[[caption-width-right:300:DespairEventHorizon, here he comes.]]

->'''Linus:''' You bought Snoopy in the month of October, right? According to the records at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, Snoopy was bought by another family in August. This family had a little girl named Lila. Snoopy and Lila loved each other very much, but then they moved, and the family decided they just couldn't keep Snoopy so they returned him. ({{beat}}) You got a used dog, Charlie Brown.\\
'''Charlie Brown:''' (looks shocked and [[{{Fainting}} faints]])

''Snoopy, Come Home'' is a 1972 animated film directed by Bill Meléndez. It is the second of the five feature-length films based on the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' comic strip by Charles Schulz. Whereas the first film, ''WesternAnimation/ABoyNamedCharlieBrown'', focused on Charlie Brown, this film focuses almost entirely on Snoopy.

It is also, unquestionably, the most [[TearJerker depressing and heart-wrenching]] thing in the ''Peanuts'' franchise. If there was a trope called "Crowning Moment of Tearjerking", this film would win fairly easily. (This was probably due to creator Charles M. Schulz having just gone through a depressing divorce, [[CreatorBreakdown and decided to take it out here]].)

To summarize: The plot begins with Snoopy experiencing dissatisfaction with his life amongst the other characters, as numerous "[[RunningGag NO DOGS ALLOOOOOOOOOOWED]]" signs have recently been put up around the town, resulting in Snoopy being kicked out of most public places. After this, Snoopy attempts to get the attention of Charlie Brown and the other kids, only to be rejected or shrugged-off in one way or another.

Snoopy then receives a letter from his ''original'' owner, Lila, whom he only spent two months with as a puppy before he was sent back to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm because Lila's family moved. The letter informs Snoopy that Lila [[LittlestCancerPatient is in the hospital]] and wishes to see Snoopy again. Snoopy and Woodstock immediately leave town to visit her without explaining. They go on a somewhat surreal journey across the country and engage in silent shenanigans.

Meanwhile, Charlie Brown spirals into a extreme depression (even for him) at Snoopy running away, and any attempts at his friends to cheer him up fail. If anything, he in the Charliest of Browniest fashions manages to simply make everyone depressed as they all blame themselves for Snoopy running away.

Snoopy and Woodstock eventually make it to Lila's side where they help her recover, only to have Lila ask if Snoopy wants to stay with her permanently. Feeling obligated, Snoopy returns home to inform everyone that he is leaving to live with Lila permanently, essentially massacring what little self-esteem Charlie Brown has in the process. This culminates in a going-away party in which [[EverybodyCries the entire Peanuts cast (and the audience as well) ends up crying hysterically]] the entire time while Snoopy gives away all of his possessions. Charlie Brown sinks even deeper into depression afterwards.

Upon arriving at Lila's home, Snoopy finds out that not only does Lila already have a pet of her own in the form of a beloved cat, but that her apartment has a "No Dogs Allowed" policy. Freed of his obligations, Snoopy joyfully runs back home and into the arms of Charlie Brown and company who welcome him back joyfully. Until he gets a swelled head and demand that they give back all the things he gave them before moving or he'll sue them, upon which everyone but Charlie Brown leaves Snoopy in disgust[[note]]Lucy: "All right, Charlie Brown! From now on, he's your dog and you're welcome to him!!"[[/note]] (though he does leave a few moments later in disgust as well when Snoopy has let Woodstock type in the ending credits).

A 1991 animated TV special, ''Snoopy's Reunion'', provides a prequel story about Snoopy and Lila, while contradicting some details from ''Snoopy Come Home''.

