Introduce your kids to Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts characters as they help their pal Linus break free from his attachment to his security blanket in “Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown,” the first new Peanuts special in five years.
The DVD, produced by Warner Premiere, is on sale March 29, for $19.98.
In this heartwarming new tale, Linus is pushed to his limits when he learns his grandmother is coming to visit and plans to rid him of his most cherished possession, his beloved security blanket. As grandma’s impending arrival looms closer, the Peanuts gang finds ways to try and help Linus lose his dependence on his fuzzy crutch.
“Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown” was conceived to stay true to the characters’ emotion and original look of the strip while still producing a new story, with Charles Schulz’s work at its heart.
Craig Schulz, son of the Peanuts creator, served as one of the executive producers and writers of the film along with Stephen Pastis, who wrote the special as well. Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo composed the score. It was directed by animator Andy Beall (“Up,” “Ratatouille”) and Frank Molieri (“The Simpsons Movie,” “SpongeBob SquarePants Movie”).
“Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown is based directly from Peanuts strips my dad drew from the 1960s, which I personally like the best,” said Craig Schulz. “Maybe it is because I can see so much of my family life embedded in those years. In this special, we tried to show how all kids have security issues, not just Linus, and not all are as secure as one would think. We bring back Shermy, Patty, and Violet, and if you are a true Peanuts fan, you will notice others that formed the foundation for Charlie Brown’s neighborhood.”
Original DVD special features include
- Happiness is … Finding the Right Voice
- 24 Frames a Second: Drawing and Animating a Peanuts Movie
- Deconstructing Schulz: From Comic Strip to Screenplay
- Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown Deleted Scene
The animated special will be launched with a gala event/fundraiser, which is open to the public, on March 31 at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif.