Good new for all of us Peanuts fans! Our friends over at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment were kind enough to send us this press release, giving us the heads up on six holiday classics being made available for the first time in High Definition!
From the Press Release:
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) announces Peanuts Holiday Classics, a collection of six favorite classic holiday TV specials, sold together for the first time on digital HD on October 14, 2013. This release marks the first time the specials have been made available for download in HD. Peanuts Holiday Classics will be available exclusively on iTunes. The HD edition will retail for $29.99 SRP and the standard definition edition will retail for $24.99 SRP.
Celebrate the holidays with Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Peanuts Holiday Classics features the acclaimed, legendary holiday-inspired It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas. The festivities continue with delightful seasonal specials, It’s a Mystery, Charlie Brown, This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers and Happy New Year, Charlie Brown. The holidays will be merry and bright with the Peanuts gang joining in the celebration.
Peanuts Holiday Classics Featured Specials:
* It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – This Emmy® Award-nominated special, finds the Peanuts gang outfitted in costumes, ready for trick or treating and crashing Violet’s Halloween party. Charlie Brown is in a ghost costume (with more eyeholes cut out than needed), Lucy dressed as a witch and Snoopy in a World War I flying ace costume. Linus decides to steadfastly hold vigil in the pumpkin patch as he awaits the Great Pumpkin.
* A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – In this Emmy® Award-winning special, Peppermint Patty invites herself to Charlie Brown’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. Marcie and Franklin are soon added as dinner guests. Charlie Brown admits that his culinary skills are limited to “cold cereal and maybe toast.” Snoopy and Woodstock transform the ping-pong table in the backyard into a dinner table. As the guests arrive, they are each served two slices of buttered toast, some pretzel sticks, popcorn and jelly beans. Patty is outraged at the meal and berates Charlie Brown until embarrassed and dejected, he leaves the table and goes back into house.
* A Charlie Brown Christmas – In this Emmy® and Peabody Award winning classic, Charlie Brown is upset by how commercial the Christmas holiday has become. To coax him out of his holiday blues, Lucy suggests he direct the school’s Christmas pageant and decorate a glorious tree. Charlie Brown concedes. The tree he finds however, is puny, prompting everyone to ridicule him.
* It’s a Mystery, Charlie Brown – Woodstock’s fancy new nest disappears and Snoopy, donning a Sherlock Holmes outfit, sets out to find it. The accomplices are Charlie Brown, then Lucy and Linus, and finally Peppermint Patty. However, there’s not enough evidence to point the finger at any of them. Back at Woodstock’s tree, Snoopy spots footprints leading from the tree to the elementary school. Through an open window, Snoopy and Woodstock climb into the school and find Woodstock’s nest under a glass display case. Woodstock is overjoyed and grateful to find his home but the mystery is not solved. Who took Woodstock’s nest?
* This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers – In this bonus episode from the This is America, Charlie Brown series, the Peanuts kids become pilgrims sailing to the New World aboard the Mayflower and endure the first hard winter on Plymouth Plantation.
* Happy New Year, Charlie Brown – This delightful special tells the story of Charlie Brown, who attends Peppermint Patty’s New Year’s Eve bash even though he has to finish a book report on War and Peace. He attempts to read the novel at the party but winds up falling asleep and wakes up to find out he has missed his chance to dance with the elusive little red-haired girl, who wound up dancing with Linus instead.
“For many, the specials have become an important part of their holiday traditions, it’s a testament to Charles Schulz’ exceptional work. His beautiful stories have impacted generation after generation,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation and Partner Brands Marketing. She added, “Now it’s easier than ever to own these delightful programs and to enjoy them in gorgeous, high definition. We’re thrilled to offer these remarkable titles on digital HD.”