October 31, 2013

"Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see!"

First of all, if you haven't watched It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown yet this October, you just must. It's on my local ABC affiliate right now. Ah, the classic animation. The philosophical storyline. The lilting piano music. It's autumn now!

As all devoted fans of Peanuts know, this Halloween special is based on original Charles Schultz's newspaper comics.

Source: Peanuts wiki

Is this annual special enjoyable for all the kiddies? Of course! But it's so much more than that.
It's a tale of…

Innocent faith - Linus: "PS: If you really are a fake, don't tell me. I don't wanna know." 

Using your imagination - Narrator: "Here's the World War I Flying Ace, imagining he's down behind enemy lines."

Feminism - Linus: "I thought little girls were innocent and trusting?" Sally: "Welcome to the 20th century." and later, "You owe me restitution!"

Determination - Charlie Brown (repeatedly): "I got a rock."

So watch The Great Pumpkin. And learn some life lessons while you're at it. 

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