Hey folks, Valkor here. And a Merry Christmas to one and all. I Hope everyone gets what they want from Santa this year, and if you don't get it, then "shame on you", you know what you did to piss off the big man. But the folks at Warner Home have hit up the Val-Cave with a wonderful Christmas treat, in the form of a Charlie Brown DVD. So I guess that means we've been extra good this year... I think. No, it's not the one with the limp tree that gets a sprucing. This one is catered more towards the fans of the comic strip series titled "Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales".
The Peanuts gang come together to spread their form of holiday cheer. With this DVD you get a panel opening showcasing different characters from the strip, each with their own take of the holiday. For example: Charlie Brown writes a letter to the little red-head girl, Linus has his own Christmas crush, but she's a bit too much to handle, Lucy tries to win over Schroeder... and Santa Claus, Snoopy gets a job, and Sally confuses Santa Claus with "Samantha Claus". Nice. Oh and did you know that "Sweet Baboo" isn't just a name that Sally calls Linus? It actually runs in the Brown family. Who knew?
The disc also contains the episode "Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown", where the Van Pelts are moving. And now the gang is dealing with it in their own way. For instant Charlie Brown is losing his best friend Linus, Schroeder has second thoughts about not saying good-bye to Lucy, and Sally simply doesn't accept the fact that her "Sweet Baboo" is gone. But not to worry, it has a nice happy ending… well maybe not for Peppermint Patty or Sally.
The only other features on the disc are trailers for other Charlie Brown specials. So let's jump to it.
It's a Charlie Brown Christmas DVD that feels like the comic strip come to life, right down to the jokes. It's quick, easy to watch, and lots of that Charles Schulz, Peanuts gang humor that you'll enjoy. No Charlie Brown getting the football snatched from under him before he kicks it, no Charlie Brown tryin to win over the little red-haired girl, or tree eating his kite, everything is happy and christmasy. And the Good-bye ep is a nice added touch, though not a holiday short, it's still fun to watch.
There could have been a third episode tossed on there. Two shorts and trailers? Meh!
Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales makes a great addition in your holiday film rotation. Make it a part of your Christmas – every year! And out of TOV 5 stars, I give this DVD a 4 and it's been Valkor tested, TOV Approved. Happy Holidays!