Perhaps news that two films featuring Charles Schulz's beloved Peanuts gang will be released on DVD in March isn't that exciting to most readers, but then there are people like myself who could go on for hours about the sublime and truly amazing legacy the son of a barber from St. Paul, Minnesota left behind. Both A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969) and Snoopy Come Home (1972), each released in theaters a few years after A Charlie Brown Christmas and It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown aired on television, will be available in digital versatile style on March 28. A Boy Named Charlie Brown follows Chuck as he ventures to the big city to compete in a spelling bee. In Snoopy Come Home, Snoopy visits his former owner but then feels obligated to stay with her. It also marks the first animated appearance of Franklin and Woodstock. Beyond being just simple animated features, they serve as examples of just how well Schulz and his partners Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez did in translating the pain, social awkwardness and unrequited love inherent in the comic strip to film and television.
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