'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'
(Kevin Brando, Michael Dockery, Brad Kesten, Jeremy Scott Reinbolt, Tiffany Reinbolt, et al / DVD / NR / (1987) 2010 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: In You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, the Peanuts gang perform the various comedy sketches from the original live-action musical. Charlie Brown's friends each describe him.
DVD Verdict: I fell in love with"You're A Good Man Charlie Brown!" when the local theatre did the stage version. I found out soon after that there was an animated version on video. The show is amazing. With cute and funny songs like "The Kite" and "The Book Report," to touching and sweet songs like "The Baseball Game" and "Happiness," "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown!" should have a place in everyone's heart.
I actually own the CD soundtrack from the 60's play (with Gary Burghoff from "M*A*S*H* as Charlie Brown). I used to sing with the songs all the time. The highlights are the main title, and anything done by Snoopy. "Queen Lucy" and "Oh Give Me a Home" are funny points. All in all, this is one of the best Peanuts cartoons that have ever been made.
And, again, for the record, this isn't a plot-driven cartoon like all the others. And, in truth, hearing the peanuts gang belt out heartfelt tunes like they were in a junior high talent show just might not feel right - like it just didn't seem to fit their characters or something.
But, each to their own and if you allow it to be, you will love this musical created just for diehard Peanuts fans. This is a Full Screen presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with an all-new featurette: Animating a Charlie Brown Musical.