It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown

The iconic Peanuts characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz have helped us collectively welcome in many a holiday, whether it be Halloween, Christmas, or Thanksgiving, thanks to a series of beloved animated television specials. Easter was added to the list in 1974, with It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.

Easter is around the corner and each member of the Peanuts gang has their typical quirky issues to deal with. Woodstock is cold so Snoopy sets out to build him a bird house. Peppermint Patty and Marcie are trying to color Easter eggs, except that Marcie has never done it before and has no idea how to cook the eggs. Lucy, who believes that Easter is a gift giving season paints and hides her own set of colorful eggs for everyone. Linus is the only one not feeling the pressure, sure that the Easter Beagle has everything covered.

Woodstock proceeds to turn his new birdhouse into the grooviest bachelor pad imaginable, complete with a sunken bed and quadrophonic stereo system. Snoopy is amazed by what he sees inside, until his nose gets stuck in the door and breaks the birdhouse. Meanwhile, the cooking process is not going well for Marcie, who tries to fry the eggs, then use a waffle iron, then bake them. When that all fails, she realizes she needs to boil them, but manages to screw that up as well.

When Easter arrives, the Easter Beagle hands out beautiful eggs to everyone, the same ones he stole from Lucy – everyone, that is, except for Charlie Brown. Even Lucy gets an egg, which she recognizes as one of her own. Still livid months later, she goes to give the Beagle a piece of her mind, but Snoopy has a quick way of calming her ire.

It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown was the 12th animated special based on the Peanuts characters. It quickly became an annual favorite and was shown every year on CBS until 2000. ABC took over the rights the following year and has aired it most years, but not all. They also cut a number of scenes to allow for more commercials, so the version today is quite different from the original. Thankfully, the unedited version is available on DVD.

In the end, It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown is but another charming Charles Schulz holiday classic, all of which served to entertain while also reminding that we don’t always truly understand exaclty what it is that we are celebrating.

If you watched It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown every year as a kid, we hope you take a moment to share your own memories of this timeless classic in our comments section below.

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