A charlie brown valentine bungee jump from the moon
Melendez/Mendelson Productions (2002), Paramount Home Video (January 6, 2004), 1 disc, 25 mins plus supplements, 1.33:1 original full frame ratio, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Not Rated, Retail: $14.98
Charlie Brown and the gang are bitten by the love bug, and mistake a supermarket for a museum. Plus, Charlie Brown goes on a quest to meet a girl he saw on television.
The Sweatbox Review:
It can be difficult to compose a fair review of a relatively new Charlie Brown special. Most of us have grown up with all the classic ones, starting with A Charlie Brown Christmas, and remember these specials with the sweet fondness that only nostalgia can offer. Even seeing them again years later, one tends to feel the same appreciation for the specials that were adored during childhood. Viewing newer specials as an adult is a whole other experience— with a more critical eye towards story and animation, a more jaundiced world outlook that comes with age, and countless additional hours of cartoon viewing in the intervening years that have taken much of the edge off the novelty of seeing those funny drawings move.
And so, I try to be fair; but as it turns out, the new Valentine special that highlights this DVD isn’t half-bad. In fact, it’s pretty good. The voices are a little different, but actually surprisingly true to the originals. The animation is just okay, but let’s be honest— the earliest Charlie Brown specials had worse animation. What matters with these TV shows is heart, and it is appropriate that this Valentine collection has plenty of it.
True, the Charlie Brown specials have a bittersweet ambience that isn’t for everyone, but they are mostly appealing, due to the pen of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. Schulz was always credited with writing the specials himself, using not just some of the gags from his comic strip but also healthy doses of its thoughtfully restrained brand of mirth. It can be tricky to explain the appeal of Schultz’s stories, and yet I am a big fan of them. The uninitiated may not find a given daily Peanuts strip funny, but familiarity (in this case) breeds fondness and admiration. Schultz always managed to access the souls of his readers, whether by having them identify with the foibles of perennial loser Charlie Brown, or by engaging in surprisingly intellectual discourse about the nature of … well, everything— but especially the pangs of childhood. The comic strip, at its best, was a work of quiet genius that juxtaposed simple imagery with profound thought. And man, you just had to feel for that round-headed kid!
A Charlie Brown Valentine was first was shown in 2002, two years after Schulz’s death. (It was supremely fitting that he passed away just hours before his final, farewell Sunday strip was read by its millions of fans worldwide in February 2000.) It was handled by the men who worked on most of the Peanuts specials, executive producer Lee Mendelson, and producer/director Bill Melendez. As with all the newer specials to come, Schulz is still given credit for writing, as the stories and dialog are based directly on the 50-year history of the newspaper strip (this was a concession worked out with the Schulz estate, as Schulz himself reportedly wanted no more specials made after he died).
As such, it covers some familiar territory, especially since there was an earlier Charlie Brown Valentine special in 1975 (Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown). Charlie Brown is again pining over the Little Red-Haired Girl while failing to find the courage to act on his feelings; Linus tries his best to help, but does not succeed quite how Charlie Brown would like; Charlie Brown consults Lucy at her psychiatric booth; Snoopy’s romance writing is getting critiqued by Lucy and Sally; Peppermint Patty discusses Valentines with the oblivious Charlie Brown; Sally pursues Linus; Lucy asks Schroeder how big her Valentine will be; and Marcy also discovers just how thick “Charles” can be; we end with a Valentine’s dance… and that’s not all, either. As you can tell, this is quite an episodic show that regurgitates what we have seen in previous specials (and obviously the comic strip).
However, taken on its own, it is quite an enjoyable little show. Those looking for a larger story will not find one, but the charm of the strip is definitely there. There are many little quips that are pure, classic Schulz, and the characters stay true to previous appearances. (One exception is the re-designed Little Red-Haired Girl, who now looks more like the other cast members, rather than the overly pretty version that appeared in 1977’s It’s Your First Kiss Charlie Brown, where she was also not designed by Schulz.) This new special may not have been “necessary”, given the existence of the earlier Valentine’s special, but I found it cute, funny, and warm. It’s also one of those stories where we see that Charlie Brown is really more popular than almost anyone in the cast realizes, giving hope to losers everywhere.
One of the most popular aspects of the Peanuts specials has always been the music. Fans will be happy to know that the music in this special is still that of Vince Guaraldi, although here it is arranged and performed by David Benoit. The soundtrack is charming and gentle, perfectly underscoring the sweet melancholy of the happenings, although its continuous use made it occasionally obtrusive.
There are two more specials on this disc, but as Paramount chose to call them “extras”, I will cover them in the Bonus Material section.
Is This Thing Loaded?
We are first given the option of viewing some Previews. The Previews here are for Peanuts Home Video, Rugrats Go Wild (surprisingly, it did make me curious to see that film), the Charlotte’s Web movies, and Nick, Jr. Home Video.
