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an A Charlie Brown Christmas edition by any other name

Apparently, there are now so many book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas that they have to come up with new names to distinguish them, at least judging by the new book A Charlie Brown Christmas Tree. Despite the different title, this is actually this year’s Hallmark entry in the …

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What the new film will mean

I’ve been thinking about the newly-announced Peanuts film and what it will all mean for those of us in the Peanuts fan/Peanuts stuff-buying community. Here are some quick thoughts: This will not be a minor film. This is coming from Blue Sky Productions, who have so far released seven movies, …

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A new Peanuts movie is in the works

The L.A. Times is reporting that a deal has been struck between the Peanuts rightsholders and 20th Century Fox for a new Peanuts theatrical release. The high points: 2015 release date, so don’t start popping the popcorn yet. Cowritten by two Schulzes (son Craig and grandson Bryan) with Cornelius Uliano …

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Snoopy Come Home on the big screen

AAUGH Blog reader Pat just alerted me to a rare big-screen showing of Snoopy Come Home in Hollywood. Alas, the scheduling (tonight and tomorrow at 7:30) doesn’t work for me, but I hope some of the L.A. crew can make it out!

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Next DVD is Snoopy 2 Go

Coming in October is Go Snoopy Go, the latest DVD in the Happiness Is… Peanuts series. These disks pair one special (in this case, It’s Spring Training, Charlie Brown) with one episode of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (the one with the stories “Blanket”, “Peppermint Patty”, and “Rainy Day”), …

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A Charlie Brown Christmas is Officially Important, musicwise

Each year, the U.S. Library of Congress names a set of audio recordings that are of historical importance, and this year’s announcement of 25 new inductees includes the soundtrack for A Charlie Brown Christmas! The announcement notes: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” introduced jazz to millions of listeners. The television soundtrack …

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Team Snoopy

Now shipping is Happiness is… Peanuts: Team Snoopy, a DVD combining the TV special Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown with some sports-oriented material from The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show. I love the phrasing “An All-New Collection” There’s not any new material, just a new combination of things… and …

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a blog post with a special guest appearance

Well, day one of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is over. Things are going well. And I sold one copy of The Peanuts Collection to a very special guest: Recognize that boy? No? Of course you wouldn’t. But if he spoke, you might. Young Gabe is the current …

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All about Vince Guaraldi

Elsewhere, Peanuts animation expert Scott McGuire points out that Derrick Bang (who you may know as the editor of the It’s Only a Game and Li’l Folks collections, the author of 50 Years of Happiness and the co-author of Security Blankets) has put out Vince Guaraldi at the Piano, a …

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Other inside info

While I was being corrected on the status of It’s Tokyo, Charlie Brown (and boy, did I not just end up with egg on my face there, I ended up with AAUGH on my face!), my inside source did let me in on some better information, and that’s about the …