Release Date: January 24, 2017
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7/10
Experience Peanuts like never before with this beautifully animated series that captures the adventures of Charlie Brown, his lovable beagle, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang. The first new animated Peanuts cartoon series in over 10 years, Peanuts by Schulz: Snoopy Tales presents viewers with stories from the original, print comic strips, told through a series of beautifully animated vignettes. Whether pestering Charlie Brown for a snack, battling Linus for his blanket or snoozing the day away with Woodstock, Snoopy once again proves that he’s not your ordinary dog. Peanuts by Schulz: Snoopy Tales is sure to captivate both new and long-time Peanuts fans alike.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
Gather the kids and prepare for some wholesome animated fun that the entire family should be able to enjoy together. ‘Peanuts By Schulz: Snoopy Tales’ brings home a collection of animated shorts from the new animated series ‘Peanuts By Schulz’ centering primarily on the daily misadventures of Snoopy and his trusty companion Woodstock. Laugh, relax and just enjoy yourself as Snoopy gets into one mishap followed by another, whether it might be his repeated attempts to steal Linus’ security blanket for himself or his continued instigation of Lucy thanks to his feet which just have to dance and any other reason that might happen to tick her off that day. The 2-disc ‘Snoopy Tales’ DVD release collects 32 Snoopy centric animated episodes that fans will want to enjoy time and again.
Fellow fans of the Peanuts universe and particularly those who enjoy the new animated series will definitely want to consider picking up a copy of ‘Peanuts by Schulz: Snoopy Tales’ on DVD to add to your collection. This 2-disc DVD release collects 32 animated shorts from the new series sporting solid standard definition video presentations and enjoyable 5.1 channel Dolby Digital soundtracks on each episode. Some fans may be slightly disappointed to discover that no bonus content of any kind is included on the DVD collection, yet the solid video and audio presentations of nearly 4 hours worth of goofy and incredibly fun ‘Peanuts’ mischief alone should still make this release a definite must own for many of the diehard fans, and the households with young ones who are far more likely to watch the episodes time and again.
Overall, the hardcore Peanuts and Snoopy fans, along with the households with children who enjoy such programming will likely want to consider purchasing a copy of the ‘Peanuts By Schulz: Snoopy Tales’ collection. The 2-disc DVD release features nearly 4 hours of animated Peanuts fun spread between 2 discs for optimum quality, and providing fairly gorgeous standard definition video presentations and multichannel audio soundtracks on every episode that should have no trouble satisfying the fans who don’t mind the DVD format in general. Fellow Peanuts fans who haven’t yet had the pleasure of this new series may also want to consider looking into a rental option for the release if they are hesitant to drop the cash on a blind purchase of the DVD.
The DVD release of ‘Peanuts By Schulz: Snoopy Tales’ features a 16×9 friendly video presentation on all 32 included episodes, each utilizing the 1.78:1 aspect ratio in which they were originally broadcast. The video presentations look pretty fantastic as a whole as far as the limitations of DVD allow and deliver fairly sharp, detailed and colorful presentations on each of the included animated shorts. The episodes are split between two DVD discs for the best possible quality and reveal no notable faults of any kind within. Overall, these are quite gorgeous standard definition video presentations that look pretty wonderful for what they are and should have trouble pleasing the fans.
The DVD release includes a 384 kbps 5.1 channel Dolby Digital soundtrack on all 32 of the included animated shorts. These multichannel soundtracks provide a clean, detailed and more than capable audio presentation on every episode, with no faults of any kind noticeable throughout. They utilize all five available channels quite often in order to send the series’ unique score throughout all five speakers, although rarely do any other elements make their way into the surround channels, the basic dialogue and activity remaining primarily in the center channel. Overall, these are solid 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtracks that deliver in every way required of them and shouldn’t disappoint.
The DVD release of ‘Peanuts By Schulz: Snoopy Tales’ does not include any bonus content, simply the 32 episodes spread between two discs.