Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne appeals to Peanuts fans old and new [Review]

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Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne appeals to Peanuts fans old and new [Review]
Start a new tradition: watch Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne with your family tonight.
Photo: WildBrain/Apple TV+

You should ring in the New Year with the first new Peanuts special since 2011. In Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne, Lucy is having a party but everything is going wrong. It’s her fault but she blames everyone else. So the gang has to come together to save the day.

As a Peanuts fan going back decades, I watched the new holiday special with a skeptical eye. I found a lot to like, whether this is your introduction to Charlie Brown and his friends, or you’re a long-time watcher like me.

Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne whips up some old-school holiday magic [Apple TV+ review]

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Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne
The gang's all here as New Year's Eve approaches!
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Just in time for Christmas, Apple TV+ cooked up a brand-new holiday special from the Peanuts gang. The charming show, titled Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne, debuts Friday and centers on Lucy’s attempt to pull off a New Year’s Eve party.

It will run alongside several classic Peanuts specials on the streaming service, so we don’t have to judge the new one in a vacuum. Luckily, For Auld Lang Syne pops the cork on some of that old-fashioned holiday magic that makes the Peanuts special so … special.

Lucy’s New Year’s Eve party bombs in trailer for new Peanuts special

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Lucy’s New Year’s Eve party bombs in trailer for new Peanuts special
Lucy takes center stage in Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne on Apple TV+.
Photo: WildBrain/Apple TV+

For Auld Lang Syne will be the first new Peanuts holiday special since 2002, and a trailer released Monday gives a preview. Lucy puts on a New Year’s Eve party but must deal with nothing going right.

The special, set to start streaming in December, looks like a turnaround for Lucy, whose arrogance, bossiness and cruelty generally gets her cast as the villain.