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From You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown

  • MEDIUMOriginal Production Cel set up with Animator's Drawing

ABOUT THE IMAGE: From You’re a Good Sport, Charlie Brown featuring Charlie Brown and Linus Van Pelt. 

ABOUT THE MEDIUM: Original Production Cel set up with Animator’s Drawings.

ABOUT THE SPECIAL: You’re a Good Sport, Charlie Brown prime-time animated television special which originally aired on October 28, 1975.  The story line follows Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty and Snoopy, as the Masked Marvel, as they participate in a charity motocross race.

Charlie Brown and Linus head to the bike ship but they have to purchase a poor-quality bike since that is all they can afford.  The race commences, with Snoopy taking an early lead but both he and Charlie Brown abruptly wipe out on the first turn. An ambulance picks them up, but while rushing to the hospitals it accidentally switches the two around, and Charlie Brown is taken to a vet kennel while Snoopy is admitted into the hospital. After snapping out of his daze, Charlie Brown realizes he is in the wrong place, and must return to the race. He escapes from the vet, and then pulls Snoopy from the hospital. They make their way back to the race.

When they arrive back at the race, Linus hands Charlie Brown a hollowed-out pumpkin for a helmet, replacing the one he lost in the accident; with Sally reminding him not to mention the "Great Pumpkin". Charlie Brown and Snoopy then return to racing. Meanwhile, all the other competitors get stuck in the various mud traps, soon only Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, and Snoopy remain in the race. However, Peppermint Patty also gets stuck in a mud trap, and then only Charlie Brown and Snoopy remain. Snoopy pulls ahead of Charlie Brown, and it begins to look like he will win the race. However, while Snoopy is showing off, his bike suddenly breaks down and he quickly replaces it with the tennis ball server, by removing the cycle's engine and putting it inside.

While Snoopy is riding on his tennis ball server, he throws tennis balls at Charlie Brown to slow him down. Having gained a massive lead, Snoopy stops for a picnic. However, Charlie Brown appears and passes Snoopy, he carefully makes his way around all the traps, and his steady speed helps him pass all the terrains. Snoopy again rushes to reach the finish line, but then gets stuck in a mud trap like the other competitors.

Charlie Brown wins the race by default, which makes Lucy think the world is coming to an end. All the kids come to cheer for Charlie Brown as he is about to receive the grand prize. Loretta, the child in charge of the motocross comes over and kisses Charlie Brown, and hands him the prize which turns out to be a gift certificate for five free haircuts.

At the end of the day, Linus consoles Charlie Brown by telling him that the fact that he won against overwhelming odds is more important than receiving a prize.

The next day, a confident Charlie Brown is ready to pitch another baseball game, saying to the team that in spite of his "980 straight defeats", he is certain that he will win this game. However, as the viewers would expect, Charlie Brown's first pitch is hit right back to him, knocking him out of his clothes.