The Peanuts Kids Tackle Sports Review

Warner Brothers’ single serving DVD releases of Peanuts, known quite simply as Happiness Is…Peanuts, don’t have much to offer the devoted Schulz fans, nor are they really the best value if you’re looking to stock up on the more classic and memorable Peanuts cartoons. The thematic DVDs cover topics like “Winter” or, in this case, “Sports”, and typically have one main feature along with a few episodes of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, again in accordance with the disc’s theme.  On “Team Snoopy”, we get the Peanuts feature Lucy Must be Traded, Charlie Brown, and the following episodes of TCB&SS: “The Pelican”, “Spike”, and “Great Pumpkin”.

For the most part, the Peanuts titles are quite revealing of exactly what happens in each one. In the main feature, Lucy Must be Traded, Charlie Brown, the gang’s baseball team has a real shot of taking it all this year…except for the fact that Lucy just can’t seem to find a position that suits her. But is cutting her from the team really the right decision? Jumping into the episodes, the stories are pretty simple and have premises as easy as Charlie Brown suffering in a pelican mascot costume, Snoopy’s “cousin” facing off with the local cat, and the gang enjoying a day of bowling. The title makes sense in context, but quite a few people will inevitably see “Great Pumpkin” and think it’s the famous Halloween special – it’s not, so don’t expect to find that beloved classic on the disc.

Were it not for the hard-to-find episodes of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, it would be smarter to buy the previously released Peanuts anthologies like the 1960s Collection or the first and second volumes of the 1970s Collection.

DVD Bonus Features

There are none.

"Happiness is Peanuts: Team Snoopy" is on sale May 1, 2012 and is not rated. Animation, Comedy. Directed by Bill Melendez, Larry Leichliter. Written by Charles M. Schulz. Starring Serena Berman, Wesley Singerman.

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