A Boy Named Charlie Brown – Join Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang in their very first big screen adventure. Take a jazzy joyride through the streets of Manhattan, with delightful dream sequences, imagination-filled musical interludes, and icy flights-of-fantasy—all as Charlie Brown sets out to bolster his shaky confidence at the National Spelling Bee. The prolific, much-honored cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and franchise director Bill Melendez weave a world made of witty dialogue, magical security blankets and bright-eyed beagles, all set to an Academy Award®-nominated score by Rod McKuen and Vince Guaraldi.
Snoopy, Come Home – When America’s most beloved beagle suddenly goes missing, the whole Peanuts gang bands together to bring him back home. With “Dogs Not Allowed” signs everywhere he turns, Snoopy and his newfound feathered friend Woodstock (making his big screen debut) leave the comforts of home behind and head for the highways in search of their true place in the world. Camping out, eating up and just living the life of the open road, the intrepid twosome make their way across the country, dodging possessive pet-collectors, less-than-hospitable hospital workers, and bullying bus drivers on their way to reveal Snoopy’s secret past—only to discover that there really is no place like home in this heartwarming story featuring Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and the whole gallery of your Peanuts favorites.
What We Thought:
It’s been years since I’ve seen either A Boy Named Charlie Brown or Snoopy, Come Home and I have to say, they are both still adorable. Even as a grown man (without kids), both are entertaining and fun to watch.
If you want to introduce your kids to Peanuts, this is a great introduction. You get all the classic characters and all the classic jokes. If your kids liked The Peanuts Movie from a year or so ago, they will love these. I loved that movie and I’m really glad these came my way.
Snoopy, Come Home is a solid Snoopy story. You get Woodstock for the first time which is really cool. A Boy Named Charlie Brown really gives you what I think of when I think of Peanuts, fantasies and daydreaming. Charlie Brown is that “every boy” type of character who dreams of bigger things and adventures. Same for Snoopy. Some of the best Peanuts stories are Snoopy’s adventures in dreams.
If you grew up with the holiday specials and don’t remember these movies, definitely pick them up. They look fantastic on Blu-ray and they’ll look fantastic in your collection. Your kids will love them and if you don’t have kids (like me), you’ll love them too.
They sound as great as they look too. That’s another great part of Peanuts, the music. Whether it’s the theme song or Schroeder playing his piano, the upgrade to HD is worth it. The coloring is crisp and the soundtrack is perfect.
It’s hard to review something like these Peanuts collections because there’s nothing negative to say. They are fun, cute, entertaining, and great for families, kids or adults. Peanuts is simply iconic and these are two of the best known films. Nothing more to say than: