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First on the disc is "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown", and this may be the one that most people are familiar with. It is almost Valentine's Day and everyone is looking forward to the day. Charlie Brown brings a briefcase with him to school because he believes this is the day that he will get mounds of valentine's cards. Linus buys a big box of chocolates for his teacher and hopes to give it to her. Sally is waiting for a valentine from Linus. Lucy wants one from Schroeder (who would presumably want one from Beethoven). The theme of Peanuts, unfortunately is unrequited love, so nobody gets what they want. Charlie Brown is so desperate for a valentine that he is willing to take a used card with the original name scratched out because Patty felt bad when nobody gave poor Charlie Brown a valentine. This is the best episode of the disc.
The second episode is "You're in Love, Charlie Brown". This episode takes Charlie Brown on the last two days of the school year and he is trying to work up his nerve to talk to the Little Red Haired Girl. He talks to Linus and complains but he never can quite work up his nerve. Once again, we have the sadness of Charlie Brown not achieving his dreams, but the episode ends on a high note. When Charlie Brown finally decides that he is going to talk to the Little Red Haired Girl, he misses the opportunity in the press of students as school ends.Read more ›
UPDATE: The second Valentine special does have it's own DVD now: "A Charlie Brown Valentine."
The story will be familiar to many youngsters. St. Valentine's Day has come round again and there is nothing in the post box for poor old Charlie Brown. No matter how many times he jumps up to that box, reaches inside, checks and re-checks, there is nothing in there for him. But the story does have a happy ending, and there is fun a-plenty along the way. Part of the charm of these stories is the way they're animated simply and with a laid back, complementary musical score. The children who provide the voices are all well cast and the action never flags.
The DVD presentation is minimal. The film is not remastered, and needs some dirt and scratches cleaned as well as the (mono) soundtrack. There are NO special features, but the Studio has given us two supporting cartoons, neither of which are quite as good as Be My Valentine. Neither the voices nor animation quite hit the mark, but they're reasonably pleasant and justify the cost of a DVD more than if just one thirty minute animation had been included
The disc starts off with "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown," which first aired in... Read more