Showing posts with label Peanuts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Peanuts. 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, February 12, 2018

When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples

 VALENTINE'S DAY 

You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus and Sally
Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe t-shirt-wearing Linus.

I Dream of Jeannie
Tony and Jeannie Nelson
The astronaut Captain Tony Nelson met Jeannie on a deserted island in the South Pacific on September 18, 1965 in the premiere episode of I Dream of Jeannie. Nelson’s one-man Stardus One space capsule landed far from the planned recovery site where he found a strange bottle. He opened the bottle releasing a genie who had been trapped inside for 2,000 years. At first, the two could not communicate until he wished that they could. Unbeknownst to Tony, Jeannie rolled her bottle into his duffle bag and “followed” him home. At the time, Tony was engaged to his commanding general’s daughter, Melissa Stone, but the two broke up.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for December 9

Christmas seals were first used in 1907.

Christmas Seal are Created

Christmas Seals, a promotional tool used to promote the American Lung Association, went on sale for the first time on this day in 1907. Emily Bissell came up with the idea after she had read about similar Danish seals used in 1904. Bissell hoped to raise funds for a sanitarium in Delaware. In 1908, the stamps were used nationally to promote the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis (which later became the American Lung Association) and the National Red Cross (which later discontinued their involvement). In 1987, the term “Christmas Seals” was trademarked by the American Lung Association.

Monday, November 20, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for November 20

"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" aired for the first time on November 20, 1973.

'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' Airs for the First Time

On this day in 1973, CBS aired A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special for the first time. It played every year on that network until 2000. In 2001, it moved to ABC.  The special was Charles Schulz’s tenth, but has risen to become one of the more popular ones. It was the first TV special to feature Snoopy’s fine feathered friend, Woodstock and Franklin, the first African American character in the series. While some praised Schulz for adding diversity to the cartoon, others pointed fault that Franklin had to sit by himself during dinner. He shouldn't feel too bad though. Lucy apparently wasn't even invited.

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)

 MUSINGS 

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. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Snoopy to be Featured in New Mobile Game

Snoopy Pop Video Game
(Jam City/Peanuts Worldwide)

VIDEO GAMES

Today, Jam City and Peanuts Worldwide announced that pre-registration for the mobile game, Snoopy Pop, has begun. The game is similar to other bubble shooter games but this one is better because it features America’s favorite pooch (and few of his friends). In addition to the game being free, those who pre-register for the game will be notified when the game has launched and a “Snoopy-worthy in-game gift.” Snoopy Pop is expected to launch in early summer.

Snoopy Pop was created with close partnership with artists and animators at Peanuts Worldwide. “We are so honored to be creating a game with one of the world’s most loved and iconic brands,” said Josh Yguado, co-founder and president of Jam City. “The rich legacy of the Peanuts gang inspires our team and with Snoopy Pop we want to create a mobile game that lives up to the genius of Charles M. Schulz.”

In the Snoopy Pop game, Woodstock and his fine feathered friends find themselves trapped in various bubbles and its up to Snoopy (and you) to rescue them.

“Working with partners who truly understand the heart of the brand and characters is paramount to Peanuts Worldwide,” said Roz Nowicki, Executive Vice President of Peanuts Worldwide and Iconix Entertainment. “Jam City has demonstrated great care and skill in helping bring Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Lucy and the entire Peanuts gang to a new generation of audiences. We are thrilled that people around the world who love Peanuts will be able to have so much fun playing Snoopy Pop.”

Screenshots of "Snoopy Pop" game.

Snoopy Pop gameplay features include:
  • Fun, varied, dynamic and challenging puzzles
  • Fresh new levels, characters, worlds and events added regularly
  • Collections of character game pieces, boosters and more
  • Unique character based power-ups, like Charlie Brown’s Kite
  • Game modes featuring Snoopy’s colorful alternate personas such as The Flying Ace and Masked Marvel
  • Events based on classic storylines and holiday specials
  • Maps, obstacles and boosters that capture the spirit of Peanuts
  • Original licensed music from the Peanuts holiday specials
Pre-Register now at Google Play or iOS.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Great Pumpkin is 50 Years Old – Did You Know That it Has a Religious Message?

