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Mainstream - It's The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown - Mom Reviewed

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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

It's the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown is the classic Charles Schultz Peanuts TV special brought to DVD.  There are two episodes on this DVD - the Easter special and Arbor Day special.

Linus is the focus of the Easter special, as he tries to convince everyone that the Easter Beagle will visit all good girls and boys and deliver Easter eggs to them.  This is met with much skepticism, and the children don't believe him.  Two side stories in this episode: Snoopy helps Woodstock find a new house, and Peppermint Patty tries to teach Marcie how to make Easter eggs.  The Arbor Day special is about looking after the planet starting with your own backyard (or baseball diamond as the case may be).

The Easter special is a great episode for kids.  Great lessons abound in the ~25 minute show, from having faith (yes the Easter Beagle does come), to having patience (eggs should not be poached before decorating them), to realizing that not everything works out the way it should (Charlie Brown loses again).  The Arbor Day special is equally good, with the Peanuts gang taking responsibility for their surroundings, and planting (too many) trees. 

My whole family enjoyed the timelessness of Charlie Brown.  The calm, jazzy music that plays along, the sincere and logical speech of young kids is magnetic, and draws you in.  Amusingly, even in 1974 (when this was originally produced) Christmas was seen as commercial - as the gang goes shopping in a department store, to find that there are only 246 days left until Christmas (we all got a laugh out of that one at our house!, this speaks again to the enduring nature of Charles Schultz

One quick note, the "In Full Bloom" featurette has some ‘spoiler' information for little kids is given out - about Santa and the tooth fairy...

This is a great DVD for kids of all ages (even the older ones who watched this the first time it came out in the ‘70's), with a good message throughout.

Carolyn Genge

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