Some Schulz Centennial Celebrations

Was thinking to hold onto these Charles M. Schulz/Peanuts articles until the actual 100th anniversary of his birth (November 26), but the items are coming in faster than Snoopy in a Sopwith Camel. So…

The white-spotted dog, who became “the first beagle on the moon” in a series of Peanuts comic strips in 1969, is now on his way back to the moon aboard NASA’s Artemis I mission. Snoopy, in the form of a small doll dressed in a one-of-a-kind replica of NASA’s pressure suit for Artemis astronauts, is the “zero-g indicator,” or ZGI, on board the space agency’s now lunar-orbit-bound Orion spacecraft.

Collect Space reports on Snoopy’s return to space.


On a related note.

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has announced an all-new Peanuts-themed experience coming in Spring 2023, created by Montreal-based production company Monlove.

More about the coming show from Laughing Place.


But there’s a Charlie Brown show next week. Can you watch it?

USA Today tells how, when and where to see A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

The 25-minute special was first released in 1973, originally airing on CBS – though it later aired on other networks. But “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and other Peanuts holiday specials were moved to AppleTV+ in 2020 as part of a corporate deal. 

If you are an Apple TV+ subscriber, you can watch the Thanksgiving special, as well as Charlie Brown’s Halloween and Christmas specials, anytime. 

But Apple TV+ also announced earlier this year that it will provide “special free windows for nonsubscribers to stream the iconic holiday specials.” … “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” will be free to stream from Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 27. 

Parade explains that this is not largesse on the part of Apple TV+

As part of the agreement when Apple acquired the Peanuts library, Apple TV+ is required to offer a free screening window for non-subscribers. In 2022, you can stream A Charlie Brown Christmas for free from Nov. 23-Nov. 27.


What’s an anniversary without a list?

CBR lists the funniest Peanuts comic strips from the 1960s.

Your mileage may vary (mine certainly does).


Celebration time, come on!

In honor of what would have been Schulz’s 100th birthday, the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, is leading the centennial celebration of the beloved cartoonist, including a new exhibition, book, USPS stamp release, and events reflecting on Schulz’s enduring legacy, his unforgettable cast of characters, and the many ways his life and art have inspired the world.

Roseville Today has the list of events coming to Santa Rosa’s Schulz Museum.


Getting serious.

When Peanuts launched in 1950 – in just seven newspapers – no one had much faith in Schulz’s creation. It was sold as a space-saver: four small panels, each about 40mm high – the size of an airmail stamp, Schulz later recalled bitterly: ‘I was forced to draw the world’s smallest comic strip.’

‘I had to fight back by using white space,’ he said. He ruthlessly stripped away extraneous background detail…

He accompanied this visual austerity with a distinctive emotional aesthetic – acerbic, bleak, cruel – which was new, not just to the world of the comic strip but to mainstream American culture…

Mathew Lyons, for Spectator, looks at “The Bleak Brilliance of Peanuts.”


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