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The Mayflower Voyagers (This Is America, Charlie Brown) [VHS] (1988)

Erin Chase , Brandon Stewart , Sam Jaimes  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Erin Chase, Brandon Stewart, Erica Gayle, Brittany Thornton, Grant Gelt
  • Directors: Sam Jaimes
  • Writers: Lee Mendelson, Charles M. Schulz
  • Producers: Bill Melendez, Lee Mendelson
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: June 25, 1996
  • Run Time: 24 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303152767
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,171 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A new land, a new life. With help from that round-headed kid and others, the Pilgrims settle into their new homeland and celebrate the first Thanksgiving feast.


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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strike Up the Band, Charlie Brown! April 13, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Volume 8 (The Music and Heroes of America) is another one of my favorite volumes to This Is America, Charlie Brown.
As it begins, Schroeder is reluctant to let Snoopy participate for his report on music in America. So Charlie Brown proposes that if Snoopy behave himself, he be allowed. Both agree and the band features Snoopy on banjo, Franklin on drums, Pig Pen on bass, Charlie Brown on harmonica and trumpet, Linus on guitar and trombone and Schroeder on piano (what else?). The gang plays "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Yankee Doodle", and "Oh When the Saints Go Marching In",pays homage to John Phillips Sousa with "Stars and Stripes Forever", Irving Berlin, George Cohan with "Yankee Doodle Dandy", and Scott Joplin with "Maple Leaf Rag".
Then Lucy announces that she'd like to combine her report on heroes of America with Schroeder's (naturally, he's furious but the teacher agrees!). She pays homage to Susan B Anthony, Clara Barton, and Helen Keller (even dares to put a Susan B Anthony bust atop Schroeder's piano!). Other heroes mentioned include Eissenhower, Martin Luther King, and Jonas Salk. Peppermint Patty talks about immigration and pay homage to Irving Berlin. There's even mention of Vietnam ("Where Have All the Flowers Gone"). Snoopy dresses up as Franklin D Roosevelt and Elvis.
Franklin gives a report on African American History (paying homage to George Washington Carver and Booker T Washington) and talks about spirituals ("Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen"), and the formation of gospel, ragtime, blues and jazz.
As this episode ends, Charlie Brown is asked what his favorite song is (watch for yourself to find out!). Ed Bogas, Desiree Goyette, and Lou Rawls all contribute to the musical score of this final volume of This Is America, Charlie Brown.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Snoopy For Head Beagle! April 7, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The 1st part of this 7th volume of This Is America, Charlie Brown features the Peanuts gang at the many museums of the Smithsonian Institution. Snoopy gets upset when he see the Red Baron's airplane, Charlie Brown is flattered to see a lunar space module named after himself and Snoopy, Sally wonders if the paintings displayed were "paint by numbers" paintings, Lucy spots a cartoon of herself pulling that football away from you-know-who ("How did we wind up there?", she wonders), and Linus witnesses a big mouth and dares to tell Lucy "We finally found something with a mouth bigger than yours!"
The 2nd part of this video talks about the Presidents. Charlie Brown and Linus go back to 1865 and visit Abraham Lincoln as he's on his way to Gettysburg, PA. Linclon discusses the Civil War and a speech he's currently getting ready to give (known as the Gettysburg Address, of course!). Then the gang goes to 1901 in Yosemite National Park to hear Theodore Roosevelt talk about his plans to conserve wildlife. Finally, they go to the 1930's and witness the Great Depression. Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated and promises aid to those out of work. Dave Grusin provides this video's soundtrack, and selections of it are featured on the CD Happy Anniverdsary, Charlie Brown.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cartoon! (And educational, too.) April 2, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This Is America, Charlie Brown cartoons were very innovative specials that featured the Peanuts characters in important moments in history, and gave kids (as well as parents) a fun insight on how certain historical characters (and their influences) came to be. This episode is about the how the Constitution was created, as well as how the legislative, executive and judicial branches affected the delegates. The special mainly revolved around Linus and Peppermint Patty, but the other usual characters were there as well (although as usual, Schroeder appeared out of nowhere, was only in one scene, and didn't have any lines).

I knocked off a star because the idea of Charlie Brown inventing all those sports, like basketball and baseball ("I bet hitting a ball with a stick would make a GREAT game!"), was a little too surreal. But it's all right because the special is still great. These This Is America specials rarely come on television any more, so if you want to see them, click the ADD TO CART button.

Anthony Rupert
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
Because I'm an armchair railfan, I bought this video for my children; so far it is their least favorite in the series. In telling the story, a number of colorized old photos were used; too much colorization rendered some images hard to distinguish. Also there is a bit much repetitious animation (mostly wielding of hammers and picks) during the musical segments. This video could have been much better, but nonetheless it contains a lot of information on the "transcontinental" (actually just Nebraska-to-California) railroad and is a good educational tool. --- Paul H!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Peanuts' Progress March 23, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Volume 4 of This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyages takes us back to 1620. The Peanuts gang witnesses 1st hand the long and dreary ride from England to the New Land on the Mayflower. Charlie Brown gets seasick and Linus tells him to have faith. Lucy quips "A bath and a change of clothes would help too!" When they finally land on Plymouth Rock, they endure their 1st winter. Lucy feels the need to be in charge ("Miles Standish put me in charge because of my pretty face!"), much to Peppermint Patty's resentment. Later, the pilgrims make friends with Samoset and Squanto, who give them agricultural advice and help them get settled into the New Land. Ed Bogas, who composed the music for Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, provides this volume's film score.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful story
My older son had this and used it in a school class-the kids loved it. I bought this for my younger son and he loves it.
Published 2 months ago by Kimberly J. Pappas
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch for fun and the history aspect,
This is a great show, I do wish it was in a DVD. It is a fun way to show children about history, especially since all children love peanuts characters.
Published 4 months ago by Michelle Wade
4.0 out of 5 stars Good teaching tool!
Good teaching tool! It is old but gets the idea across to kids. The video played like new! I was very satisfied.
Published 6 months ago by Frank E. Ludwig
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Brown's Mayflower
I watch the Charlie Brown videos each season with my Kindergarteners. I saw this one on TV this year and thought it would be a nice addition as a "kind of" factual account... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kelly Scheufler
5.0 out of 5 stars Peanuts as Pilgrims
I am very satisfied with the service and the video. A great value for the money. I thought the video was cute, educational and had a good pace. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Deborah D. Hudgens
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is America Charlie Brown: The Building of the Transcontinental...
I liked the movie because its fun for both the parents and the kids. I think its cool that we get to learn how the Transcontinental Railroad was being build.
Published on January 10, 2012 by darkgir12
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Brown- Transcontinental Railroad
This video is fabulous. Lasts a good 24 minutes or so. My 7th grade Utah History students loved it & so did I.
Published on December 18, 2011 by Grateful Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Funny and Educational
It was interesting learning about the Central Pacific and the Northern Conneticut Railroads. It was entertaining when they added the Peanuts characters into the movie. Read more
Published on September 19, 2011 by marigold77jfk
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Job
I was pleased with the purchase of the video The Birth of The Constitution. It came quickly and in great condition. Nice Job!
Published on October 12, 2010 by Carol Lynn Pothier
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
I was disappointed that there were so many previews of other VHS movies related to this production. But it is usable and does have what I wanted. Read more
Published on January 2, 2010 by Charlotte A. Poole
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