Charlie Brown Elected to DVD

Obama and McCain aren’t the only candidates hitting the campaign trail this fall. Charles Schulz’ iconic comic-strip creation is out to snag consumer’ votes as the classic animated televsision special You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown hits retail with a re-mastered, deluxe edition slated to debut on Oct. 7. The Warner Home Video release will feature new extras, including the brand-new bonus episode He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown.

In You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown, Charlie wants to be student body president, but polling information gathered by Lucy doesn’t look good for his chances. He decides instead to back Linus, who runs on a pro-recess, anti-homework platform. He’s looking like a shoo-in, until he starts talking about the Great Pumpkin.

Included on the disc is a behind-the-scenes featurette titled The Polls Don’t Lie: The Making of You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown. The feature offers viewers an in-depth look at the eighth Peanuts television special, and explores the political leanings (or lack thereof) of its producers as they set out to create a politically-themed piece within the realm of Peanuts. The DVD will carry a suggested retail price of $19.98.

The Peanuts Characters will also be active in the real presidential campaign with ‘It’s Time to Vote, Charlie Brown,’ the property’s first partnership with Rock the Vote. The program allows fans to cat their ballots in an online Peanuts election at www.peanutsrocksthevote.com, and aims to encourage young people to register to vote in the actual 2008 presidential election using Rock the Vote’s custom online voter registration tools.