mendelson was unsuccessful in securing sponsorship.
Although never aired on television, the documentary was instrumental in garnering commercial support and the creative teamwork that resulted in A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965 and the ensuing series of Peanuts television specials. Portions of the film were used in commercials for A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965.
- Peter Robbins as Charlie Brown
- Christopher Shea as Linus van Pelt
- Karen Mendelson as Lucy van Pelt, Patty
- Sally Dryer as Violet Gray
- Ann Altieri as Frieda
- Tracy Stratford as Lucy van Pelt (singing voice)
- Chris Doran as Schroeder, Shermy
- Geoffrey Ornstein as Pig-Pen
- Bill Melendez as Snoopy
The documentary is available on DVD through the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center.
- Solomon, Charles (2012). The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation: Celebrating Fifty Years of Television Specials. Chronicle Books. pp. 54–55. ISBN 978-1452110912.
- Bang, Derrick. Liner notes for A Boy Named Charlie Brown: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2017); Kritzerland, Inc. Retrieved 7 May 2020
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