Western Animation: Snoopy Come Home
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 faints)
Snoopy Come Home is a 1972 animated Peanuts feature length film. It was the second out of the four feature-length Peanuts films. As the first film, A Boy Named Charlie Brown, focused on Charlie Brown, this film focuses almost entirely on Snoopy.It is also, unquestionably, the most 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, 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 "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 has become a Littlest Cancer Patient 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 near suicidal depression 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 pressure Snoopy into staying 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 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 (though he does leave a few moments later in disgust as well when Snoopy has let Woodstock type in the ending credits).
This film provides examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: 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.
- All There in the Manual: 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).
- And Call Him George: Along the way, Snoopy and Woodstock are captured by a little girl named Clara, an insane, pet-obsessed little girl that makes Elmyra from Tiny Toon Adventures 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.
- "Fundamental Friend Dependability" is an inspired bit of lunacy, written by the Sherman Brothers. They also wrote "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", and it shows.
- And Starring: "And Introducing Woodstock". This was the character's first animated appearance.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: 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.
- Bittersweet Ending: In classic Peanuts style, still played for laughs.
- Break the Cutie: ALL of the characters in this movie, but especially Snoopy and Charlie Brown.
- Chekhov's Gag: "NO DOGS ALLOWED!"
- Creative Closing Credits: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.
- Death by Newbery Medal: 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.
- Actually, the film confirms Charlie Brown's philosophy while playing Monopoly that no matter how bad things get, everything will work out in the end. Lucy called it "stupid".
- Escalating War: 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.
- Face Palm: Lila, when Snoopy shows her the "No Dogs Allowed" sign on her building.
- Heroic BSOD: 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.
- It's All My Fault: Peppermint Patty, Lucy, Linus, and Charlie Brown blamed themselves for Snoopy leaving.
- Karma Houdini: Admit it, Clara got away with the 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 Image Board called 4chan would've found her and...her life would be in shambles.
- Though from the mess and after she got her head stuck in that fish bowl, it can be assumed her mom punished her for irresponsibility (albeit off-screen, of course).
- Or maybe she drowned.
- Leitmotif: The four note "No Dogs Allowed" motif.
- Literal Ass Kicking: Snoopy gives one to Charlie Brown, and gets one from Schroeder, in the opening credits.
- Littlest Cancer Patient: Lila, although she's portrayed much less sympathetically in the last scene.
- Odd Name Out: This is the only one of the four Peanuts movies that has Snoopy's name in the title rather than Charlie Brown's.
- OOC Is Serious Business: You'll never see Snoopy get as angry or as frightened as he does with Clara. She's just that bonkers.
- Ring Ring Crunch: 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.
- Scooby-Dooby Doors: A scene like this occurs at one point when Clara chases Snoopy and Woodstock through her house.
- Title Drop: While despairing over Snoopy being gone, Charlie Brown cries out the movie title.
- Title Theme Tune
- Triumphant Reprise: The very last incarnation of the "NO DOGS ALLOWED" tune, along with the "Best of Buddies" song near the end.
- Tropey Come Home
- We Want Our Jerk Back / Status Quo Is God: Snoopy behaves like a jerk to everyone in the film, but they all cry when he leaves. When he eventually returns, they're shocked when he continues to be a jerk.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: For some reason, after the deep thought sequence, Peppermint Patty disappears for the rest of the movie. She isn't even seen again in the movie unless you count the credits.