Animated Peanuts

An ornament for the most wonderful time of the year

Anyone who has been reading The AAUGH Blog for at least a year knows that my favorite season is right about now – the season of new book editions of A Charlie Brown Christmas. What else could bring such joy? But sometimes I have feared it’s only me. I shall fear …

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Talkin’ Smak!

I’ve recently gotten SMAK! Reflections on Love From the Peanuts Gang, a new gift book available at Hallmark stores (well, some of ’em, I had to order online.) This is book is a full color (if muted color) mixtures of images from the strip with sayings about love, images from …

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A Charlie Brown and Lucy double-header

Recently arrived are the books Kick the Football, Charlie Brown and Lucy Knows Best, both kids’ storybooks focused on the Charlie Brown/Lucy dynamic. I really don’t have much to say about these, they fit in with all the other recent storybooks, taking a few strips and adding a bit of plot. Lucy Knows …

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Why Linus is our generation’s Jeb Bush

When they took the Linus-becomes-a-student-council-candidate storyline from the strips and turned it into a TV special, they gave it the title You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown, even though Charlie Brown was not a candidate. Linus didn’t get the attention he may have expected or deserved. Now they’ve gone and done a …

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My Charlie Brown Life

I just finished reading My Charlie Brown Life, Debi Staples’s “spiritual autobiography”, recently made available by the small e-book and print-on-demand publisher SynergEBooks. This book tells the tale of her life, and her journey from a church-oriented Christian belief to [SPOILER ALERT] a much more general God-is-everyone spirituality, peppered with a …

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I will NOT obsess over this like I do Charlie Brown Christmas adaptations!

Having talked about the two book adaptations of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown that I had not expected to buy when I went to my local Hallmark store, what about the one that I did expect to buy? I quickly thought that I did not have to buy it. After …

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We’ve seen this title before

When I went to the Hallmark store, I was looking for the 50th anniversary edition of the adaptation of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. And I found it. And as I noted yesterday, I also found another adaptation of that same TV special, only a light-up, pop-up edition. And I found …

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Even my eyes lit up when I saw this!

When I went to Hallmark to buy one book adaptation of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, they sold me two! And, as this short video shows, it has something special to it (those getting the blog via email may need to click through to see this.) That’s right, it’s a …

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P:PAPS

Well, I’ve finally taken the shrink-wrap off of Peanuts: Play Along Piano Songs, the musical item with the integrated 9-key musical keyboard and 9 built-in songs. Press one of the song buttons, the music plays, then the book coaches you through playing the song by lighting up each key you’re …

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Pop fizzles

So I picked this up at Target. This is one of a line of figures released around the time of The Peanuts Movie, although it’s not a movie license; now, it was 75% off its original price, bringing it down under $3. The Pop! line, for those who don’t know it, …