As if feeling guilty about not having any “behind the scenes” materials, Paramount includes lots of menus instead. There is a main menu listing the three Peanuts specials, each special has its own menu, and each special has a scene selection menu split into three screens, for just five chapter selections per episode. Not a big deal, but I am sure that this could have been done more efficiently.
As I stated earlier, Paramount has included two other Peanuts specials on this disc, choosing to call them extras on the packaging, even though they do appear on the Main Menu. To me, they are not so much bonuses as essential inclusions to making the disc a worthwhile purchase. The disc is cheap enough, but having only a half-hour special would mean wasting space, right? Aside from the question of value, I also found the “extras” to be better than the headlining newer special. The older ones, to me, are what really made the disc a worthwhile purchase.
There’s No Time for Love, Charlie Brown is a 1973 TV special that is not about Valentine’s Day per se, but does include the same themes as those specials. The first act is full of vignettes, and actually focuses mostly on the anxieties that the Peanuts gang has about school— except for Snoopy’s Joe Cool persona of course. Peppermint Patty should not have worried so much about studying the metric system, though— despite her prediction that metric would be “official” in the US in a few years, it has yet to happen.
With the second act, the gangs from both schools (Charlie Brown’s and Peppermint Patty’s) go on a field trip to an art museum. Charlie Brown is especially anxious, since his report on the trip will determine whether or not he will progress in school. In a crucial miscalculation, Charlie Brown leads Patty, Marcy, and Sally into a grocery store instead. While inside, Patty vehemently denies her feelings for “Chuck”, leading to hurt feelings. In the end, it somehow all turns out well, thanks to Marcy and what I assume to be a delusional teacher. This is a sweet show, with plenty of the gentle humor and pathos that Peanuts is known for.
Someday You’ll Find Her, Charlie Brown comes from 1981. It turns out to have the most linear story of the three specials here, as well as the smallest cast. Because of this, I also found it the most rewarding to watch. Charlie Brown falls in love instantly with a girl he sees on television, and enlists an incredulous Linus to help him track her down. They then embark on an odyssey to find this girl, taking them far from home. There are naturally a few missteps along the way, and by the end Linus and Charlie Brown will have their friendship severely tested. The only other happenings in this episode involve some humorous shenanigans with Snoopy and Woodstock, but otherwise this must be one of the most tightly plotted Peanuts specials out there, with a strong narrative that is evident right from the opening moment of the show. Perhaps it has to do with the directing of Phil Roman, who also manages to treat us to a more abstract sequence covered by a song sung by Judy Munsen.
Standard keepcase, with advertising insert.
Ink And Paint:
With the disc contents spanning three different decades, it is not surprising that the video quality is variable. The newest special, A Charlie Brown Valentine, is predictably the best looking, although certainly not spectacular. The Peanuts specials have never been about the graphics, though, and the presentation is fine, aside from the odd instance of aliasing. The print is fairly clean, but not as pristine as expected— there are a few specks of dirt here and there, although this could be on the original negative too.
The video on 1973’s There’s No Time for Love, Charlie Brown is softer and slightly grainy. I did not mind at all, though, as it helped to get that nostalgia vibe going. Otherwise, it is a good presentation, with the expected bits of dust that cling to these things over the years while sitting in a vault. As even the newer specials do not tend to be totally free of physical artifacts, I find their presence on an older show fairly acceptable. Someday You’ll Find Her, Charlie Brown, being from 1981, falls in the middle. Overall, the video in these three specials is as good as expected.
The disc’s Set-Up menu is somewhat sparse: We are given the choice of English audio and English subtitles. Nevertheless, the audio is as good as can be. The stereo track gives little sense of depth, but what would you expect? What is important is that there is nothing to complain about. Even the older specials on the disc are free of hiss or distortion.
I almost did not pick this title up, but am very glad that I did. Even if the newest special is derivative of earlier ones, it is still quite enjoyable; and the other two are classics in my eyes, even if they are not as well remembered as some others. When I think of Peanuts, I think of the emotions that the specials on this disc evoke. There is joy and sadness, acceptance and rejection, and above all a sense of having learned that there is still much to learn and experience— and that even our failures can bring something of value to our lives. In short, these are these emotions and experiences of growing up, captured expertly in the works of comics master Charles Schulz.
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The Craziest Bungee Jumps in the World
Be like 007 and feel the wind in your hair as you bungee jump from the same spot featured in the 1995 Bond film GoldenEye… or go back in time and jump from the world’s first commercial bungee jump! Or simply jump out a cable car over a Swiss mountain lake surrounded by a breathtaking landscape. These are few of a long list of some of the craziest bungee jumps!
