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Positive Role Models
Marcie helps Peppermint Patty get to the root of her issues with Mother's Day. The Peanuts characters work really hard to create gifts for their moms for Mother's Day.
Peppermint Patty struggles with Mother's Day because she is raised by a single dad. Marcie explains that families come in all shapes and sizes. She says, "Foster kids have terrific moms. So do adopted kids. Some kids even have two moms."
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Violence & Scariness
In one scene, Snoopy and Woodstock are floating down a very choppy river on a small raft. They are tossed into the air and thrown into the water, but neither sustains an injury. The scene is mildly suspenseful and may be a bit scary for the youngest viewers.
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Mild namecalling typical of Peanuts - Lucy says to Charlie Brown, "Maybe you aren't such a blockhead." When Peppermint Patty is upset, she speaks harshaly to Marcie: "Whatever you're going to say, I don't want to hear it. Every time you try to help, I end up feeling worse."
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Products & Purchases
Part of the Peanuts franchise. A joke is made about the commercialism of Mother's Day; some kids try to buy gifts for their parents.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Snoopy Presents: To Mom (and Dad) With Love is a Mother's Day Peanuts special. The animation, music, Charlie Brown's signature "Good grief!" and a Snoopy/Woodstock feature are all reminiscent of classic Peanuts holiday specials but bring a modern flair. As the kids excitedly discuss how they will honor their moms this Mother's Day, Peppermint Patty gets increasingly irritated by the focus on the holiday. She's been raised by a single dad and has never known what it means to have a mom. Throughout the show, she must deal with a range of emotions about how to celebrate the day and where she fits in among others. The special highlights the fact that families come in all shapes and sizes. The show also deals with loss through Woodstock's quest to find his mom.
Is It Any Good?
This sweet Mother's Day special honors moms while encouraging empathy for those who may struggle with this particular holiday. Mother's Day isn't easy for everyone, and Snoopy Presents: To Mom (and Dad) With Love is a reminder to treat everyone kindly. The animation and music make the show feels like a classic Charlie Brown special, which is great for older viewers who have grown up on Peanuts. But it takes on issues of the heart that kids may not know how to deal with and shows that with mindfulness, conversation, and the ability to apologize when wrong, you can make it through an obstacle. All in all, the special reminds us that families are different and can celebrate Mother's Day however they please.
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