Happiness Is….Peanuts: Snow Days DVD Review
On October 18th, 2011, Warner Home Video released Happiness Is…..Peanuts: Snow Days on DVD. This all-time favorite classic Peanuts Seasonal Specials Including: A Charlie Brown Christmas; It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and others are also available this Fall. Let Snoopy and Charlie Brown brighten your holidays with seven merry-making Peanuts DVD titles available from Warner Home Video (WHV) this fall.
Happiness is….Peanuts: Snow Days – The newest Peanuts collection of stories celebrates everyone’s favorite thing about a long chilly winter: snowdays! This DVD is comprised of one newly remastered classic Peanuts television special, She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown and one episode of The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show. In She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty trains for a figure skating competition with Snoopy as her tough coach, and crafty costume designer. The smiles continue with three short tales from The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show including: The Play; Sweet Babboo! and Snoopy’s Story. It may get cold outside but the Peanuts: Snow Days is available in stores and online, retailing for $14.97.
Peanuts Holiday Collection – Is comprised of three of the most popular Peanuts specials including A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. The DVD set features loads of bonus material including three extra episodes. Peanuts Holiday Collection is available in stores and online, retailing for $29.98.
– The Mayflower Voyagers
– It’s Magic, Charlie Brown
– It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown – This special centers on Rerun Van Pelt, Linus’ and Lucy’s lovable and wise-beyond-his-years little brother who wants a dog for Christmas after he sees what a great relationship Charlie Brown and Snoopy share. The Van Pelts however, don’t think he’s ready or capable to care for a pet yet. Rerun turns to Snoopy for some amusement and holiday cheer.
– Sibling Rivalry: Growing Up Van Pelt – This documentary featurette explores the creation and development of Rerun Van Pelt and how his arrival changed the family dynamics between Lucy and Linus. Jeannie Schulz, Lee Mendelson and others discuss why Charles Schulz considered Rerun such a treasured new addition to the strip.
– Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (Bonus Episode) – This delightful special was first broadcast in 1986 and was included on DVD for the first time on this release. It tells the story of Charlie Brown, who attends Peppermint Patty’s New Year’s Eve bash even though he has to finish a book report on War and Peace. He attempts to read the novel at the party but winds up falling asleep and wakes up to find out he has missed his chance to dance with the elusive little red-haired girl, who wound up dancing with Linus instead.
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown is available in stores and online, retailing for $19.97.
A Charlie Brown Christmas – In this Emmy (for Outstanding Children’s Program in 1966) and Peabody Award winning classic, Charlie Brown is upset by how commercial the Christmas holiday has become. To coax him out of his holiday blues, Lucy suggests he direct the school’s Christmas pageant and decorate a glorious tree. Charlie Brown concedes. The tree he finds however, is puny, prompting everyone to ridicule him.
– A Christmas Miracle: The Making of A Charlie Brown Christmas – An in-depth look at how the producers brought a newspaper comic strip to animated life in a new medium. Under intense pressure and with many doubters, the show creators were able to create the Peanuts in a new medium and make the show a smash success.
A Charlie Brown Christmas is available for purchase in stores and online, retailing for $19.97.
Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales – This special, which originally premiered on ABC in 2002, is comprised of a series of delightful animated vignettes, each of which showcase a different member of the Peanuts gang. The DVD also includes the rarely seen Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown? In this television special, Charlie Brown and pals face the departure of Linus and Lucy, who must move when their father is transferred to a job in another town.
Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales is available for purchase in stores and online, retailing for $14.97.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – This Emmy Award-nominated (in 1967) special, finds the Peanuts gang outfitted in costumes, ready for trick or treating and crashing Violet’s Halloween party. Charlie Brown is in a ghost costume (with more eyeholes cut out needed), Lucy dressed as a witch and Snoopy in a World War I flying ace costume. Linus decides to steadfastly hold vigil in the pumpkin patch as he awaits the Great Pumpkin.
– We Need a Blockbuster, Charlie Brown – Documentary featurette focusing on the myth and tradition of the Halloween staple Television program, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Revealed along the way through original interviews with the Schulz family and producers are the pressures and challenges of following up an underdog hit with a bigger and better TV special.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is available for purchase in stores and online, retailing for $19.97.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – In this Emmy Award-winning (for Outstanding Individual Achievement in 1974) special, Peppermint Patty invites herself to Charlie Brown’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. Marcie and Franklin are soon added as dinner guests. Charlie Brown admits that his culinary skills are limited to “cold cereal and maybe toast.” Snoopy and Woodstock transform the ping-pong table in the backyard into a dinner table. As the guests arrive, they are each served two slices of buttered toast, some pretzel sticks, popcorn and jelly beans. Patty is outraged at the meal and berates Charlie Brown until embarrassed and dejected, he leaves the table and goes back into the house.
The Making of a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – A look at the final installment of the Peanuts holiday trilogy and what it meant to its creators and the public.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is available for purchase in stores and online, retailing for $19.97.
“We are delighted to offer these legendary specials to consumers,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WHV Executive Marketing Director of Family & Animation Franchise. She added, “Decades after their initial broadcasts, the Peanuts’ seasonal specials continue to captivate audiences of all ages. Celebrating the holidays with these endeavoring stories is a great tradition to pass on to future generations.”
We enjoy watching Charlie Brown and the gang and it was fun to watch Happiness Is….Peanuts: Snow Days on DVD. Our favorite episode on the DVD was “The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show,” which included three short tales (our favorite was “Snoopy’s Story”). If you enjoy watching the Peanuts pals, you won’t want to miss out on Happiness Is….Peanuts: Snow Days or the other Charlie Brown specials mentioned above. A big thanks goes to Warner Home Video for making this DVD review opportunity on The Mommy-Files possible.
I received a copy of “Happiness Is….Peanuts: Snow Days” on DVD from Warner Home Video to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.