Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown

Movie review by
Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media
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Peanuts classic sings the Valentine's Day blues.
  • NR
  • 1975
  • 25 minutes

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 4 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Themes include compassion, empathy, optimism, and dealing with disappointment.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Lots of talk of romance and love.

Language

One "stupid."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown focuses on the disappointments and frustrations of Valentine's Day with sophistication and humor. Even though the Peanuts characters pine after unrequited love, the action and dialogue is handled with such a deft touch that it feels uplifting. And the humor is universal enough to entertain the youngest viewers and parents alike. There's less use of insult language in this one than in many other classic Peanuts specials.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLowe's man February 21, 2016

timeless

Even though the theme is about unrequited love, this special is so uplifting that it's easy to forget the theme. Even though Charlie Brown doesn't ge... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old January 26, 2009
Kid, 11 years old November 25, 2009

great fun

snoopy eating choclate funny

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?

Schulz's cartoon genius came from using humor to express universal experiences, and this special 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.

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Charlie Brown's disappointment at not getting any Valentines in Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown. 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?

  • How do the characters in Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown demonstrate compassion and empathy? Why are these important character strengths?

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