Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown

Synopsis: When the circus comes to town, Snoopy naturally pays a visit. There he falls for a beautiful poodle performing there. He soon runs away to join it. While he quickly becomes a star performer, Charlie Brown is distraught by Snoopy's decision while Snoopy himself has to face some realities of show business himself.
Director(s): Phil Roman
Production: Media Home Entertainment
24 min







Have you heard the good news, Chuck?

There's a circus in town...

...and they've closed our schooI

so we can see it.

I go to a progressive schooI, Chuck.

They want us to experience

all the good things in life.

For your information,

we also have been given the day off.

Hey, that's great, Chuck.

We'll meet you at the big top.

That means the big tent, Chuck.

The big show.

I'll be there.


One second, Chuck.

I like to mix popcorn

with my cotton candy.

Here, Chuck,

I'll give you half my popcorn.

On second thought, Chuck...

...I don't think I want to mix

my corn and candy.




And for your pleasure...

...ladies and gentlemen...

...the fabulous Miss Polly

and her poodles.



Hey, that's your dog, isn't it, Chuck?

Ol, ol, beagle.

Not bad, not bad, they really like us.

Come on, beagle, they like you.


Up, up, come up, up.

Beagle, up, up, up, flip.

Beagle, flip.

How did he ever get into a circus act?

Hop, hop, hop.

I think it's beautifuI, Charles.

Maybe Snoopy's found a career.

It's a good direction in life for Snoopy.

A career in the arts is something.

But he doesn't need a career.

His career is being my dog.



Hop, hop, hop.

They love us, beagle.

Up, up, up. Ol.



Boy, pretty great, Chuck.

Your dog is a circus clown.

Imagine, Snoopy a circus star.

I think he's pretty good.

At least he's in show business.

Show business? He's my dog.

He should be home, guarding the house.


Can you imagine that dog?

A beagle in a poodle act?

I wonder if he's coming home for dinner.

I don't know, beagle.

Maybe we'll have to use you

as comedy relief.

You were pretty clumsy.

But with a little training,

we can make you part of the act.

Tomorrow we'll start your training,


It's gonna take a lot of work.

Once again, flip, flip, flip, flip.


We'll just have to work at it, beagle.



Yes, sir. He seems to have some talent.

Yes, sir.

Yes, sir.



I just talked to the coloneI about you.

And he thinks I should give you a try,

but he says you need a new name.

He says we should call you Hugo.

Hugo the Great.

From now on, when I call you Hugo,

you'd better answer.

And when the coloneI sees you,

you'd better be great.

Snoopy? Snoopy?

Snoopy isn't back.

I wonder if he stayed at that circus.




Good grief, he's gone.












All right, everybody, rehearsaI time.

We're gonna sharpen up our act

and include Hugo.

Hugo. Hugo the Great.

Here, boy.

Come, Hugo.

Here, Hugo, you'll ride this.


That's it, Hugo. Great.


That's pretty good, Hugo.

Now we'll try it on the wire.

Okay, Hugo,

ride the wheeI across and back.





Come on, Hugo, you can do it.

Ride, Hugo.

He just up and ran away.

Joined the circus.

Maybe he was bored...

...and needed a more exciting life,

Charlie Brown.

I don't wanna stand in his way...

...but after all,

he got his food and lodging from me.

I expected some loyalty.

It's difficult not to be attracted

by romance and excitement, Charlie Brown.

Snoopy's now

in the glamorous world of show biz.

There's more to life

than a plastic supper dish.



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Charles M. Schulz

Charles Monroe Schulz (; November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000), nicknamed Sparky, was an American cartoonist best known for the comic strip Peanuts (which featured the characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy, among others). He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, cited as a major influence by many later cartoonists, including Jim Davis, Bill Watterson, and Matt Groening. more…

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