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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 Peanuts.

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 Halloween!

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.
http://www.peanutsmusicmaker.com 
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:

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http://raincloud.warnerbros.com/wbol/us/whv/med/peanuts/holidaycollection/pacbtft_food_qt_500.mov

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http://raincloud.warnerbros.com/wbol/us/whv/med/peanuts/holidaycollection/pacbtft_food_qt_56.mov

http://raincloud.warnerbros.com/wbol/us/whv/med/peanuts/holidaycollection/pacbtft_food_qt_56.smil


TRUE MEANING FT 2:00

http://raincloud.warnerbros.com/wbol/us/whv/med/peanuts/holidaycollection/phcpacbc_true_meaning_100.asx

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http://raincloud.warnerbros.com/wbol/us/whv/med/peanuts/holidaycollection/phcpacbc_true_meaning_500.asx

http://raincloud.warnerbros.com/wbol/us/whv/med/peanuts/holidaycollection/phcpacbc_true_meaning_56.asx

http://raincloud.warnerbros.com/wbol/us/whv/med/peanuts/holidaycollection/phcpacbc_true_meaning_qt_100.mov

http://raincloud.warnerbros.com/wbol/us/whv/med/peanuts/holidaycollection/phcpacbc_true_meaning_qt_100.smil

http://raincloud.warnerbros.com/wbol/us/whv/med/peanuts/holidaycollection/phcpacbc_true_meaning_qt_300.mov

http://raincloud.warnerbros.com/wbol/us/whv/med/peanuts/holidaycollection/phcpacbc_true_meaning_qt_300.smil

http://raincloud.warnerbros.com/wbol/us/whv/med/peanuts/holidaycollection/phcpacbc_true_meaning_qt_500.mov

http://raincloud.warnerbros.com/wbol/us/whv/med/peanuts/holidaycollection/phcpacbc_true_meaning_qt_500.smil

http://raincloud.warnerbros.com/wbol/us/whv/med/peanuts/holidaycollection/phcpacbc_true_meaning_qt_56.mov

http://raincloud.warnerbros.com/wbol/us/whv/med/peanuts/holidaycollection/phcpacbc_true_meaning_qt_56.smil


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