“In this heartwarming new tale, Linus is pushed to his limits when he learns his grandmother is coming to visit and plans to rid him of his most cherished possession, his beloved security blanket. As grandma’s impending arrival looms closer, the Peanuts gang finds ways to try and help Linus lose his dependence on his fuzzy crutch.
Lucy is particularly eager to cure Linus’ emotional attachment and applies her own psychiatric techniques. Charlie Brown on the other hand does his best to help but he just does not have the heart to see Linus suffer. Snoopy constantly agitates matters because he longs to have the blanket himself. In the end, insightful Linus points out that everyone has their own type of “security blanket” and that in life, a little security is a valuable thing.”
“Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown is based directly from Peanuts strips my dad drew from the 1960s, which I personally like the best,” said Craig Schulz. “Maybe it is because I can see so much of my family life embedded in those years. In this special, we tried to show how all kids have security issues, not just Linus, and not all are as secure as one would think. We bring back Shermy, Patty, and Violet, and if you are a true Peanuts fan you will notice others that formed the foundation for Charlie Brown’s neighborhood.”
As I have said before, I love the Peanuts Gang. I was very excited to see that Happiness is a Warm Blanket Charlie Brown was a brand new movie. It has been released to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Peanuts gang. It is amazing that Peanuts has been around this long and I am looking forward see more in the years down the road.
I really had a great time watching this movie. I am a big fan of Linus and his blanket. I loved that they were the focus of this movie. In this story, the Peanuts gang is trying to help Linus lose his attachment to his blanket. His grandma is coming and does not approve of this attachment. At several points in the movie, the blanket gets ‘lost’ and hilarity ensues. I felt bad that Linus lost his blanket, but the filmmakers made it funny.
Another thing that I liked is that they brought back some of the older characters that we have not seen very often in Peanuts cartoons lately. Many kids today do not know who they are and I was excited to see them again.
This DVD has a several very interesting and entertaining special features. My favorite was Happiness Is…Finding the Right Voice. I love meeting the voice talent. The great thing is that like the originals, ALL of the voice talent in this film is done by children, no adults. These are the Special Features that are included on this Charlie Brown DVD:
- Deconstructing Schulz: From Comic Strip to Screenplay: How the Peanuts Comic Strip Was Made Into A Movie
- Happiness Is…Finding the Right Voice: Meet the Stellar Voice Cast
- 24 Frames a Second: Drawing and Animating a Peanuts Movie
- Deleted Scene featuring an introduction by Director Andy Beall
If you are a Peanuts fan, make sure that you add Happiness is a Warm Blanket Charlie Brown to your movie collection! It is available now in stores and online!
Happiness is a Warm Blanket Charlie Brown gets bragging rights!
**I received a copy of Happiness is a Warm Blanket Charlie Brown for this review.