Snoopy & The Peanuts Gang

November 2, 2015

By Tab Byrum

This is an exciting week at our house, the new Peanuts movie is coming out this weekend and today Snoopy is getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We all have those characters that we obsessed over as kids, we collected the memorabilia having to do with them and never missed a movie, TV show or comic book that featured them, for me that was Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the Peanuts gang. As you know Peanuts was the creation of Charles M. Schulz, it was first published as a comic in 1950 and continued until 2000, ending with Schulz’s death. Peanuts achieved much of its popularity and success with the TV specials, especially It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

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For me, the first thing I remember about Peanuts was Snoopy, the beagle with an amazing imagination and the ability to make you smile and laugh without ever speaking a word. As a kid I had Peanuts everything, my sheets were Peanuts, my sleeping bag, lunch box, telephone and when they started producing Peanuts Christmas ornaments my mom and I were in. We still put up the Peanuts Christmas tree as well as Peanuts collectible plates and so much more. I’m excited about seeing the movie this weekend, it’s definitely going to have a very 21st century look, compared to the Peanuts of the 60’s and 70’s. Snoopy and Peanuts hold a very special place in my heart, I get that catch in my throat every holiday season when I hear “Christmas Time” from the Christmas special. Join me today  for some reminiscing as we check out the design and history of Peanuts and remember what it’s like to be a kid again. Enjoy!!!

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This image is from a 1952 comic of Charlie Brown trick or treating, you can definitely see the changes made over the years.

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This is the cover of a 1950’s Peanuts comic book with selected cartoons from the comic strip.

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Another early comic book, love the TV. 

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These are the Snoopy and Charlie Brown I remember, a boy and his dog. 

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Of course, Peanuts has always provided thoughtful and inspiring comments.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas first debuted in 1965, it was very inspirational and ahead of its time since Charlie Brown questioned the true meaning of Christmas and complained that it had become too commercialized. Linus’ reciting of the King James version of the Christmas story is still very poignant and a true show stopper. 

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This is from the opening scene of A Charlie Brown Christmas when the children are ice skating and singing “Christmas Time”, gets me every time to this day and probably my favorite Christmas song.

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Lucy Van Pelt is always full of advice and has spent the last 60 some years trying to teach Charlie Brown a lesson. 

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Lucy’s love for piano playing Schroeder has gone unrecognized all these years.

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This image gives you an idea of the evolution of Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus and Lucy from the 50’s through the 90’s. 

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Following the success of the Christmas special in 1965 a Halloween special was produced in 1966. It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is among the most popular holiday TV specials ever.

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I love this party scene from the Halloween special.

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Snoopy has many personas with Joe Cool being among the most popular. 

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There’s always been great Peanuts merchandise, I would have loved to have had this bedding. Who knows, I might still need it. 

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This is the phone I had, it’s still in a closet at mom and dad’s house. 

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This statue is in Charles Schulz’s native Minneapolis.

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This is definitely a party theme I could get behind!!!!!

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I’m very excited about the new movie, and even though the images are computer generated and look somewhat different than the originals, I’m sure the message will still be the same, get out there and try your hardest and always remember that happiness is a warm puppy. 

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