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

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Less-than-stellar Peanuts gang adventure.
  • G
  • 1980
  • 76 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models.

Violence & Scariness

An adult is overheard talking about getting rid of Charlie Brown and friends. A raging fire threatens Linus and a little girl.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byblubegonia May 31, 2020

Any Original is Great

The original of Charles Schulz is always an honor. Getting to see the original image, songs and writing is a pleasure.
Adult Written byLowe's man March 31, 2017

Good, but iffier for younger children than typical Charlie Brown fare.

Charlie Brown, Linus and Snoopy seem to have iffy sleeping arrangements. The Baron makes them sleep out in a thunderstorm. That, among other aspects of this fu... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 29, 2020

One of the best Charlie Brown movies

This movie is funny, educational, and entertaining.
Teen, 13 years old Written bystinkbrain December 28, 2015

Loveable.

Kids will learn the daily basics of France and how it is to meet new people. Kids and adults alike will love this movie. Parents also need to know that Snoopy i... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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