These It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown Peanuts Read-Along Record original drawings set includes three finished Peanuts drawings used to make the 1980 published storybook. They are signed by Bill Melendez and come directly from his estate.
Three Peanuts drawings are shown in the product gallery, as are the images from the book itself for which they are used. The book comes with the drawings. (note: the book is vintage and well-worn)
You can see the Peanuts drawings in this video, which shows the entire book being played. The drawings are on pages 6, 8, and 14.
It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown is the sixth prime-time animated television special based on the popular comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz. It was directed by Bill Melendez and originally aired on CBS on September 27, 1969
It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown was the first Peanuts special to not feature the majority of the original voice cast from the inaugural A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), who had begun to age out of their roles; Ann Altieri, Sally Dryer and Peter Robbins (in his last appearance voicing Charlie Brown) did return, as did Melendez, who once again not only directed but voiced Snoopy and Woodstock. Among the notable additions to the cast was Pamelyn Ferdin, Robbins's co-star on Blondie.
- When Snoopy pretends to be a bus driver, he passes by a map that includes the names of several crew members, including Schulz City, Levitttown (for Ed Levitt, one of the designers), Leesville (for Lee Mendelson), Gruverberg (for Bernard Gruver, another one of the designers), and Cuidad (misspelled) de Melendez (for Bill Melendez).
- Charles Schulz once stated that the arm wrestling competition between the Masked Marvel and Lucy was his all-time favorite piece of animation.
- Even though this was the last Peanuts Tv Special to be released in the 1960's, the last Peanuts animation adaptation to be released in the 1960's was the first ever Peanuts Feature-Film "A Boy Named Charlie Brown", which premiered in theaters 3 months after "It was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown" aired on television.
- This was the final TV special to feature Peter Robbins as the voice of Charlie Brown. Robbins' voice would also be heard in the feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown which was released later in 1969.