* ChannelHop: From CBS to {{ABC}} in 2001.
* EditedForSyndication: To allow for longer commercial breaks, ABC typically cuts a few scenes such as Lucy challenging Charlie Brown to kick the football and Schroeder playing the medley of WWI songs for Snoopy.
* FranchiseKiller: Subverted. CBS warned the crew that if this special failed to generate ratings as high as those received for ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' less than a year earlier, they would not commission any more ''Peanuts'' cartoons. It ultimately did so well, new ''Peanuts'' cartoons continued to air throughout the following decades, even after Charles Schulz's death.
** The network literally said it had to be a 'blockbuster'. It ended up tying for the #1 most watched program of the week with ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'', which was a ratings GIANT for most of its run (including the year ''Great Pumpkin'' aired).