What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown (1981)

Genres - Children's/Family  |   Run Time - 25 min.  |  
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In the tradition of the 1939 Warner Bros. cartoon Old Glory, the patriotic half-hour TV special What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown? is a more serious endeavor than one might expect from Charles Schulz' "Peanuts" gang. Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and the rest of the bunch journey to France as part of a student-exchange program. While ambling around Omaha Beach, the scene flashes back to June 6, 1944--D-Day. Next, the kids visit the battlefield of Ypres in Belgium, sparking similar reminiscenes of World War 1. The half hour ends on a poignant note as Linus recites the John McCrae poem "In Flanders Field". When this animated special first aired May 30, 1983, Charles Schulz himself introduced the program.