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Rare Specials, But They Lack the Classic Touch
on May 1, 2009
The Peanut's DVDs that have been remastered and released so far have mainly focused on Charlie Brown. With SNOOPY'S REUNION, America's favorite beagle gets a DVD focusing on him. The DVD features two Peanuts specials. The first is SNOOPY'S REUNION. This special first aired on television in 1991. The special begins at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm with the birth of a litter of eight beagles. As the beagles grow a bit, they begin playing instruments and form a family band. Eventually each of the puppies are bought and adopted, but one, Snoopy, has to be returned by the girl who bought him. The farmer places and ad in the paper and Charlie Brown takes Linus with him and buys the dog. Snoopy is the best dog in the world, but there are times that he seems very lonely and Charlie and Sally Brown decide to get all of Snoopy's brothers and sisters together for a family reunion at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm.
I love Snoopy's siblings. Some of my favorite Peanuts strips were ones when Spike or Olaf came to visit Snoopy. Unfortunately, the family reunion in SNOOPY'S REUNION doesn't last very long. It would have been nice to see them all playing together longer than they did. It would have also been nice to see how each of the siblings were doing and reveal what each of their lives are like; there's a montage for Snoopy, but there should have been one for each of his siblings. Also, SNOOPY'S REUNION contradicts events in the movie SNOOPY, COME HOME. For instance, in that movie Charlie Brown tells Linus that when he was younger a kid poured a bucket of sand over his head and the next day his parents took him to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm to get him a dog. In this special, Charlie Brown goes with Linus to buy the dog from the puppy farm himself.
The second special featured on the DVD is IT'S FLASHBEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN. I haven't seen all the Peanuts specials, but of all the ones I've watched, this has to be one of the strangest. There isn't always an overall plot structure in Peanuts specials and they tend to jump around from one scene to another. That's the case, here, too but instead of just a funny scene the special jumps from one crazy song to the next. "I'm In Shape", "Lucy Says", "Pig Pen Hoedown", and "Flashbeagle" are the songs featured and the special parodies both SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and FLASHDANCE. Usually, Peanuts specials are timeless and aren't easy to date. In fact, all of the previous Peanuts specials I've seen before have aged quite well. IT'S FLASHBEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN does not.
The only other special on the DVD is the featurette "Together Again: A Peanuts Voice-Cast Reunion". This featurette is about eight minutes long and brings together the voices of most of the characters from the very first Peanuts tv special and a few other people who played roles later on. These former child voice actors were brought together during the 2008 Comic Con festival in San Diego.
The SNOOPY'S REUNION DVD is kind of a hodge-podge. I enjoyed SNOOPY'S REUNION, but found it too short. IT'S FLASHBEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN was kind of bizarre, but I know there are several Peanuts fans who list this Peanuts oddity as their favorite Peanuts special of all time. If you're a major Peanuts fan, you'll probably want to get this DVD, but if you're more of a minor fan, this is a DVD you will probably want to rent instead.