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Thursday, November 24, 2011: <I>Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown</I>

Remember how last year during the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, as soon as we saw Snoopy soar over NYC's streets, the announcer said, "Snoopy fans will be happy to know that next year, a new Peanuts animated special will be flying your way." No? Well, it doesn't matter anyway -- that new Peanuts special is on tonight, and it's got everything a Peanuts special should.

Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown is the 45th Peanuts special. (And sounds waaaaay too much like the title of a certain Beatles song...) It's also the first one without the late Bill Melendez on production and Charles Schulz's direct involvement. It's still got every heartwarming aspect of Peanuts, however. Linus's grandmother comes to visit with every intention of getting rid of his blanket (how dare she!) causing the gang to help Linus cope without his fuzzy security crutch. Meanwhile, Snoopy finds himself in the middle of all this because he wants the blanket for himself. It's still got the retro animation we know and love (none of that CGI nonsense, thankyouverymuch), some of our favorite minor Peanuts characters, and warm new tunes from Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo.

Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown airs tonight at 8:30 PM on Fox.

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