The fourth feature outing for cartoonist Charles Shulz’s Peanuts gang took Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest across the Atlantic for love, laughs and a few life lessons.
Charlie Brown and friends are invited to participate in a two-week student exchange program in France. Snoopy ends up on a first-class trip to England, where he competes at Wimbledon with the assistance of feathered friend Woodstock. Meanwhile, while the gang is in France, Charlie Brown and Linus are treated to a stay at a mysterious chateau, where a young girl reveals some grim truths about life and war to the boys.
Three years in the making, Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown was an ambitious children’s movie, teaching moral lessons while never losing its sense of fun. The gamble paid off, as many consider this to be the best of the Peanuts features.