Trivia: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
- Channel Hop: From CBS to ABC in 2001.
- Edited for Syndication: 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.
- Franchise Killer: Subverted. CBS warned the crew that if this special failed to generate ratings as high as those received for A Charlie Brown Christmas 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 Bonanza, which was a ratings GIANT for most of its run (including the year Great Pumpkin first aired).