"BE MY VALENTINE, CHARLIE BROWN" TO PREMIERE ON ABC, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, ALONG WITH THE CLASSIC "A CHARLIE BROWN VALENTINE"
"Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown," a "PEANUTS" special produced and animated by the same team that gave us the now classic holiday specials and taken directly from the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz's famed comic strip, will air for the first time on ABC. The special, created in 1975, will air with the classic "A Charlie Brown Valentine" (OAD: 2/14/02), TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
In "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown," hearts are fluttering on Valentine's Day at Birchwood School, and Linus has brought a huge box of candy for his homeroom teacher. Thinking that the candy is for her, Sally reciprocates with a homemade card for Linus. Lucy meanwhile, demands some affection from Schroeder, and Charlie Brown waits for his cards in the mail� and waits� and waits�
This special stars Duncan Watson (Charlie Brown), Stephen Shea (Linus), Melanie Kohn (Lucy), Greg Felton (Schroeder), Lynn Mortensen (Sally) and Linda Ercoli (Violet). "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown" was executive-produced by Lee Mendelson, produced by Bill Melendez and directed by Phil Roman. Music was composed and performed by Vince Guaraldi. It will air with Spanish audio via SAP.
"A Charlie Brown Valentine" marked the first newly created programming from the "PEANUTS" team in several years. In this special, Charlie Brown finally works up the courage to call the little red-haired girl to ask her to the Valentine's Day dance. But once again he ends up broken-hearted and empty-handed when he dials the wrong number and reaches Peppermint Patty instead.
Cast members include Wesley Singerman (Charlie Brown), Lauren Schaffel (Lucy), Corey Padnos (Linus), Emily Lalande (Peppermint Patty), Jessica D. Stone (Marcie) and Christopher Ryan Johnson (Schroeder). Lee Mendelson was executive-producer and Bill Melendez was producer and director of "A Charlie Brown Valentine."
Starring an unlikely round-headed hero and a unique cast of young characters wiser and wittier than their years, Charles Schulz's "PEANUTS" is not just the best-known, most-loved comic strip ever created, but a true global phenomenon. The "PEANUTS" characters -- Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, Pigpen, Peppermint Patty, Marcy and all the rest -- are featured in 2200 newspapers, in classic television specials and on re-mastered DVDs, on stage, in hundreds of books and across the Internet. They have inspired every kind of consumer product from t-shirts to toothbrushes. And while translated into 25 languages, "PEANUTS" has introduced a vocabulary all its own: "Good grief!," "security blanket," "Happiness is�," "You blockhead!" Yet Schulz's iconic characters still retain the simple comic appeal and quotable wisdom that set them apart right from the beginning. As "PEANUTS" approaches its 60th anniversary in 2010, "Good ol' Charlie Brown" and his inseparable gang remain as fresh and vital as ever.
Over the past four decades, the library of "PEANUTS" animation has received five Emmy and two Peabody Awards, plus one Academy Award nomination, three Grammy nominations and fifteen additional Emmy nominations. A TV parental guideline will be posted closer to airdate.