A Boy Named Charlie Brown
Poor Charlie Brown. He can't fly a kite, and he always loses in baseball. Having his faults projected onto a screen by Lucy doesn't help him much either. Against the sage advice and taunting of the girls in his class, he volunteers for the class spelling bee...and wins!
Funny, sweet, but not without trauma for the characters nor tension - you know it's not going to end well for Charlie Brown, the horror is in not seeing just *how* it's not going to end well for Charlie Brown and in knowing that the more successful he becomes, the higher that he is to fall from. Lovely soundtrack (apart from the bookend songs) and sound.
Directed by Bill Melendez
This was the first of four feature-length films based on "Peanuts" and it's also the one I remember the best. Scenes like Charlie Brown preparing for baseball season, Snoopy skating at Rockefeller Center, Linus losing it when he can't find his blanket... those have all stuck in my mind since whenever it was I last watched this.
The plot is a little all over the place, but mostly focuses on Charlie finally winning at something - the school spelling bee. But just when he's feeling content about his victory, he realizes he has to travel to New York City and compete in a National spelling bee. Charlie knows his nerves, insecurities and sense of…