The long-awaited DVD debut of the 1977 animated theatrical hit, Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, featuring the summer camp adventures of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts gang, will be on its way to retailers nationwide from Paramount Home Media Distribution on Feb. 10.
Legendary Peanuts producer Bill Melendez (Oscar nominated in 1969 for the music in A Boy Named Charlie Brown, plus six Emmy wins, including one for A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965) teamed with Phil Roman (producer of such animated series as Garfield and Friends and The Simpsons) for the direction here.
Why this treasure has take so long to reach the DVD market place is anyone’s guess, but fans will be happy to enjoy the fun of Charlie Brown (voiced by Duncan Watson), Lucy (voiced by Melanie Kohn) and the rest of the Peanuts “campers” as they compete against impossible odds in a raft race … that ends with a surprise winner!!!
Also heading to DVD on Feb. 10 are five additional animated KidVid product offerings. Leading the parade will be Dora the Explorer in the Nickelodeon presentation of Dora and Friends. She’s not alone as Peter and the Magic Egg, Puff the Magic Dragon Triple Feature (a collection of three adventures), Strawberry Shortcake Double Feature (two kid-friendly stories, including Wonderful World Of Strawberry Shortcake) and the 1980 Thanksgiving animated special, Dorothy in the Land of Oz, featuring Mischa Bond as the voice of Dorothy and none other than Sid Caesar as the voice of the Wizard.
There is also a MOW double-feature on the Feb. 10 release docket showcasing the adventures of the Addie Mills (played by Lisa Lucas). These are: Addie and the King of Hearts (1976, teaming Jason Robards with Lisa Lucas and Mildred Natwick, plus Diane Ladd, Richard Hatch and Christina Hart), which is double-billed with The Easter Promise (1975, also starring Jason Robards and Mildred Natwick).
Lastly, there are three DVD presentations timed for the Easter season, Greatest Heroes of the Bible, Volume 1- The Bible's Greatest Stories, Greatest Heroes of the Bible, Volume 2- God's Chosen Ones and Greatest Heroes of the Bible, Volume 3- God's Power.
That’s quite the line-up of new DVD releases that Paramount has prepared for Feb. 10.