A Charlie BANNED Christmas

Following up on yesterday’s post about how Texas prisons have banned The Peanuts Collection, I should note that that’s not the only Peanuts book they’ve banned. They’ve also banned the book adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas… and since they are, presumably, wise followers of this blog (all the best people are, and some of the others!) and thus know that there has been more than one edition of this book. Rather than offer a blanket ban on A Charlie Brown Christmas in all its forms, they specified enough to ban just the one version.

And what was this most deadly of A Charlie Brown Christmas book adaptations? It was the pop-up version, of course! It’s in eye-popping 3-D, and popping someone’s eye with it during a prison riot would be very bad.

Comic-Con
Peanuts back in space!

The Peanuts folks have put out a press release announcing a new effort with NASA, the National Air and Space Administration, about their plans to generate new educational content and a school curriculum for teaching about deep space exploration. They say that more details will be released at Comic-Con next week. This …

Animated Peanuts
Schulz on the Peanuts animation process

Back in 1977, before his years as a film producer, a young Jack Lechner contacted Charles Schulz, enumerating his disappointments with the then-new film Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown. With Mr. Lechner’s kind permission, here is Schulz’s response. Share this:

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Guess who just bought a big chunk of Peanuts??

The Hollywood Reporter is Hollywood reporting that entertainment giant Sony just bought 39% of the holding company that exists to hold the rights to Peanuts. They bought just short of half of the share that DHX Media bought a year ago. This means that the ownership breaks down like this: …