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Happiness is a warm puppy.

— Rerun quoting a line originally said by Lucy in the comic strip

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown is the fourth and most recent Christmas television special based on the newspaper comic strip Peanuts. It originally aired on ABC on December 9, 2003, and has aired annually on that network since then. The teleplay consists of Peanuts' creator Charles M. Schultz's old comic strips.

Synopsis

Rerun hugging Snoopy

Having seen the relationship between Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Rerun van Pelt is desperate for a dog of his own for Christmas. He asks Santa Claus for on. Unfortunately, his mother and older sister, Lucy, do not believe that he is old enough to care for one. Frustrated, he asks Charlie Brown if he can play with Snoopy. While initially cooperative, Snoopy quickly tires of Rerun's idea of fun and games, and after a while he begins to snub Rerun.

At Rerun's request, Snoopy asks his brother, Spike, to leave his home in the desert near Needles, California and come to visit. When he arrives, Lucy is appalled at his skinny figure and takes him in to fatten him up. After a short stay, he gains significant weight, which he then loses from fear while riding with Rerun on his mother's bike. Because Rerun's mother still will not allow Rerun to have his own dog, Charlie Brown tries to find another home for Spike but to no avail, prompting him to return to his desert home.

Rerun asks Charlie Brown if Snoopy can come out and pull him on his sled. He finds himself pulling Snoopy on it instead, which makes him come to the conclusion that dogs can be troublesome.

Charlie Brown breaks the fourth wall at the end of the special by saying, "I always lie awake wondering, when will it ever end? Then a voice tells me, "Right after the credits."

Availability

The special was first released to VHS and DVD by Paramount Home Entertainment on October 26, 2004. Paramount's DVD release also contained Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales and a documentary about the making of A Charlie Brown Christmas as bonus features. Warner Home Video later released it as a "Remastered Deluxe Edition" DVD on October 6, 2009. Instead of the bonus specials from the previous DVD, this one also included Happy New Year, Charlie Brown. The DVD was later included in the Snoopy's Holiday Collection box set with Warner's Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales and Happiness is... Peanuts: Snow Days DVDs.

Cast

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From left to right: Franklin, Violet, Patty, Linus, Charlie Brown, Schroeder, Lucy, Pig-Pen, and Rerun.

Voice actor/actress Character(s)
Jimmy Bennett Rerun van Pelt
Ashley Rose Orr Lucy van Pelt
Corey Padnos Linus van Pelt
Adam Taylor Gordon Charlie Brown
Hannah Leigh Dworkin Sally Brown
Nick Price Schroeder
Jake Miner Franklin
Pig-Pen
Kaitlyn Maggio Violet Gray
Little girl
Bill Melendez Snoopy
Woodstock
Spike

Note: Patty appears in the pageant at the end, and Marbles, Andy, and Olaf appear in flashbacks, but they do not have speaking parts.

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Christmas Specials Based on Comic Strips
Peanuts A Charlie Brown Christmas • "The Play" • It's Christmastime Again, Charlie BrownCharlie Brown's Christmas TalesI Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown • "Christmas is on Its Way" • "Christmas is Coming"
Garfield A Garfield Christmas Special • "Heatwave Holiday" • "Caroling Capers" • "Home for the Holidays"
Popeye Seasin's Greetinks!Mister and Mistletoe • "Spinach Greetings"
Dennis the Menace "The Christmas Story" • "The Christmas Horse" • "The Fifteen-Foot Christmas Tree" • A Dennis the Menace Christmas
Other comic strips The Captain's Christmas • "Hazel's Christmas Shopping" • "A Christmas Tale" • "Krazy's Krismas" • "It's Better To Give" • "Just 86 Shopping Minutes Till Christmas" • "Christmas with the Addams Family" (1965) • A Family Circus ChristmasZiggy's GiftThe Bestest Present • "North Pole Cat" • A Wish For Wings That WorkA Christmas AngelLittle Orphan Annie's A Very Animated Christmas • "A Baby Blues Christmas Special" • "Christmas with the Addams Family" (1998) • "A Huey Freeman Christmas"
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WildBrain "Twinkle's Wish" • "Christmas" (Yo Gabba Gabba!) • A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! Christmas Special! • "SheZon's Greetings"
Studio B Productions Snowden: Raggedy Ann & Andy's Adventure • "Snow Biz" • The Legend of Frosty the Snowman • "Jungle Bells" / "Goat of Christmas Presents" • "Kid vs. Kat vs. Christmas" • "Fangs for the Memories" • "Hearth's Warming Eve" • "I Heard the Barks on Christmas Day" • "Christmas Evil" • "Hearthbreakers" • "Charles Dickens" • "A Hearth's Warming Tail" • "Robert Edwin Peary" • "The Hearth's Warming Club" • My Little Pony: Best Gift Ever
CINAR / Cookie Jar Entertainment "Madeline's Christmas" • The Real Story of O Christmas Tree • "The Night Before Christmas" • "The Best Christmas Present Ever" • "Abe and Babe's Christmas Lesson" • "Sally Cat's Christmas Dream" • "The Big Apple Christmas Caper" • "Santa Needs Help" • "Christmas Star" • Arthur's Perfect Christmas • "Caillou's Christmas" • Caillou's Holiday MovieGotta Catch Santa ClausThe Velveteen Rabbit • "A Holly Johnny Christmas" • "That's Swellaphant!"
DIC Entertainment The Littles Christmas Special • "Christmas Memories" • "North Pole Cat" • "Xmas Marks the Spot" • "The Year Scroogenip Swiped Christmas" • "Koopa Klaus" • "Santa Claus is Coming to Flatbush" • "Christmas in July" • "The Night Before Cave Christmas" • A Christmas Adventure • "Merry Christmas, Super Dave!" • Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas • "Across the Delaware" • A Hollywood Hounds Christmas • "Do Not Reboot 'Til Christmas" • "Kilo Is Coming to Town" • "It's a Gorganus Life" • "Madeline at the North Pole" • "Just Like Old Times" • Twas the Night Before BumpyJingle Bell RockSonic Christmas BlastThe Adventures of SnowdenA Christmas Carol • "Holiday on Ice" • "A Gadget Boy Christmas All Around the World" • "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" • "Witchmas Carole" • "The Christmas Phantom" • "Berry Merry Christmas" • "Santa Claw" • "The Claw Who Stole Christmas"
Ragdoll Productions "Christmas Tree" • "Making Christmas Cards" • "Crackers" • "Christmas Carols" • "The Perfect Tree"
Decode Entertainment "Santa Sword is Coming to Town" • "Secret Santa" • "Last Day of Christmas" • "A Very Sadie Christmas" • "His Master's Choice" • "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" • "The Nutcracker" • "The Happy Holidays Issue" • "How to Make a Christmas Miracle" • "Lobster Claus is Coming to Town"
Halifex Films "A Song For Everyone" • "The Holiday Tree" • "A Wish World Christmas"
Iconix Brand Group A Charlie Brown Christmas • "The Play" • It's Christmastime Again, Charlie BrownCharlie Brown's Christmas Tales • "Berry Merry Christmas" • I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown • "Christmas is Coming" • "Christmas is on Its Way"
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