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Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2013
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I bought this for my daughter, and really never expected it to be very good. Honestly, I've never thought much of the Peanuts specials or movies from the mid 70's onward. But this movie absolutely captured the magic of the original Peanuts cartoons in every way. The animation is very good and has many creative touches; the music is perfect; the voices are just right; and the story is great, with a screenplay that could have been written by Charles Schultz in his prime. My daughter has been playing this incessantly, and I can't complain. I've watched it 4 or 5 times in the last 2 days, and really wouldn't mind watching it again. It's that good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2011
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Peeps might be giving this a bit of flack for whatever reasons but I really enjoyed it. I have always been a fan of the Peanuts strips and the classic specials (the ones that were made years before I was born...) but have always been on ends with the newer material (I was born in the eighties, so i was a kid when the TV show was running and a dozen or so half assed Peanuts specials aired... there was even a brief period I think when Snoopy talked ('!' ekk!))) MY point here is that to say that this is a poor Charlie Brown special, one should probably go back a few years and see some of the ones that were zero percent fun at all.

THIS time around, all of the new characters seem to have dissapeared. In fact, it is virtually 1965 all over again, not even a Woodstock or a Peppermint Patty in sight. What I liked about this special is that it reveisits alot of older gags that had been forgotten during the eighties dreck of a TV show... and reintroduces them to a younger audience (ala my son.) Also, I felt that it was a good show for my son to see, who virtually IS LINUS, and has no ambition to ever let go of his blanket. This movie wont change his stubborn mind, but hopefully will help ease the pain when that blanky mysteriously dissapears sometime in the not to far off future. Dig?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2011
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This is my first review on Amazon, but I feel I need to write one because I have been a lifelong Peanuts fan and I own just about every Peanuts special. I feel strongly about this movie because Peanut's animation is near and dear to my heart. When I first saw the DVD in the store I didn't get overly excited because truthfully, the quality of the Peanuts shows has been really low for quite some time. As far as I am concerned, the era of A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown All-Stars, You're in Love Charlie Brown, He's Your Dog Charlie Brown, and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown was the greatest. The artwork of the later specials was more complex, but they lacked the charm of the 1960's specials. The cover of this particular movie gave me a clue that this could be something special. Linus and Snoopy are drawn in Schulz' 1960s style and the title hints at a sixties book series (Happiness is a Warm Puppy). I decided to give it shot and purchased it. I was elated to find that it done in the style of the original specials! It looks just like it was made around the time of It's the Great Pumpkin or A Charlie Brown Christmas! Even the story is cute and based on actual stories from the 1960s strips. I think Schulz would be proud of this effort. There are also neat things in the movie that a hardcore Peanuts fan would appreciate (I won't give them away). All in all, I hope they continue to make more like this one. If they do, I will continue to buy them. Even my fourth graders enjoyed it on their rainy day recess time!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This is a cute little movie; very reminiscent of old-school Peanuts. My 2-yr-old daughter loves it (though I'm not crazy about all of the "stupids" that are always found in every Peanuts movie - we just make sure she knows that's a word that we don't say!). My only major gripe about this is the awful, dark, scary movie trailer that auto-plays when the DVD is inserted and is darn-near impossible to skip! Whose idea was it to put THAT movie preview on before a cartoon?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2011
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With much anticipation, I watched HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN with my 4 year old daughter. She's a new fan, but she already loves the gang. I didn't know what WARM BLANKET was going to be about... we just dropped it in and hit play.

What's immediately obvious is that the production is lovingly put together; Striving to emulate the look and feel of 60's era PEANUTS. I really like that. I also like that the effort is made to create a full story, versus some of the story-less vignettes of recent years which are so disappointing.

What I didn't expect, however, is for WARM BLANKET to be so dark. Throughout, Linus is essentially bullied by Lucy and others to part with his trademark blanket. He's near-tortured by the constant threat of loss. (Add to that the relentless bit where Charlie Brown reflects on all of his external pressures!) It gets pretty real. Like Linus, my daughter is blankie-dependent, so she took all of the teasing and desperation to heart. I had to re-assure her that Linus would probably get it back in the end. That made her happy.

Bullying is a pretty hot topic on TV and the internet. But the end theme of these scenarios is how bullying is wrong, or whatever. Whereas here in WARM BLANKET, it's more about validating dependence as a way to get through the day. I'm not opposed to the message, but I know some wise-guy is going to re-dub the footage for youTube. When Charlie Brown sits by Linus' bedside through the night, helping him cope with withdrawal, the cynic in me feels it could easily be heroin Linus is jonesing for. It's not a huge leap.

The story is choppy at times with some non-sequiturs. And Lucy delivers the same punch line twice, "I'll never get married," which falls pretty flat. But I completely support the overall effort. I would love to see more specials in this vein. It felt focused and deliberate and genuine. For instance, I like how they didn't feel obligated to drag out every character... there's no Peppermint Patty anywhere. And Woodstock is barely seen. Let's save them for another story.

Lastly, you could play a drinking game based on whenever someone calls something "stupid." It's used throughout and liberally. It's not the end of the world, but my daughter certainly picked up on it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2014
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Loved the Peanuts comic strips when I was a kid-still do.
Happiness is a Warm Blanket-is a wonderful DVD to share with all the family.. Even though I'm a 'gramma' I still have the Snoopy doll, the one where Snoopy is hugging Woodstock, that my son gave me when he was 10.
Watch this film, and I think you will fall in love with all the Peanuts characters. Always, good, clean fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2012
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It's charming with it's retro look but at the same time this film delivers depths with fearlessness. The timing is perfect, the voices are perfect, the story is perfect. The flash animation may take you out of it a little, but the film makers earn your 42 minutes with their faith and love for the source material. My 4-year old son asked for it again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2013
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
This new installment is good for the whole family. I grew up watching Bon Voyage Charlie Brown and Race For Your Life Charlie Brown. I like to think I have almost every Peanuts cartoon. This new Peanuts adventure is funny. Probably the funniest. Do yourself a favor. If you have kids, purchase this on Bluray. Watch it with them. You won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2012
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Like Linus being deprived of his blanket, Peanuts fans have been going through withdrawal since Charles Schulz left us 12 years ago. When I found out they had made a new Peanuts special, I said, "Good Grief! How could they?!" Because the creator was not at the helm, I was fully prepared not to like this. I was very happy to see that the folks who put this together got it right! They perfectly captured the angst of the Peanuts strip as well as the look/sound/feel of the early Peanuts TV specials from the 60s.

Stephan Pastis, the writer (who does "Pearls Before Swine," my current favorite strip), Andy Beall, the director, and Jamie Simone, the voice director, all deserve the appreciation of Peanuts fans, as do the producers, who took a chance on this project. All involved clearly love and respect the work of Charles Schulz and have treated it with tender loving care.

Minor quibble/question: The trademark "Linus and Lucy" theme music is noticeably absent. Strains of Vince Guaraldi's "Little Birdy" can be heard, though, yet I didn't see his name in the credits.

Now, how about a "Pearls Before Swine" special? :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
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This movie is actually quite well done, and seems like it could have been made in the 70's, but was only made a few years ago. They did a good job with the animation, making it look vintage, and even the voices are pretty decent. Nice little heartwarming story that lets you know that it's okay to be different.
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