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Enjoyable collection of short tales
on December 27, 2009
I ran across this DVD at my local CVS Pharmacy for $13. The Christmas Tales are a selection of short scenes, similar in format to the special "It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown". If you liked that one, then you'll probably like this one as well. I found them both enjoyable. The Christmas Tales were originally released in 2002, but I missed them somehow. I'm glad I found them on this 2009 DVD, released for the 60th anniversary of Peanuts.
The second feature, "Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?", is a story about Linus and Lucy moving away when their father takes a new job out of town. It's a little melancholy at times, with the Peanuts gang saying goodbye and adjusting the idea of friends moving away, but it's not an emotional roller coaster like the "Snoopy, Come Home" story. Of course, it has the usual satisfying ending when the move turns out to be temporary.
As far as I know, neither of these specials are available on any other current DVDs, so I'm glad that I picked this one up when I found it. If they keep releasing more "collection DVDs" (like the 60's collection and the 70's collection volume 1 that were released in 2009), then I suppose that these specials will eventually appear on an upcoming release. In the meantime, though, this is a good way to get them without duplicating something you already have.