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Mainstream - It's The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown - Remastered Edition

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It's The Easter Beagle Charlie Brown Remastered
Originally aired 1974
Includes It's Arbor Day Charlie Brown (1976)
Warner Home Video 2008

Very few seasonal cartoons can live up to A Charlie Brown Christmas or It's The Great Pumpkin. These are all-time and family classics. There have been other cartoons based on the work of Charles M. Schulz. Some are pretty decent. The It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown remastered DVD features two such okay cartoons: the Easter cartoon and It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown.

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown lacks a bit of a central story. It basically reuses the Great Pumpkin idea - Sally even calls Linus on it-- and attaches a series of short gags around it. This episode is not up to the animation -it even reuses scenes within itself such as Snoopy buying the same birdhouse twice-- and story standard the classic cartoons have made this viewer used to. Also, Linus' voice did not work for me. There is, however, a pretty good running gag involving Marcie and eggs and the punchline to this episode is pretty good.

It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown includes Linus' little brother Rerun. The cartoon once again attaches short gags to the central theme of Arbor Day. This cartoon has more of a message to it than the previous one -probably because this is not a religious feast. Baseball and the ball field plays a central role in this episode, much more so than the importance of tree planting and so on. The story itself does not hold together but it is still rather enjoyable and there are some good moments.

The 20-minute extra feature on this Charlie Brown DVD has various strip cartoonists comment on the Shulz strip. Interesting stuff even if one of the commentators forgets this is really a cartoon or a comic strip.

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