Charlie Brown 1970s SPECIAL intro

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  1. Alex-C

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    First does anyone remember the following....and secondly, anyone know where I can find it on the net...

    Before the Peanuts specials in the 1970s and 80s, they would run this 5 second intro...imagine the word "SPECIAL", rainbow colored, spiraling outward leaving trails.

    I dont think they run it anymore, it could have been only on one station like ABC. For those old enough to remember, you'll know exactly what I am talking about.

    For those who dont, you're probably thinking, what is this guy smoking ?

    Its a nostalgia thing. Plus, you could get bonus points by including it in a home made DVD to your 30 something friends.

    ohmigod, I just realized I now qualify to be in that show I never understood...30 something. damn ! time flies.

    editL oh yea, the accompanying music could best be described as rhythmic drumming...with some horn fanfare.
     
  2. Carl Miller

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    Alex, I remember it, so I know you're not losing your mind...Bad news is that I have no idea where it could be found.
     
  3. cafink

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    This classic intro was used from 1973 to 1991. The music is by Mort Stevens, who wrote the "Hawaii Five-O" theme.
     
  5. Alex-C

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    ahhhahhaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh........sweet after hours forum, you never disappoint.
     
  6. Alex-C

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    Can someone convert this to .avi or .mpg ?
     
  7. Dave Poehlman

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    Holy crap, that takes me back!

    I remember that sound as a kid and that little bit of excitement I'd feel because I knew a holiday special was coming up (which meant the holidays were coming up).

    Very Pavlovian.

    This was the days before cable... and VCR's... so, we'd only get to watch holiday specials once per year so, it was a big deal. Not like my kid who can watch Charlie Brown whenever he wants. [​IMG]
     
  8. Jesse Skeen

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    Before that one, they had an intro with the word SPECIAL and the "A" took off like a rocket- it's included on the laserdisc of the Lily Tomlin Special.
     
  9. Mick Tees

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    I too recall that SPECIAL and the music that played. It would come on right at 8pm when there was a Charlie Brown Special. Either a Halloween, Thanksgiving, or the classic Christmas special. Listed below are a couple of nostalgia websites with links to other gems.

    Enjoy!


    http://www.tvparty.com/sat.html

    http://www.70slivekidvid.com/
     
  10. Bob Graz

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    OK, here's a good sitcom site for nostalgia fans.
    http://www.sitcomsonline.com/
    This site will keep you occupied for a couple hours or so. See • Sitcom Links and Theme Songs on left menu.
     
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    I miss the old Dolly Madison commercials on the Charlie Brown specials...speaking of, I must spin It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown soon!
     
  12. Dome Vongvises

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    I love that.
     
  13. Linda Thompson

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    I've converted it to mpg (NTSC-DVD-ready MPEG2) and uploaded it to my webspace. Please let me know after you've retrieved it successfully. The converted file is a bit over 2 MB, and I left the video size relatively small for better results.

    Right-click and save:

    Link removed, since I've removed the file from my webspace 10/9/05

    Edit: Looks like the "tiny URL" process changed the file extension to mpeg. The original file that I uploaded is actually mpg, so try changing the extension once you've downloaded it and make sure it works that way.

    Let me know if this suits your purpose. [​IMG]
     
  14. ChristopherG

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    Linda,

    I won't rule out a cock pit error on my end but I only get audio with your file, no video.

    Chris
     
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    Linda,

    What did you use to convert the file?
     
  16. Michael Warner

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    I tried converting it using Tinra but got the no video problem as well. The original must have used some funky codec.
     
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    Works for me. I must have the right codec.
     
  18. Linda Thompson

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    Glad to hear that it worked for you, since you're the one who originally requested it. [​IMG]

    I will likely be removing the file from my webspace either later today or sometime tomorrow, so if anybody else plans to grab it, do it soon!
     
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    Smartass comeback of the year! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    If I'd been drinking at the time, it would have come out my nose. [​IMG]
     
  20. MatthewA

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    Another interesting fact:

    When CBS owned the exclusive rights to "The Wizard of Oz", they aired it not as a movie, but as a special, and with this logo (at least as early as its 1984 airing).
     

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