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I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown, Rerun VanPelt, Linus VanPelt
2 cartoons 1 DVD
Warner Home Entertainment 2009

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown DVD features two Charlie Brown seasonal cartoons. The other is Happy New Year, Charlie Brown. I Want a Dog for Christmas (2003) is 41 minutes long, making it longer than your average cartoon in this collection. This is a family DVD the kids might enjoy though the original magic is not really there anymore. The bonus episode is Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (1986).

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I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown is obviously the animated adaptation of the Charles Schultz strips. You can almost see the three or four panel segments with the punchline in the fourth. The animation here is of course beyond reproach but the story does take a while and meanders a lot; something that will probably test the younger kids’ attention and interest.

The title episode of this Charlie Brown DVD focuses on Rerun VanPelt, Lucy and Linus’ little brother. Rerun wants a dog for Xmas but his mother is against it. Rerun must also deal with being the youngest of a very weird family, something I know something about, and this is part of the story.

The second feature on I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown is Happy New Year, Charlie Brown. This is the standard 30-minute cartoon format. Charlie Brown has to read War and Peace and write a book report over the holidays. Marcie is having a New Year’s Eve party where boys ask girls. The episode also reveals the name of the red haired girl Charlie Brown is in love with.

Neither cartoon on this family DVD is great but both are decent enough.

The special feature is Sibling Rivalry: Growing Up VanPelt.

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