I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown is the fourth and most recent Christmas television special based on the newspaper comic strip Peanuts. This hour-length special originally aired on ABC on December 9, 2003.



The cover to the storybook adaptation.

Having seen the relationship between Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Rerun van Pelt is desperate for a dog for Christmas; however, his mother and Lucy do not believe that he is ready for or capable of caring for one and they refuse. 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 him.

Instead, Snoopy commissions his brother, Spike, to make a trip to the Twin Cities. When he arrives, the Van Pelts are appalled to see his notoriously slender figure and take him in. After a short stay, Spike regains significant weight but ultimately decides to return to his home in the desert. That's when Rerun finally agrees with his mother and Lucy that dogs are too much trouble.


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.


Voice actor Character
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
Kaitlyn Maggio Little girl
Bill Melendez Snoopy

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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 PalsThe 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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