It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown

I love Peanuts. It’s simply the greatest comic strip ever and arguably the most beautiful example of Americana ever conceived. The Christmas TV special is amazing of course, and the Halloween one is pretty good, too. Not so good: It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown. Despite the title, and the fact that it was made in 1984, this is not about Flashdancing, but the by-then passé world of disco, with Snoopy heading to the local club. There, in an extremely long, wordless, dark, disorienting haze of a scene, are Peanuts kids, full-grown and provocatively disco-dancing, as if in some kind of strobe-induced fever dream. My guess is they had to make them adults, because a bunch of kids disco-dancing provocatively is creepy. But I think seeing Sally, Linus, and Franklin as adults is far more traumatic.

Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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4 thoughts on “It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown

  1. J says:

    Argh! For one brief, shining moment I thought it was released on DVD. I long to do the Pigpen Hoedown and watch Patty’s nose get stuck in a binder once more.

  2. Go, Snoopy go!!! Man, that dog can dance! I’ve never seen this before! Those Peanuts kids look kinda freaky…
    I’m suprised they never had a Snoopy cartoon series

  3. There was – it was called Charlie Brown and Snoopy, I believe, and ran in 1983. Surprisingly short-lived, but decent. It’s nice to see that Charlie Brown had a life outside of holidays.

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