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I agree with the other poster on here that all of the Charlie Brown/Peanuts TV specials through the sixties and seventies were much better than the later specials, including this one, but I still think this one is very good. Even though it's not as "touching and even profound" as the earlier ones it is still pretty good and holds up a lot better than most franchises that go on and on for years. I am surprised how well Charlie Brown/Peanuts continued to hold up over all those years. Yes it got worse but was still pretty good and great family themed entertainment that always had a decent message/moral behind it. I also disagree that the Garfield specials were "even worse", I think they were much better than the later Charlie Brown/Peanuts specials at least as far as how many laughs we got out of those specials.
The Peanuts TV specials of the 1960s and 1970s were mostly fine, and on occasion very touching and even profound, but by the time this one came out (along with the equally terrible episode in which Charlie Brown is turned invisible and actually gets to kick the football) the franchise was in terminal decline, and it was only a matter of time before we got the horrible sight of Snoopy in torn-up dancer's garb doing a lame spoof of FLASHDANCE. I remember watching this one as a kid and being terribly disappointed, not laughing much and being rather bored and resentful by the end - the Peanuts gang continued to be brilliant on the printed page, with Schulz keeping the quality high right to the end, but these once-decent animated shows began to stink as the likes of Garfield elbowed the gang out of the hearts and minds of the public. (Incidentally, the Garfield TV specials were even worse!)
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Snoopy inadvertently joins a traveling circus and succumbs to the allure of show business after falling for pretty big top poodle Fifi. Meanwhile, poor Charlie Brown mourns the loss of his beloved beagle. Done with characteristic warmth and amiability by Charles M. Schulz, this TV special makes for a perfectly pleasant and harmless diversion thanks to its easygoing and lighthearted tone, pretty fluid and impressive animation, cheery'n'catchy score by Ed Bogas and Judy Munsen, and a sweet and charming canine romance between Snoppy and Fifi. Of course, the always dynamic and personable Snoopy clearly dominates the proceedings throughout: Snoopy initially fumbles with doing flips and jumping through rings before mastering a daring high wire act and performing a dangerous trapeze routine with Fifi (Snoopy also gets renamed Hugo the Great!). Moreover, this show concludes on a nice realistic note with Snoopy having to leave Fifi behind when he decides to return to Charlie Brown. A fun little item.
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