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The biggest problem with 'Snoopy's Reunion' should be evident in even
the title considering that it strays from the long-standing tradition
that all 'Peanuts' TV special titles should be statements or questions
directed at Charlie Brown (It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, It
was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown, etc), it isn't really that big a
surprise that the story takes so many liberties with established
'Peanuts' history and principles. In many ways, this special could be
received as an absolute nightmare for any nitpicking fan. An earlier
source, the feature film 'Snoopy Come Home', revealed that the
boisterous beagle had indeed once belonged to a little girl named Lila
before being passed on into Charlie Brown's hands so, that's
something that the two instalments can at least agree on. See, the
events depicted in 'Snoopy's Reunion' conflict with it over just about
every other detail concerning how the boy and his dog first came to be
together, the most noticeable being the well-observed fact that Sally
wasn't even born when her brother acquired his new pet, something which
this story strangely ignores (heck, it even shows her as being at her
current age when it happened). It also breaks the Golden Rule that you
never actually show the adults in the 'Peanuts' world (at least not
their faces), or convey their speech as anything other than
trombone-sounding gibberish. Well, I guess it made it easier for them
to tell this particular tale, but since the kids and the dogs are still
the main focus, I feel that with a little more thought they could've
found a way round it.
But, no matter how nagging those faults can be, I find that I just can't stay mad at this special for long. In context with the rest of Charlie Brown's resume, it may seem lazy and inconsistent, but as a stand-alone story it still comes through as quite a pleasant little heart-warmer, partly poignant, partly bittersweet and partly upbeat and uplifting. Snoopy and his seven siblings (this looks like as good a time as any to show off my extensive 'Peanuts' knowledge Andy, Belle, Marbles, Molly, Olaf, Rover and Spike are the names of all those guys!) are certainly very cute and make a fine little team from the beginning, so it's actually kinda sad to see them all get separated as puppies going off with different owners, furthermore when they're finally all reunited and discover that the world, physically at least, has moved on quite a bit since they were last together. But it's the way that the beagle kin react to this realisation that makes the whole thing so worthwhile that spirit of theirs is something to be marvelled at.
There isn't really a great deal in the way of plot, dialogue or humour, but the appeal of those extroverted dogs is just about enough to carry it for the 24 minute running time (and it ends not a moment too soon). To sum up, I'd say it's worth a watch for any 'Peanuts' fan, provided that they're willing to overlook just how many odds it's at with the rest of the cannon.
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A litter of musically gifted puppies are all born at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm. All the pooches are separated after they are purchased by different owners. Snoopy is initially adopted by sweet little girl Lila (endearingly voiced by Megan Parlen), but gets returned when the apartment Lila lives in stipulates a rule about no pets allowed. Snoopy is then given a new home and much love by perennial sadsack Charlie Brown (given a perfectly bland voice by Philip Shafran). When Charlie notices that Snoopy is acting sad, he decides to organize a family reunion to cheer his beloved beagle up. Director Sam Jaimes and writer Charles M. Schulz craft a pleasant and touching show that offers a simple, yet poignant message: "You can't go home again." The basic, but vivid and colorful animation does the trick. Ditto Judy Munsen's flavorsome score. The voices supplied by various child actors add an extra authenticity to the program. Of course, Snoopy and his siblings Spike, Andy, Olaf, Belle, Molly, Marbles, and Rover are a truly lovable bunch of merry canines. Better still, the bluegrass music they perform is quite catchy and harmonic. But what makes this outing so appealing is the winning surplus of real heart and warmth evident throughout (the scenes with Charlie Brown making faltering attempts at teaching Snoopy a few simple tricks are extremely cute and funny). A nice little show.
Millions of people around the world who loved the comic strip "Peanuts" were sad when Charles Schulz died in February, two thousand. He was seventy-seven years old. The artist who created Charlie Brown and his dog Snoopy had retired a month earlier because of poor health. The last new daily "Peanuts" appeared January third in two thousand six hundred newspapers in seventy-five countries. Charles Schulz drew "Peanuts" for fifty years. The comic strip first appeared in seven American newspapers in nineteen fifty. At that time, the subjects were all children and animals. They still are. People love these characters like snoopy because they demonstrate the failings and strengths of all human beings. For example, Charlie Brown usually cannot get things right. But he tries his best. And he never stops trying. toyswill.com/snoopy-plush-toy-120cmcute-plush-toy-p-651.html
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This later era "Charlie Brown" special, can't be described as one of the classics, and is clearly targeted as entertainment for the much younger set...but the story still has some charm to it for even the most dedicated fan of the series. In this outing, we are shown the beginning of Snoopy's life and early years, starting with his first months at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm..playing music with his siblings, to he being purchased and subsequently returned by Lila (this corresponding well with the story line of the 1972 film "Snoopy Come Home"), to ultimately being bought for $5.00 by Charlie Brown. We then see a collection of clips consisting of the dog's various escapades while living with Charlie Brown, and up to the present day where Charlie Brown and Sally, seeing Snoopy a bit down, plan a "family reunion" for Snoopy and his brothers and sisters, complete with a visit to Daisy Hill. The reunion takes place, however the puppy farm is no more, having been demolished and the land redeveloped with a large parking garage and urban sprawl. This doesn't deter all from enjoying the reunion. While there are a few inaccuracies from other specials over how Charlie Brown actually obtained his dog, and some of the charm of the "Peanuts" formula is lost by having adults be shown and speak normally, the story is quick, simple, and sweet and actually features all of Snoopy's family in animated form at one time. Of Interest..besides Snoopy and the two adults, only Charlie, Sally, Linus, and a cameo of Lila (from "Snoopy Come Home")are the represented regulars in this show. Lucy, Pig Pen,Woodstock, Peppermint Patty and all the rest are absent.
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In this surprisingly emotional TV special the origins of Snoopy and how
came to be with ol' Blockhead Chuck are explained in flashback (though
they do somewhat retcon the story established in Snoopy, Come Home.
Snoopy is one of eight a litter of eight siblings born at Daisy Hill Puppy Farm. Chuck wants to arrange a reunion to cheer up his dog but when they get them all together and set off on the bus they discover that the farm is now an urban parking lot. It doesn't make much sense regarding the timelines, which are all over the place in this TV special, but since it's only a kid's show I'll let it slide. Though it is kind of strange that Schulz himself would retcon his own work.
Definitely one of the better Peanuts animations.
This TV special shows us just where Snoopy came from. As it turns out,
Snoopster is a hunting dog which was bred for profit at a puppy mill.
more surprising, everyone in his doggie family is musically inclined.
(Snoopy's instrument of choice is a guitar.)
Well, nobody is at all surprised that these canines can belt out a mean tune. Instead, prospective buyers just grab whatever dog they want and drive away with them. Snoopy is first purchased by a girl who lives in an apartment. Soon enough, the landlord develops a "no dog" policy and the girl has to return Snoopy. That's good news for Charlie Brown. Chuck is feeling a little down in the dumps and realizes that every boy needs a dog. He goes to the puppy mill and buys Snoopy for the paltry sum of five bucks.
What about the reunion that is mentioned in the title? It comes into play when four years(!!) after the puppies are split up, Charlie Brown sends out invitations to all of Snoopy's siblings for a family get-together. I really don't know why the Mendelson-Melendez creative team kept bringing the Peanuts gang back together throughout the '90s if they weren't going to bother coming up with anything worthwhile. Maybe they were in it simply for the money. I hold up their Super Bowl fiasco as Exhibit A to back up that theory. 2/10
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