And so was born a legend. Linus, sick of his peers’ insincere toadying up to a big, ostensibly jolly fat fella, announces his belief in something called “The Great Pumpkin,” which one can only imagine is the most gigantic, most benevolent and beneficent fruit in the world.
The Great Pumpkin was one of Charles Schulz’ most original and brilliant story ideas. It was translated to the li’l screen with smashing success (said special aired twice this week on national television) and has become part of the pop culture vernacular. There’s just something about a kid refusing to buy into the crap parents have fed their kids forever and creating his own mythology to pour heart and soul into, built on sincerity above all.