If you love heights and have a penchant for the extraordinary then head to the world’s highest dams, towers, and suspension bridges, and other astonishing spots to jump from. Bungee jumping is found the world over, and our craziest bungee jump picks are located everywhere from Oceania over Europe to Africa – take a look and get inspired!
Pretend you’re James Bond – Verzasca Dam Bungee, Switzerland
For the stunning Swiss Alps views, pop culture relevance, and an incredible thrill, head to the Verzasca Dam. Located around 10 km northeast of the picturesque lake-side city of Locarno in the south of Switzerland, this is the spot to go if you want to walk/jump in the same footsteps as the world’s greatest spy himself. This bungee jump is featured in the unforgettable opening scene of the 1995 Bond film GoldenEye, a stunt that is stuck to the collective memory and is thus a popular destination for thrill-seekers and film lovers.
This incredible feat of engineering, the Verzasca Dam, originally named the Contra Dam and opened in 1965, is a sight to behold. Head here for a jump from 220 m over the sheer-drop of the dam’s concrete wall. The Verzasca Dam bungee offers incredible thrills, jumping from one of the world’s highest commercial bungee jumping spots. This jump can even be done at night, it’s one of the only spots in the world of bungee for night-jumps!
Pretending you are James Bond will cost you CHF 195 per person.
Bungee jump from a Suspension Bridge – Niouc, Switzerland
The second of the craziest bungee jumps in the world is located in the middle of the charming Swiss alpine countryside, over the Navizence river. The Spider Bridge, named in reference to its criss-crossing metal design reminiscent of a spider’s web, is Europe’s current highest suspension bridge. Built in 1922, this has been a popular bungee jumping location ever since adventure activities were first allowed on it, in the mid-1990s.
At a height of 190 meters, from the Niouc Suspension Bridge Bungee, you will witness the views of the surrounding peaks of the Swiss Alps. Five of the nearby mountains stand at over 4000 m high and the world-famous Matterhorn can be seen right in front of the bridge. Get stunning views of the rocky forest-covered scenery of the surrounding Val d’Anniviers. This spot is also home to a great zipline and Europe’s highest swing.
Bungee jumping from the Niouc Bridge will cost you CHF 210.
Bungee Jump from a Hot Air Balloon – Belogradchik, Bulgaria
This bungee jumping activity is the ultimate adrenaline rush. Simply picture that: you get to jump from a hot air balloon over the incredible Belogradchik Rocks! These rocks are stunning natural rocks on the Balkan Mountains’ western slopes. Even though some of these rocks stand at almost 200 m in height, you can’t bungee from up there. So, head to the Belogradchik hot air balloon bungee, and bungee jump over them! See this stunning area from the skies, from a perspective only very few get to gain!
It’s a unique and thrilling experience as it combines two aerial adventures – hot air ballooning and bungee jumping. It is also a great way to see this nationally-beloved area of natural beauty. Marvel at the breathtaking reddish hues of these rocks, steeped in myth and legend. Open to groups, though only practiced by one at a time, this experience is a perfect once-in-a-lifetime activity that is best shared with (rather adventurous) friends!
Jumping from an hot air balloon costs € 137 per person.
The World’s First Commercial Bungee – Queenstown, New Zealand
Photo Credit: AJ Hackett Bunjy Jump Website
Though not as high as the other bridges featured on this list, this spot is world-famous as it is where commercial bungee jumping originated! Go back to the sport’s roots and visit the Kawarau Suspension Bridge on the South Island of New Zealand, located around 25 km north-east of the popular adventure sports city of Queenstown. Opened in 1988 the Kawarau Bridge bungee, over the river of the same name, is also a great place to do a tandem bungee jump. Share this thrilling experience with a friend or family member – and create a truly unforgettable experience!
This bungee jump features on our list not only for its history-making but also for being a stunning jump of 43 m over the Kawarau Gorge, with stunning views of river and forest that made this such a great debut commercial jump location in the first place!
This jump will cost 205 NZ $ for adults, 155 for kids & 175 for students.
The first Bungee on the Reunion Island – Bras de la Plaine Bridge
Speaking of firsts, let’s continue with the first Bungee Jumping spot on the beautiful Reunion Island. Noting that Reunion Island is part of France, this bungee jump is the second-highest in the country! From the Bras de la Plaine Bridge, you will have an exclusive view of most of the Indian Ocean, the splendid Cilaos Circus mountain ranges, and even the majestic “Piton des Neiges” volcano.
At 110 meters over the ground, your instructor will take you by walk to the bridge, then he/she will help you put on all the necessary equipment, and finally, you will take the big jump, on your own this time! Jumping from the Bras de la Plaine Bungee Jump, (try to) take the time to absorb the sheer raw beauty of the canyon below and the virgin sceneries of the Reunion Island.
