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Episode 53: Charlie Brown Holiday Specials – 1/2 Star for Nostalgia

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Morgan and Chelsea are joined by the biggest Peanuts fan around for a special double feature of It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas.


  • Guest host: Alissa Roy! Getting to know her and “Catch & Fire!”
  • Vote for the show in the Podcast Awards.
  • News: 500 new Peanuts shorts, Paul Feig to direct the new CGI Peanuts film.
  • Nerdy Couch Discussion: Alissa teaches us about the history of the Peanuts. Origins, story lines that made it into the movies, obscure characters, Snoopy’s family, iconic characters.
  • Main Discussion #1: It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • It isn’t a Peanuts film without the kicking of the football.
  • 60s thing to be a sheet ghost, embarrassing to have the same costume as your friends.
  • It’s never a good thing when the cool kids suddenly invite you to the party (see: Monsters University).
  • What’s with the Red Baron storyline?
  • Who really is the Great Pumpkin? Is it real? The world will never know.
  • Main Discussion #2: A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Chelsea finally tells the story of her fainting at the choir concert.
  • Iconic opening, great songs, Morgan = Lucy.
  • This short is notoriously known for being low budget and low quality, recording issues, voice recording problems.
  • The iconic Christmas tree. How did it grow big?
  • Chelsea refuses to rate them.
  • Bloopers: Morgan’s computer is on fire, feels like we’ve known each other forever.

Runtime: 1:11:17; 37.4 MB


■ Live tweet from #Rotoween.
■ Watch It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie BrownBlu-ray | DVD | Digital
■ Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas: Blu-ray | DVD | Digital
■ Buy the Charlie Brown Holiday Collection: Blu-ray | DVD 
■ Frozember and Princess Profiles articles

Where To Find The Rotoscopers

Where To Find The Hosts

Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
Morgan Stradling: TwitterInstagram
Chelsea Robson: TwitterFacebook
Alissa Roy: Twitter, Blog

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About Morgan Stradling

Morgan is a native of Arizona and is a desert rat who loves the heat--she doesn’t even turn on the AC in her car in the middle of the summer! She loves big eyeliner, Survivor, Lady Gaga, and, of course, animated films. She has her MBA in Marketing from ASU and now works as a Product Manager for a tech company. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.