Oh good grief! Expect to be dropping a little extra cash on a new DVD on Tuesday – your childhood’s back, and it’s been remastered. Yes, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and most of all Charlie Brown will hit shelves in a “cool collection” of sixties hits.
And this is one of the days I love my job at Babble: I got a sneak peek at some very cool nostalgia.
The good news?
My favorite EVER episode made it onto this two-disc special. You’re in Love, Charlie Brown was appreciated by little red-haired girls everywhere (quick fact: it introduced Peppermint Patty to the screen), and it’s always held my heart.
Coupled with five other classics, including perhaps the two best known – A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown – the Peanuts 1960’s Collection has a cool featurette added on profiling Vince Guaraldi, the composer who wrote the music for sixteen different Peanuts specials.
I’ll fully admit my bias here – my parents rented the specials on video for my brother and me many times when we were kids, and Sunday mornings were spent fighting over the color comics for a look at what Snoopy was up to next. That said, I was nervous when I sat down to watch. Would I love Peanuts today the way Charlie does his little red-haired girl? For inspiration, I pulled up the Charlie Brown look at love:
Then I got over to the DVDs, and the answer is undoubtedly yes (they didn’t lock me out of the car). Because unlike Chuck racing across the field to punt that football, I got lucky. The folks at Warner Bros. did not pull a Lucy. This is the old Peanuts – remastered yes, but still the same lovable gang of goofy kids with big hearts and dopey shoes.
To throw another metaphor in for good measure, I’d line Peanuts 1960’s Collection right up with Linus’ blanket, a good comfort for any age. Pre-order it from Amazon so your little Linuses can get their first taste.