"PEANUTS" PLAYS BALL IN "LUCY MUST BE TRADED, CHARLIE BROWN,"
AIRING WEDNESDAY, JULY 14 ON ABC
The PEANUTS" special "Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown," produced and animated by the same team that gave us the classic "PEANUTS" holiday specials, will air WEDNESDAY, JULY 14 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET/PT), on the ABC Television Network. This half-hour, animated program was the first new special based on the popular baseball theme that's featured in over 1,800 individual comic strips from Charles M. Schulz. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 8/29/03)
"Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown" begins with the start of yet another baseball season. Charlie Brown, the manager of a losing team, hopes that Lucy will not sign up to play. He and Linus believe that she's the worst player in the history of the game, and that her terrible performance in right field is the cause of most of their 900 straight losses. Being the fussbudget that she is, of course, Lucy does sign up for the team and, through a series of trades and mishaps, another wonderful "PEANUTS" classic unfolds.
On October 2, 1950 the PEANUTS comic strip launched in seven American newspapers. Little did anyone know the impact the brand would have around the world for decades to come. Nearly 60 years later, the comic strip appears in over 2,200 newspapers, in 75 countries and 21 languages. PEANUTS animated specials have become a seasonal tradition and thousands of consumer products are available in virtually all retail channels. Charlie Brown kicking the football, Linus and his blanket and Lucy leaning over Schroeder's piano are images to which everyone can relate. Phrases such as "Security Blanket' and "Good Grief" have become a part of the global vernacular.
Lee Mendelson serves as executive producer of the special. The animation was produced and directed by Bill Melendez and Larry Leichliter. The original music was composed by Vince Guaraldi and David Benoit, and was arranged and performed by David Benoit. "PEANUTS" is licensed and syndicated by United Media.
This program carries a TV-G parental guideline.