Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (1975)

Duncan Watson, Stephen Shea, Melanie Kohn, Greg Felton,
The gang celebrate Valentine's Day while Charlie Brown hopes for at least one valentine for a change.
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  • Charles M. Schulz, Writer:
  • Phil Roman, Director:
  • Bill Melendez, Producer:
7 / 10

Many Broken Hearts

No one seems to have a good time or find love in this Peanuts TV special. Charlie gets no Valentine cards, Linus misses out on his opportunity to give chocolates to his favorite teacher and Shroeder vows to never marry Lucy, much to her anger.

It's kinda downbeat for a Valentine's TV special. So much so that kids from all over America sent Charlie Brown a Valentine's card out of sympathy. Which is quite sweet when you think about it. As long as they were all girls.

Still, it's another funny and timeless TV special that you should definitely make the effort of watching if it comes on this Feb 14th. Though it might depress you if you yourself do not receive any Valentine's card.

6 / 10

some light fun

It's Valentine's Day. Charlie Brown keeps checking his mail box for valentines. Linus buys a big valentine for his teacher but Sally assumes it's for her. Lucy is going crazy for any sign from Schroeder. Linus is heart broken when the teacher leaves with her boyfriend. Charlie Brown has no valentine and Sally is mad that she's not getting the box of chocolate from Linus. Snoopy and Woodstock have their usual antics. I find some of voice work a bit harsh. I do like the various wacky stuff that Snoopy does. The puppet show comes out of nowhere but that's a fun side trip. Charlie Brown's desperation is fun. I love that he's so desperate that he grabs the pity valentine. It's missing some kind of central message but it's fun.

7 / 10

Not Surprisingly, A Very Jaded View of Valentines

From the very beginning of the "Peanuts" specials, it's been clear that the makers were very opposed to the commercialism of many holidays. Remember the protest in "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown" -- "It's Easter and they already have their Christmas decorations up!". So the very cynical view of this holiday, which has been completely co-opted by the greeting card and candy industries, in this special, can't really come as any surprise.

Yet at the same time, the animators do take the time, via Sally's recitation of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's famous poem, to offer a sincere tribute to the spirit of the holiday and the sentiments that it's supposed to be about. Admittedly, they also undercut that by having Linus specifically mention her, and the poem, in his ultimate denunciation of the holiday.

4 / 10

A sad day

'Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown' is the Valentine's Day special for Charlie Brown and the Peanut Gang. It's also a sad episode. Every school student knows that February 14th means giving Valentines to your classmates. (When I went to school, you had to give to everyone and not just the most popular kids in school!) Charlie Brown is unpopular, so he does not receive any cards. It's a depressing little story, really.

I didn't think this was an enjoyable story. I thought it went a little bit slow and dragged on. It didn't have the humor and the appeal that the Halloween special and Christmas special had.

Poor Charlie Brown.

2 / 10

Good Grief.

I'm not sure what everyone finds so great about this particular Peanuts cartoon. Perhaps it can be attributed to nothing more than nostalgia.

Charlie Brown desperately wants to receive a Valentine for Valentine's Day. He waits by the mailbox and checks it every few moments. One never arrives by mail but he optimistically brings a briefcase to school, expecting an avalanche of Valentines from his classmates. Of course, he doesn't get one.

There are also other things going on with other members of the Peanuts gang. Snoopy puts on a dull puppet show for Lucy. Lucy also finds the time to viciously smash up Schroeder's piano. Another storyline concerns Linus developing a rather unhealthy infatuation with his teacher.

I was greatly disappointed with a couple of things in "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown". One was the fact that virtually every character except Schroeder was either rude or indifferent toward their so-called friends. When Schroeder is nice enough to stand up for Charlie Brown and show him some respect, Chuck shoves him aside so he can be patronized by a group of snotty girls. Great message for the kids watching. Skip this one and watch one of the other more worthy and heartfelt Peanuts animated specials. 2/10