‘Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don’t Come Back!!!)’ Finally Getting a DVD Release

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The Peanuts Movie, a new animated version of Charles Schulz’s iconic characters, is gearing up to hit theaters this falls. In the meantime, Parmount Home Media is finally releasing the 1980 animated film Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don’t Come Back!!!) on DVD for the first time ever on October 16th, 2016.

As they say, the Devil is in the details. Casually mentioned within the press release is something that should be distressing for fans of cinema.  The DVD is “presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions,” according to press release. But what does that mean? Well, it means that they’ve decided to snip off the top and bottom of the frame in order to make it fit fully on a widescreen TV, even though the program was originally presented in 1:33, the old aspect ratio of boxy televisions. A similar thing was done to classic episodes of The Simpsons when they started airing on FXX and the result was quite jarring.

So while I’m entirely grateful that Paramount is putting a beloved Peanuts movie on DVD for the first time, it saddens me that they’ve opted to butcher the frame to make it more appealing to the undiscerning consumer. At least give us the option to choose.

The full press release:

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Grab your passport and pack your bags because the Peanuts gang is going on their first international jaunt in *BON VOYAGE, CHARLIE BROWN (AND DON’T COME BACK!!)*, arriving on DVD for the first time ever October 16, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Released theatrically in 1980, and celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, this charming movie was the fourth feature-length film made with Charles Schulz’s beloved Peanuts characters and was a product of the long-time collaboration between Schulz, animation director Bill Melendez and producer Lee Mendelson.  Together, these three helped create all of the Peanuts animated television specials and feature films, starting with *A Charlie Brown Christmas* in 1969.

The *BON VOYAGE, CHARLIE BROWN (AND DON’T COME BACK!!)* DVD includes the classic film digitally remastered in 4K, along with a brand new featurette that gives fans insight into the creative process of animating the beloved comic strip, how the feature film came to be and what it took to bring the movie to the big screen.  The featurette includes new interviews with Charles Schulz’s widow, Jean, at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California, producer Lee Mendelson and Steve Melendez, son of Bill Melendez and president of Bill Melendez Productions.

In *BON VOYAGE, CHARLIE BROWN (AND DON’T COME BACK!!)* Charlie Brown, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Marcie are chosen as – you guessed it! – exchange students, destined to spend two weeks in France.  Of course, Snoopy and Woodstock join the French odyssey, which turns out to be a combination of mystery, intrigue, and romance coupled with the usual misadventures that seem to follow Charlie Brown wherever he goes!

*BON VOYAGE, CHARLIE BROWN (AND DON’T COME BACK!!)** DVD*

The *BON VOYAGE, CHARLIE BROWN (AND DON’T COME BACK!!)* DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English Mono Dolby Digital, French Mono Dolby Digital, and Spanish Mono Dolby Digital; English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles; and English captions.

The DVD includes the following:

  • Feature film, digitally remastered in 4K and presented in standard definition

  • New Making-of Featurette

  • Theatrical Trailer

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