YMMV / A Boy Named Charlie Brown

  • Awesome Music: Vince Guaraldi's score of course. The title song sung by Rod McKuen is special, too.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Tons. It's kind of justified, considering that it was the first full-length Peanuts movie, but it sort of goes overboard on it. The skiing scene with Snoopy in New York City and Schroeder playing that Beethoven piece are major ones.
  • Ear Worm: "Champion Charlie Brown". You'll find yourself humming it a lot, partly because it's sung when Charlie's at his high point. The song even makes a cameo during the opening Cinema Center Films logo.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • Failure is a part of life and it's unavoidable at times.
    • Another Aesop is "Time heals all wounds (no matter how badly you mess up.)"
      Linus: Well, I can understand how you feel. You worked hard, studying for the spelling bee, and I suppose you feel you let everyone down, and you made a fool out of yourself and everything. But did you notice something, Charlie Brown?
      Charlie Brown: What's that?
      Linus: The world didn't come to an end.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Beethoven sequence. Sure, it might be lovely to watch for someone who appreciates the artistic value, but otherwise....
  • Padding: Most of the instrumental musical sequences are this. See Big Lipped Alligator Moment above.
  • Society Marches On: Charlie Brown twice says to himself, "It's Sydney or the bush," which in the U.S. was a very short-lived idiom. It makes more sense in Australia.
  • Tear Jerker: While not as soul-crushing as Snoopy, Come Home, the whole movie has a pretty melancholic tone. The basic plot is Charlie Brown dealing with the unrelenting misery and failure that is his life, getting a Hope Spot when he gets a chance at a regional spelling bee, and returning in disgrace after he loses.
  • The Woobie: Oh God, Charlie Brown. The whole movie will have you wanting to give him a hug.