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Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown!

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Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown! (VHS)

Product Details

  • Actors: Bill Melendez, Liam Martin, Gail Davis
  • Directors: Bill Melendez
  • Writers: Charles M. Shulz
  • Producers: Bill Melendez, Lee Mendelson
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Paramount Video
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300216780
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,325 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown!" on IMDb

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Format: VHS Tape
I think this is the best of the Charlie Brown movies. It focuses on the whole gang, not just Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Lucy leaves most of the bossing around to Peppermint Patty this time around, Marcie instigates votes to make desicions (and the boys lose their cabin headquarters, consequentially!). When Peppermint Patty complains that breakfast isn't traditional campout style, Charlie Brown silences her- "Where's the flapjacks, Chuck?" "Listen, if you don't like it, don't eat!". Schroeder insists on taking his piano onto the rapids, although Linus didn't think there'd be enough room- "Well then, if there's not enough room for my piano, maybe there isn't enough room for your blanket either!" (Linus has a change of heart after that argument!). Snoopy acts as crazy as usual, kissing all the girls goodnight, and Woodstock uses Snoopy as a mountain to ski on when it snows (in summer! )! Then there's the arrogant, nasty opponents chanting "We're #1!" (give them credit, when it comes to cheating, they are indeed #1!).
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Perhaps the nicest thing about this film is that Charlie Brown is finally allowed to have some victories, and isn't ragged on so much (Peppermint Patty excepted); the first two cinematic features (A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Snoopy Come Home) are SO sad and bittersweet they don't stand up to a lot of repeated viewings (unless you like feeling sad a lot). Here, it's all about fun, friends and camaraderie. The gang winds up at camp and faces off against a bunch of young toughs in a rafting race--of course, those bad kids cheat any chance they get, but the Peanuts gang comes through--with Charlie Brown as leader (thank you, Charles Schulz!)! Lots of good slapstick stuff for the kiddies--Woodstock climbs a snow-covered Snoopy and tries to turn him into a ski resort, runaway rafts, blasting accidents(!), Snoopy & Woodstock rolling around in a tire...and quieter moments that are really quite sweet, and show the author's pedigree--what other kid movie would have the kids holed up in a cabin, where they find an old victrola and waltz to "Charmaine?" I rather like the film music as well--would I watch this had I not a 4-year-old? Well, not as much, anyway, but this is really pretty good as kids' features go.
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Format: DVD
The DVD has great image quality, BUT its original aspect ratio was NOT 1.78, it was 1.33. That is, this film was made to be seen more or less "square," not wide-screen. I just compared it with my old laser disc. Yes, this is a great improvement in video quality, but in order to make it wide-screen, they cut off the bottom and and top of the original image, so we lose some of the film.
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I remember watching RACE FOR YOUR LIFE, CHARLIE BROWN on cable tv as a kid. Certain aspects of the film implanted images in my brain that have stayed with me throughout my life: for instance Charlie Brown and the gang going over a waterfall in a raft. After college, I spent the summers for the next decade working at a camp in the summer. I always wanted to re-watch the movie and see how it compared to my own experiences, but it was never available anywhere. That is, until now. Thirty-eight years after it first was shown in theatres, RACE FOR YOUR LIFE, CHARLIE BROWN is available to own for the first time on DVD.

In RACE FOR YOUR LIFE, CHARLIE BROWN the Peanuts gang travels to Camp Remote for the summer. The boys have one camp and the girls have another. There is a group of campers at the boys’ camp who have been at camp for years and who have always been number one in every camp activity. This group of bullying brutes will stop at nothing to ensure the continuation of their success and that they finish the summer as the #1 cabin at camp. As it turns out, the deciding factor of who wins the prize is an odyssey of a boat race that takes several days and nights to finish. The race forces the groups to camp out in the wilderness and survive by trusting their wits and each other.

There are a few parts of RACE FOR YOUR LIFE, CHARLIE BROWN that don’t stand up quite as well as they did when the movie was released. The scenes that stand out to me most, in this regard, are the beginning and closing of the movie. Snoopy and Woodstock travel to Camp Remote by riding the motorcycle from the movie EASY RIDER and the closing credits of the film have a strange, psychedelic vibe to them.
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Format: VHS Tape
I remember this from being a kid. I loved it because it was so funny. Peanut specials were good clean fun even my mom could enjoy. Dad would've too except he was never aware there was more than the Xmas special.
Why are they reissuing the same ones over and over? I love the easter beacle and great pumpkin but how about this one on DVD, Bon Voyage Charlie brown She's a good skate? Things like that? They're crowd pleasers good fun the whole family can watch. I miss those from my childhood and bet plenty others do too. So how about putting those on DVD? With captioning please.
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What can I say that the many 4-star and up reviews haven't already? Nothing, but I will repeat some in saying that this is my FAVORITE Peanuts movie ever by a wide margin, the whole gang is in it, the story line is fantastic (cute, funny, sarcastic, wholy in the spirit of Peanuts, but taken to a new level), and again, WHY isn't this on DVD yet??? I have wonderful fond memories of watching this as a child and when my child was younger. I'd watch this movie every day, it's that good. I've been holding on to my old VHS of this movie, looking longing at it for years, wishing I had a working VHS player or a DVD copy of it. I mean, sheesh, at this point I would settle some some dude in his basement converting this from VHS to DVD! Please help! LOL
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