!!This film provides examples of:
* AdaptationExpansion: Adapted from a series of strips where Snoopy went missing to visit Lila in hospital. The strips did have the angst of Charlie Brown losing Snoopy and discovering he wasn't Snoopy's original owner, but there was never any question of whether Snoopy would stay with Lila or return to Charlie--that was added by the film.
* AllThereInTheManual: The name of the girl who captures Snoopy and Woodstock isn't listed in the credits (they just show characters' faces instead of character names). We only know her name because the official poster for the movie identified her as Clara (plus the DVD captioning).
* AndCallHimGeorge: Along the way, Snoopy and Woodstock are captured by a little girl named Clara, an insane, pet-obsessed little girl that makes Elmyra from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' look sane in comparison.
** To enlarge on the above, she thinks that Snoopy (a beagle) and Woodstock (a canary) are a sheepdog and a parrot.
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP6MmTo583c Fundamental Friend Dependability]]" is an inspired bit of lunacy, written by the Sherman Brothers. They also wrote "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", and it shows.
* AndStarring: "And Introducing Woodstock". This was the character's first animated appearance.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Despite Charlie Brown being a depressive loser and their sometimes indifferent interactions, Snoopy still chooses him over an angelic little girl in the end. True, he ''technically'' didn't have a choice, but he was actually joyful at discovering a "NO DOGS ALLOWED" sign for once.
** To underscore the point, this is the only time in the movie where the sight of the "NO DOGS ALLOWED" sign is accompanied by a cheerful, triumphant version of the {{Leitmotif}} instead of its usual sinister-sounding one, as Snoopy is literally dancing for joy.
* BittersweetEnding: In classic ''Peanuts'' style, still played for laughs.
* BreakTheCutie: ALL of the characters in this movie, but especially Snoopy and Charlie Brown.
* BreakingBadNewsGently
-->'''Linus:''' Are you ready for a shock?\\
(''Charlie Brown faints'')\\
'''Linus:''' [[CaptainObvious He wasn't ready for a shock.]]
* CantYouReadTheSign: Used as a RunningGag. Snoopy is constantly booted from places with "No Dogs Allowed!" signs.
* ChekhovsGag: Snoopy is usually upset at all the "NO DOGS ALLOWED!" rules, until such a rule settles his decision.
* CreativeClosingCredits: Snoopy types up the entire end credits on his typewriter. In addition, instead of listing actors with their roles, the heads of the characters appear with Snoopy typing up the actors' names next to the character he or she plays, with Snoopy and Woodstock's actors' names appearing physically next to them as Snoopy types. Embellished cut-out photos of the crew members (all wearing [[NiceHat funny hats]]) also appear as their names are typed alongside.
* DeathByNewberyMedal: One could argue that the film's Charlie Brown arc is a deconstruction of it: losing a pet doesn't make Charlie Brown an adult. It just makes him chronically depressed and makes his abandonment issues worse. If anything, it causes him to emotionally regress.
* EscalatingWar: Snoopy and Linus get into one of these over Linus' blanket, complete with yanking, foot-stomping, nose-tweaking, head-butting, collar-snapping, and shin-kicking.
* EverybodyCries: Snoopy's going-away party involves plenty of tears from everyone.
* FacePalm: Lila, when Snoopy shows her the "No Dogs Allowed" sign on her building.
* HeroicBSOD: Charlie Brown ends up being depressed even by the standards of Charlie Brown. That's saying something.
** Snoopy with Clara, after she tells him she's going to spank him.
* ItsAllMyFault: Peppermint Patty, Lucy, Linus, and Charlie Brown blamed themselves for Snoopy leaving.
* KarmaHoudini: Clara got away with the [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Elmyra]]-esque antics scot-free (save for getting a fishbowl on her head for her trouble). Had she tried that in this day and age, especially with the advent of video sharing, let's just say a little ImageBoard called Website/FourChan would've found her and...her life would be in shambles.
* LaserGuidedKarma: While the gang plays Monopoly, Lucy keeps taunting Charlie Brown because she owns Boardwalk and Park Place. She rolls doubles, boasts that she has another turn and lands on Schroeder's Pacific Avenue with a hotel. Their background chatter while Charlie Brown starts looking around for Snoopy explicitly states that this move bankrupts her out of the game. Played for laughs, of course.
** ShownTheirWork: Monopoly strategy books have shown that owning the Dark Green monopoly is far more profitable than the Boardwalk/Park Place monopoly.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The four note "No Dogs Allowed" motif.
* LiteralAssKicking: Snoopy gives one to Charlie Brown, and gets one from Schroeder, in the opening credits.
* LittlestCancerPatient: Lila, although she gets well by the end, and she's portrayed much less sympathetically in the last scene. Her actual illness is also [[TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed kept vague and unspecified]].
* NewSoundAlbum: After the producers decided that ''WesternAnimation/ABoyNamedCharlieBrown'' wound up a little too much like an extended ''Peanuts'' TV special, there was a complete change of musical style for this movie. While Music/VinceGuaraldi kept his job as TV music director, Music/TheShermanBrothers were brought in to do the music, resulting in a score more in line with traditional animated movies.
* {{Novelization}}: There was one, with stills from the film. It was just as [[{{Tearjerker}} tearjerking]].
* OcularGushers: All the kids sans Schroeder cry this way during the going away party.
* OddNameOut: This is the only one of the five ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' movies that has Snoopy's name in the title.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: You'll never see Snoopy get as angry or as frightened as he does with Clara. She's just ''that'' bonkers.
* RingRingCrunch: Snoopy does this to a really loud alarm clock at one point on his journey, and then to ''Woodstock'' when he's chirping in his sleep.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: A scene like this occurs at one point when Clara chases Snoopy and Woodstock through her house.
* ShownTheirWork: Schroeder asks for $1,275 when Lucy lands on his Pacific Avenue which happens to be the actual rent for that property with a hotel.
* SnowcloneTitle: To ''Film/LassieComeHome''.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Schroeder plays the sprightly music hall tune "It's A Long Way To Tipperary" as the entire Peanuts gang cry their eyes out at Snoopy's going-away party.
** Even the background music played during the carnival scene falls under this trope. It goes from being upbeat and lively to slow and romantic to downright depressing and heartbreaking later on when the audience finds out it's the same tune as the song "It Changes" that Charlie Brown sings after Snoopy bids him farewell to be with Lila for good.
* TitleDrop: While despairing over Snoopy being gone, Charlie Brown cries out the movie title.
* TitleThemeTune
* TriumphantReprise: The very last incarnation of the "NO DOGS ALLOWED" tune, along with the "Best of Buddies" song combined with "It's A Long Way to Tipperary" near the end.
* TropeyComeHome
* WackyWaysideTribe: The section with Clara is basically its own self-contained story.
* WeWantOurJerkBack / StatusQuoIsGod: Snoopy behaves like a jerk to everyone in the film, but they all cry when he leaves. When he eventually returns, they're so happy to have him back but are ''shocked'' when he continues to be a jerk.
* WhamLine: "You are not Snoopy's original owner." And the more blunt "You've got a used dog, Charlie Brown."
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: For some reason, after the deep thought sequence, Peppermint Patty disappears for the rest of the movie. Although she appears briefly at Snoopy's going-away party in a 3-second shot, she isn't seen again in the movie unless you count the credits.
* WhatTheHellHero: When he returns for good, Snoopy asks everyone to return the gifts he gave them when he left.