Seems it is the season of Peanuts. Yeah , all those TV specials – but also…
Well, other special videos.
Beyond The Scenes is a Daily Show extra, and this one discusses Franklin as the Black representative in the Peanuts. Host Roy Wood Jr. talks with Daily Show writer Josh Johnson and comics creator Robb (“JumpStart”) Armstrong about Franklin and much more about Peanuts and comic strips.
The other video is comprised of still photos as Recollection Road narrates the history of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang in eight and a half minutes. I have a couple minor quibbles, but on the whole a decent telling.
Snoopy is bound for the moon, again.
The intrepid space explorer, who in 1969 became the world’s first beagle to land on the lunar surface — at least in the Peanuts comic strips drawn by the late Charles M. Schulz — is set to fly for real aboard NASA’s first Artemis mission in 2022. Snoopy, in plush form, will serve as the “zero-g indicator” on the Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft as it loops around the moon.
[T]he current exhibit at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, [is] “Drawn from Life: The People and Places of ‘Peanuts,’” running through mid-March next year.
But even more prominently featured in the strips on display are the identities of people Schulz knew, both in Sonoma County and Minnesota.
Take the mysterious Little Red-Haired Girl, the object of Charlie Brown’s unrequited affection, who is never seen in the comic strip. First referenced in “Peanuts” in 1961, she was based on Donna Johnson from Minneapolis.
So throughout the comic strip Peanuts by Charles Schulz, Snoopy has been seen doing a fair number of … shall we say unusual activities. These range from being a WWI Flying Ace, to his obsession with chocolate-chipped cookies (and how he’s completely unfazed by the effects), to even writing (albeit terrible) short stories.
His most intriguing characteristic, however, is his uncanny ability to communicate with all forms and levels of life, including cats (like the cat next door), birds (Woodstock and his friends, he’s a beagle scout master), and most importantly, other characters such as Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and pretty much everyone else. More impressively, however, it’s not that Snoopy merely understands the other characters, but the other characters seem to understand him too.
And I’m sure you are proud of your records too. Now be even prouder.
“For this slipmat design, we were able to dig through the Peanuts archive to find our favorite music and record collecting themed strips. We laid them out simply so you could almost read it like a comic book in between the time you change records. We’ve been using these for a while now, and we’re continually finding new nuances in Charles Schulz’s work.” -TTL
As a lifelong Peanuts fan, this collaboration was a dream come true. First and foremost, I wanted to get the ‘Buying Records Cheers Me Up’ panel onto quality, well-printed shirts. That image always spoke to me. We were also given access to the Peanuts archive, where we could pick our favorite strips, which we put combined onto a slipmat. We filled out the collection with a exclusive pressing of the classic Charlie Brown soundtrack. – PH