While it seems that everybody likes Charlie Brown, everybody also loves Snoopy. Everybody likes Snoopy as Charlie Brown’s faithful companion and nobody would want to see the pair split up… but that is exactly the possibility we face in Snoopy, Come Home. How will Chuck and the gang cope without the familiar face of his beagle?
The Film (3.5/5)
Snoopy, Come Home is the second feature-length Peanuts feature. While A Boy Named Charlie Brown was primarily focused on the struggle of the titular character, Snoopy, Come Home is centered on his lovable companion. We actually get to see more of how the event affects the entire gang than we did in A Boy Named Charlie Brown. While much of the film is still focused on Charlie Brown and his friends dealing with Snoopy’s departure, we spend the time following Snoopy’s story and development.
As the movie starts, we see tensions growing between Charlie and Snoopy. Charlie is frustrated with Snoopy’s constant tardiness. Additionally, Charlie feels a bit like Snoopy takes him for granted and is a bit indifferent for a pet. At one point when the tensions mount, Charlie aggressively scolds Snoopy for his behavior and attitude. As a side bit, Snoopy is also thrown out of several places with “No dogs allowed” signs.
Shortly after we view the tensions flaring, Snoopy receives a letter from a young girl. This young girl, Lila, is later explained to be Snoopy’s original owner before Charlie. She has asked him to come visit her and spend time with her as she is in the hospital and believes his presence would do her good. The movie follows the journey of Snoopy and Woodstock to see her. As they travel, the “No dogs allowed” bit continues as they are thrown out of place after place.
Snoopy is reunited with his previous owner and must make difficult decisions about his future. Both Charlie and Lila want him to stay with them and Snoopy must choose between them. Charlie and the gang must seriously consider how they would cope with the loss of their friend and pet in Snoopy.
The thought of this loss is where the movie carries its emotional weight. Charlie is distraught over Snoopy having a previous owner and the thought that he might leave him for her. The friends are all upset over someone who has become an integral part of their every day life. Lila must deal with the possibility of Snoopy leaving her when she gets better.
In addition to all these characters dealing with the possibility of losing Snoopy, we see Snoopy struggle likewise. He must make a tough decision between two owners he has lived with and has feelings for. He must decide, can he say goodbye to the owner and friends he has made over the years. Or can he say no to the little girl who he just spent time with in the hospital as she recovered. This little girl was his first owner and this is a strong connection to say no to.
All of these emotions do carry weight effectively in the film. There isn’t a lot of dialog because we follow Snoopy, so the music and the artwork deliver the bulk of the emotion. Both are very much up to the task. The character of Snoopy is perfectly fit to the type of visual display of emotion involved with this story.
I really enjoyed the story and storytelling contained in this movie. In my opinion Snoopy, Come Home is a stronger film than A Boy Named Charlie Brown. I think the story telling is stronger and scales to the run-time better. Additionally, I think the nature of this story makes use of more characters and makes use of the time to show how they all react. I think anyone who is mildly a fan of Peanuts could enjoy this.
Picture Quality (3/5)
Meh. This looks like a 4:3 open matte aspect ratio. IMDb has this and widescreen listed, so I won’t speculate as to which is actually the right one. Transfer-wise, it looks pretty good for what it is. The colors look true and it looks relatively clean for the source it has. This is an old animated title that probably wasn’t kept in the best conditions over the years. There are pops and impurities all over the print. But it is what it is. For what they probably had, this looks decent and fine for the title.
Audio Quality (3/5)
We at least get a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track for this. So, this is probably as good as it has ever sounded. It is a pretty tame movie sound-wise, so expect the track to be so as well. Surround exists, but isn’t very active. The dialog and music is clear, which is what I would consider the biggest concern for this movie.
Special Features and Packaging (1/5)
There are no special features included with this release. That is annoying. At least something on Peanuts here. Anything really. But hey, it comes with a slip. One with pretty much the same art as the cover art. I guess that is worth something, so yay.
While I do believe Snoopy, Come Home is much stronger and performs better in its run-time than A Boy Named Charlie Brown, I still think it is overpriced. This is something that should be picked up at less than $10. There is nothing that wows on the technical side and nothing at all on the supplement side. With the same red case as the other film, I still don’t like the packaging. Something just feels off about the plastic. It just feels like it isn’t durable. I would recommend picking this up, but only at less than $10. I still think it is a bit of a lazy release. Really, the sweet spot for this is released as a set of all the classic feature length films. And I bet that is what they will put out once they have them all on Blu-ray.
Snoopy, Come Home is available on Amazon for those wanting to purchase now.
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