Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Starring: Todd Barbee, Melanie Kohn, Stephen Shea, Linda Ercoli, Lynn Mortensen
Director: Phil Roman
Series: a Peanuts Special
Release Date: 9 April 1974
Length: 30 minutes
Movie Rating: Not Rated
View Format: DVD
My Rating: 4/5 stars
“Charlie Brown, Linus and the entire Peanuts gang are off on a lively Easter egg hunt. They suspect they’ve spotted the Easter Bunny…but the trouble is, he looks a lot like a certain beagle who’s near and dear to Charlie Brown’s heart. Is it truly the Easter Bunny, or is it just the irrepressible Snoopy playing a trick on the kids?” — Netflix.com
This is a cute little Easter special that is fun to watch every year around this time. Peppermint Patty is trying to teach Marcie how to decorate Easter eggs, but Marcie never cooks the eggs correctly. She poaches, fries, uses a waffle maker, but she does not boil them in the shell so they keep going back to the store again and again. Charlie Brown takes his little sister to buy new shoes and Snoopy ends up buying a new birdhouse for his best friend. Linus tries to get everyone to believe in the Easter Beagle, but after the Great Pumpkin’s absence, can anyone believe in another holiday creature he makes up? Lucy hides all of the Easter eggs so that she can find the most on the Easter Egg hunt, but ends up foiled at the end when Snoopy hands out the eggs, reinforcing Linus’s belief in the Easter Beagle. With all of these silly subplots, who can fail to be entertained?! This is a fun and comedic take on Easter and some of the traditions that we don’t really question, but don’t really make sense.
Like most Peanuts cartoons, there is not a real point to this special, but it is still fun to watch. Marcie is my favorite in this cartoon as you realize that we are not very explicit in our directions sometimes. “Cook the eggs” can mean many different things so we need to give better direction if we want things to turn out right! A lot of the cartoon features Snoopy so there is not a lot of talking and there are some crazy dance routines and bright colors around on the screen. Still, the little kids in the cartoon definitely make the show and each of them reflect their different and unique personalities in wonderfully hilarious ways. My main complaint with this special is that it is available on DVD, but it is very expensive for a 30 minute special. I usually wait for it to come on TV or search for it online. I wish that the Peanuts Holiday Collection (It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown/A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving/A Charlie Brown Christmas) included this Easter special and that the set was cheaper or that the individual cartoons were more around the $5 mark so that parents could justify the purchase. Your kids will laugh and have a lot of fun with this silly Easter special – just make sure you rent it for them!
Appropriate for viewers of all ages.