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The Peanuts 1970's Collection Vol. 2 - DVD Review for Parents

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Bottom line: The Peanut's 1970's Collection Vol. 2 contains six remastered Peanuts favorites from the '70s, including "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown." Fans will also like the bonus feature which gives a glimpse into what the creative process was like for Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz.

MPAA Rating: NR
Guide Age Recommendation: 5+
Genre: Animated/Comedy
Runtime: Approx. 148 minutes

Peanuts 1970's Collection Vol. 2 - Overview

The Peanuts 1970's Collection Vol. 2 contains the following six remastered Peanuts TV specials:

  • "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown"
  • "You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown"
  • "It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown"
  • "What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown" (First time on DVD)
  • "It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown"
  • "You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown"

The DVD also contains one bonus feature, "You're Groovy, Charlie Brown: A Look at Peanuts in the '70s," which gives details about Charles Schulz and the creative process he went through as he created the Peanuts. The feature also discusses how the Peanuts evolved and changed through the years.

Peanuts 1970's Collection Vol. 2 - Guide Review for Parents

Peanuts fans can now own all of their favorite specials from the 1970's on DVD, albeit on two different DVD collections. The 1970's Volume 1 collection also contains six episodes, and includes the famous special " A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving." Volume 2's most famous special is "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown," but there is also an episode that has never been on DVD before, "What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown."

"What a Nightmare" features Snoopy, in a dream where he is forced to be a sled dog. The episode drags on a little, but the characteristically Snoopy antics make it a gem anyway. Despite his being "overly civilized," Snoopy rises to the occasion in the end, just like always.

Both parents and kids will also enjoy the bonus feature "You're Groovy, Charlie Brown: A Look at Peanuts in the '70s," which gives fascinating details about Charles Shultz' creative process and they way he approached his unique job. Older kids can even get a good educational experience if they feel so inclined by examining the meaning of the assertion that Shultz was a great philosopher. What a fun school project that would be, to study Peanuts comic strips and look for the underlying philosophies and statements that are so universal and relatable.

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