Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown

 
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Peanuts classic sings the Valentine's Day blues.
  • Review Date: January 18, 2008
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1975
  • Running Time: 25 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Optimism, dealing with disappointment.

Positive role models

Linus opines that the amount of money spent on a Valentine's Day gift is directly related to how you feel about the object of your affection. Despite his rough treatment, Charlie Brown's optimism prevails, especially after receiving an apology from other characters.

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Sexy stuff

Lots of talk of romance and love.

Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this DVD focuses on the disappointments and frustrations of Valentine's Day with sophistication and humor. Even though characters pine after unrequited love, the action and dialogue is handled with such a deft touch that it feels uplifting. The humor is universal enough to entertain the youngest viewers and parents alike.

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What's the story?

In BE MY VALENTINE, CHARLIE BROWN, cartoonist Charles Schulz brings the Peanuts gang face to face with one of the most fraught American traditions: the school Valentine's Day card exchange. Characters navigate crushes on unavailable teachers, the perils of creating homemade valentines, and the echo of empty mailboxes, along with the feelings that go along with those disappointments. While Charlie Brown (voiced by Duncan Watson) is the most pitiable character, his optimism never leaves him. And the ongoing high jinks of his dog Snoopy will have viewers of every age laughing.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Schulz's cartoon genius came from using humor to express universal experiences, and this DVD is a perfect example. Kids will probably identify with the latent fear of not receiving any valentines, and with the pressure of finding just the right card for that special person -- whether it's a classmate, sibling, or teacher. It's a relief to see characters apologizing to Charlie Brown after snubbing him, even if their motives are a bit selfish.

The film uses visual humor with the dialog to achieve some truly funny moments, like when Sally (Lynn Mortenson) finds an entire Shakespearean sonnet written on a candy heart, or when Linus (Stephen Shea) hurls away candy after candy in frustration, not knowing that Snoopy and Woodstock are gleefully disposing of the spoils. A 2008 edition includes two TV specials -- "It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown" and "You're in Love, Charlie Brown" -- that explore the theme of unrequited love even further, as well as a documentary-style featurette about Schulz's work.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Charlie Brown's disappointment at not getting any Valentines. Did the action of the other characters on the next day make up for ignoring him before? 

  • In school Valentine's Day exchanges, do you think it's fair to have to give a card to every classmate, or should you be able to choose your recipients?

  • What do you think about Linus' statement that the money you spend on your Valentine shows how much you care about them?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 28, 1975
DVD release date:January 15, 2008
Cast:Duncan Watson, Lynn Mortenson, Stephen Shea
Director:Phil Roman
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Friendship, Holidays
Run time:25 minutes
MPAA rating:NR
MPAA explanation:Not Rated

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Kid, 11 years old November 25, 2009
 

great fun

snoopy eating choclate funny
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old February 16, 2012
 

BLARGH!!!

This is so babyish
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Kid, 9 years old January 26, 2009
 

alsome

Good show

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