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 Bill Melendez
Phil Roman (co-director)
Produced by
Written by Charles M. Schulz
Based on Peanuts
by Charles M. Schulz
  • Arrin Skelley
  • Daniel Anderson
  • Patricia Patts
  • Casey Carlson
  • Annalisa Bortolin
  • Laura Planting
  • Bill Melendez
Music by
Edited by
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • 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 and Laserdisc in 1995 in 4:3 format, and released it to DVD (cropped to widescreen) 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.


At Charlie Brown's school, Linus Van Pelt introduces to his class two French students, Babette and Jacques, who will be spending two weeks there 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 their school year. However, Charlie Brown is not very positive about the trip because of a letter from France that arrived before his departure, which invites him to stay at a French chateau, the Château du Mal Voisin (House of the Bad Neighbor). (The chateau is a real place; Charles Schulz stayed there while serving in the Second World War.[3]) 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, where the beagle gets banned from the grounds when he loses his temper after a dispute with the referee over a judgement call of the ball being in or out. 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. 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 is 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, Snoopy, and Woodstock 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 reality, the chateau is owned by an unfriendly baron, and the person leaving Charlie Brown and Linus food is the baron's kindly niece, Violette Honfleur.

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

Thankful for the chateau's rescue, the baron has a change of heart and allows the gang inside, and Charlie Brown learns the truth behind the mysterious letter he received from Violette, and he, Snoopy, Linus, Patty, and Marcie leave their new friends to see more of the French countryside, and eventually return home to the United States.



The film had a mostly positive reception.[4][5]

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