America’s favorite beagle got the title role in Snoopy, Come Home, the second feature based on Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip (the first, A Boy Named Charlie Brown, had been released three years earlier.) Regulars Charlie Brown, Sally, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder and the rest were all present, but there was no questioning the real star of the show.
Snoopy’s adventures begin when he gets a note from a little girl named Lila, his previous owner. The poor girl is in the hospital, and she wants her beagle to come back to her. The loyal canine packs up, joins bird pal Woodstock and hits the road. Even for an independent-minded pooch like Snoopy the trip is a tough one, since most places of business have a “No Dogs Allowed” policy. Eventually the beagle finds Lila and returns home to say goodbye to Charlie Brown, but letting go may be harder than he thought.
Most of the same talents from the first film worked on this entry-including producers Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez and creator/screenwriter Schulz-but Snoopy, Come Home had a pair of major additions. Musical brothers Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, of Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book fame, worked their magic on the film’s soundtrack. Among their memorable compositions for this movie were “Snoopy, Come Home,” “Lila’s Tune,” “Changes” and the can’t-get-it-out-of-your-head motif, “No Dogs Allowed.” Thanks partly to the brothers Sherman, Snoopy, Come Home was another Peanuts fan favorite, and the gang returned for another feature in 1977's Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown.