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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Sept. 21 2010
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003T6LHWM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,041 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 1 2011
Format: DVD
For some reason, "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" has a case of middle-child syndrome -- people always think of the Christmas special or the Halloween special, but not the Thanksgiving one. That's too bad, because the this little holiday special has a certain low-key charm, as Charlie Brown once again gets in over his head while Snoopy wrestles with deck chairs.

Charlie Brown is -- of course -- depressed about the upcoming holiday. He's also planning to go with his family to his grandmother's house, as you'd expect. But then Peppermint Patty calls him, and ends up inviting herself, Marcie, and Franklin to a Thanksgiving dinner... at HIS house. Poor "Chuck" doesn't have a prayer of fending her off.

So Charlie Brown's friends agree to help out with an early Thanksgiving feast, along with the culinary skills of Woodstock and Snoopy. But with a ping-pong dinner table and a main course (buttered toast, jellybeans and popcorn) cooked by a dog and a bird, is there any chance of this being a satisfying Thanksgiving?

And then there's a bonus episode: "The Mayflower Voyages" in which the Peanuts kids travel on the Mayflower to the Americas, and chronicle the first few years of the Pilgrim colony, their cooperation with the local Indians, and the origins of Thanksgiving itself.

Perhaps the reason that "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" is often overlooked is because it does not have a powerful central message, nor does it have the absurdity of the Great Pumpkin. It's basically about a bunch of kids (and two animals) scrambling to put together a decent Thanksgiving dinner so everybody's Turkey Day won't be ruined.

And honestly, that's more than enough. There's a gentle warm charm to the story, with some understated humor ("What did you expect, a turkey card?
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Format: DVD
Unlike the timeless 5-star Christmas and Halloween classics, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving falls short. Here the gang has been transplanted from the small-town Midwest with its dark, cold fall and winters to some suburban-type setting where people can walk around in shorts in late-November.
Instead of the earnest adult-like children, we get an attempt at early-70s hip wisecracking. Further severely dating the show to 1973 is the soundtrack, typified by the horrid jazzy blues vocal number "Little Birdy" and a fight snoopy has with an animated lawn chair (segment is total filler).
The voiceovers are distracting too. Although, the actors who did the Christmas and Halloween specials were certainly well into adolescents by the time the Thanksgiving special was made, there was not even an attempt to retain any similarity when hiring the new actors (with the exception of Linus, who was voiced by the brother of the kid who did the Christmas and Halloween specials). They also sound a bit older and (perhaps as a result?)are much more wooden in their delivery.
That being said, there aren't very many Thanksgiving specials out there and it does give a short history of the holiday. It will certainly give the kids something to watch for 25 minutes during halftime.
But if you are expecting the sincerity and magic of the Christmas and Halloween specials, you will be disappointed.
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Format: DVD
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving has all the fun that you normally expect of a Charlie Brown movie. You get to see Peppermint Patty invite herself and several friends to Charlie Brown's house for Thanksgiving, and then watch him flounder about trying to deal with it. The result is a dinner of junk food ala carte.
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving DVD also comes with a second feature, Voyage of the Mayflower. This is a really great little flick that presents the Charlie Brown characters as participants in the pilgrim's voyage to the new world, their struggle to survive, and the first Thanksgiving. Parents may appreciate the educational aspects of this flick, as well as enjoy it's excellent quality.
Between the two features, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is definitely value for money. Another great feature, because the features are only 30 minutes, they can work as a great stop-gap to occupy a child for a brief period (such as while you are finishing dinner and they are getting fidgety), without having to cut short a full length movie.
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By A Customer on Nov. 8 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I know I'm sounding like an idiot, but this Charlie Brown holiday video isn't quite up to the normal standards of Peanuts products. The animation is a little off, compared to "Christmas" and "Halloween." And the character voices aren't the same familiar voices as on the other one. The plot is not very complicated, there isn't quite very much to say. There are a few "filler scenes," scenes that seem as if they were put in just to make the movie longer, since the plot wasn't very developed.
And (it must be in Snoopy's imagination), the scene with him fighting with a lawn chair is the most ridiculous thing I've seen in a Peanuts cartoon. Besides Snoopy and Woodstock being able to think like humans, Peanuts cartoons are usually realistic. But seeing a reclining chair suddenly come to life is just a little too unrealistic. There is also a song, I'm guessing it's called "Little Birdy." Since when are there songs (as in, a voice singing, that isn't one of the characters,) in a Peanuts cartoon? Strange.
This one is okay, get it just to have all the holiday videos, but don't expect anything as good as the Peanuts Christmas or Halloween videos. ...
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