Like most folks, I grew up on the Charlie Brown TV specials. What kid hasn’t looked forward to seeing “The Great Pumpkin”? Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown was made more recently then the more notable Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween episodes. The whole Peanuts gang is there and so is most of the charm. The idea just isn’t as compelling; it comes off rather forced. Still, it’s always fun to visit the world of Charles Schultz.
Poor Charlie Brown is dreading another Valentine’s Day. Will he get any cards this year? Will he finally have the nerve to talk to the little red haired girl?
The audio’s pretty simple here, folks. It’s 1970’s TV cartoon fare and that should tell you what to expect. We’re talking mono. There is a bit of high-end distortion.
There’s good news and bad news here. The good news: It’s just like you remembered it. The bad news: It’s just like you remembered it. The print shows signs of the years of wear. Colors are still bright and true to the original presentations. The format is full screen, which must be expected for a made-for-TV cartoon.
There are actually two more Valentine related 25-minute cartoons included on the DVD. “You’re In Love, Charlie Brown” is a late 60’s special about Charlie Brown’s struggles with his feelings for the little red haired girl. “It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown” is the most recent of the episodes and was taken from the old ABC Saturday morning weekly show. There is a game that ties in with other DVD releases.
Like the box says, “For children of all ages”. If you don’t like Charlie Brown, all I can say is, “Good Grief”.