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The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation – Great Reading for Any Fan

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When I was a little girl, I dreamed of working on a Peanuts special. I didn’t know how to get a job with the magical studio that made these specials – I assumed you had to look in the newspaper for a secret, hidden ad or ask your mom to call somebody in Hollywood and tell them you’d be the perfect Sally. I’m well beyond the appropriate age now, but I still think about it now and then. It sure would’ve been nice.

For those Peanuts fans who lived their pipe dreams through holiday reruns and stuffed Snoopy dolls, The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation: Celebrating Fifty Years of Television Specials is a great way to learn about the people behind the movies and specials. Don’t know the name behind the first voice of Charlie Brown? You will now. Want to know how difficult it is to draw Linus or Lucy? This book may give you the answer you seek.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown to Air on October 31

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Peanuts’ iconic Halloween-themed special, ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,’ will be airing on Thursday, October 31 at 8 to 9 pm ET on ABC, just in time for the Halloween. The special will also run back to back with another bonus Peanuts cartoon titled You’re not Elected, Charlie Brown. The program will also air in Spanish audio via SAP.

‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ follows the Peanuts gang as they celebrate Halloween, with Linus hoping that he will be visited by The Great Pumpkin. Charlie Brown, on the other hand, has been invited to a Halloween party. The cast members include Peter Robbins (Charlie Brown) and Christopher Shea (Linus). The cast also includes Sally Dryer as Lucy, Chris Doran as Schroeder, Bill Melendez as Snoopy, Kathy Steinberg as Sally, Tracy Stratford as Violet and Ann Altieri as Frieda.

Fox Reveals More Details About Peanuts CG Movie

Fox Reveals More Details About Peanuts CG Movie

One of the more popular topics at last week’s CinemaCon event in Las Vegas was Fox’s upcoming Peanuts feature, which the studio confirmed to be CG animated and in stereoscopic 3D. The studio has also confirmed that the film will be released in November 2015, in conjunction with the 65th anniversary of Charles M. Schulz’ original comic strip.

This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers

This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers

ABC will be airing two Peanuts animated specials this November, starting with A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (in HD and with Spanish audio) on Wednesday, November 21 at 8p and This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers the next day, November 22 at the same time. The specials were executive produced by Lee Mendelson and created and written by Charles M. Schulz himself. Bill Melendez is the producer and director and Vince Guaraldi composed the music.

Snoopy and the Gang to Be CG-Animated

Snoopy and the Gang to Be CG-Animated

Deadline.com has just reported that 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios have joined forces in order to develop a new CG animated feature film franchise for Charles M. Schulz’s popular Peanuts comic strip. The scheduled date for the feature will coincide with the 65th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the TV Special A Charlie Brown Christmas on November 25, 2015.

Warner Releases Sports-Themed Peanuts DVD

Warner Releases Sports-Themed Peanuts DVD

Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang will make their way to your DVD racks on May 8, and they’ll be bringing their sports gear with them, as Warner Home Ent. releases their new DVD, aptly titled Happiness is… Peanuts: Team Snoopy. The DVD combines the TV special Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown with an episode from The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.

Snoopy and the Peanuts gang celebrate A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Snoopy and the Peanuts gang celebrate A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Every year. Every holiday. It never feels special or real until we get word from Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the Peanuts gang. This year, the Thanksgiving episode finds a home directly on turkey day, hitting ABC on Thursday, November 24th, at 8pm. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, the classic half hour animated special, was created by Charles M. Schulz back in 1973, which means we’re nearing the 40th anniversary of the toon. Featuring the usual sweet story that we’ve come to expect from the Peanuts gang, as well as perfectly matching with Vince Guaraldi’s musical score, this Emmy Award winning cartoon is a childhood classic for generations of childhoods.

The Peanuts gang returns in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

The Peanuts gang returns in It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Getting right to the point, it’s not Halloween until Snoopy says so. The same can be said for several other holidays, from Christmas to Thanksgiving. And no matter what kind of argument you use against the point, the fact remains: the holiday just doesn’t feel like the holiday unless you get to experience the Peanuts special, just like you did the year before, and the year before that, and the year before that. Once again, ABC is happy to help us out on the quest, as the classic Peanuts Halloween special, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, will air on Thursday, October 27th, at 8pm.

Fox runs Peanuts special Happiness Is A Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown

Fox runs Peanuts special Happiness Is A Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown

One of the most memorable visuals of the Peanuts crew is the attachment between Linus and his blanket. As one of Charlie Brown and Snoopy’s good friends, you can find Linus in most every adventure for the Charles M. Schulz group of kids, always side by side (or sometimes even adorned in) his baby blue blanket. But in the new hour long special, Happiness Is A Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, the task is to help Linus separate from his security blanket when his grandmother comes for a visit. No easy task! But with time ticking down, everyone is focusing in on this security situation! Take a look at the teaser trailer for the special, then be sure to TOON in to fox on November 24th for the full presentation.

Peanuts: Happiness Is Snoopy’s Adventures

Peanuts Happiness Is Snoopy's Adventures

This week, we get to hear from the Peanut Gallery! Charlie Brown and company star in the latest DVD from Charles M. Schulz’s latest DVD, Peanuts: Happiness Is… Snoopy’s Adventures. The compilation pairs the TV Special Snoopy’s Getting Married, Charlie Brown with a rarely seen episode from The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show. The DVD is available now, and a true must-have for anyone needing a little Snoopy in their life. Read on for more details

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