As Valentine’s Day is upon us, something that everyone should see is Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, which originally aired in 1975 and is the 13th animated special based on Charles Schulz’s classic comic strip Peanuts.
In this story, Charlie Brown is anticipating Valentine’s Day. This is why he brings a briefcase to school, so he has something to put all his Valentines in. At the same time, Linus buys a big box of chocolate for his (unseen) teacher Miss Othmar, with whom he is smitten. Charlie Brown’s sister Sally mistakenly believes that the box is for her and makes Linus a Valentine in return.
Sadly, both Charlie Brown and Linus end up disappointed. Charlie Brown does not get a single Valentine from any of his classmates, while Linus misses his chance to give his teacher the chocolate because she leaves with her boyfriend.
However, this story ends on a happy note when Violet, out of guilt, gives Charlie Brown one of her Valentines. This leads to the show’s biggest laugh when Schroeder passionately defends Charlie Brown’s integrity, only for Charlie Brown to tell him not to bother as he happily accepts the card.
Like many of the Peanuts specials, this one has a wonderful music score from Vince Guaraldi. This show aired just one year before his premature death from a heart attack at age 47.
The success of Be My Valentine was proven when many children sent Valentines addressed to Charlie Brown, which is another example of how Peanuts touched many lives.