Happiness is...Peanuts: Snow Days Review

It’s hard to count the number of Peanuts releases now available on DVD, and even should you succeed, every year new single-serving DVD releases will inevitably throw you off. This time around they’re being released in a collection called “Happiness is…Peanuts” which has two brief doses of Peanuts usually aligned with a particular theme; in the case of Snow Days, it’s winter. The barebones release has an episode from The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show broken up into three little vignettes and the 1980 TV special She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown. The Peanuts cartoons are still cute and filled with one-liners, so what’s not to love? Quite simply: the piece-meal DVD release.

The episode of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show sees the Peanuts gang preparing for a Christmas play, Sally’s pining for Linus (aka her “Sweet Baboo”) on Valentine’s Day, and Peppermint Patty’s story about Snoopy. The TV special sees Peppermint Patty training for a figure skating contest and all the people she ropes in to help her out.

Granted, Warner Brothers has yet to release the entirety of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show on a format newer than VHS, but that’s no excuse to just release the episodes one-by-one on DVD releases like this. Hold out for the full thing. As for the TV special, assuming Warner Brothers continues with its Peanuts collections organized by decades, then why not just wait for the 80s collection? Either way, neither the episode from the show nor the TV special are anything phenomenal and it’s pretty clear that any real fans of the Peanuts series would do well to wait for a better constructed release for each.

DVD Bonus Features

It should come as no surprise that this bare minimum DVD release has no extras at all.

"Happiness is...Peanuts: Snow Days" is on sale October 18, 2011 and is not rated. Animation, Children & Family, Comedy. Directed by Phil Roman. Written by Charles M. Schulz. Starring Bill Melendez, Arrin Skelley, Casey Carlson, Patricia Patts.

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