My search for Thanksgiving Commercials has failed. I even threw out the whole “It has to be retro” idea, and found nothing. I’m bummed. Maybe next year I’ll pick up the torch for Thanksgiving Commercials, but this, my first year doing this, I feel beat. Bad for me, but good for you! Why? I’ve decided to take a day off from commercials to review, if not the greatest Thanksgiving special, one of the greatest Thanksgiving specials EVER! A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving!!!
Airing for the first time in 1973, this has been a storied part of America’s Thanksgivings traditions since. It just doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving without seeing this episode. It isn’t Thanksgiving until we see Charlie Brown fall flat on his ass from attempting to kick the football that Lucy is holding. You’d think Charlie Brown would have given up by now…but thankfully for us, he never learns.
The story revolves around Charlie Brown and the gang having a Thanksgiving feast. Well, Charlie doesn’t really want to have one since they are going to his grandmothers, but Patty invites herself, Marcie, Franklin and others. Thankfully Linus and Snoopy are there to help. We get the wonderful scenes of Snoopy trying to set everything up, but the table and chairs are never corporative. Great stuff!
Once everything is set up, they make the food. Toast, popcorn, pretzels and jelly beans. Many ask, why toast, popcorn and the such? Because, do you actually think Charlie Brown can make anything besides those? Also, do you think his friends will actually accept that? Hell no! But who saves the day? Charlie Brown’s Grandmother! They pack up the station wagon (anyone remember those?), and away they go!
But after all that, Snoopy and Woodstock sit down for a nice turkey dinner with pumpkin pie. So why didn’t Snoopy whip that up for everyone else?
Well, I hope everyone who reads this has a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow. I’m not sure if I’ll be posting on Friday or not. If not, see you on Monday!