This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers Movie Review

Posted on: November 18th, 2013 by

Another great Peanuts Classic Movie!

 

Good grief another holiday is upon the Peanuts gang and this time they are teaching us a lesson in American history. This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers is an educational and entertaining classic that is part of the Peanuts Classic Series. This 30-minute movie was a perfect way to begin our Thanksgiving fun.

 

Charlie Brown and the gang experiencing the hardships of Pilgrim life.

Charlie Brown and the gang experiencing the hardships of Pilgrim life.

My son is now in kindergarten and more curious about things than ever before. He has a lot of questions lately as to why we celebrate certain holidays like Thanksgiving. What better way to introduce him to the history of such a significant holiday than through characters he already knows and loves. Enjoyed by millions every year; in my household it just isn’t Thanksgiving without the Peanuts gang and the TV special A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. But this year I was looking for something a little different and with a more historical background. I was happy to be able to find this movie This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers to watch with my family with the same beloved Peanuts characters.  My son was glued to the TV the entire movie and has already watched it again. It has begun to spark his interest in American history and facts about Thanksgiving. He has even asked if we can go visit Plymouth Rock!

Even my one-year-old daughter was iengaged during the movie.

Even my one-year-old daughter was engaged during the movie.

 

A special cartoon from Charles M. Schulz, This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers, is a Peanuts classic (this was episode 1 from season 1 of the “This Is America” series), in which history comes to animated screen life in a captivating and informative program about the Mayflower voyagers. The setting is 1620, after 65 grueling, sea-tossed days, the Pilgrims are in view of America’s shores. Charlie Brown and the Peanuts crew are with them as they experience firsthand the lifestyle of the early settlers and celebrate the first Thanksgiving.

 

Reasons I  LOVED This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers

  • It is historically accurate (minus Charlie Brown and the gang, of course!)- this is one of the only Peanuts movies that actually features adult characters with formal speaking roles. It also shows the hardships the Pilgrims endured and keeps focused on historical facts.
  • Funny and heart-warming. Although this movie deals with real, historical facts it still has the comical and light-hearted undertone that we all have come to love from the Peanuts series.  My son was able to laugh during this film but also ask some very important questions like Why were the Pilgrims so sick?

 

Reasons My Kids LOVED This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers

  • The music!  (Yes, that was my son’s answer to why he loved this movie!) My son loves the music that typically accompanies every Peanuts film and this movie did not disappoint. The movie included music by many of Peanuts regular composers and performers.
  • Characters they know and love. The familiarity of the Peanuts gang kept my son engaged and wanting to learn more about the first Thanksgiving. The movie is told from the perspective of the Peanuts gang (as if they were on the Mayflower too) which makes the story relatable and easy to understand.

 

Peanuts animated specials have become a seasonal tradition in our home and I would highly recommend watching This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers with your family.

 

 

Don’t forget to set your DVR’s, it’s showing (along with A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving) Thanksgiving Day, November 28 8:00 pm on ABC. Then check out our  upcoming list of holiday television specials to find other exciting upcoming shows to enjoy with your family!

 

Need more help selecting family friendly movies? Visit Jersey Family Fun’s Family Movie Reviews series.

 

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