This 40-minute TV special tells the story of Rerun, Linus and Lucy's very cute younger brother (I loved the scenes with him stuck on the back of his mother's bicycle). As the smallest child he feels left out of playing around with the other kids and wishes for a dog for Xmas. He starts a great friendship with Snoopy but Charlie Brown is reluctant to let him go. I felt so sorry for Rerun. He's just so desperate for attention, to be taken seriously. He's got a lot of love inside him and needs a best friend to let it all out. Jimmy Bennett's voice acting is spot-on and makes him so real.
It's all harmless fun, if not completely in-disposable. I've made it a Xmas tradition already as well as the other seasonal Charlie Brown specials. Though the DVD is where the real worth comes in. Included is a decent documentary on the original Charlie Brown Christmas, with interviews with cast members and the filmmakers. Also included is Happy New Year, Charlie Brown in which Old blockhead gets nothing right. And nothing goes right for him either. This New Year themed special is no exception. All Chuck wants to do is prepare for a New Year's Eve party and ask out the little red-headed girl he's long had a crush on. Only his luck would land him with the task of reading War and Peace in just a few days with a book report due as soon as he goes back to school.
While the others are having fun, dancing, drinking root beer, and counting down to midnight Chuck can do nought but slave away through the pages of a Russian epic. You can't help but feel sorry for him. His bad luck doesn't end there though, or ever come to think of it.
Makes for a perfect double-bill with any of the Peanuts Xmas specials in the week between Dec 25th and Dec 31st.
The DVD is in 1.33:1 full frame, as drawn, with Dolby 2.0 sound.
If I hadn't looked closely I would've missed it.. This dvd has a new Peanuts holiday tale where Rerun decides he wants a dog for Christmas. It's an entertaining enough tale I guess, but the real gem is hidden away as a bonus feature; A Charlie Brown Christmas.
This is the classic 1965 Charlie Brown animated tale that used to be repeated every year where a melancholy Charlie Brown searches for the true meaning of Christmas in the face of commercialism. Featuring the infamous score by Vince Guaraldi, who defined the sound of Charlie Brown's animated existance.
Often referenced in contemporary Christmas specials or episodes, this is a true classic that no fan of animation should miss. The real shame is that it's not been given a dvd of its own.
This 2 episode DVD contains the wonderful 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'. When I lived in the US, it was sort of a Xmas tradition to watch it on Xmas Eve, like us watching The Snowman in the UK. The little movie is so sweet and has fantastic groovy music. The scene of all the kids dancing is especially cute. What's not to love about good old Charlie Brown?
Regular viewing in our household each year at Christmastime--A Charlie Brown Christmas. A needed reminder that the true meaning of Christmas has nothing to do with a flashy high-tech tree or commercialization of the season. A true classic...........
I bought this and the 'Peanuts' dvd box set. I have watched them all along with two young children (3yrs & 5yrs). And I think it was a close call as to who enjoyed the cartoons more. Simple, enjoyable entertainment that can't be faulted.
You don't review 'Charlie Brown'. Think of who's involved, C B, Linus, Lucy etc etc etc, and you KNOW you're going to enjoy it. So, buy it, put it in the dvd, sit back and enjoy. Charlie Brown at Christmas is as much a part of the festivities as.....your least favourite uncle stuffing himself with YOUR food. Ah memories! This dvd will help you forget!!
The first story is a new one.Quite out-of-the-ordinary christmas tale.I loved Rerun who thinks that happiness is a warm puppy for christmas.You'll love the kids'attitude towards Santa or shopping .The second story is a much older one.There is a striking difference between the two but it also reflects the anticomfortism of the characters in searching for the true meaning of christmas.