Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown

  • Review Date: March 30, 2011
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 44 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Linus' blanket attachment is focus of this Peanuts caper.
  • Review Date: March 30, 2011
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 44 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

This movie is intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

Linus needs help from his friends to wean himself off of his blanket, so the message of relying on and helping others is explored. Lucy's bullying behavior is not directly addressed.

Positive role models

Linus's big sister Lucy takes extreme action in an attempt to wean Linus from his blanket by burying it or making it into a kite so that it flies away. She sometimes uses physical force when she's angry. Charlie Brown is a good friend, but a bit of a wimp.

Violence & scariness

Lucy punches Charlie Brown in the nose when he calls her crabby. She also takes a baseball bat to Schroeder's clay bust of Beethoven. She bullies her little brother.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Some shaming and name-calling: "stupid," "idiot," and "disgrace."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lucy's bullying behavior causes her little brother a lot of grief. She seems to glean pleasure in watching the poor kid sweat. Some of the addictive behavior that Linus exhibits might set off alarm bells for parents, but most of that will go over kids' heads because it is played for laughs.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Lucy informs Linus that their grandmother is coming to town, and she does not abide children who depend on their blankets for comfort. So Lucy takes it upon herself to wean Linus off of his blanket dependency. She hides it from him, flies it like a kite, buries it, while Linus goes through the fits and pains of giving up something that brings him comfort. His pal Charlie Brown is there to help him through his trials, though there's only so much he can do when facing a bully like Lucy.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Classic Peanuts fun makes this movie enjoyable for young viewers. The characters are as unique as they've always been: Lucy is crabby, Linus is a mellow guy when his blanket is around, Schroeder is focused on his piano, and Charlie Brown is a helpful pal, but he's no knight in shining armor.

Parents who are worried about older siblings picking up some bullying behavior might keep an eye out for Lucy who does not hold back on insults, threats and bonks on the head -- Peanuts fans will know what to expect. Though it's not a stellar an example of great Peanuts fare, it's a decent addition to the pantheon.

Families can talk about...

  • Charlie Brown tells Linus that having a blanket is not the worst idea in the world. Do you have anything like a blanket or a teddy bear that you depend on? How does it make you feel better?

  • If you were Linus, how would you tell a big sister like Lucy to mind her own business? Who could you ask for help?

  • Linus and the gang watch TV sometimes, but that's about all of the media that they use. Talk about some of the things that kids who are the age of the Peanuts gang might be doing in the "real" world.

Movie details

DVD release date:March 29, 2011
Cast:Austin Lux, Blesst Bowden, Shane Baumel
Directors:Andy Beall, Frank Molieri
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:44 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 12 years old March 24, 2012
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LANGUAGE ISSUES

somewhat language issues good movie they use the word stupid way too much
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
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Great messages
Great role models
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