Parents' Guide to

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

By Teresa Talerico, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Classic Turkey Day special for young and old.

Movie NR 1973 25 minutes
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age 4+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 8+

Did not age well. Avoid for little kids.

Definitely not for little kids. Talk of depression and bullying. Not to mention lots of problematic language like stupid, blockhead, and "kill myself". Pretty heavy on the religious themes at times as well. Avoid.
age 4+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (13 ):

Nobody does holidays quite like the Peanuts gang, and this special is no exception. Stumped over what to serve his friends for Thanksgiving dinner, Charlie Brown whips up a few tried-and-true recipes, including buttered toast, popcorn, and pretzel sticks. In a fun kitchen scene, Snoopy "conducts" the food preparation to Vince Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy," probably the most well-known and well-loved Peanuts tune. Snoopy steals the show again when he and Woodstock set the Thanksgiving table and later when they don Pilgrim-style costumes.

Released in 1988, The Mayflower Voyagers (the second feature on the DVD) strays somewhat from the simplicity that made its predecessors so endearing, but it's still educational. The animated special follows the Pilgrims -- including Charlie Brown and friends -- as they journey to the New World in 1620. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving does a good job of depicting the perilous Mayflower voyage, as well as the challenges of settling in a new land.

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