Snoopy's Reunion (1991) - Remastered Deluxe Edition

Genre(s): Animation
Warner Brothers || NR - 23 minutes - $19.98 || April 7, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-04-24


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Sam Jaimes
Writer(s): Charles M. Schulz (written and created by)
Cast: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown
  • Together Again: A Peanuts Voice-Cast Reunion


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital Mono), Japanese (Dolby Digital Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Thai

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.::THE FILM::.

Synopsis: Together at last! Join Charlie Brown and Snoopy for a beagle family reunion! "A boy without a dog is like a day without sunshine." So says Charlie Brown - shortly before making the acquaintance of a certain canine from Daisy Hill Puppy Farm. There, young Snoopy is part of a loving litter of beagles with unique musical gifts. Now, a year after being adopted, Snoopy's a bit blue - and Charlie Brown hopes he's got the remedy: a reunion of Snoopy's siblings Spike, Andy, Olaf, Marbles, Belle, Molly and Rover, and a return visit to their Daisy Hill birthplace. When they arrive at the site, they find that while the old saying "You can't go home again" might ring true much of the time, it's also true that once a family, always a family.

I haven’t paid that much attention to the Peanuts be it the daily comic strips or the numerous TV specials (50+). After doing a little research, it seems Snoopy’s Reunion takes some liberties with the whole Charlie Brown history and how Snoopy came living with Charlie, the biggie being Sally (Charlie’s sister) was not born at the time, yet she is at her “current” age in this adaptation. I know Charlie Brown fans didn’t like this one bit, but I personally could care less...

Looking at Snoopy’s Reunion on its own, the short TV special (23-minutes long) is certainly cute especially for dog lovers such as myself. The nuance of Snoopy’s character is so much like my current dog and the one’s in my past. Sure, the premise is kind of weak with the whole reunion aspect taking place within the last 7-10 minutes, and even then it’s taken up by the Snoopy family playing their instruments, but for the most part I enjoyed this TV short.

Snoopy’s Reunion isn’t particular laugh-out-loud funny but there is a certain quiet humor even I appreciated with a little melancholy and sweetness sprinkled in to make it enjoyable for the entire family.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Together Again: A Peanuts Voice-Cast Reunion – Actors who gave vocal life to these beloved characters gather at ComicCon 2008 to reflect on the impact of their work.

The DVD also includes another TV special It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown. I considered placing this with the feature but since it’s listed as a “special feature”, that’s where it will be placed. The most interesting aspect of this special, which aired in 1984, is the fact that Black Eyed Peas lead singer Stacy Ferguson is featured as the voice of Sally.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The TV special is presented in full frame (1.33) AR and for a now 18 year old feature, helped I assume by a remastered job by Warner, looks pretty good.

The DVD also comes equipped with a Dolby Digital Mono track that I assume was cleaned up as much as possible given the source material.



.::OVERALL::.

Even for someone who knows very little about the Peanuts Gallery, Snoopy’s Reunion is actually a half-decent special. It’s not particularly funny or clever and there’s not much of a story, but there is a sort of sweetness about it that makes an endearing special that the entire family can watch.