A CHARLIE BROWN VALENTINE is the first aired on tv in February 2002. It was the first "Peanuts" special produced after Schulz's death. It's basically a retreading of BE MY VALENTINE, CHARLIE BROWN. Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and Charlie Brown longs to give a Valentine to the Little Red-Haired Girl and ask her to the Valentine's Day dance. In the meantime, Peppermint Patty and Marcie try to get Charlie to ask them to the dance. Lucy pesters Schroeder and Sally keeps annoying Linus by referring to him as her "sweet baboo". The style and theme of A CHARLIE BROWN VALENTINE is quite similar to the original classic tv specials even though this was the first "Peanuts" special to use digital animation. A big difference between A CHARLIE BROWN VALENTINE and many other "Peanuts" specials is that it has a special treat at the very end.
Also included on this DVD is the special SOMEDAY YOU'LL FIND HER, CHARLIE BROWN which was first broadcast on tv in 1981. While watching the Super Bowl on tv, Charlie Brown catches a glimpse of a beautiful girl he believes is his one true love. With Linus in tow, the two set out on a wild goose chase throughout the city looking for the mysterious girl that Charlie briefly saw for a few seconds on tv. They travel to the stadium and from home to home until eventually located the girl. I don't ever remember seeing SOMEDAY YOU'LL FIND HER, CHARLIE BROWN and there's probably a reason for that. I haven't seen all of the "Peanuts" tv specials, but I've seen most of them and I've been a lifelong fan of "Peanuts". Out of all the appearances I've ever seen of Charlie Brown, his behavior in SOMEDAY YOU'LL FIND HER, CHARLIE BROWN isn't typical. Charlie Brown occasionally has a crazy idea, but they are crazy ideas that are usually grounded; good old Chuck is known for his consistency. In SOMEDAY YOU'LL FIND HER, CHARLIE BROWN he acts completely out of character. He sees a girl on tv at the Super Bowl and goes insane in a type of mad-love rage. It's very unlike his character. Perhaps the reason for all of this is that unlike many "Peanuts" tv specials, SOMEDAY YOU'LL FIND HER, CHARLIE BROWN is not based upon any of the "Peanuts" comics.
Overall, A CHARLIE BROWN VALENTINE isn't a bad DVD. It's something that fans of "Peanuts" will enjoy. It's also an interesting DVD to own because of its pairing of a good "Peanuts" special and one that isn't so good.
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