A Very Special Peanuts
If you’ve been aching for a new Peanuts cartoon, fret no more. On December 9th, ABC will have just what you’ve been waiting for.
“I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!” centers on ReRun, the lovable but ever-skeptical younger brother of Linus and Lucy. It’s Christmas vacation and, as usual, ReRun’s big sister is stressing him out, so he decides to turn to his best friend, Snoopy, for amusement and holiday cheer. However his faithful but unpredictable beagle companion has plans of his own, giving ReRun reason to ask Snoopy to invite his canine brother Spike for a visit. When Spike shows up, it looks like ReRun will have a dog for Christmas after all… but then the real trouble begins.
Sounds like the usual Peanuts stuff, right? Boy, dog, hilarity ensues. However, ABC has noted that this special is rated PG. Peanuts, PG? What could possibly be in a Peanuts cartoon that would make the network give it a parental guidance rating?
Oh, look at this. My unnamed source has just handed me a copy of the blurb that will appear in next week’s tv listings for this show:
A Very Special Peanuts: “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!” Parents and guardians will want to gather the kids around the television as Charlie Brown and friends - in a partnership with PETA - will demonstrate why giving live pets for Christmas is not a good idea.
You’ll watch as ReRun tortures Spike with various instruments of death, emotionally abuses Spike by telling him he was bought from a puppy farm, and forces Spike to drink a bottle of cheap Russian Vodka. When ReRun finally tires of “playing” with Spike and wants to get rid of him, Charlie Brown and the gang try to sell him to the Korean food stand at the mall.
After the show, Linda Ellerbee and a few members of PETA will discuss the ABC’s of animal cruelty in a front of a live studio audience.
A Very Special Peanuts is rated PG for mild violence and animal nudity.
[link stolen from a blog which escapes my mind right now, dam old age.]