This year marks the 50 year anniversary of the classic TV special, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.


The classic Halloween favorite is 50 this year, and creator Craig Schulz, son of creator Charles M. Schulz, spoke with ABC about the milestone. “I think the message is really that the children continue on, even though they don’t get what they wanna get.”

The Charles Schulz Museum offered $5 tickets for this Halloween. “I just like the simplicity of it and how it still resonates today,” says a mother who brought her young daughter to the museum.

The story of the Great Pumpkin is that Linus, little brother of Lucy, mixes up his holidays and imagines a Great Pumpkin akin to Santa Claus. He skips trick-or-treating to sit in his pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive.


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A new exhibit is up this year, as frames from the original special have been discovered. Only a few were found of the original 18,000 animations used in the making.

ABC also spoke with Robin Glazer, one of 27 young voice actors who donated her voice to play Lucy. “I knew she was a bossy, crabby little girl who was mean to other kids, she was mean to Charlie Brown and her little brother, Linus,” Glazer recalls. “And I did not see myself that way, but it was fun to play a character like that.” Schulz also revealed that the mean-spirited but warm-at-heart little girl Lucy was modeled after his own older sister.

“I think it’s just very wholesome, it’s kind of timeless,” concludes Glazer as she rewatches the special, laughing.

See the full episode below.

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