Snoopy Come Home
Snoopy Come Home is a 1972 American animated musical comedy-drama film directed by Bill Melendez and written by Charles M. Schulz based on the Peanuts comic strip. The film marks the on-screen debut of Woodstock, who had first appeared in the strip in 1967. It was the only Peanuts film during composer Vince Guaraldi’s lifetime that did not have a score composed by him. Its music was composed by the Sherman Brothers, who composed the music for various Disney films like Mary Poppins (1964), The Jungle Book (1967), and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). The film was released on August 9, 1972 by National General Pictures, produced by Lee Mendelson Films and Cinema Center Films (in the latter's final production).
|Snoopy, Come Home|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Bill Melendez|
|Written by||Charles M. Schulz|
by Charles M. Schulz
|Distributed by||National General Pictures|
Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang go to the beach for the day. Once there, Snoopy promises to go back to the beach the next day to meet up with Peppermint Patty. After Charlie Brown has gone home to play Monopoly with the others, he notices Snoopy is late and remarks he is tired of Snoopy being late. Charlie Brown vents his frustrations at Snoopy, who silences him by taking off his collar (because of how much it cost Charlie to buy). The next day, Snoopy is thrown off the beach due to a new "No Dogs Allowed on this beach" rule (thus setting a running gag in the film), leaving Peppermint Patty to think he stood her up (as she still thinks he's just "a funny looking kid with a big nose"). Then Snoopy gets thrown out of a library due to his disruptive behavior and another "No Dogs Allowed in library" rule. He then takes out his anger by getting into a fight with Linus over his blanket, and later beats, and kisses Lucy in a boxing match.
Later, Snoopy receives a letter from a girl named Lila, who has been in the hospital for three weeks for unspecified reasons and needs Snoopy to keep her company. Upon receiving the letter, Snoopy immediately sets off with Woodstock to go see her, leaving Charlie Brown completely in the dark as to who Lila is. Linus decides to do some investigating, and discovers that Lila is Snoopy's original owner; Charlie Brown faints upon hearing this.
En route to see Lila, Snoopy and Woodstock are forced to face the challenges of a world full of signs declaring "No Dogs Allowed". Each instance - on a bus, a train, and elsewhere - is musically accented by the deep tones of Thurl Ravenscroft. The pair are briefly adopted as pets by an animal-obsessed girl (identified as Clara in the theatrical poster, the soundtrack album's back cover and label, and closed captioning), and she ties Snoopy up. Then Clara locks Woodstock in a cage while he's trying to save Snoopy. Clara's mother lets her keep the beagle; Clara is so excited to have Snoopy (whom she calls "Rex") as her "sheepdog". She bathes him (and he tries to escape, but fails) and dresses him up. Clara starts a tea party, but Snoopy escapes Clara's clutches and tries to call for help, but Clara catches him, takes his dress off, and ties him up again. Then Clara tells Snoopy, "Mom says, if I'm gonna keep you, I gotta take you to the vet for a check up. You probably need about a dozen shots." Clara walks Snoopy to the vet and when they get there, he causes a fight and escapes. He returns to Clara's house and frees Woodstock, but Clara returns and a chases ensues until she ends up with a full fishbowl stuck on her head, prompting their escape. Later that evening, Snoopy and Woodstock camp out, play football and make music while preparing dinner.
Snoopy finally reaches the hospital, but again no dogs are allowed inside. To add further insult, the hospital does not allow birds to enter either. Snoopy is foiled in his first attempt to sneak into Lila's room, but his second attempt is successful. He then keeps Lila company for the rest of his stay. Lila tells Snoopy that his visit helped her to get better. She then asks Snoopy to go home with her, but he has doubts about this idea. Snoopy decides to go back home to Charlie Brown. However, when he sees Lila watching him tearfully from her hospital window, Snoopy finds that it's too hard to leave her and he runs back to her, which she takes as a sign that he wants to live with her. But first, he needs to return to "settle his affairs" and say goodbye. Snoopy writes a letter directing that certain items of his will be given away: Linus is given his croquet and chess sets, while Schroeder receives Snoopy's record collection. Despite Charlie Brown's status as Snoopy's owner and master, all he receives from his dog is Snoopy's best wishes for the future.
The kids throw Snoopy a large, tearful going-away party, each one bringing a gift. The kids closest to Snoopy get up to say a few words in his honor. But when it is Charlie Brown's turn to speak, he is overwhelmed to the point of silence. After giving Snoopy his present, he finally wails out in pain with Snoopy doing likewise. The rest of the gang, even Lucy, eventually follows suit when Schroeder plays "It's a Long Way to Tipperary" on his piano.
