Showing posts with label Charles Schulz. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Charles Schulz. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 13

The last "Peanuts" comic ran on February 13, 2000.

Charles Schulz's Last Peanuts Comic

On this day in 2000, Charles Schulz’s last Peanuts comic appeared in Sunday papers – one day after he passed away. In it he wrote: “Dear Friends, I have been fortunate to draw Charlie Brown and his friends for almost 50 years. It has been the fulfillment of my childhood ambition. Unfortunately, I am no longer able to maintain the schedule demanded by a daily comic strip. My family does not wish Peanuts to be continued by anyone else, therefore I am announcing my retirement. I have been grateful over the years for the loyalty of our editors and the wonderful support and love expressed to me by fans of the comic strip. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy…how can I ever forget them…”

Monday, October 2, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for October 2

The first Peanuts comic strip was printed on October 2, 1959.

First 'Peanuts' Comic Strip

The very first Peanuts comic strip was printed on this day in 1950 premiering in nine newspapers. It featured Charlie Brown, Shermy (a character who practically disappeared in short time) and Patty (not Peppermint Patty, a different one altogether). Over the years, the daily comic reached an all-time high of over 2,600 newspapers. Original strips continued until February 13, 2000 and all were hand-drawn by the strip’s creator, Charles Schulz. The strips have been translated into 21 languages. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Peanuts Release New Collection


While recent news reported that Charlie Brown and the gang will be featured in a new 3D movie in the near future, earlier this year, Warner Bros. began a new collection of Peanuts cartoon DVD’s. Happiness Is…Peanuts - Go Snoopy Go, the first, features an episode of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show and the TV special, It’s Spring Training, Charlie Brown.

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show was a Saturday morning cartoon series that ran on CBS back in 1983-1985. Rather than telling a single story, the show featured short segments taken straight from the newspaper comic strips. What sounds like a great idea, is ultimately a disappointment to diehard fans. The voice work is not up to par to the classic TV specials, the pace is rather slow and the jokes are surprisingly a lot funnier on the printed page. Still, if your children are peanuts fans, they will probably love it anyway.

Monday, April 8, 2013

New Peanuts Special Shines


They’re back! The Peanuts gang are together again in the franchise’s 45th animation project, Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown. What is most disappointing is that the film was put “straight to DVD” in March of this year and it isn’t clear why that decision was made.
From all appearances, it seems that this project was originally intended to air on television but didn’t. This is odd since ABC has been airing many of the Peanuts’ holiday specials throughout the year. The DVD box says that it is an “original movie” but the running time is only 46 minutes, which is just about right for an hour special (minus the commercials). Also, the special features on the DVD refer to Blanket as a special. Whatever the reason may be, fans of Charlie Brown and his friends will find this a great addition and right up there with the best of the Peanuts specials.
Headed by Executive Producer, Craig Schultz, Charles Schultz’s son, the production team did everything they could to make it look and feel like a classic Charlie Brown story. The film was hand drawn (24 frames a second!) and used water color backgrounds, they found children with voices that matched the characters in the previous specials, and the jazz music is similar in style to that of the Vince Guaraldi Trio, but is actually composed of by Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO or all things.