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This is America, Charlie Brown, the series is a special 2 disc set containing all 8 episodes of everyones favorite peanuts pals traveling through time to visit important places and events in American History. This release is both entertaining and educational.
An eight-part series from 1988, This Is America, Charlie Brown sets the familiar "Peanuts" characters into scenes of American history: on the Mayflower, at the signing of the Constitution, at Kitty Hawk with the Wright Brothers, on the NASA space station, etc. Mostly written by Charles M. Schulz and produced by the team of Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez, it's a mix of cartoon humor (Lucy will pull the football away in any era, and Ben Franklin can actually get Charlie Brown's kite in the air to discover electricity) and history lessons that are sort of like Schoolhouse Rock but longer and drier. Vince Guaraldi's famous music is now performed by jazz veterans Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, and David Benoit, plus pianist George Winston. A few episodes are structured a little differently, giving overviews of inventors (Alexander Graham Bell's telephone, Edison's phonograph), the Smithsonian and the presidency (Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt), and musicians (Stephen Foster, Scott Joplin). In the dullest episode, Charlie Brown narrates the building of the Transcontinental Railroad action in the form of a school report, and it feels like one. Endless recycled footage of people driving spikes alternated with vintage photographs splashed with pastel colors is somewhat rescued by the nice use of American classic songs performed by the Winans. This Is America, Charlie Brown isn't the most entertaining "Peanuts" you'll ever watch, but it's not bad as a sneaky way to teach history to kids. (One installment, "The Mayflower Voyagers," was previously released on the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving DVD.) --David Horiuchi
Not only are my kids learning but my wife who just got her citizenship is. She wishes she would have watched this to get the story behind those memorize items for her test.Published 6 months ago by Avalon411
One of the best Peanuts collections I have seen in a long time, I especially enjoyed the Kitty Hawk story and the Great Inventors story..... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joshua W
Perfect for kids (and adults, honestly). Each episode is historically accurate. They're also very entertaining, because it's the Peanuts! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Liz
Years ago when my son was small this series was on TV in several installments over several weeks. I taped some of them on VHS but didn't have them all. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Not a high heel diva!
An understandable and great introduction to important moments in our country's history that is told as only Charlie Brown can do!Published 22 months ago by dj
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Sellers always try to capitalize on out of print titles. However, the joke's on them because this is being reissued in June 2014.
Apr 10, 2014 by Rushead 2112-Hemispheres | See all 2 posts