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Directed by: Bill Melendez
Written by: Charles M. Schulz
Release date: March 11, 1973
Running time: 24 minutes
Preceded by: You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown
Followed by: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Availability: Peanuts Specials Vol. 1 iTunes, A Charlie Brown Valentine (bonus episode) DVD, Peanuts 1970's Collection, Vol. 1 DVD

There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown is the ninth prime-time animated TV specials based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was originally aired on the CBS network on March 11, 1973. It was released to DVD as a bonus feature (along with another Peanuts special Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown) on January 2, 2004. It was also released in remastered form as part of the DVD box set, Peanuts 1970's Collection, Volume One.

Plot

There are three months of school left and all of the Peanuts gang are under pressure from too many tests and homework assignments. They now have to make preparations to write a report on a field trip to an art museum, for half their grade. Both Charlie Brown, and Peppermint Patty's school were going on the field trip.

When Charlie Brown, Sally, and Snoopy get off the bus for the trip, they see Patty, and a newcomer student named Marcie. The five of them start talking and don't see their class go into the museum. They accidentally walk into a supermarket next door, and mistake it for the art museum. They study the meat, and the cans and don't notice they're not in the art museum.

In the museum, Marcie asks Patty if she likes Charlie Brown, to which Patty said "I could never love a blockhead like Chuck". Unbeknownst to Patty, Charlie Brown overheard her comment and got upset. When they left the supermarket, Patty apologized.

The next day Linus shows Charlie Brown and Lucy slides of the artworks that he photographed. Charlie Brown's hopes of salvaging his grades are shattered. As he waits for his graded report, he expects the worst of it all. However, everything works out for the best, as his teacher assumes his report is a creative description of an art museum interpreted as a supermarket and she gives him the grade he needs.

In the final scene, Peppermint Patty apologizes to Charlie Brown for saying bad things to him and that it was not easy for a girl to talk like that to a boy. But Peppermint Patty angrily rebukes Charlie Brown after Charlie Brown brings up the Little Red-Haired Girl. Marcie, who was watching this and calling her 'sir' throughout the special, reminded Peppermint Patty that she said the wrong thing again like she did in the supermarket. Peppermint Patty then asks Marcie if she realizes how annoying it is being called 'sir' a lot when she tells her not to. Marcie responds, "No, ma'am".

Notes

  • This special marks the animated debut of Peppermint Patty's friend Marcie, who appeared in the comics for the first time in 1971 (although a girl resembling her named "Clara" had appeared in 1968).
  • A few satiric comments are made towards Pop Art, particularly Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans (without mentioning the artist by name).
  • Two times in the special, Peppermint Patty refers to Charlie Brown by his usual name instead of "Chuck".

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