Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!!)

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Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown
(and Don't Come Back!!)
Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!!).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by
Written by Charles M. Schulz
  • Arrin Skelley
  • Daniel Anderson
  • Patricia Patts
  • Casey Carlson
  • Annalisa Bortolin
  • Laura Planting
  • Bill Melendez
Music by
  • Ed Bogas
  • Judy Munsen
  • Additional:
  • Doug Goodwin
Edited by
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • May 30, 1980 (1980-05-30)
Running time
76 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2 million[1]

Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!!) is a 1980 American animated comedy-drama film produced by United Feature Syndicate and distributed by Paramount Pictures, directed by Bill Melendez and Phil Roman. It was the fourth full-length feature film to be based on the Peanuts comic strip, and was followed three years later by a 1983 television special, What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?, in which the gang sees memorials and places related to World Wars I and II. It also use the same voice cast that worked on the 1979 Peanuts television special You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown. This film contains a rare occurrence where the adults appear on screen, including having their faces entirely visible, as well as speaking comprehensible lines.

Paramount Home Entertainment released this film on VHS in 1995, and released it to DVD on October 6, 2015.[2]

This film came three years after Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown. The fifth Peanuts film, simply titled The Peanuts Movie came 35 years later, in 2015.


The story begins with Linus introducing to his class two French students named Babette and Jacques, who will be spending two weeks at Charlie Brown's school in order to get accustomed the United States. In exchange Charlie Brown, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Snoopy and Woodstock head to Europe on a student exchange plan for part of the school year. Charlie Brown is not very positive about the trip because of a letter from France that arrived before he left, inviting him to stay at a French chateau, the Château du Mal Voisin (Chateau of the Bad Neighbor). The letter is written in French, but Marcie, who has been studying French, translates it.

They arrive first in London, where Snoopy leaves the group temporarily to play tennis at Wimbledon. When they arrive across the English Channel in France, they pick up a troublesome rental car, which must be driven by Snoopy as none of the others have a drivers' licence. (Neither does Snoopy, but nobody questions that.)

Upon their arrival, the four go to their respective homes. Patty and Marcie go to stay at a farm, where they meet a boy named Pierre, who immediately attracts their attention. It's obvious that Marcie and Pierre have a spark between them - obvious to everyone except Patty, who manages to convince herself that Pierre likes her. Charlie Brown, Linus, and Snoopy go to the chateau, which they find is apparently abandoned, though somebody keeps leaving food for them and making their beds after they leave for school. (In fact, during their first night, they went to sleep covering themselves in clothing from their luggage, but woke up with pillows, blankets and a breakfast laid out for them.) In reality, the chateau is occupied by an unfriendly baron, and the person leaving Charlie Brown and Linus food is the baron's kindly niece, Violette.

Eventually Linus manages to track her down and demand what is going on. Violette says that although her uncle is mean spirited, she must remember what a US Army soldier had done for her family by helping them out in the Second World War. Violette shows Linus a picture of the soldier, and he comments that the soldier looks like Charlie Brown and it's revealed that the soldier is Charlie Brown's grandfather. They continue to investigate further, the mystery culminating in an accidental fire in the attic of the chateau, doused before too much damage occurs.

At the end of the movie the Baron, thankful they saved the chateau, has a change of heart and allows the gang inside, and Charlie Brown learns the truth behind the mysterious letter he received, and he, Snoopy, Linus, Patty and Marcie leave their new friends to see more of the French countryside, and eventually return home to the US.

Plot Inconsistency[edit]

At the beginning, when Charlie Brown and Linus are cheered for being accepted as delegates from his school to go to France, Peppermint Patty is shown as one of his friends who congratulates him. Later, she calls Chuck and tells him that she and Marcie were selected from their school to go.



The film had a mostly positive reception.[3][4]

Music crew[edit]

Production crew[edit]

  • Written and Created by: Charles M. Schulz
  • Executive Producer: Al Brodax
  • Produced by: Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez
  • Music by: Ed Bogas and Judy Munsen
  • Directed by: Bill Melendez
  • Co-Directed by: Phil Roman
  • Additional Music by: Doug Goodwin
  • Designed by: Evert Brown, Bernard Gruver, Dean Spille, Lance Nolley
  • Animation by: Sam Jaimes, Hank Smith, Al Pabian, Joe Roman, Ed Newmann, Utit Choomuang, Larry Huber, Graham Place, Morey Reden, Dave Tendlar, Bill Littlejohn, Bob Carlson, Dale Baer, Spencer Peel, Larry Leichliter, Sergio Bertolli, Hank Tucker, Abner Kneitel, Lloyd Vaughan, Margaret Nichols
  • Checking: Carole Barnes, Eve Fletcher, Jane Gonzales
  • Ink and Paint Supervisor: Joanne Lansing
  • Ink and Paint: Joanne Lansing, Emalene Seutter, Lee Guttman, Joan Pabian, Julie Maryon, Lee Hoffman, Ginny Hansard, Pat Capozzi, Marie White, Sue Rowan, Adele Lenart, Valerie Green, Karin Stover, Micky Kreyman, Chandra Poweris, Roubina Babajanian, Charlotte Richardson, Hem Goel, Louise Padden, Karen Webb
  • Music Editing: Roger Donley
  • Music Recordist: Wally Heider
  • Negative Cutting: Alice Keillor
  • Cameramen: Thomas Baker, Bill Kent
  • Production Manager: Carole Barnes
  • Production Assistants: Lora Sackett, Martha Grace, Sandy Claxton Arnold
  • Camera: Nick Vasu, Inc.
  • Recording: Mix - Producers' Sound Service, Hollywood
  • Dialogue - Music Annex, San Francisco
  • Music - Filmways/Wally Heider, San Francisco
  • Color by: Movielab-Hollywood, Inc.


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