The Peanuts gang always had some cute adventures but no one would ever accuse them of being the most happiest of shows with "Good Ol" Charlie Brown usually being put through the ringer emotionally by his peers. We see him miss out on his love, the little red haired girl or not getting any valentines or getting rocks at Halloween but nothing-NOTHING as cruel as what this movie provides. The departure of a best friend.
The film is about Lila, a girl who used to own Snoopy writing a letter to him asking to live with her again and Snoopy takes it upon himself to travel back to his old master. Charlie Brown doesn't take this news well at all and after a going away party is thrown in Snoopy's honor, Snoopy is off to travel the country side and be with Lila again. Charlie Brown however remains lonely and cannot shake the emptiness away that his best friend is now gone no matter what the other Peanuts gang say or do to help him.
The movie is sad and like many Peanuts productions doesn't pull it's punches or talk down to it's audience. This has got to be one of those movies that kids must see at a young age to help prepare them for an unenviable truth. The idea that your best friend can and will leave one day is something that every child needs to know about and be ready for but hopefully never experience.
The rest of the movie is traditional Peanuts fare with lush colors and it's snappy music though Vince Guaraldi is sadly absent the more emotional songs and music played only work to further the drama and feelings conveyed.
Snoopy, Come Home to this day can make me cry. It's a very sad movie and even though it has it's whimsical moments the deeper meaning still resonates. The ending while never in real doubt with a message replayed throughout the movie is not simply a matter of returning things to the status quo either. It is funny how a small little movie like this can pack such an emotional impact. Can you imagine how heady dramas would be is they were like Snoopy, Come Home?
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