Being a rather big fan of Charles Schulz’s “Charlie Brown” franchise, it was of most interest to me to watch the often talked about “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” a production that I’d often heard about in the past and yet could never quite watch. Finally it’s on Deluxe DVD and it’s a pretty darn good representation.
With improved sound and sharp picture Clark Gesner’s music has never been more refined. Based on the hit Broadway musical that’s been revived again and again over the decades, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” doesn’t just focus on the perpetually misunderstood one but on his friends whom are all struggling through what he is for once. With Valentine’s Day coming, Charlie finds himself wishing he was being given a card by one of his friends and hoping for a secret admirer. Much like the musical the entire story is broken down in to various segments that bring its focus on to different scenarios that allow the music to roar over the speakers. Gesner’s music is quite catchy and makes for of the most interesting moments in the special.
We’re able to see Charlie and his friends try to write an essay on “Peter Rabbit,” we watch Charlie ask his pen pal to visit him, and of course explore the mind of Snoopy as he continues dreaming of appreciation from his comrades and continues to feel very under-appreciated. “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” is a beautifully animated adaptation of the Broadway play and features some rather excellent moments including Lucy’s attempts to pad her “Peter Rabbit” essay by repeating the same words over and over, Lucy’s envisioning of her married life with Schroeder, and of course Lucy and Lionus’s argument over a pencil while singing “Where the Buffalos Roam.”
And I never thought it would be possible but Robert Towers gives Snoopy a proper internal voice and steals the show in nearly all of his moments shared with the kids. As most of the “Charlie Brown” movies, this guarantees many genuinely entertaining and laugh out loud moments and paired with the sharp musical numbers, this definitely lives up to its reputation. I’m glad I was finally able to catch “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” because it’s a guaranteed good time with a sharp restoration, great voice acting, and some of the best musical numbers I’ve heard in years. If you’re a fan of Charlie Brown, this is highly suggested.