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DVD TV Show Reviews
Peanuts Holiday Collection (It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown / A
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving / A Charlie Brown Christmas) (Deluxe Edition)
by Suzanne 11/2/08
Any child will love this set. Anyone who grew up watching
the Peanuts specials will also love it (and that's pretty much everyone under
60). This set has all of the major winter holiday specials for Halloween,
Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and then some. The shows here are remastered
digitally and look brand new.
I really enjoy watching the behind-the-scenes specials on these
disks to learn about things I didn't know before, such as the "missing scenes"
from the Christmas special. I love those "fun facts". I especially enjoyed
the Christmas one, "A Charlie Brown Christmas", since that was the first
one. They talk about how Coca-Cola asked them to make it, and how they only had
a few months, and they didn't like how it turned out (yet it was a huge hit).
Stuff like that is just so much fun to know. I also enjoyed seeing the animator,
the producer, and the people who voiced the characters when they were kids. They
told amusing anecdotes about working on the show.
Besides the specials from the 60's and 70's, they have some
other specials that they have made since, and those are enjoyable as well.
Frankly, I really enjoyed the show "It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown"
even more than the original, since they obviously had more time to work on it,
and it is more like the Peanuts strip, and also it is brand new to me.
Each disk has the old special you've heard of, plus another
newer one, plus a featurette that talks about the original show. If you
bought the original WB disks for each of these shows, you may have seen the
features already. Still, it's great to have them all in one set.
They also have CD's with the songs for the shows, and a code so
you can download them into iTunes. The set comes housed in a nice box and
artwork besides. I would definitely recommend that anyone buy this for
themselves or as a nice gift.
More info and clips!
The Peanuts Holiday Collection -
Street Date: In Stores Now
Official Site: http://www.peanutsdvd.com/
Synopsis: Collection includes newly created EC and bonus episodes. New
updated look that still maintains the integrity and feel of Classic
All the content including EC, bonus episodes, Digital content, and a
bonus CD from the following new Peanuts Deluxe Edition releases:
- A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - The Emmy Award winning Thanksgiving
classic re-mastered in an all-new Deluxe Edition! Includes newly
created EC, a bonus episode, and 2 song downloads from the Feature. New
updated look that still maintains the integrity and feel of Classic
Peanuts. Turkey, cranberries, pumpkin pie...and the Peanuts gang to share
them with. This is going to be the greatest Thanksgiving ever!
The fun begins when Peppermint Patty invites herself and her pals to
Charlie Brown's house for a REALLY big turkey party. Good grief! All our
hero can cook is cold cereal and maybe toast. Is Charlie Brown doomed? Not
when Linus, Snoopy and Woodstock chip in to save the (Thanksgiving) Day.
With such good friends, Charlie Brown - and all of us - has so many
reasons to be thankful. This Remastered Deluxe Edition with Improved
Picture and Audio is guaranteed to bring on that grateful glow. EC
includes "The Making of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" - A look at the
final installment of the Peanuts holiday trilogy and what it meant to its
creators and to us. - A Charlie Brown Christmas - The Emmy and Peabody
Award winning Christmas classic re-mastered in an all-new Deluxe Edition!
Includes newly created EC, a bonus episode, and 2 song downloads from the
Feature. New updated look that still maintains the integrity and feel of
Classic Peanuts. Christmastime is here. Happiness and cheer. And for
Peanuts fans everywhere, it just wouldn't be Christmas without this
classic holiday delight. Christmas lights may be twinkling red and green,
but Charlie Brown has the Yuletide blues. To get in the holiday spirit, he
takes Lucy's advice and directs the Christmas play. And what's a Christmas
play without a Christmas tree? But everyone makes fun of the short,
spindly nevergreen Charlie Brown brings back - until the real meaning of
Christmas works its magic once again in this Remastered Deluxe Edition
with Improved Picture and Audio.
The EC includes "A Christmas Miracle: The Making of A Charlie Brown
Christmas" - An in-depth look at how the producers brought a newspaper
comic strip to animated life in a new medium. Under intense pressure and
with many doubters, the show creators were able to create the Peanuts in a
new medium and make the show a smash success.
- It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - The critically acclaimed
Halloween classic re-mastered in an all-new Deluxe Edition! Includes
newly created EC, a bonus episode, and 2 song downloads from the Feature.
New updated look that still maintains the integrity and feel of Classic
Peanuts. Will this Halloween be the one when the Great Pumpkin comes?
Long-time believer Linus thinks so - and keeps watch all night in the
pumpkin patch to welcome him. Charlie Brown gets into the spooky spirit
too, dressing up as a ghost with more eyeholes than needed - but not
scaring up the usual kinds of Halloween loot when trick-or-treating. Never
fear, World War I fighting ace Snoopy is here to battle the Red Baron -
and in doing so, crash Violet's Halloween party and Linus's vigil as well.
Your whole family will be glad it crashed this party - a beloved perennial
boasting a new jack-o-lantern glow in this Remastered Deluxe Edition with
Improved Picture and Audio. Good grief, you can't help but have a Happy
The EC includes "We Need a Blockbuster, Charlie Brown" - Documentary
featurette focusing on the myth and tradition of the Halloween staple
Television program, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". Revealed
along the way though original interviews with the Schulz family and
producers are the pressures and challenges of following up an underdog hit
with a bigger and better TV special.
To celebrate the Holiday Season and to pair with the DVD release
of Peanuts Holiday Collection, we are sharing a great new site that will have
you creating your own holiday music, peanuts style.
The site utilizes a visual sound stage, where 4 of the Peanuts characters
(Snoopy, Schroeder, Linus, and Sally Brown) are waiting with instruments.
First select from one of 3 themes (Fall, Christmas or New Year), then one of the
songs from our available music tracks within each theme.
You can then use the "Practice" function. While the song plays, you can click
between the 4 Peanuts characters. By clicking on the character, the chosen
character will play their instrument.
When you're done practicing, choose the "Record" function. This works the same
as the "Practice" function, but a RECORDING - LIVE SESSION sign lights up and
your session is recorded - complete with the chosen song and the interactions
with the characters.
You can re-record your session as many times as you wish until you have a
perfect recording that you like.
You can send your recording onto a friend - your friend will receive an
invitation to view a "Private Peanuts Recording Session", which will allow them
to return to the site and listen to your recording.
You can also deploy a widget that contains a small demo of the experience, which
will allow others to experience limited functionality and then visit the site to
record their own Music Medley.
Fun stuff for the holidays.
Holiday Collections Clips:
FOOD FT 1:43:
TRUE MEANING FT 2:00
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