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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.]

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Oh please, just freaking kill me now. Thank god Gary Larson retired before the PETA idiots smothered him.

OK, I can't really stand Peanuts, but is nothing sacred? lol

What's next? "I Don't Care If You Are The Father, Charlie Brown!" centers on Lucy's decision to have an abortion. You'll watch as Lucy must avoid the state's law requiring doctors to inform the parents of minors that are requesting abortions. After the show, the harpies from NOW will discuss...

Personally I am offended. Showing cartoon children torturing pets is not children's programming. I reviewed the ABC website and their press release stops at "but then the real trouble begins." I personally plan on writing to protest this distortion of Peanuts. The contacts are ABC PRIMETIME ALTERNATIVE SERIES/
contact: Annie Fort
tel: 818-460-6360
fax: 818-460-5694
E-Mail: annie.fort@abc.com
contact: Amber Gereghty
tel: 818-460-6781
fax: 818-460-5254
E-Mail: amber.k.gereghty@abc.com

P.T. Barnum was right!

Stick with South Park...can't go wrong

Oh, Shelly...oh dear... snort

That's it! I'm outraged! How could they do such a thing!

I actually got a sneak-peak at the cartoon. The scene where Spike is sodomized by a surprisingly well-hung ReRun was a tad disturbing but a magnificent artistic achievement all the same.

Well, at least they didn't take the "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" series concept one step further and start peddling doggy-sex reality shows.

Maybe Peppermint Patty and Marcie finally "do it."

Marcie: I like it when you use the strap-on, Sir.

PP: Shut your ho-ass mouth!

Marcie: Yes, sir.

Oh. My. God. I'm so going to hell.

Did you get the link from me, by any chance? (Can you get a PG-13 for linkwhoring?)

Actually, I hear that in the dramatic climax, we find out why they call him "Spike".

"...rated PG for mild violence and animal nudity."

Full Frontal Snoopy, baby. Oh, yeah. I'm getting woodstock already.

(I'm joining Ryan in hell.)

Ooh, ooh. Peanuts puns. I'm sooo there:

Although engaging in anal sex admittedly made Charlie brown, his girlfriend was just too lucy for him to enjoy regular intercourse. Eventually, however, she had to draw the linus when it came to porking her in her pigpen.

I'm not just going to hell, I'm staging a takeover.

I remember seeing Chas Shultz about a month before he died. He was saying, crying really, "They TOOK it from me!" when the doctors would not let him work on his cartoon strips anymore... I guess he was right because he would never have done anything like this.

There's nothing wrong with putting out a message about being a responsible pet owner - I mean, people do dump a large number of animals in the months after Christmas.

However, it's an insane leap from that message to this PETA-sponsored trashing of Peanuts. Come to think of it, that's a pretty good definition of far-left and far-right: if you care more about making your goofy ideological point than you do about the artistic integrity of someone like Charles Schultz, you're too damn extreme for me.

Is it just my imagination, or are there a LOT of gullible people on this here planet?

No Ryan, it is NOT your imagination. Miker et al., did you actually READ that post CAREFULLY??


OK, so I'm an idiot.

I believed it up until I saw the word PETA. I KNEW Bill Melendez was too old to fall for that s***.


Oh My God...

Please tell me this is just a joke?

Schulz must be turning over in his grave.

I cannot fucking believe it. PETA---fuck off and DIE (and make some more room on the planet for those animals you care so much about)


Fucking bastards!

Thank God I still have all the classic Peanuts cartoons on video.