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Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Peanuts New Year's movie is cute but not iconic.

Movie NR 2021 38 minutes
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age 3+

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age 5+

age 5+

Delightful new Peanuts special full of love and laughter

I hadn't watched anything related to Peanuts since the movie years ago (which I liked - it was very well done). I got curious about this special because Lucy is the focus, which was something new and different for a Peanuts special. And this special is different indeed, without discarding all the good things we remember from past Peanuts specials. Lucy grows as a character - showing a vulnerability and depth I didn't expect, but was absolutely delighted with. As written and performed, it's a logical progression, and she's a stronger character for it. All of the other characters are handled just as well, and the laughs are there, but oh the feels! I really didn't expect that, and I think it's that feature that puts it at the top of the list of all the Peanuts specials. And the animation, which is in 2D, thank goodness, is incredible. The characters look exactly the way Charles Schulz drew them, and none of the sloppiness that often occurred in the old specials is evident. The movement is smooth and expressive, but not Flash-y - indeed, this looks like authentic 2D, even though we know that computer animation was also employed. The music is traditional Peanuts-style jazz, and, well, everything in this special is so satisfying to anyone with an affection for good ol' Charlie Brown and the gang. If this is the new level for Peanuts specials, then I eagerly await next one. I give this one a solid and very happy 10!

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (5 ):
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Peanuts fans hoping this movie might reach the bar of holiday classics like A Charlie Brown Christmas or It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown will be disappointed. That said, the preschool audience who doesn't have that context will enjoy the sweet For Auld Lang Syne New Year's special. True to the brand, the piano-based score is lovely and Snoopy and Woodstock's visual gags are very silly. The episode also does hit the same sort of melancholy-but-hopeful tone as Charlie Brown Christmas, but the somewhat abstract lesson may be lost on little kids. Also, the story progresses in a way which makes it seem like Lucy might finally get her comeuppance and learn the consequences to her meanie ways. However, the special doesn't quite resolve that plot opportunity. Instead, Lucy is sad that she feels unloved but doesn't express remorse for treating her friends poorly. That said, her friends do show her tremendous compassion in the end. By showing her unconditional love she probably doesn't deserve, the Peanuts gang make sure that the episode ends on a positive note.

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