Charlie Brown, Linus, Peppermint Patty, and Marcie travel to France as foreign exchange students. Also along is Snoopy and Woodstock. While everyone is excited about the opportunity to travel to a foreign country, Charlie is disturbed by a letter he receives from a mysterious girl from France who invites him as her guest only to find that he does not seem welcomed to her chateau. Written by
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On May 7th 1980, "The Price is Right" taped a segment featuring a showcase saluting "Bon Voyage Charlie Brown" to be broadcast while the movie was still in theaters later that month. After showing a short clip from the movie (The scene on the plane with Snoopy eating and listening to headphones while hiding Woodstock in the ashtray every time the stewardess walks by) the first item offered is a three piece set of American Tourister luggage. Following this offered is a week long trip to London. Then, after mentioning that Snoopy visits Wimbledon in the movie, Johnny Olson offers a set of two tennis rackets a supply of tennis balls and tennis outfits. Then, mentioning that the Peanuts gang goes to the last leg of their trip in Paris, a week long Paris trip for two is offered. Following that Olsen notes that in Paris the gang rent a car which Snoopy drives - 'being the only one qualified to drive he takes them on the ride of their lives...and you'll have the ride of YOUR life in this new car from France!' - a 1980 LeCar. To top off the showcase a pass for the contestant and 24 of his/her friends to see a screening of the movie on the Paramount lot was offered. The contestant bid $8600, the actual retail price was $10,907 and he won when the other contestant overbid. See more »
In the opening classroom scene where Linus and Charlie Brown stand and declare their trip to France, both Sally and Lucy can be seen. Sally is the younger sister of Charlie Brown, and Lucy is the older sister of Linus, so they wouldn't be in the same class or grade as their brothers. See more »
[in a classroom]
Quiet, everybody! We have two new students here that I'd like to have you meet. They are exchange students from Europe. It is my great honor to introduce to you Babette and Jacques.
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This is the 4th of 4 Peanuts specials and is precisely the coolest and best of them. As a great Peanuts fan, I must say that this is Peanuts at their best! Together with "Snoopy Come Home" and "Race for your life, Charlie Brown", this is a true Peanuts classic. I cross my fingers so that this film's petition for a DVD release works out because this movie deserves! "Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and don't come back!)" isn't just another Peanuts stuff. This one takes the Peanuts gang (Charlie Brown, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Snoopy and Woodstock) to the travel of their lives: they go to England and France as foreign exchange students. At the same time, they live the adventure of their lives in France.
The Peanuts gang first arrive to London and travel a bit in that city (including in a London bus with 2 floors and in a London Cab). After London, they go to France in a hovercraft and, before going to their student missions, they travel around France with the loyal company of their rental car, an old Citroen 2CV (the historical "deux chevaux", one of my all time favorite cars), leading to many hilarious moments and together they live many adventures, some of them extremely comical. By the way, it must be really cool to travel in a hovercraft. It's an interesting and different type of boat and I know that thanks to this movie.
This Peanuts classics has a dark atmosphere carried with suspense, which is quite notorious in many ways. The Château du Mal Voisin (which means "Château of the Bad Neighbor") gives the feeling of being a spooky and dangerous place, especially at night, combined with the rain, lightning, the mysterious feeling about it, the background music and the Baron himself. The Baron is only shown as a shadowy figure, which accents that creepy feeling, combined with his threats and the way he's described by Pierre (who is a cool chap). The kind Violette is so different from her uncle Baron.
Ah yes, the "Fire at the Château" sequence has strong suspense. Darkness and suspense are unusual on Peanuts shorts or movies, but that's one of the things that makes the difference in this one.
The dark atmosphere is brilliant and the artwork here is spectacular. Everything is so well designed, painted and perfect, which isn't very common on Peanuts. This movie has such a great combination of light humor, suspense and darkness which, together with the fact that it takes place in England and France, makes it a unique and distinguish Peanuts classic, as well as a favorite for many.
This great movie is also very humorous because comic gags are a strong point. Peanuts are usually funny, but this movie is funnier than usual on Peanuts. For example, the whole tennis sequence is simply hilarious. Other funny gags are, for example, the entire loaf of bread sequence; the car's wipers sequence; Snoopy saying "words" to a taxi-driver who speaks with a cockney British accent on his "typically Snoopy" language; both sequences of the cars's crash; Snoopy drinking root beer; whenever Woodstock gets grumpy; Linus getting furious when Charlie Brown falls asleep; Charlie Brown embarrassing Linus because of the passport; the noise of the car's dodgy transmission; and much, much more...
The entire soundtrack is amazing as well, including a slower version of James Bond's theme and the relaxing song "I want to remember this". The lines are all excellent too, as much as the actors's voice talents.
Adventure, comedy, darkness, suspense, classic humor, great characters, wonderful animation, amazing artwork, unforgettable moments, fabulous music... it has everything one can wish in an animated classic movie! This one has also the coolest ending credits ever. No other movie (before or after this) has such imaginative and creative ending credits like this.
It's a nostalgic movie that brings wonderful memories from childhood. The whole movie is awesome. I wouldn't change anything about it in any way. There's nothing wrong about it. I could even ask how can anyone not love this movie. I'm not afraid to say and I even dare to say that this and the early mentioned 3 Peanuts classics leave absolutely nothing to be desired comparing to the finest Disney classics. More than that, they are even superior to many Disney classics.
This should definitely be on Top 250.
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