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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Values teamwork, loyalty, friendship, and resourcefulness. In a straightforward way -- both funny and sad -- the Peanuts gang faces loss. Snoopy must cope with the cruelties of not being wanted; he's resourceful and positive in spite of it.
Positive Role Models
Snoopy, the film's hero, confronts obstacles in his path and moments of disappointment, frustration, and sadness. He handles it with bravery, a sense of loyalty, perseverance, and ingenuity. Portrays a variety of typical human responses to sadness: Charlie Brown is depressed; Lucy is angry; the logical Linus tries to understand and stay positive.
Violence & Scariness
Traditional cartoon pratfalls: Woodstock often falls, conks his head, and becomes dizzy. Snoopy deals with antics of a rough-and-tumble girl who cluelessly manhandles him. Typical Peanuts misunderstandings are more heightened than usual. Linus and Snoopy struggle over the precious blanket. Lucy and Snoopy have a boxing match.
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"Stupid" is frequently used as an insult. Charlie angrily berates Snoopy ("stupid," "everything you have is because of me"), blaming his pet when he is disappointed in himself or frustrated.
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Part of the vast Peanuts franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Snoopy, Come Home, a full-length Peanuts feature film from 1972, has been rereleased on Blu-ray (2016). It's the second of the theatrical movies in the franchise. Snoopy is the hero of the piece, and it's the first film that included Woodstock, Snoopy's little yellow bird sidekick. Charlie Brown angrily berates Snoopy ("stupid," "everything you have is because of me"), blaming his pet when he is disappointed in himself or frustrated. The movie features many upbeat, often funny original songs from Disney regulars Richard and Robert Sherman. It's important to note that there are multiple sad scenes in which the gang must consider Snoopy's leaving their family and community. Tears mix with laughter as a farewell party is held and as Charlie Brown and the other characters ponder Snoopy's potential new home in a distant place. Obviously, since Snoopy has maintained his place in the Peanuts world, the outcome is a happy one. Despite the sadness, and the fact that a few of the usual tussles seem a little fiercer than usual (Linus and Snoopy fighting over the precious blanket; Lucy and Snoopy battling with boxing gloves), it's very funny, clever, and original. It's a testament to the timelessness and universality of the humor and the emotional tone of Charles M. Schulz. Recommended for all but the youngest or most sensitive kids who might be apprehensive at the prospect of the beloved beagle leaving home. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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