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Parents' Guide to

Snoopy, Come Home

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Adventure-filled Peanuts journey has some sad moments.

Movie G 1973 80 minutes
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age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+

A sweet little Peanuts entry to see as a kid; good mix of humor and pathos

I remember this Peanuts movie-special, along with A Boy Named Charlie Brown, fondly as a kid, when they replayed these specials on Nickelodeon (or it might have been Disney's channel, can't remember which). Each one had several songs in each pot, all of them catchy to one degree or another, and featuring some of the genuine wit of the comic strips. This film is maybe relying on more sentimentality than the former, as in this one the issue of leaving home and belonging to an master/owner (and the attachment), and the comedy isn't as rampant as in other Peanuts specials. But of the dozens of Peanuts specials- and the short-lived television series- this is one of the better ones, as there are some moments that still stick in my mind many years after seeing it. One of these is the classic "No Dog's Allowed" song, with the perfect bass sounding voice. And the whole sequence where Snoopy is under protest taken in by a very determined little girl is brilliantly done for laughs. For some kids, depending on if they're attached to the Peanuts or not, may feel stronger with this film, with the very conflicting climax with Snoopy and his masters. There's enough fun though, as Woodstock's first appearance in the Peanuts series is well placed and delivered, with as many vaudevillian expressions as Snoopy. Just good, family fun for all.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (3 ):

Wit, terrific music, and the classic engaging characters -- even a few who'd never before appeared in Peanuts comic strips -- make this 1972 movie both wonderfully fresh and comfortingly familiar. In Snoopy, Come Home, the iconic beagle's bouts with "No Dogs Allowed" signs and comically hazardous situations as he travels far from home reflect the singular creativity of Charles M. Schulz at his best. Bill Melendez and his team successfully bring the artist's vision to the screen. Woodstock's first film appearance is noteworthy, as well. Unlike most of the Peanuts fare, which deals with the typical trials of growing up and soul-searching, this movie, in a kid-friendly way, reflects on the prospect of loss and abandonment as Snoopy decides whether or not to leave his friends behind. Tears are shed, but not for long. Highly recommended.

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