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Peanuts Youre a Good Man Charl

Kevin Brando , Michael Dockery , Sam Jaimes    Unrated   DVD
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Clark Gesner's musicalization of Charles Schulz's "Peanuts" comic strips was a hit off-Broadway in 1967 and on Broadway in 1999. This video presents 49 minutes of the show, combining the familiar look of "Peanuts" animated television specials with Gesner's charming skits and songs, including the title tune, Snoopy's ode to eating "Suppertime," the Beethoven adaptation "Schroeder," the baseball yarn "T-E-A-M," and the sweet-as-a-warm-puppy anthem "Happiness." It should be noted that Gesner's clever score, while inspired by the actual strips, is aimed at a slightly older viewing audience than are most "Peanuts" videos, and that these young voices occasionally strain to keep up with its demands. Still, it's solid entertainment, and for anyone who performed the show in school and wishes there were a stage performance recorded on video, this is the next best thing. --David Horiuchi

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4.0 out of 5 stars You can sing and dance, Charlie Brown! June 3 2013
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If you like the Peanuts characters singing and dancing, then this is the movie for you!

For the average movie viewer this may seem tedious and over rated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Until We Get a Live Action Version, This Will Certainly Do Jan. 28 2010
By Mark Baker - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this musical, so naturally getting this DVD was a no brainer. While the content is taken from the Broadway musical, the animation and the voices are in keeping with the Peanuts TV specials and movies. Translation? They've got little kids and adequate animation.

But that's not a huge problem for me because I love what is here. The emphasis seems to be on the songs with only a little bit of dialogue between them. But since the musical is a collection of vignettes and not a complete story, that certainly works.

And I love some of the songs here. "T-E-A-M" is funny and sad. "Book Report," which finds the gang attempting to write a report on Peter Rabbit, and "Glee Club," which presents a hilarious but not necessarily harmonious take on "Home on the Range" provide the best laughs.

With the emphasis being on the songs, many of the other bits get cut or left out. There is one section that deals with Valentine's Day. And they've got Charlie Brown's classic monologue about lunch time. But I do wonder why they left out Snoopy's fight with the Red Barron.

Speaking of Snoopy, he does get a voice here. No, he doesn't talk to the kids, but he does sing his two classics from the show, "Snoopy" and "Suppertime."

The DVD only contains this 48 minute special. Seems like they could have put something else on here. The 15 minute documentary on the musical and how it became a special is a little too short and scattered to truly tell us much, but there are a few interesting nuggets in there.

Personally, I would love to get a live action version of the show, preferably from after the revival so we can get my favorite song. But until that happens, this will certainly entertain.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music, Great Fun Jan. 28 2010
By E. Chris Caggiano - Published on Amazon.com
Some musicals just stick with you. Of all the shows I've seen, performed in, read about, or lectured about, there are few that hold the emotional pull of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. I'm sure part of it is because of my affection for the Peanuts comic strip itself, but I also love the sweet, tuneful simplicity of Clark Gesner's songs, and the wry wit of the Charles Schulz vignettes that form the spine of the show. The 1999 Broadway revival of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown left me cold, mostly because it was trying to jazz things up and expand the show, and seemed to lose sight of what made the show appealing in the first place.

Now we have the 1985 animated special on DVD. I remember watching it when it first aired and being less than impressed, but when I popped in the DVD upon its arrival, I was thoroughly delighted. The special has the polished look and feel of the 1970s Charlie Brown specials, as opposed to some of the later specials that seemed a bit slapdash.

Because it needed to fit into an hour-long TV slot, the show has been cut down quite a bit, removing some rather fun numbers, such as Linus's "My Blanket and Me" and Snoopy's "The Red Baron." But what's left is charming, and very engagingly animated. I actually laughed out loud at some of the clever bits. There was something about seeing the actual Snoopy, as opposed to an adult in a white turtle neck, that made his parts a bit more effective. And including Woodstock, particularly during the song "Snoopy," was an inspired touch.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Little Disc Feb. 3 2011
By James Daniels "Jack" - Published on Amazon.com
As long as you know what you're getting, you'll get a pleasant disc. We get the entire hour-long "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" TV special from 1987. It was a nice adaptation, but the kid's singing voices get annoying. It would have been a great chance to get "Snoopy: The Musical" on here, but we get the same amount of content as all discs. The bonus feature documentary was enjoyable also.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Peanuts special based on the Broadway musical Oct. 24 2010
By Lesley Aeschliman - Published on Amazon.com
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a Peanuts special that was released in 1985 that's based on a Broadway musical of the same name. Since it's based on a musical, there's a lot of songs that accompany vignettes, rather than being a special with one storyline. There are some classic songs in this production, such as "Book Report" and "Happiness." While this may not be a "typical" Peanuts special, it's an enjoyable viewing, especially if you enjoy musicals.

This DVD includes a remastered version of the special, as well as a documentary titled, "Animating a Charlie Brown Musical." The documentary goes throug the 20-year history of the Clark Gesner album that evolved into an off-Broadway hit that became the basis for this special. The documentary was interesting to watch, and I learned a bit about this special from watching it. Admittedly, the documentary won't have much appeal for any kids watching this DVD, but it's a nice bonus for the adults who watch it.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD that my husband and I purchased.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic , Feb. 21 2014
By Doris - Published on Amazon.com
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Very catchy songs. We got this for my autistic daughter b/c we will be going to see the play in a few weeks and I wanted her to be familiar with the songs and story. The adults, teens and kids loved it.
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