Peanuts and friends ad

For those of you who missed the Super Bowl or just want to watch the Peanuts ad again, here it is (if you’re getting the AAUGH Blog via email, you may need to click through):

It’s more interesting – and fun as a trivia quiz – than funny.

Two things to notice:

  • The Peanuts characters never appear on screen with any of the other characters. There has long been a reluctance to allow Peanuts characters to be mixed in with other properties, and that shows here.
  • In the large number of characters, we see ones who originated on TV animation, theatrical shorts, comic books, children’s books and even in a stand-up comedy act… but unless I miss somebody, the Peanuts characters are the only ones for whom the newspaper comic strip is home.  Now obviously, this is not a deep study on the history of animation, and there certainly are plenty of strips that have made it into animation, some quite successfully… but it still is a less-common source for popular animation.
Animated Peanuts
The AAUGH Blogger presents the Peanuts film strips

Ever since I’ve been talking about the film strips in the Charlie Brown Career Education Program, people have been asking me to make them available to see. Alas, I cannot upload these, they are copyrighted material… but I have recently gotten into gear and cleared any permissions concerns I had …

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I’m confused by A Charlie Brown Christmas

I stopped by a local Hallmark store knowing that it was about time for Christmas books to surface, and there I saw it, a new book edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas… or at least that’s what I thought. I did not recognize this colorful edition. Then I opened it and …

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Review: 2019 It’s the Great Pumpkin adaptation

Hallmark has unleashed another book adaptation of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and my copy has been sitting here literally for weeks, waiting for me to review it. The problem is that, as the latest of umpteen attempts to adapt this special into book form, there is only so …