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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Introduces young kids to the concepts of environmentalism and activism.
Positive messages include the value of teamwork, compassion, not giving up, sticking up for the little guy, looking out for your friends as well as how one person can make a difference and winning isn't everything.
Positive Role Models
Charlie is positive, optimistic, and supportive toward his teammates. He keeps his word to Sally even when it goes against what he wants to do. Sally overcomes feelings of not fitting in and becomes an environmental activist. Charlie displays empathy and regret for hurting Sally and apologizes.
A few background characters of color, but only one has a name (Franklin), and he speaks only once.
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Violence & Scariness
Patty says she looks forward to offering Charlie a good old-fashioned clobbering at baseball. Charlie accidentally slams Snoopy's snout in the window. Sally and Charlie get into a brief shoving match.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Snoopy Presents: It's the Small Things, Charlie Brown is a TV special that introduces young kids to the concepts of environmentalism and activism. Positive messages include the value of teamwork, compassion, not giving up, and sticking up for the little guy. Mild potentially stressful content includes Peppermint Patty taunting Charlie and indicating that she's from the better part of town. Characters also get into a brief shoving match. But overall, there's very little iffy stuff, and it's a great fit for the young elementary school audience. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A refreshingly sweeter spin on the Peanuts of old, this eco-conscious new special will captivate young viewers while teaching a few worthwhile lessons on integrity, empathy, and activism. Snoopy Presents: It's the Small Things, Charlie Brown is a Peanuts franchise update along the same lines as The Peanuts Movie. Sometimes the old Peanuts specials aren't as gentle as remembered; instead of a fun-loving crew of misfits, the gang can be a group of somewhat sullen kids who don't treat each other all that well.
With the exception of Lucy's persistent bad attitude, this time around the gang displays empathy and consideration from the get-go. Charlie's concern for his little sister, and his willingness to keep his word even when it goes against what he wants, is especially touching. Sadly, one thing that doesn't get updated is the show's lack of diversity: The only named character of color in the special, Franklin, is given just one speaking line. Parents of preschoolers will appreciate that the positive messages are not only more overt than in other shows, but sprinkled throughout the special and not just left for the end. This is a throwback worth your time, embracing the slower pacing and innocence of its predecessors while leaving their flaws in the past.
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