In the mid-60s, musician Clark Gesner adapted the Charles M. Schulz Peanuts
characters into a concept album, a group of 10 songs which soon formed the basis of an off-Broadway musical play that premiered in 1967. "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" starred Gary Burghoff as Charlie Brown, a few years before he would first appear as "Radar" in the theatrical film version of M*A*S*H
. By the time Burghoff brought "Radar" to the small screen in the TV spin-off of the film, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" had made it to Broadway with a new cast, and subsequently closed after a short run. Still, by this time the musical had already made an impact upon the Peanuts
folklore. It continued to play off-Broadway, and an off-Broadway sequel ("Snoopy!!! The Musical") was produced in the early '80s.
So it was no surprise that in 1985, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
was adapted into one of the long line of Peanuts
animated specials. It aired on CBS in November of that year, and was notable because it was the first of the animated specials in which Snoopy had understandable dialogue (via song, if nothing else). A brief sample of that, and of the rest of the Peanuts
gang singing, can be heard at an online trailer
for the DVD release, announced today.
Warner Home Video is bringing out You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown: Remastered Deluxe Edition
as a single-disc release on January 26, 2010
. Cost is $19.98 SRP for this fully restored production, running approx. 50 minutes. It's presented in full screen video, and audio is in English mono, with English subtitles. Bonus material consists of the Featurette "Animating A Charlie Brown Musical," which "explores the twenty year journey of the 1967 Clark Gesner album that became a Broadway hit and finally an animated TV special
There is no bonus special with this particular release, as there have been on Warner's previous single-disc DVDs. It's just the featured special, and the featurette. Here's a look at the front and rear package art for this title. Check it out: