Showing posts with label Snoopy. Show all posts
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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…”

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.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Snoopy Gets His Own Star on the Walk of Fame


Snoopy earned a star on the Walk of Fame.
Snoopy poses by his Star. (Twentieth Century Fox Animation)

Yahoo News has announced that the Charles Schulz's creation, Snoopy, received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, November 2, 2015 just days before the big release of the new Peanuts movie. 

This achievement has been 65 years in the making with Snoopy taking the 2,563rd star on the sidewalk. He joins other famous Hollywood dogs Lassie and Rin Tin Tin. Other animated characters earning this achievement include Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Snow White, Bugs Bunny and Shrek.

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.


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, May 2, 2013

Peanuts Release New Collection


 MOVIE REVIEW 

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


 MOVIE REVIEW 

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.