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The holidays are coming!

 

I can’t believe it’s already November. Every time I glance at the calendar I am in shock to see the actual date. Wasn’t it just summer? Didn’t school just start a week ago (or so it would seem)? It’s crazy how quickly the year passes.

My family and I are already discussing our holiday plans. We are thinking about going to New York City to see the tree at Rockefeller Center and the Christmas window displays on 5th Avenue and at Macy’.

We’d love to see the holiday show at Radio City Music Hall, but that well out of our budget.

We’re even officially un-decorated for Halloween. My husband took down all the Halloween decorations yesterday. We’re thinking about putting up the outside decorations in the next two weeks (while it’s still warm enough outside). In 3+ weeks (the day after Thanksgiving) we’ll have our Christmas tree up. Before you know it the calendar will read January 1st.

Sigh…

We love the holidays. Actually, that is an understatement. We LOVE the holidays.

We have a plethora of holiday traditions. One of those traditions is enjoying all the holiday programming, shows and movies that we possibly can.

One of our holiday favorites is the Peanuts Gang. It’s not Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter without Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Woodstock, Lucy, Sally, Peppermint Patty, Marci, Franklin and the rest of the gang.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment  recently released our beloved holiday movies (with the exception of their Easter special) for the first time on 4K Ultra HD, called the Peanuts Holiday Collection. Fans can now enjoy their favorite animated holiday classics in 4K Ultra HD resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR), for the ultimate home entertainment viewing experience.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™ disc with the episodes in 4K with HDR, and a Blu-ray™ disc and digital version of all nine specials.

Peanuts Holiday Collection 4K UHD includes the following specials:

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – This Emmy® Award-nominated special, finds the Peanuts gang outfitted in costumes, ready for trick or treating and crashing Violet’s Halloween party. Charlie Brown is in a ghost costume (with more eyeholes cut out than needed), Lucy dressed as a witch and Snoopy in a World War I flying ace costume. Linus decides to steadfastly hold vigil in the pumpkin patch as he awaits the Great Pumpkin.

It’s Magic, Charlie Brown – This bonus episode finds Snoopy putting on a show after he checks out a book on magic tricks from the library. With Marcie and Sally as his assistants, he performs many tricks (some that work and some that don’t) before an audience. The grand finale features the biggest trick of all, making Charlie Brown disappear.  To everyone’s amazement, Snoopy makes him invisible but doesn’t know how to bring Charlie Brown back. Will Snoopy find a way to reverse the trick?

Charlie Brown’s All-Stars – Nominated for two Prime Time Emmys®, in this delightful special, Charlie Brown is faced with a difficult moral dilemma; should he accept brand new uniforms and give the rest of the gang a chance to be part of an official little league baseball team even if it means that due to policy, Snoopy, Lucy, Patty, Violet and Frieda must be kicked off?

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – In this Emmy® Award-winning special, Peppermint Patty invites herself to Charlie Brown’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. Marcie and Franklin are soon added as dinner guests. Charlie Brown admits that his culinary skills are limited to “cold cereal and maybe toast.”  Snoopy and Woodstock transform the ping-pong table in the backyard into a dinner table.   As the guests arrive, they are each served two slices of buttered toast, some pretzel sticks, popcorn and jelly beans. Peppermint Patty is outraged at the meal and berates Charlie Brown until embarrassed and dejected, he leaves the table and goes back into the house.

The Mayflower Voyagers – In this bonus episode from the This is America, Charlie Brown series, the Peanuts kids become pilgrims sailing to the New World aboard the Mayflower and endure the first hard winter on Plymouth Plantation.

Play It Again, Charlie Brown – Nominated for an Emmy Award ®, this special focuses on Lucy’s undying and unreciprocated love for the piano playing child prodigy, Schroeder. In an effort to win Schroeder’s affection, Lucy, under Peppermint Patty’s advice, invites him to perform in a concert at an upcoming PTA meeting.  Schroeder accepts and immediately begins rehearsing.  Lucy, delighted with Schroeder’s acceptance, thanks Peppermint Patty.  Peppermint Patty however, mentions she forgot to tell Lucy that only rock music will be featured in the program and that Schroeder won’t be able to play Beethoven.  Lucy is left in anguish, knowing Schroeder will refuse to perform anything other than classical music and tries to find a way to break the news without his dropping out of the program.

A Charlie Brown Christmas – In this Emmy® and Peabody Award winning classic, Charlie Brown is upset by how commercial the Christmas holiday has become. To coax him out of his holiday blues, Lucy suggests he direct the school’s Christmas pageant and decorate a glorious tree.  Charlie Brown concedes. The tree he finds however, is puny, prompting everyone to ridicule him.

It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown – This bonus episode is the second Christmas-themed Peanuts episode since A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Holiday preparations include Charlie Brown selling wreaths door-to-door to make extra money, Peppermint Patty sweating out an important book report and the entire crew appearing in a Christmas pageant. 

It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown – Originally broadcast in 1984, this special is comprised of several clever parodies inspired by popular early ‘80s dance trends ranging from disco to break dancing as well as a series of top 40 hit songs from the era.  It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown earned an Emmy® Award nomination for Outstanding Animated Program.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack has a suggested retail price of $44.98.

I haven’t seen a few of the episodes in this collection, such as It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown or Charlie Brown’s All-Stars. 

I’m very surprised that It’s the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown is not a part of this collection. My family and I always make sure to watch that each Easter season too.

This is a fabulous collection to add to your family’s movie library. It would also make a great gift for the Peanuts lover in you life.

You can find this and other Charlie Brown collections on the Warner Bros. Online Store.

Are you a fan of the Peanuts gang? What is your favorite holiday special?

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and “mini zoo” consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher’s assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

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