Snoopy, Come Home

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Snoopy, Come Home!
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bill Meléndez
Produced by Bill Meléndez
Lee Mendelson
Charles M. Schulz
Written by Charles M. Schulz
Based on Characters 
by Charles M. Schulz
Starring Chad Webber (Charlie Brown)
Bill Meléndez (Snoopy and Woodstock)
Robin Kohn (Lucy van Pelt)
Stephen Shea (Linus van Pelt)
David Carey (Schroeder)
Hilary Momberger (Sally Brown)
Johanna Baer (Lila)
Linda Ercoli (Clara)
Lynda Mendelson (Frieda)
Christopher DeFaria (Peppermint Patty)
Music by Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
Edited by Chuck McCann
Production
company
Distributed by National General Pictures
CBS Films (current)
Release dates
  • August 4, 1972 (1972-08-04)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1 million
Box office $245,073

Snoopy, Come Home! is a 1972 animated musical film, released by National General Pictures, produced by Cinema Center Films and Lee Mendelson Films, directed by Bill Meléndez, and based on the Peanuts comic strip. The film marks the on-screen debut of Woodstock, who had first appeared in the strip in 1966, and was the final production of Cinema Center Films.

The film was first broadcast on television Friday, November 5, 1976 as a CBS Special Film Presentation. It was released on DVD in anamorphic widescreen in the U.S. on March 28, 2006, by Paramount Home Media Distribution/CBS Home Entertainment (CBS owned Cinema Center Films, which co-produced the film). The film has not yet been released on Blu-ray.

Other than Snoopy's Reunion and Snoopy!!! The Musical, it is the only filmed Peanuts production not to have the name "Charlie Brown" in the title.

Plot[edit]

Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang go to the beach for the day. Once there, Snoopy promises to go back to the beach the next day to meet up with Peppermint Patty. After Charlie Brown has gone home to play Monopoly with the others and lands on "Go directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.00". He notices Snoopy is late, but does not take note of it. The next day, Snoopy is thrown off the beach due to a new "No Dogs Allowed on this beach" rule (thus setting a running gag in the film). Then Snoopy gets thrown out of a library due to another "No Dogs Allowed in library" rule. He then gets into a fight with Linus over his blanket, and later beats Lucy in a boxing match.

Later, Snoopy receives a letter from a girl named Lila, who has been in the hospital for three weeks for unknown reason and needs Snoopy to keep her company. Upon receiving the letter, Snoopy immediately sets off with Woodstock the bird to go see her, leaving Charlie Brown completely in the dark as to who Lila is. Linus decides to do some investigating, and discovers that Lila is Snoopy's original owner; Charlie Brown faints upon hearing this.

En route to see Lila, Snoopy and Woodstock are forced to face the challenges of a world full of signs declaring "No Dogs Allowed." Each instance - on a bus, a train, and elsewhere - is musically accented by the deep tones of Thurl Ravenscroft. The pair are briefly adopted as pets by an annoying girl (identified as Clara only in the closed-captioning), but manage to escape. Snoopy and Woodstock camp out, and play football and music while preparing dinner.

Snoopy finally reaches the hospital but again, no dogs are allowed inside. To add further insult, the hospital does not allow birds to enter either. Snoopy is foiled in his first attempt to sneak into Lila's room, but his second attempt is successful. He then keeps Lila company for the rest of her stay. Lila claims Snoopy's visit helped her to get better. She then asks Snoopy to go home with her, but he has doubts about this idea. Snoopy decides to go back home to Charlie Brown. However, upon seeing her watching him tearfully from her hospital window, Snoopy grudgingly runs back to her, which she takes as a sign that he wants to live with her. But first, he needs to return to "settle his affairs" and say goodbye. Snoopy writes a letter directing that certain items of his will be given away: Linus is given his croquet set and chess set, while Schroeder receives Snoopy's record collection.

The kids throw Snoopy a large, tearful going-away party, each one bringing a gift. The kids closest to Snoopy get up to say a few words in his honor. But when it is Charlie Brown's turn to speak, he is overwhelmed to the point of silence. After he gives Snoopy his present, he finally cries out in pain with Snoopy doing likewise. When crying, Charlie Brown sounds like a fire truck siren. The rest of the gang, even Lucy, eventually follows suit when Schroeder plays "It's A Long Way To Tipperary" on his piano after Snoopy opens his mountain of presents (every single gift is a bone).

After Snoopy leaves, Charlie Brown is unable to sleep or eat. When Snoopy arrives at Lila's apartment building the next day, he sees a sign next to the front door that says "No dogs allowed in this building". Lila arrives and Snoopy is reluctantly introduced to her pet cat. Snoopy shows Lila the sign, which releases him from his obligation to Lila. He then leaves Lila behind and joyfully returns to Charlie Brown and the others.

Back home, the children are overjoyed to see Snoopy return, carrying him on high to his dog house. Once there, Snoopy demands that the kids return the items he had given them before he left, turning their feelings to annoyance. The gang then leaves Charlie Brown and Snoopy together, then Charlie Brown walks crossly away. The film ends with end credits being typed out by Woodstock as Snoopy dictates.

Cast[edit]

Patty, Pig-Pen, Violet, Franklin, Shermy, Roy, and 5 have silent roles

Reception[edit]

Snoopy, Come Home was a box office bomb at the time of its original release; it made back only $245,073 of the $1 million budget. However, it was well-received by critics. It received a positive review in The New York Times, which said: "This sprightly, clever and hilarious treat - all that a comic strip could be on the screen - is even better than A Boy Named Charlie Brown, which began the series."[1] The film currently holds an 89% 'fresh' rating on review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

The film has since become a success due to multiple airings on television in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as video and DVD sales. In some telecasts of the film, some of the fight scenes between Snoopy, Linus and Lucy were edited out, as was Sally's discovery of a copy of the book Sambo in the library.

The film's theme of loss made it have as much sadness as any animation centering on Charlie Brown. Snoopy and Charlie Brown's parting, Charlie Brown's inability to cope without his friend, and Snoopy's farewell to his former owner Lila are often pointed out as poignant moments in the history of Peanuts.[3]

Snoopy speaks[edit]

Snoopy, Come Home! marked the first time Snoopy's thoughts are fully communicated to the audience outside of the comic strip. This was achieved by having his typed correspondences appear at the top of the frame, giving the viewer full access to his thoughts. Previously, Schulz had opted to mute Snoopy entirely, except for inflected squealing and growling. Snoopy's thought balloons, though overt in the strip, are not translated in the animated projects.

Music score[edit]

Snoopy, Come Home! was the only Peanuts animated project produced during Vince Guaraldi's lifetime (1928-1976) that did not contain a musical score by the noted jazz composer. Guaraldi had composed all the previous Peanuts animated television specials as well as the debut feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown. Music for this film was instead provided by the Sherman Brothers, who had composed some of the music used in various Disney films & theme park attractions and later worked on the composed in Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland. Schulz said this was an experiment, as he had wanted to have more of a commercial "Disney" feel to Snoopy, Come Home. Schulz later said he would have utilized Guaraldi's services for the third Peanuts feature, Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, had the composer not died suddenly in 1976.[citation needed] A soundtrack was released by Columbia Records, but is now out of print. Trombone: Wilbur Sudmier. Wilbur Sudmier also played all of the adult voices for Peanuts utilizing a plunger with the Trombone.

Songs[edit]

  1. "Snoopy, Come Home"
  2. "Lila's Theme" (Do You Remember Me?) - Lila (Shelby Flint)
  3. "At The Beach" - Orchestra and Chorus
  4. "No Dogs Allowed!" - Thurl Ravenscroft
  5. "The Best Of Buddies" - Don Ralke and Ray Pohlman
  6. "Fundamental-Friend-Dependability" - Clara (Linda Ercoli)
  7. "Woodstock's Samba" - Woodstock and Orchestra
  8. "Charlie Brown's Caliope (sic)" - Orchestra
  9. "Gettin' It Together" - Don Ralke and Ray Pohlman
  10. "It Changes" - Charlie Brown (Guy Pohlman)
  11. "The Best Of Buddies" (Reprise) - Don Ralke, Ray Pohlman and Chorus
  12. "Snoopy, Come Home" (Reprise, Finale) - Orchestra and Chorus

Awards[edit]

The film won a CEC Award for Best Children's Film.

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