Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back)

  • Review Date: September 7, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1980
  • Running Time: 76 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Less-than-stellar Peanuts gang adventure.
  • Review Date: September 7, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1980
  • Running Time: 76 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

This film is a xenophobe's vision of rural France. None of this will reassure young viewers about life abroad.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that an adult is overheard talking about getting rid of Charlie Brown and friends. A raging fire threatens Linus and a little girl. Some aspects of French culture are shown.

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What's the story?

In BON VOYAGE, CHARLIE BROWN, the Peanuts gang are invited to be exchange students in a small town in France. Charlie Brown, Linus, and Snoopy move into the Chateau of the Bad Neighbor, while Peppermint Patty and Marcy stay with Pierre. He warns them about the Baron, the Chateau's owner, who's feared by everyone in the neighborhood. Poor Charlie Brown and Linus are forced to sleep outside in a thunderstorm, and are threatened by the sinister Baron who's willing to go to any length to get rid of them. They're also trapped in a raging fire, while Snoopy capers about with an old fashioned fire engine.

Is it any good?


Rural France has never seemed more threatening than when seen through the eyes of Charlie Brown and friends in this peculiar feature length film. This is a xenophobe's vision of rural France, a story that won't reassure younger viewers about life abroad. Older kids may not find it very entertaining.

There are some funny moments here, especially when Marcy prattles on in what appears to be highly colloquial French. Unfortunately for the audience, her dialogue isn't subtitled, so kids may have a hard time understanding her. Peppermint Patty's misunderstanding of Pierre's interest is amusing, too. Snoopy turns up in various crowd-pleasing disguises, as well, but the story remains too strange and scary for its intended audience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what a stereotype is and why films use them. Did the film really show what France, and French people, are like? How did the story benefit from stereotypes? How could it have been better if there were less stereotyping?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 30, 1980
DVD release date:May 21, 2001
Cast:Arrin Skelley, Bill Melendez, Laura Planting
Director:Phil Roman
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:76 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:General Audiences

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymrbookworm01 July 14, 2011

Love it!

I love Charlie Brown. It has some peril during the fire scene, but it's mild. Such a great movie!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byyankee01 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

not bad

pretty good. i recorded it of hbo family


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