It was released on August 9, 1972 by Cinema Center Films, distributed by Natural General Pictures and produced by Lee Mendelson Films. It was the film debut of "Peanuts" character, Woodstock.
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After Charlie Brown has gone home to play Monopoly with the others, he notices Snoopy is late and remarks he is tired of Snoopy being late. The next day, Snoopy is thrown off the beach due to a new "No Dogs Allowed on this beach" rule (thus setting a running gag in the film).
Later on, Snoopy gets thrown out of a library due to his disruptive behavior and another "No Dogs Allowed in library" rule. After that, he gets in a fight with Linus over his blanket and beats Lucy in a boxing match.
Snoopy later receives a letter from a girl named Lila, who has been in the hospital for three weeks for unspecified reasons and needs Snoopy to keep her company. Upon receiving the letter, Snoopy immediately sets off with Woodstock to go see her, leaving Charlie Brown completely in the dark as to who Lila is. Linus decides to do some investigating, and discovers that Lila is Snoopy's original owner; Charlie Brown faints upon hearing this.
En route to see Lila, Snoopy and Woodstock are forced to face the challenges of a world full of signs declaring "No Dogs Allowed" (for each instance: a bus or a train). The two of them are are briefly adopted as pets by an animal-obsessed girl (who is identified as Clara in the theatrical poster and closed-captioning), but manage to escape. Snoopy and Woodstock camp out, play football and music while preparing dinner.
Snoopy finally reaches the hospital, but once again, no dogs are allowed inside and to add further insult, the hospital doesn't allow birds to enter the hospital either. Snoopy is foiled in his first attempt to sneak into Lila's room, but his second attempt is successful. He then keeps Lila company for the rest of his stay.
Lila tells Snoopy that his visit helped her to get better. She then asks Snoopy to go home with her, but he has doubts about this idea. Snoopy decides to go back home to Charlie Brown. However, when he sees Lila watching him tearfully from her hospital window, Snoopy finds that it's too hard to leave with her feelings hurt so badly.
Snoopy runs back to Lila, which she takes as a sign that he wants to live with her. But first, he needs to return to "settle his affairs" and say goodbye. Snoopy writes a letter directing that certain items of his will be given away: Linus is given his croquet and chess sets, while Schroeder receives Snoopy's record collection.
The kids throw Snoopy a large, tearful going-away party, each one bringing a gift. The kids closest to Snoopy get up to say a few words in his honor, but when it is Charlie Brown's turn to speak, he is overwhelmed to the point of silence.
After giving Snoopy his present, he finally cries out in pain with Snoopy doing likewise. The rest of the gang, even Lucy, eventually follows suit when Schroeder plays "It's a Long Way to Tipperary" on his piano after Snoopy opens his mountain of presents (every single gift is a dog bone). After Snoopy leaves, Charlie Brown is unable to sleep or eat.
When Snoopy arrives at Lila's apartment building the next day, he sees a sign next to the front door that says: "No dogs allowed in this building" which is makes him happy because it gives him an excuse to return to Charlie Brown.
Lila arrives and Snoopy is reluctantly introduced to her pet cat. Snoopy shows Lila the sign and Lila has no choice but to allow Snoopy to leave. Snoopy leaves Lila behind and returns to live with Charlie Brown.
Back home, the kids are happy to see Snoopy return, carrying him on high to his dog house. Once there, Snoopy demands that the kids give him back the items he had given them before he left which turns their feelings to annoyance. The gang then leaves Charlie Brown and Snoopy together, then Charlie Brown walks crossly away.
The movie ends with the end credits being typed out by Woodstock as Snoopy dictates them.
- Chad Webber as Charlie Brown
- Bill Melendez as Snoopy and Woodstock (vocal effects)
- Robin Kohn as Lucy Van Pelt
- Stephen Shea as Linus Van Pelt
- David Carey as Schroeder
- Hilary Momberger as Sally Brown
- Johanna Baer as Lila
- Shelby Flint as Lila (singing voice)
- Linda Ercoli as Clara
- Lynda Mendelson as Frieda
- Chris De Faria as Peppermint Patty
The movie marked the first time Snoopy's thoughts are fully communicated to the audience outside of the comic strip.
It was also the first "Peanuts" production (as well as the only "Peanuts" theatrical feature) to not have the words "Charlie Brown" in the title.
"Snoopy, Come Home!" was produced on a budget of $1,000,000 and only grossed $245,073 at the box office making it Cinema Center Films' biggest failures and CBS later closed the unit.
Roger Ebert gave the movie a rating of three-in-a-half stars, writing in his review that it was slow and "stretching out incidents beyond their normal duration as if to conserve expensive animation."
On Rotten Tomatoes, it was given a rating of 90% based on 10 reviews with the average rating at 7.6\10.
Howard Thompson of the New York Times called it a "sprightly, clever and hilarious treat."