Out of the cellar

The Peanuts Movie, which had the distinction of being the best-reviewed film Blue Sky Studios ever produced (judging by both the Rotten Tomatoes aggregate score;  Metacritic puts in in second) also had the more dubious distinction of being Blue Sky’s lowest grossing film ever, bringing in $246 million worldwide. Now, however, it may be about to lose that latter mark; Blue Sky’s Ferdinand has brought in just $210 million so far, and while there’s still a little life left in that bull, it’s likely not enough to get it across the line.

This isn’t a good thing, in any discernible way. After all, any major animated feature film generally has a large body of talented folks trying to do their best. But it is a thing.

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It’s the Peak of the Holiday Season

It is my favorite time of the Christmas season, which long time readers will know means just one thing: the arrival of a new book adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas! Or… is it an adaptation. The publication in question is a new boxed set, called the A Charlie Brown Christmas Wooden …

Animated Peanuts

WildBrain, an animation studio owned by Peanuts Worldwide co-owner DHX, has started posting some new short animations on YouTube – two so far. Here’s one on Franklin teaching Charlie Brown football. (If you’re getting the blog via email, you may need to click through on the title of this blog …

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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: