Showing posts with label Charlie Brown. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Charlie Brown. 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…”

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Parable of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

The parable of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving"
Peppermint Patty is less than pleased in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. (ABC)


Although a tale about friends getting together for Thanksgiving, the Peanuts special, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, is really a metaphor about family relationships during the holiday. See if this sounds familiar:

Charlie Brown and his sister, Sally, are preparing to go to their grandmother’s home for dinner when Charlie gets a call from Peppermint Patty who has invited herself and two other friends, (Marcie and Franklin), to Charlie’s place for the holiday. Without getting a word in edgewise, Charlie finds himself hosting a Thanksgiving meal knowing nothing about cooking except how to fill a bowl with cold cereal and making toast. Which begs the question…where are the parents?

Disgraced by the public outburst, Charlie Brown excuses himself from the table without a word. After a brief moment of awkward silence, Marcie reminds Patty that Charlie Brown didn’t invite her, but she invited herself and her friends to event and that she hasn’t been a very good model of thankfulness.After a brief prayer from Linus the theologian and believer of Great Pumpkins, the meal is unveiled. But Peppermint Patty is shocked and then outraged by the display of food. “What’s this?” she bellows. “What blockhead cooked all this? What kind of a Thanksgiving dinner is this? Where’s the turkey, Chuck? Don’t you know anything about Thanksgiving dinners? Where’s the mashed potatoes? Where’s the cranberry sauce? Where’s the pumpkin pie?!” Oh, the humanity.

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, November 5, 2015

‘Peanuts’ is a Beautiful Tribute to Charlie Brown and the Gang

Review of "The Peanuts Movie"
The gang's all here in The Peanuts Movie. (20th Century Fox)


Ever since news broke that “they” would be making a new, full-length, animated film featuring Peanuts, fans around the world began crying “good grief!” as if the venture would mean certain death the beloved characters and shatter our childhood memories to boot. Everyone knows the Charles M. Schulz wasn’t just the illustrator of the classic TV specials, but he was also the heart and wit of them as well. Who could possibly do the comic strip any justice without him?

20th Century Fox was smart to quickly churn out a teaser trailer for the upcoming film way, way in advance to calm people’s nerves. It worked to point. Fans were now convinced that the characters could be drawn in 3D and still look like Peanuts. The preview even featured the iconic “Linus and Lucy,” the signature “Peanuts” song. But they also featured music from The Who and Flo Rida that was distinctly NOT Peanuts, which didn’t calm fan’s nerves.
Now, finally, the red velvet curtains have been pulled back and we get to see the “new” Peanuts. And you know what? They are exactly like the old ones – maybe even better. Everything you love about the Peanuts specials are in here and what you didn’t like, isn’t. Just about every character that has graced the comic pages in the newspaper or the small screen is in this movie including characters that many didn’t even knew existed like Shermy, the original Patty (Peppermint Patty came later) and all of Snoopy’s relatives (but look quickly because they only make a cameo appearance). Diehard fans like myself really appreciate that they included all of them in this production.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Peanuts Find Their Voices

Meet the kids behind of the voices of Charlie Brown and friends.
Noah Schnapp IS Charlie Brown. Funny, he has more hair than I would have expected. (Twentieth Century Fox Animation)


Probably, the biggest concern among Peanuts fans regarding the new Peanuts movie is will it faithful to its many years of previous TV specials. One factor included with that concern is “will the voices of the characters sound the same?” To ensure that the new voices match the voices of our memories, over 1,000 children from all over the U.S. were auditioned for the most prominent roles. In the end, director Steve Martino and casting director Christian Kaplan found who they were looking for in Noah Schnapp, Alex Garfin, Hadley Miller, Francesca Capaldi and Mariel Sheets.

“Noah has a great voice for Charlie Brown, but also has a similar temperament to the character,” says Martino about ten-year-old Schnapp. “That allowed us to rely on his natural tendencies and it really felt like Charlie Brown.”

Monday, August 10, 2015

Snoopy Turns 65!

Snoopy turned 65 on August 10, 2015
What a cute pup! Snoopy in 1950. (United Feature Syndicate)
“Snoopy’s whole personality is a little bittersweet. But he’s a very strong character. He can win or lose, be a disaster, a hero, or anything, and yet it all works out. I like the fact that when he’s in real trouble, he can retreat into a fantasy and thereby escape.”
- Charles M. Schulz

Just like you can't imagine Batman without Robin or Laurel without Hardy, you can't imagine Charlie Brown without Snoopy. The pooch has been round-headed kid almost from the beginning. Charlie Brown's first appearance in a comic strip was October 2, 1950 with Snoopy arriving on the scene just two days later.  

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

20th Century Fox Presents New 'Peanuts' Poster

Movie poster for "The Peanuts Movie"

Long time fans of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang initially had huge reservations about the new upcoming, 3-D animation film with fear that 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios might ruin the legacy that Charles M. Schulz worked so hard to protect. Then the teaser trailer came out and most fans relaxed.

Here's the premise: Charlie Brown, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. The Peanuts Movie arrives in theaters on November 6, 2015.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Video of the Day: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

If you remember from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving TV special, Charlie states that the only thing he knows how to cook is toast. Hopefully your holiday meal is going a little more smoothly.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Snoopy is 63 Years Old Today

Photo: Featured on Snoopy's official
Facebook page.
While not a national holiday, today should be celebrated because 63 years ago, the very first Peanuts comic strip was printed in national newspapers today. Ironically, the gang don't look any older and they aren't going away anytime soon.

The very first Peanuts comic strip appeared on October 2, 1950 and the very last was published on February 13, 2000. Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Charlie Brown and friends, passed away on the day before. However, many newspapers continue to run "classic" Peanuts comic strips every day. Now, fans can take advantage of the comics in digital form.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Video of the Day: Charlie Brown School of Dance

Do you have chorophobia (the fear of dancing)? Owen Weber invites you to come to the Charlie Brown School of Dance and learn the hottest dance moves on the club circuit!