It’s exciting to see Shyamalan on such confident footing once more, all these years later.
This girl Lila is like a bolt out of the blue. Of course we all knew that Snoopy was secretive - but who would have guessed he had a dark horse like Lila in his background? You'll never believe when you learn who, and what, she used to be. Even Charlie Brown can't believe his own ears when Schroeder breaks the news to him: "You're the owner of a used dog, Charlie Brown!"
Turns out that Snoopy is a two-owner dog. Lila was his first owner after he left the puppy store, but Lila and her family had to leave town, so Snoopy was returned to the store. And that's when Charlie Brown acquired him.
Now the problem is this: Lila is sick in the hospital with nobody to visit her. So she writes a letter to Snoopy, and without telling anyone Snoopy takes off for the hospital with his friend Woodstock. Lila talks him into coming to live with her again, and so Snoopy says good-by to Charlie, Lucy, Linus and the whole gang. It is a sad occasion indeed, even if there is eventually a happy ending.
The strange thing about "Snoopy, Come Home" is that there are so many sad occasions in it. Snoopy and Lila cry when they're parted. Snoopy and the Peanuts gang cry at his farewell party. Everybody is lonely most of the time, and nobody is where he wants to be, and there are signs saying "No Dogs Allowed" all over the place.