Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown is your basic camping movie. Even the Peanuts can’t get too insightful with a set up like this. Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown and its creator Charles M. Schulz are clearly just trying to have fun. I’ve known about the movie for a long time thanks to an add for Paramount home video that I constantly saw on my Rugrats VHS tapes. Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown feels even bigger than Snoopy Come Home with vast wilderness settings.
The Peanuts stay at Camp Remote where they’re paired off into groups of four boys and four girls. The boys consist of Charlie Brown, Linus, Schroeder, and Franklin. The girls consist of Sally, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, and Marcie. Snoopy and Woodstock are mostly around to do cool things like riding a motorcycle to the camp. They do all the usual camp activities, but the primary focus is on an extended river rafting race. Plus dealing with camp bullies who constantly cheat.
Along with all his usual struggles, Charlie Brown mostly deals with having to be a leader. Peppermint Patty begins making decisions with her sidekick Marcie and the rest of the girls through the democratic process of voting. It gets old after awhile. The race itself goes on a little too long, but Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown is still a satisfying adventure.