After Snoopy leaves, Charlie Brown is unable to sleep or eat. When Snoopy arrives at Lila's apartment building the next day, he sees a sign next to the front door that says "No dogs allowed in this building". Snoopy is overjoyed that this gives him an excuse to return to Charlie Brown. Lila arrives and Snoopy is reluctantly introduced to her pet cat. Snoopy shows Lila the sign, and Lila has no choice but to allow Snoopy to leave. Snoopy leaves Lila behind and joyfully returns to Charlie Brown and the others.
Back home, the children are overjoyed to see Snoopy return, carrying him on high to his dog house. Once there, using his typewriter, Snoopy demands that the kids return the items he had given them before he left, turning their feelings to annoyance. Charlie Brown reads his document and tells the gang, "Mine says, that since he gave me nothing, I owe him nothing." Lucy then snaps, "That does it, Charlie Brown! He's your dog and you're welcome to him!" The gang then leaves Charlie Brown and Snoopy together, then Charlie Brown walks crossly away. The film ends with end credits being typed out by Woodstock as Snoopy dictates.
Snoopy, Come Home marked the first time Snoopy's thoughts are fully communicated to the audience outside of the comic strip. This was achieved by having his typed correspondences appear at the top of the frame, giving the viewer full access to his thoughts. Previously, Schulz had opted to mute Snoopy entirely, except for inflected squealing and growling. Snoopy's thought balloons, though overt in the strip, are not translated in the animated projects.
Snoopy, Come Home was the only Peanuts animated project produced during Vince Guaraldi's lifetime (1928–76) that did not contain a musical score by the noted jazz composer. Guaraldi had composed all the previous Peanuts animated television specials as well as the debut film A Boy Named Charlie Brown. Music for this film was instead provided by the Sherman Brothers, who had composed some of the music used in various Disney films and theme park attractions. Schulz said this was an experiment, as he had wanted to have more of a commercial "Disney" feel to Snoopy, Come Home. "Everybody felt that the first movie had too much the 'feel' of the TV specials," said producer Lee Mendelson in 2011. "We collectively thought that we needed more of a feature film 'look' and score. That's why we went to the Shermans, who at the time were No. 1 in their field for such things."
Schulz later said he had planned on utilizing Guaraldi's services for the third Peanuts feature, Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, had the composer not died suddenly in February 1976. A soundtrack was released by Columbia Masterworks, but is now out of print.
- "Snoopy, Come Home"
- "Lila's Theme" (Do You Remember Me?) – Shelby Flint
- "At the Beach" – Orchestra and Chorus
- "No Dogs Allowed!" – Thurl Ravenscroft
- "The Best of Buddies" – Don Ralke and Ray Pohlman
- "Fundamental-Friend-Dependability" – Clara (Linda Ercoli)
- "Woodstock's Samba" – Woodstock and Orchestra
- "Charlie Brown's Caliope (sic)" – Orchestra
- "Gettin' It Together" – Don Ralke and Ray Pohlman
- "It Changes" – Guy Pohlman
- "The Best of Buddies" (Reprise) – Don Ralke, Ray Pohlman, and Chorus
- "Snoopy, Come Home" (Reprise, Finale) – Orchestra and Chorus
The film was released on August 9, 1972 by National General Pictures, produced by Lee Mendelson Films and Cinema Center Films (in the latter's final production). It was first televised on November 5, 1976 as a CBS Special Film Presentation becoming a CBS feature special.
Snoopy, Come Home grossed $245,073 at the box office, against a $1 million budget.
As of September 2020[update], the film had a 93 percent rating on review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 14 reviews with an average score of 7.70/10. The New York Times said: "This sprightly, clever and hilarious treat—all that a comic strip could be on the screen—is even better than A Boy Named Charlie Brown, which began the series."
The film won a CEC Award for Best Children's Film becoming its first recipient.
The film was released on VHS, CED, and LaserDisc in 1984, 1985, February 20, 1992, 1995 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, and May 29, 2001 on VHS by Paramount Home Entertainment, and re-released on DVD in anamorphic widescreen in the U.S. on March 28, 2006, by Paramount Home Entertainment/CBS Home Entertainment (CBS owned Cinema Center Films, which co-produced the film). The film was released on Blu-ray in September 2015 along with A Boy Named Charlie Brown.
- "SNOOPY COME HOME (U)". British Board of Film Classification. June 13, 1972. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
- Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. p. 205. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
- Bang, Derrick (2012). Vince Guaraldi at the Piano. Jefferson, North Carolina (U.S.): McFarland. p. 258. ISBN 978-0-7864-5902-5. Archived from the original on April 6, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
- "Jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi dies at age 47". Lodi News-Sentinel. California. UPI. February 9, 1976. p. 3.
- Snoopy, Come Home at Rotten Tomatoes, accessed September 25, 2020.
- Thompson, Howard (August 17, 1972). "Film: 'Snoopy, Come Home' is Hilarious Treat". The New York Times. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 22, 2016. Retrieved March 22, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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