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Forgotten episode, but still a fun semi-classic.,
This review is from: You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown:DE (DVD)
While not ranking up there with the 'classic' Charlie Brown titles, this 1972 special is still very enjoyable.
One name, "Joe Cool", will probably jog some memories. Those who grew up in 1972 will remember the Snoopy as Joe Cool collectables. Well he makes his TV premier here.
This is Charles Schulz's satire on politics with Lucy running the campaign, menacing voters to vote for her brother Linus, getting Linus to make empty campaign promises. Remember, this was the year of Richard Nixon.
This originally aired as "You're Elected, Charlie Brown", and right after its broadcast the producers realized the folly of the title and quickly inserted "Not" for all re-broadcasts. The theme song lyrics do not have the "Not" in them. Unfortunately this edit must have been done to the master negative as this 'remastered' version has the revised title. But you can get a glimpse of the original title in the bonus material.
The second offering is 2006's "He's A Bully, Charlie Brown". While I generally don't like the later Peanuts Specials, this one has the spirit and feel of the earlier shows. I find it very enjoyable and forgot just how new it is. At summer camp, a marble hustler plays all of the beginner kids and wins their marbles. With the coaching of Snoopy, Charlie Brown comes to the rescue. Memorable moments are with Marci teasing Peppermint Patty on the phone by pretending "Chuck" is romancing her.
There is also a 10 minute "Making Of' documentary" It is interesting tosee the voice actors as they are today. The background material about the story line is informative. Some material seems to be repeated from other Peanuts DVDs.
The sad thing is how little is included here! A single DVD should hold 6 to 8 half hour shows. But here we get only 2! THIS DVD RUNS ONLY AN HOUR even with the bonus material. 1969's "It Was A Short Summer, Charlie Brown" would have been a good follow-up to the Summer Camp story. And the school themed "Play It Again, Charlie Brown" from 1971 would have been a good companion to the school election show. And how about the missing school science project episode from 1974 "Its A Mystery Charlie Brown". Well, you get my point, the shows are there to fill out a DVD.
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Initial post: Oct 24, 2008 5:35:49 PM PDT
Alexander Koutroubas says:
This is WAY to expensive for the limited content included here.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2008 12:48:51 AM PDT
Steven W. Mcallister says:
I agree. The holiday collection should be a single $15 dvd instead of a $34 triple-dvd collection.
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