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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2009
Well, this one has been a long time coming. I found out that this special includes the long-awaited Flashbeagle. I've looked everywhere for that one. It's been hard to find, except perhaps for a download for iPod from iTunes, and it's always been pricey on VHS. But now, it's included with this dvd. For those of you who don't know what the special is about, it's kind of a take on the Flashdance movie of the 80's, when that style of music and dance was popular. Lots of music in this one!

Also, Snoopy's Reunion gives us a rare look at Snoopy's brothers and his sister, who weren't really seen too much in the comic strips. Out of all the siblings, Spike was the one mostly shown either writing to Snoopy or visiting him. So it's nice to see all of his relatives in one place. These two specials were not aired much during their time, perhaps once or twice. I saw them both once, and it's great that they've finally come back on dvd. I think everyone will enjoy these specials, and it could be a first time treat for some of you as well. A must for any Peanuts fan's dvd collection.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2009
I bought this DVD because I'm more of a Snoopy fan than a Peanuts fan. This DVD has two cartoons: the first feature is "Snoopy's Reunion" which shows viewers how Snoopy came to live with Charlie Brown as well as get a glimpse of the other beagle's siblings. A good chunk of the appeal on the first feature is more from seeing Snoopy and his brothers and sisters living on the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm until they are split up at the time of each of their respective adoptions. After seeing Snoopy become melancholy, Charlie Brown decides to contact each dog and arrange a get-together which concludes with bittersweet results.

The second cartoon is "It's Flash Beagle, Charlie Brown." I still have this cartoon on an old VHS recorded tape, and as a child of the 80s, this is still one of the most memorable Snoopy cartoons to me. Snoopy lives a double life, sleeping by day and partying by night as a flashdancer. However, this cartoon is not 100% Snoopy centered. Musical numbers sung by the other Peanuts cast are spread throughout the cartoon, from a pro-fitness song by tomboy Peppermint Patty, to a very self-centered variation of "Simon Says" by Lucy. In the meantime, we see Snoopy live it up at a party with the other Peanuts kids (in a very Arthur Fonzarelli jacket) and eventually sneak off to a dance hall in a torn sweatshirt where he dazzles the other club patrons with his "Flash Beagle" dance routine.

This DVD is a decent buy if you've got kids of your own, or if you loved these specials as a child yourself and wish to have them on DVD. The second cartoon also serves as a bit of an incentive on the importance (and fun) of physical activity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2009
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I have been a long time fan of the peanuts gang, charlie brown, snoopy and everythng and everyone included. But I grew up in a very rural part of the south where tvs were rare and tv stations were even rarer if you can imagine that. So when I saw one of the movies on tv it was like christmas all over again (imagine that seeing something made you so happy even if you didn't get to keep it). Later on as an adult I realised and even wrote a letter to renowned world famous and I think he should have gotten a medal from congress or the president for all the wonderfulness his characters did in this world, for adults and children alike. Much to my suprise and amazement, the author and creator himself wrote me back a letter I cherish to these days. I am the parent of special needs children and even on their best day its so hard to explain things, but they absolutely adored watching any snoopy or peanuts book or movie I can get my hands on for them. It isn't filled with tons of unwanted over abused advertised, violent or bad humor and unwanted grief like alot of cartoons are these days. Good wholesome family values they have. They also explain where some dogs and animals we end up with as pets, that there are people out there that care and just don't give animals to anyone but actually look for good homes for them. Others help others and sometimes you learn by trial and error but that is okay, its absolutely wonderful and it deals with alot of issues basic ones that kids deal with even to this day but it shows that no matter what, Charlie Brown doesn't give up.. and Snoopy irregardless of how far out his family members are spread out in the world. They always remember and love each other irregardless. so thank you amazon for making more of these avalible to the general public.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Who doesn't like Snoopy? My 3 year old loves him and loves this movie. A great collection to our Peanuts gang collection. It's a little different than some of the others. The grown-ups do talk and you can understand them, however, this is no name calling, etc. that some of the other Peanuts movies have in them (which kind of bums me out when my daughter repeats it later after watching them. eg: blockhead, stupid, etc)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2009
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Snoopy's Reunion offers a rare look at almost all of Snoopy's family, including his five brothers, two sisters, and mother! (And just FYI, Snoopy's father appeared in a strip). It's a touching story describing the origins of the world's strangest beagle, including his time with Lila, the little girl from "Snoopy Come Home", though admittedly, this also sets up a contradiction with Charlie Brown's backstory as described in that film. Only two of the siblings never appeared in the strip, and here's the chance to finally see them all!

