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.

Animated Peanuts

It’s the Peanutsiest month of the year! Tonight, December 6, the US’s ABC network airs A Charlie Brown Christmas, in it’s “uncut” (except, of course, for that Coke ad from the original airing) glory, followed by (a presumably edited-down version of) Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales. That’s 8 PM in most arsea. This …

Animated Peanuts
You’ll Have Barriers, Charlie Brown

I have a foolish obsession strong interest in the 1979-released film strip series Charlie Brown’s Career Education Program. Finding this listing in a scan of a 1989 educational media catalog answered a couple questions for me, like “how long was this around?” (at least a decade) and “how much did …

Animated Peanuts
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 …