A reminder that tonight’s PBS American Masters program is featuring Charles M. Schulz. Program begins at 9 p.m. EST. Meet back here tomorrow to discuss.
Updated: I’m still watching the program (Mountain Standard Time) while I’m watching those on the East coast beginning to write in. Keep the comments coming. I’ll post my thoughts when it ends. A caution to those on the West coast – reviews in the comments may contain spoilers.
UPDATE #2: A couple of more reactions from cartoonists who watched the documentary:
Marshall Ramsey: “I just got through watching tonight’s episode of American Masters with Charles Schulz on PBS. It was tough to watch because I realized how much pain he had inside — but I found it fascinating how that pain brought us Peanuts. Seeing Schulz (who had put up an emotional wall his whole life) break down and cry during the Al Roker interview weeks before his death was so unbelievably powerful.”
Kevin Church: “Charlie Brown was probably my best friend when I was growing up and despite my years of being a devoted fan, I never realized it until tonight.” Read his whole review.
UPDATE #3: The New York Post notes that last nights documentary and the controversial Schulz and Peanuts biography were independently created. Of interest is the last paragraph that states that Sparky’s son Monte voiced some concern with the tone of this documentary stating, “I think that, like ‘Peanuts,’ this is a film that grapples with the hardest things in life and can be depressing in that way, but there was joy in Charles Schulz’s life and I think there’s joy in the film.”