Also included is "It's FlashBeagle, Charlie Brown", a personal favorite of mine, as I loved dancing when I was young. The picture quality was somewhat better than a VHS copy, but one thing that disappoints me is that they removed the 'music video' effects that were in this special when it aired on TV - such as spinning the frame around, freeze-framing Snoopy as he danced in five mini-screens, and pixelating him in the classroom. But aside from that, I'm overjoyed to add this disc to my collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2014
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What a treat!

I mainly ordered this DVD for Flashbeagle, which I had not seen since I was little. I remembered that episode from the 80s and was never able to find the DVD of it anywhere. So when I read that this movie also came with Flashbeagle, I ordered it straightaway, and the movie was everything that I remembered.

In regards to Snoopy's Reunion, I never saw that episode before and I thoroughly enjoyed it as well. Aside from Spike, we never saw nor knew anything of Snoopy's other siblings; I didn't even know that he had any other siblings. It was interesting to see Snoopy as a puppy with his musical siblings, and also to see how he came to be adopted by Charlie Brown.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2013
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GREAT CLASSIC PEANUTS A MUST BUY ....
how ever i have a feeling these will wind up on the classics collections at a later date they did 60's and 70's well how about giving us all the 80s and 90s in the next 2 years please ..
im not an emotional person but this brought a bit of a tear to my eye at some point definaly worth a buy
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As the title says, I am not a parent or grandparent, but I still adore anything Snoopy and Peanuts and enjoy collecting books, DVD's, and other associated items. Peanuts books were the core of my reading as a child and re-reading the strips as well as watching these wonderful videos takes me back to a simpler time in my life and as an adult brings joy to my heart and allows me to escape from the daily grinds and toils of the day. I don't think one could ask for much more from a 25 minute cartoon than that. "Snoopy's Reunion" is my favorite of the two presentations featured on this DVD. It is really fun and contains some classic Snoopy moments such as Charlie Brown building Snoopy's dog house and loading the inside with straw for him to sleep in only to find that Snoopy chooses to sleep on top, and Snoopy donning his World War I Flying Ace cap, goggles, and scarf and firing up the trusty Sopwith Camel in order to fly all his relatives home again after their reunion and musical jam. Simply fun! "Flashbeagle" was a mixed bag for me; loved seeing Snoopy prepping for a night out (curling his ears, "shaving", finding his best Flashbeagle get-up, and of course the performance on the disco dance floor, but some of songs seemed to go a little long. It is definitely a reflection of it's time (the 80's) though and I did find that enjoyable as a child of the 80's myself. Overall, this DVD is great fun and highly recommended for anyone's Peanuts collection. Enjoy the memories and the escape!
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on September 1, 2012
i'm very happy to say that own this "forgotten" peanuts cartoon on dvd. there are some sad moments in this one, like when lila returns snoopy to the daisy hill puppy farm and when snoopy and his brothers and sisters go to what used to be the daisy hil puppy farm, the place where they were born, that now became a parking garage. i love it when the dogs played music in front of the parking garage, all in all, it's actually a very good peanuts cartoon. my favorite one on this dvd is it's flashbeagle, charlie brown. there's so much music and snoopy dances the night away when he becomes flashbeagle. another bit of trivia:mr. schulz got the idea for this special after seeing the movie flashdance.
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