Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown Studio: Paramount Year: 2003 (1992, 1968 for bonus episodes) Rated: NR Length: 73 minutes, including bonus episodes Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 English Subtitles, Closed Captioned Special Features: 2 bonus "classic" episodes SRP: $14.99US Release Date: March 2, 2004 Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown is a new Peanuts cartoon just in time for spring training. What do you do if you’re the manager of a baseball team that has lost 900 games in a row? Well, if you weren’t Charlie Brown, you’d be fired. But Charlie doesn’t have that easy out. He has to make a tough decision... and trade Lucy. Problem is, nobody wants Lucy! In order to have a chance at winning, he needs to trade a better player - Snoopy! Only after the deal is made does Charlie Brown realize that trading his beloved dog isn’t worth the winning of a few games. Maybe there’s still a chance to get Snoopy back and trade Lucy... but who will Charlie Brown get in exchange? And is a trade the right thing to do? The whole gang is back in this Peanuts cartoon - but don’t blink, or you’ll miss Pigpen. Special Features Charlie Brown’s All-Stars (1968) and It’s Spring Training, Charlie Brown (1992). Both of these stories are basically about the quest for new uniforms. I prefer the voice acting and story pacing of the old Peanuts cartoons over the new feature. How does it look? Lucy Must Be Traded has the sharpest and most colorful picture of the three features included on the disc. It looks great, with no evidence of compression or processing artifacts. The picture is bright and colors leap off the screen. A few moments here and there suffer from an off-focus picture of part of a cell - seemingly not a fault of the transfer, but of the original photographic process. All in all, it looks very nice. Charlie Brown’s All-Stars and It’s Spring Training are both slightly softer than the new feature. While colors are bright and saturated, there are occasional shifts in hue. The 1992 feature (Spring Training) suffers from slight halos. Occasional dust and scratches are present, but not pervasive. I’m more impressed with the quality of the 1968 feature than 1992’s Spring Training. Say what? All three features are in Dolby 2.0. The new feature has the best sound quality, but the voice acting is less ambitious. The 1968 feature has the softest sound, with some slight distortion and noise - but at levels that are acceptable for a cartoon of this age. My only complaint about the 1992 feature is the use of a techno-synthesized soundtrack in lieu of the traditional jazz usually featured in the Charlie Brown cartoons. Final Thoughts Get your kids warmed up for the baseball season with these three Peanuts cartoons on DVD. For $14.99 SRP, it’s a bargain.