This jump costs €90 per person. If you are accompanied by friends and family interested in an activity a tad less adventurous, they can also do the amazing Skywalk on the Bridge of Bras de la Plaine.
Bungee from a Cable Car – Interlaken, Switzerland
Head up a mountain Gondola in the alpine paradise of Interlaken in Switzerland. This bungee is 6th on our list of the craziest bungee jumps in the world. And it is certainly a jump like no other.
Jump from 134 meters from this unique bungee in the Swiss Alps. Take in incredible views as you free-fall over the crystal blue waters of Lake Stockensee, with the 2190 m high Stockhorn mountain just across the lake.
At just around a 45-minute drive from the outdoor sports capital of Switzerland, Interlaken, this mountain gondola Stockhorn bungee jump is not to be missed! Whether you fancy falling backward or jumping hands first into the void, this is definitely one of the most unique bungee jumps in the world!
This jump will cost CHF 199 per person. After having treated yourself to this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, you might want (or need) to spare your budget… Check our list of 10 cheap outdoor activities to do in Interlaken.
Bungee jumping over the World’s Most Famous Waterfall – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Potentially the world’s most famous waterfall, the Victoria Falls are located at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. But few know that the massive waterfalls that so inspired David Livingstone are home to one of the most impressive commercial bungee on the planet.
The 108 meters high falls are just around a slight bend from the Victoria Falls Bridge which spans the mighty Zambezi River. This is from this bridge that you get the opportunity to take part in a bucket list activity if there ever was one.
The proximity of this bungee jump to the gigantic falls is what makes it a part of the craziest bungee jumps in the world! You’ll be free-falling in the midst (or mist?) of this world-famous waterfall!
Featuring a 111-meter drop, you will free-fall for 80 meters and then experience the falls like few get to, swinging momentarily in the mist, listening to the sounds of the tumultuous waters rushing past.
Due to the falls lying between two countries, it’s important to check which visas you will need. Beyond bungee jumping, the Victoria Falls is an outdoor sports hot-spot and is definitely worth a trip, boasting incredible adventure activities such as whitewater rafting, ziplining, gorge swinging, or even helicopter flights.
Bungee jumping next to the thundering falls costs € 145 per person.
Wet Bungee Jump – Souleuvre Viaduct in Normandy, France
Free-fall from the top of the Souleuvre Viaduct and (literally) into the Souleuvre River. This old train railway bridge is now used as a bungee jumping platform and is definitely one of the craziest bungee jumps in the world! Why You may ask? It’s because you can ask your instructor to adjust the elastic cord, so you get to touch the water with your hands, or go straight into the water, up to your waist!
Jumping from this 61-meter-high Viaduct is definitely a lifetime experience, and combines perfectly with visiting Normandy’s highlight such as the Mont-Saint-Michel or the WWII Heritage landing beaches.
Getting your head wet will cost €99 per person.
Bungee jump, the Spanish Way – Puenting near Barcelona, Spain
Stemming from the word ‘puente’ (translating to “bridge”), this activity of bridge jumping is quite different from regular bungee jumping. Instead of a free-fall in a downward motion, it is characterized by its use of pendulum-like motion for an adrenaline rush. Jump from one side of the bridge, connected to specially-made ropes, and swing underneath the bridge back-and-forth, at high speed!
This Spanish speciality (hard to come by anywhere else) is best enjoyed at the Catalonian Sant Sadurní d’Anoia Bridge Bungee, around 50 km from the city of Barcelona. The jump location is also easily accessible by public transport from Barcelona, which makes it a favorite with tourists visiting the Catalonian capital city.
Take a leap of faith and jump from the Bridge, only to find yourself on the other side (of the bridge), a mere few seconds after. You also get the chance to tandem swing with a friend if you want to share the exhilarating feeling of Puenting!
Puenting near Barcelona costs €40 per person.
Urban Bungee – London, England
The last on our list of the craziest bungee jumps in the world, is the famous O2 Jump, near the O2 Arena, known for its many trade fairs, concerts, and cultural exhibitions.
Head to North Greenwich, a little off the tourist track in East London, just south of the river, for a jump at 160 feet (almost 50 m) off a crane from the O2 Bungee London. Boasting incredible views of London’s iconic landmarks, such as the Thames River and the stunning architecture of the Canary Wharf business district just across the way, this is the adventure to choose when visiting England’s capital city!
This jump will cost € 90 per person.
When it comes to bungee jumping, your motto is “the higher, the better”? Then you should definitely read our definitive article about the 10 highest bungee jumps in the World.
In order to try out this adrenaline-filled activity, take a look at our bungee jumping activities all around the world. And if you wish to learn more before you jump, we recommend you to read our complete guide to bungee jumping.