Highlighting Hispanic directors, The Frida Cinema presents a second film from Mexican-American animation ground-breaker Bill Melendez. Melendez animated for Disney and Warner Brothers, but is best known for directing the original Peanuts movies, including the beloved Snoopy Come Home.
Snoopy receives a surprise letter from Lila, his former owner. She asks Snoopy to keep her company while she is hospitalized. The manic, fiercely loyal beagle and his bird pal Woodstock (making his Peanutsfeature film debut), go to be with Lila, but encounter multiple obstacles—“No Dogs Allowed” signs are an all-too-frequent motif—they are briefly incarcerated at the home of Clara, an animal-crazy little girl. They finally make it to the hospital, where Snoopy is able to comfort Lila until her discharge. Feeling bad about leaving Lila alone, Snoopy decides to leave his home with Charlie Brown to be with her. Charlie and his friends throw a tearful farewell party for Snoopy. As he leaves to live with Lila, Snoopy wonders—despite Lila being his original owner—has his real home been with Charlie all along?
A heartwarming story for Snoopy fans of all ages, Snoopy Come Home is among the best cinematic renderings of the sacred bond between canine and human.
“Most of the reasons we all loved the TV specials are well-served by the second film in the series.” — Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
“Adventure-filled Peanuts journey has some sad moments.” — Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
“After seeing Snoopy, Come Home, the second animated movie feature derived from the Charles M. Schulz comic strip, Peanuts, all we can say is, Snoopy for President and Woodstock for Veep!” — Howard Thompson, New York Times (context of this quote)