Linus:I think our team is in trouble this year, Charlie Brown.We're weak at every position.
Lucy: Except for right field. She's exceptionally cute!
Linus:Our right fielder is completely hopeless.
Premiered August 29, 2003.
|Lucy misjudges a fly ball...|
|Linus looks at their team roster & isn't optimistic.|
|Two managers shake hands, while Marcie snubs Snoopy.|
Charlie Brown takes his team off the field, resulting in a forfeit. Peppermint Patty is humiliated by this.
|Snoopy gets beaned on the first pitch of the season!|
|Linus & Snoopy are shocked when Chuck considers trading his own dog|
But Peppermint Patty says it doesn't matter. The players traded to Charlie Brown's team would quit baseball before they'd play for him.
|Snoopy is pleased to learn he won't be traded.|
Will the teams improve after the trade? Or will Charlie Brown and Peppermint Patty regret making the deal?
J.A. Morris' says:
This is a good special, very different from the other two baseball themed specials I covered earlier this week. Unlike the earlier specials, there is no dramatic finish, no bottom of the 9th inning heroics or failures.
|Lucy chats with Frieda while ignoring the ball she should be fielding.|
It mostly focuses on how bad Lucy is at baseball. We get multiple scenes of her missing fly balls. You might think that would get old, but they found enough different depictions to keep it funny.
|How Charlie Brown sees the sunrise on the first day of baseball season.|
|Lucy's plan to perch atop the right field fence backfires & results in a homerun.|
|Charlie Brown's obsession with winning and the word "win" scares Linus & Snoopy|
|Peppermint Patty finds a "glove" big enough to help Lucy catch fly balls.|
|Lucy "helps" Charlie Brown after he gets hit by a line drive.|
|Charlie Brown's field has an "automatic sprinkler system."|
It looks like this special is currently out of print on dvd, but that dvd can still be easily found online. It's also available for streaming on Amazon Instant Video and iTunes.
|Schroeder sleeps in his catcher's mask & worries about making errors the night before opening day.|
Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown is fun special and is recommended. Since it was produced in 2003 it doesn't have the nostalgic pull that other specials have, but I think Peanuts fans of all ages will enjoy it.
J.A. Morris' rating: