Back in the 1970's American TV produced lots of tv specials, and a few film length productions, based on the popular and classic newspaper cartoon Peanuts. Thus Charlie Brown/Snoopy et al came off the printed page and to life on the small screen.
Some were original material, some were based on storylines from the cartoon itself.
Repeated many a time by the BBC back in the 1970's, some of them are now available on dvd. Thus you can relieve your long held and probably long dormant memories of these shows [since they've not been on British TV in a long time] or use these dvd's to introduce a whole new generation to the delights of Peanuts.
There are two shows on this one dvd. Both run for just under twenty five minutes each.
'It's a mystery, Charlie Brown' sees Snoopy turn detective when his bird friend Woodstock's nest goes missing.
'He's your dog, Charlie Brown' sees Snoopy sent back to puppy farm to learn obedience when he gets out of hand. Stopping over at Peppermint Patty's house on the way, he has no desire to leave it. But when faced with a choice between having to be obedient for his owner or work for his keep at Patty's house, he has a tough choice to make.
Both are classic Peanuts in style. With gentle character humour plus a few laugh out loud moments. And scenes with Snoopy seeing the world the way he wants it to be, either as Sherlock Holmes or a world war one fighter pilot.
The animation is in the style of the cartoon and looks as if could have been lifted from the printed page. The voices all sound like characters of the ages that they should be. And the gentle jazz music score to both contains some absolutely brilliant music.
The dvd allows you to select to watch either story individually. Or both in a row.
There's no direct scene access.
There are no subtitles.
The only language is English.
The only extras are two weblinks to advertise more Peanuts dvds and more about Peanuts in general.
But for bringing back old fun memories for Peanuts fans, or making new ones, this is a superb dvd and well worth getting.
This is a Snoopy book I vividly remember from my youth, based on one of the TV specials from the 1970’s (so it’s not a panel book in the regular sense, but a narrative with plenty of illustrations). Woodstock builds himself a nest and Sally is moaning about having to present a science project to her class (believing the teacher is out to get her). When Woodstock discovers his nest is missing, he tells Snoopy who dons a cape and deerstalker and, with a bubble-blowing pipe to hand, they set out to solve the mystery. He gives Charlie Brown ‘the third degree’, dusts (excessively) for prints at Linus & Lucy’s house, can’t get Marcie to understand him, races away from Pigpen and gets dragged into games of cops-and-robbers with Peppermint Patty, before they finally locate the nest at Sally’s school. She took it, thinking it was prehistoric (“…no self respecting modern bird could have built it!”) and confronts Snoopy and Woodstock to get her exhibit back, though Charlie Brown suggests they find an objective person to settle the case. Enter Judge Lucy (and Linus as stenographer) with Snoopy acting as Woodstock’s lawyer - he presents the court with loads of pages filled with legal jargon, whilst Sally sums up her case with “Finders keepers, losers weepers”. The court rules in favour of Woodstock but Snoopy agrees to help Sally with her presentation, which is about Pavlovian response. This slim paperback (I have the 1975 Scolastic edition) is a brisk read and good fun, with plenty of great visual jokes and has Snoopy and Woodstock at centre stage. It also has a wonderful colour scheme, since their investigations take place at twilight into evening, meaning the skies are filled with reds and blues and look fantastic. My main reason for reading it is because it’s the anniversary of my sisters passing tomorrow and she loved the book, to the degree that we used to make up stories about her Snoopy toy carrying out investigations (we called him Doggy Holmes). Well worth a read, for the beautiful colour scheme and the lovely wash of nostalgia if nothing else and I’d very much recommend it.
Used to watch Peanuts - Snoopy - when I was a child so bought this DVD to show my children what it's like. They weren't too interested right now but hopeful they will enjoy it more when a bit older, only six and three at the moment. Good to see something from my childhood.