You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1985) - Remastered Deluxe Edition

Genre(s): Animation / Comedy / Musical
Warner Brothers || NR - 48 minutes - $19.98 || January 26, 2010
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2010-02-09


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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 Schulz (creator)
Cast: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English Mono
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

Plot: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. And things only get better as Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and more pals celebrate that round-headed kid in an animated mini-musical based on the Tony Award-winning stage hit. The story – from the batter-up of baseball to pitter-pay Valentine heartbeats to the good grief of homework to a beagle without equal – is clever and iconic. Clark Gesner’s songs – including the title tune and ‘Happiness’ – are lively and catchy. The fun – enjoyed for the first or fifth-first time – never stops.

I don’t have much to say about this latest Charlie Brown release except that it’s just as enjoyable as the others. This one, as a musical, is a lot of fun with some catchy tunes and in Peanuts’ fashion, has a good message. The Charlie Brown specials are also great releases that both grown-ups and their kids can watch together.

I will admit that I never was a big fan of the Peanuts comic strip. Much like “Family Circle” or “Marmaduke” – please note, I am not saying they are even close in quality –, the comedy style was never my thing. I grew up reading “Calvin & Hobbes” (I now own the heavy-ass complete collection) and currently “Dilbert” is on my daily list (and calendar). That said, I can see the appeal “Peanuts” has had for many generations and these cartoons are a great way to keep it going for many years to come.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Animating a Charlie Brown Musical (14:42) is the lone feature that has interviews with those who worked on the musical and also has footage with Charlie Schulze when he appeared on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”.

Oh, and there’s also a trailer (1:36) for Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins which I believe came out last fall (2009)...



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

As the front cover states, this DVD release has been remastered and its age, this full frame presentation doesn’t look half-bad. You’re still going to get a few scratches here and there, but it’s good enough.

As with the other Peanuts’ releases, this also offers an acceptable and standard Dolby Mono track.



.::OVERALL::.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a DVD that any Peanuts fan will want to have in their collection. The video looks good and although the audio isn’t the best, it’s certainly good enough given the source.