David S. Pumpkins Is Getting His Own SNL Animated Special

Photo courtesy NBC
Photo courtesy NBC

It’s the Great David S. Pumpkins, Charlie Brown! NBC has announced that the mysterious David S. Pumpkins project Tom Hanks teased recently isn’t merely a follow-up sketch on Saturday Night Live, but actually a standalone 30-minute animated Halloween special.


Flanked by his two skeleton dancers, played by sketch co-creators Mikey Day Bobby Moynihan (who left SNL after last season), Hanks’ David S. Pumpkins will show a girl and her brother the true meaning of Halloween. The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special also features a live-action intro from Hanks and special guest Peter Dinklage.

And do you want to know the coolest part? It’s happening on my birthday. That’s right, October 28 at 11:30pm. Thank you, Great David S. Pumpkins, I have become a believer. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go grab my blanket and wait in a pumpkin patch for a few weeks.


[Press Release]

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...so, they’re going to take a character with only one joke (that he makes no sense and in no way makes any attempt to explain anything about himself) and one scare (that he’s so disarmingly unthreatening that he’s good at lulling you into a false sense of security so the jump scare hits harder)...

...and they’re going to try to turn that into a 30 minute episode.


Look, I love the absurdist, Pythonesque bit of nonsense the sketch was, but can anyone see an actual path to this being at all good?