Peanuts 1970s Collection: Volume 1
Good grief, these are awesome
The DVD set “Peanuts 1970s Collection Volume 1” contains six really cool specials, sans ads for Dolly Madison snack cakes, starring Snoopy and the gang. These are so entertaining that you do not mind that they often teach a lesson.
The first special on this two-disc set is “Play It Again, Charlie Brown.” This is the DVD premiere of this one and involves piano-playing Schroeder fighting to maintain his artistic integrity when Lucy signs him up to play at a PTA function. This special also makes a great commentary on the over-use of aerosol cans in that era but does not mention their effect on the ozone layer.
The second DVD premiere in the set is “It’s A Mystery, Charlie Brown.” This was one of my favorites because it was one of the more amusing one in this group of winners and because of the message that it conveyed.
The plot revolves around Snoopy investigating the theft of the nest of his bird friend Woodstock. The nice thing about this mystery is that even the smallest child can figure out right off that the culprit is Charlie Brown’s sister Sally, who took it for a science project.
Watching Snoopy and Woodstock interrogate the Peanuts gang is very funny despite not including any waterboarding in a birdbath. I also liked a courtroom scene that resolved the issue of a bird’s rights regarding his or her own nest. I am unsure where this decision would be considered a binding precedent.
The set also includes two of the holiday specials that many of us looked forward to each year. “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” offers the typical Peanuts messages on the commercialism of holidays and the rush to get Christmas merchandise in the stores. An extended Snoopy dance was my favorite aspect of this one.
“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” is the even better than the Easter special; it involves an unorthodox Thanksgiving feast and good lessons on the true meaning of Thanksgiving and the first Thanksgiving feast.
Once again, Snoopy steals the show in a scene that has him making the Thanksgiving meal. My cats watched it but did not seem inclined to make my breakfast.
The other two specials, “You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown,” and “There’s No Time for Love, Charlie Brown” were also entertaining but did not have quite as much appeal as the others. I did enjoy a segment in “Love” in which the gang mistook a grocery store for a modern art museum.
I would love to hear from anyone who can do a great Snoopy dance or simply shares my love of these admittedly dated, but still classic, characters. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Review by John Stahl
John Stahl is a freelance legal writer who is also a fan of classic and cult television programs. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Peanuts 1970s Collection: Volume 1
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