The classic A Charlie Brown Christmas isn’t the only Christmas special featuring the Peanuts gang. Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy and the rest of the group are all featured in I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown!, which ABC airs on Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m. Read on for a preview of the special.
I Want A Dog was first broadcast on December 9, 2003, so it’s a much more recent special compared to the other holiday classics in the Peanuts canon. In this one, Linus and Lucy’s younger brother Rerun wants his own dog after being impressed by the relationship between Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Snoopy doesn’t enjoy playing with Rerun, so he writes to his brother Spike in California. Spike agrees to visit, but Rerun’s mother doesn’t like having Spike around.
Unlike other Peanuts specials, I Want a Dog runs 41 minutes, so it fills a full hour-long block on network television.
After tonight, ABC has more Peanuts waiting. A Charlie Brown Christmas airs again on Thursday, December 22. On Monday, December 26, ABC will air Happy New Year, Charlie Brown and She’s A Good Skate, Charlie Brown.
DATE: Saturday, December 17
TIME: 8 p.m. ET
CHANNEL: ABC (Click here to find your local ABC affiliate.)
Jimmy Bennett as Rerun
Ashley Rose Orr as Lucy
Corey Padnos as Linus
Adam Taylor Gordon as Charlie BRown
Hannah Leigh Dworkin as Sally
Nick Price as Schroeder
Bill Melendez as Snoopy, Spike and Woodstock
Peanuts created by Charles M. Schulz
Directed by Bill Melendez and Larry Leichliter
Executive Producer: Lee Mendelsohn
Producer: Bill Melendez