"Great Pumpkin" has a subtle religious message believe it or not
"Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" airs October 28, 2016 on ABC. (ABC)
TV
Pretty much everyone can agree the second best Peanuts TV special ever created after Charles Schulz’s A Charlie Brown Christmas is It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Even in its 50th year of airing, it still has a 94% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and Charlie Brown is still getting rocks while trick-or-treating instead of getting candy.

"Great Pumpkin" has a subtle religious message believe it or not
The Great Pumpkin special aired for the first time on October 27, 1966 on CBS. After the great success of A Charlie Brown Christmas and Charlie Brown’s All-Stars!, CBS told animator Bill Melendez and director Lee Mendelson that they could do anything they wanted as long as the Halloween special was a “blockbuster,” reports The FW. If the special failed, CBS wouldn’t fund any more specials, so the pair, along with Schulz, agreed to do it, even though they had no idea what they were going to create. Not only was the special a hit, but the three men continued working together until Schulz’s death which resulted in 50 TV specials, four feature films and one Saturday morning cartoon show. In total, the TV specials earned 18 Emmy nominations and won five as well as two Peabody awards.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

ABC Celebrates 50 Years of a Charlie Brown Christmas

Kristen Bell, Kristen Chenoweth and Sarah McLachlan (ABC)
It’s a little odd that ABC has chosen to air two back-to-back family specials on a "school night." It is also a bit odd that they chose to air the special, It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown, that will probably appeal more to their parents at 8:00 p.m. and the holiday special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, that will probably appeal more to the kids, at 9:00 p.m. when many will be bed.


Be that as it may, it looks like it will be an enjoyable show. Kristen Bell hosts the musical show will feature live performances including Kristen Chenoweth (singing “Happiness” from the Broadway show, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, which was her breakout role), Matthew Morrison (sining “Just Like Me) and Sarah McLachlan (“Christmastime is Here”). The special also includes performances by Boys II Men, Pentatonix, David Benoit and The All-American Boy Chorus. There are also so fun moments shared including Fergie talking about her days voicing the role of Charlie’s little sister, Sally Brown for the TV specials, It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown, Snoopy’s Getting Married, Charlie Brown and the Saturday morning TV show, The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.

Pentatonix (ABC)
 At 9:00 p.m., A Charlie Brown Christmas airs for its 50th year in a row. (If you are like me, you may remember when it was shown on CBS and was sponsored by Dolly Madison snack cakes, but I digress.) It’s the same as you remember it only digitally re-mastered to look better than ever. The special itself is only 30 minutes in length and is often paired with another Peanuts special, however, ABC hasn’t announced how they will be filling up the extra time.

A Charlie Brown Christmas will also re-air on December 20 at 9:00 p.m.

Friday, November 13, 2015

What's Your 'Peanuts' Personality? Quiz

Take the quiz to find out what Peanuts character you are.
(Peanuts Worldwide, LLC)
POP QUIZ
Do you find it difficult to stay awake during class or business meeting? Do you find yourself wanting to pull the metaphorical football away just when you friend is about to kick it? Do you have a favorite blanket that gives you extra comfort when needed? Do you have a hard time seeing due to the large heart shapes in your eyes? You just might be Peanuts character. It's nothing to be ashamed of. We all have a little Peanuts in all of us. For 65 years, Charles M. Schulz and his family have given us access to the lives of these fictional kids and because of that, they have become a part of us. Who doesn't have their own version of a kite-eating tree, something or someone that gets in your way of doing something great? Who hasn't had their own "sweet babboo" only to have your feeling not reciprocated? And who hasn't had a pet who refused to act like a pet? To see who your inner Peanuts character is, take this quiz.


 

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)

 MOVIES 

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, November 2, 2015

Video of the Day: 'Peanuts' Song, "Better When I'm Dancin" by Meghan Trainor



Here's a sneak peek at the Peanuts movie. It's a music video of Meghan Trainor's song, "Better When I'm Dancin'" which is featured in the film. The best part? All the characters dance like they did in the 1965 A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Best Lines from 'It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown'

I didn't know you were going to kill it.
Linus: 
"I didn't know you were going to kill it!"

[Writing to the Great Pumpkin] “You must get discouraged because more people believe in Santa Claus than in you. Well, let's face it; Santa Claus has had more publicity, but being #2, perhaps you try harder.”

Never jump into a pile of leaves with a wet sucker.
“Never jump into a pile of leaves with a wet sucker.”

“There are three things that I've learned never discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.”

 “I don't see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there's not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.”

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.