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The relative success of The Peanuts Movie

Yes, box office receipts is kind of a stinky way to talk about movies… but I’m a math person at heart and by training, and when I see numbers, I cannot help but to process them. So I think about The Peanuts Movie and the $129 million in domestic ticket sales …

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Peanuts and Me: Global Phenomena

I just got a chance to watch Peanuts: The Global Phenomenon, which is being run on television in various international markets (it has apparently already been run in New Zealand.) This is a fourteen-and-a-half-minute promo for The Peanuts Movie, put together by Toy Box Entertainment, and it’s a nicely built piece …

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Starting the new year off right… with Christmas!

What better way to start off the new year of this blog with our favorite thing – a new book edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas! I came back from my holiday travels to find the Walmart 50th anniversary A Charlie Brown Christmas CD set waiting for me. This is a …

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Guess what film was nominated for a Golden Globe!

The Peanuts Movie has some tough competition for the Golden Globe in feature animation, up against the largely-loved Inside Out, as well as Animolisa, The Good Dinosaur, and the enjoyable Shaun the Sheep, but it’s in the running! It used to be that it was rare that you’d have two big animated films released in …

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The 50th anniversary special

Last night’s 50th anniversary special for A Charlie Brown Christmas turned out to really be a celebration of 50 years of Peanuts RV animation, which is not a complaint. And it wasn’t an academic exercise… which I would’ve enjoyed, but wouldn’t be what the mass audience was searching for. The music …

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Charlie Brown Christmas 50th Anniversary Special tomorrow!

Tomorrow night, starting off ABC’s prime-time lineup in the US will be an hourlong special devoted to one of the greatest half hours in the history of television! It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown will be airing in this, the 51st year of airing A Charlie Brown Christmas (because that’s how anniversaries …

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Sherlock Snoopy and Evil Schroeder

I think some people assume that I’m known for my Peanuts knowledge because I have a good memory. Really, the opposite is the truth.  I’m known because I couldn’t trust my memory to remember which Peanuts books I had, and which books have the same contents as other books, so …

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It’s Another A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown!

So there I was, serenely confident that I’d found all the new book editions of A Charlie Brown Christmas for the year. I’d gotten the ones that were solicited through normal book channels. I’d gotten the one that Hallmark had produced. I’d even gotten the book of stamps! So I’m done, …

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Number two times two

Despite several new movies coming out this past weekend. The Peanuts Movie managed to hold on to the number two spot. It won’t be able to pull off that same trick next weekend, with a new Hunger Games movie and a couple other new films being added to the mix, but …

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Updates on release dates for Snoopy Treasures and Peanuts Movie 2: Franklin’ Trainin’

Three minutes ago, Amazon was listing my new book The Snoopy Treasures as going to be in stock on November 21. I reloaded the page now, and it’s now November 16. In either case, it will be available in plenty of time to be given as a Thanksgiving gift, if you want …