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.

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The bull has pulled the football away

Ach, I was wrong in a previous forecast; Ferdinand has had more legs than I expected, and The Peanuts Movie is once again the lowest-grossing feature film that Blue Sky Studios has released.

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Deluxe Pumpkin cover

Here we have a first look at the cover to It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Deluxe Edition, the new book adaptation which will hit sincere pumpkin patches (as well as Amazon) this July (and is available for preorder now, of course.) The cover is by the ever-talented Vicki Scott, and …

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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, …

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The Mouse gets more Peanuts

Just a quick note that today’s announced Disney buyout of Fox’s entertainment units snags them just a little more of the Peanuts rights – specifically, the buyout would get them  rights to The Peanuts Movie, created by the Fox-owned Blue Sky Studios. (Disney is also the current licensee for certain Peanuts …

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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 …

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I’m an Amazon! And I’m Prime!

If you have both Amazon Prime and some strange urge to see the AAUGH Blogger talking, go watch the Amazon Prime Video steam of Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales, because for some reason after the special they have tacked on “Sibling Rivalry,” a documentary featurette about Rerun Van Pelt that was …

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Where are they now?

I was installing a new Blu-Ray player (well, reinstalling an old one, having lost the remote on the newer one), and I reckoned I’d test it by putting The Peanuts Movie disk in… which drew my 8 year old away form his video games, and he came over and watched the …

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A Charlie Brown Christmas tree-based product

Coming out next year from Running Press is A Charlie Brown Christmas Wooden Collectible Set. Priced at $9.99 and currently listed as a 32-page paperback, this is likely one of their “kits”, little boxed sets. Often, their sets include a book or pamphlet, but I really don’t have details on this …