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Postby TheButcher on Tue Nov 27, 2007 2:34 pm

Warner Bros. to Distribute 'Peanuts' Animation
October 22nd, 2007 1:18 PM by Aaron H. Bynum

News of the 'Peanuts' Property


An entertainment brand that spans a seemingly infinite variety of media and an entertainment brand that has braved numerous eras of emotional, political and social thought, the Peanuts work of Charles M. Schulz often represents the most memorable moments a growing child can experience. Between a near-bald young boy and his ace pilot beagle, a blanket carrying philosopher, a master pianist, a girl who will wear sandals in any season of the year and much more, Peanuts has provided readers with a spectrum of humor over the past fifty plus years. Now, it appears that much of the media based on Schulz's imaginative stories will see its most collective and organized distribution yet.

In an announcement made recently, Warner home Video--in an agreement with United Media (or, United Feature Syndicate, Inc.), Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates and Lee Mendelson Film Productions--has entered an agreement that will see the Peanuts brand successfully distributed. The agreement is an exclusive, multi-year, worldwide home video distribution deal. The many memorable television specials, video releases and new media that further brought to life Charlie Brown and his many friends will see their most promising availability yet. Digitally remastered releases of classic holiday specials, the potential for newly produced Peanuts projects for a digital media platform and much more are on tap.


"As we continue our efforts to maintain the integrity of my husband Charles Schulz's work, partnering with Warner Home Video was the logical choice," Jeanne Schulz, wife of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, commented in a news release.

"After meeting the Warner creative team, it's clear that they have an understanding and respectful dedication to classic animation, which we think will make them a great distribution home for Peanuts."

Schulz's legacy, as a cartoonist whose dedication to his medium was well known, is made all the more permanent with memorable animation sequences that establish through moving pictures the innumerable idiosyncrasies of his Peanuts characters.

Warner Bros. intends to reach the appropriate audiences with newly anticipated releases of now classic Charlie Brown animation, further establishing a connection with old and young generations alike. Doug Stern, President and CEO of United media, who undertakes the responsibility of licensing and syndicating Peanuts, openly stated that Warner Bros. is "a perfect match for Peanuts."

Under the terms of the agreement, Warner Home Video will exclusively distribute multiple Peanuts DVD titles, which include over 50 classic television specials and television series episodes. The first of these releases includes a deluxe edition of "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown," scheduled for release on January 15th, 2008, followed by a deluxe edition of "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown," scheduled for release February 26th, 2008. The titles will be offered to consumers completely re-mastered, in all-new deluxe editions, with newly created bonus features. Each title will feature a new updated look while maintaining the integrity and feel of classic Peanuts.

Charles M. Schulz wrote all of the programs encompassed by the deal, with Bill Melendez directing and Lee Mendelson as Executive Producer; all three are multiple Emmy-award winners. The agreement also contemplates production of new made-for-video titles as well as new short-form content based on the Peanuts work of Charles M. Schulz for digital distribution via wireless, EST and video-on-demand platforms. Mendelson /Melendez Productions, LLC will be associated with some of these projects.


About the Peanuts brand: Peanuts is one of the most beloved entertainment brands of all time. What began in the funny pages in 1950 has developed into an enduring classic. The tales of Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Good Ol' Charlie Brown, and the rest of the Peanuts gang reach fans through a variety of media including newspapers, TV, home video, theater, the internet, wireless, video games, music, and books. Over 18,000 comic strips celebrate numerous themes, countless images and well-known expressions that have become part of the American - indeed global - vocabulary. Whether you're a fussbudget like Lucy, philosopher like Linus, Flying Ace like Snoopy, or a lovable loser like Charlie Brown, there is something to touch your heart or make you laugh in Peanuts.

About Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates: Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates was established to work in partnership with United Media on the creative and business management of the Peanuts worldwide licensing program, providing creative oversight and art direction to the over 900 Peanuts licensees. Creative Associates is located in Santa Rosa, California, where the Peanuts creator maintained his studio for over thirty years. On the same property Schulz built an ice arena, cafe, and gift shop. In August 2002, the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center opened adjacent to his studio. The museum fulfills its mission to preserve, display, and interpret the life and art of Charles M. Schulz by offering rotating exhibitions of original art and personal artifacts, showcasing Schulz and his cartoon creations Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the whole Peanuts Gang.

Source: http://www.animationinsider.net/article.php?articleID=1528
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Postby Fievel on Tue Nov 27, 2007 2:37 pm

Give me a Bonus Feature of Vince Guaraldi recording all the music and I'd be all over this. Unfortunately, I highly doubt any such footage exists.
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Postby Chairman Kaga on Tue Nov 27, 2007 2:56 pm

I was late this year trying to buy "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" but now I'll gladly wait....
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Postby LaDracul on Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:27 pm

Hmm, maybe Paramount's rights expired...

Though I really do need to get "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!" pronto. It's a special about Rerun and he fattens up Spike.

Oh God, how I love Rerun.
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:28 pm

LaDracul wrote:Oh God, how I love Rerun.


What's a to love, eh? He's a just a like a that Linus putz, no? Only smaller.
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Postby godzillasushi on Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:33 pm

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Man, that was pretty quick there. I got lol all over my screen now. Gotta wipe it off right quick....
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Postby Zarles on Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:40 pm

Kinda looks like my avatar, come to think of it.
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Postby LaDracul on Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:41 pm

Actually, he was called Rerun because Lucy thought having another little brother was just like a rerun on TV. I don't know what inspired the "What's Happening?" character to be named Rerun, but I don't think he would've given genius monologues from the back of his mom's bike.
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Postby TheBaxter on Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:43 pm

Charlie Brown Christmas is on tonight.
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Postby LaDracul on Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:44 pm

Here's some gold from Rerun on B of the B day-
http://youtube.com/watch?v=AlWI2JJ8l4Y
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Postby Wolfpack on Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:47 pm

Maw-maw-maw-maw-maw-maw-maw-maw-maw!
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:49 pm

LaDracul wrote:I don't know what inspired the "What's Happening?" character to be named Rerun, but I don't think he would've given genius monologues from the back of his mom's bike.


I donna think his a mother, she would even have a been able a to pedal the goddamn thing, no?
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Postby LaDracul on Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:51 pm

DinoDeLaurentiis wrote:
LaDracul wrote:I don't know what inspired the "What's Happening?" character to be named Rerun, but I don't think he would've given genius monologues from the back of his mom's bike.


I donna think his a mother, she would even have a been able a to pedal the goddamn thing, no?


Exactly. XD
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Postby Zarles on Tue Nov 27, 2007 6:24 pm

DinoDeLaurentiis wrote:
LaDracul wrote:I don't know what inspired the "What's Happening?" character to be named Rerun, but I don't think he would've given genius monologues from the back of his mom's bike.


I donna think his a mother, she would even have a been able a to pedal the goddamn thing, no?


OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHH!!! I'M GONNA TELL MAMAAAAA!!!

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Postby TheButcher on Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:40 pm

LaDracul wrote:Hmm, maybe Paramount's rights expired...

Though I really do need to get "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!" pronto. It's a special about Rerun and he fattens up Spike.

Oh God, how I love Rerun.

I love the part when Rerun throws his shoe at the dog.


I guess Paramount dropped the ball.
I own "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and the lack of special features really bugs me.
Doug Stern, President and CEO of United Media, the company that licenses and syndicates Peanuts, stated, "As we continue to oversee the extraordinary legacy of Charles M. Schulz with our long term partner Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, it made strategic sense to align ourselves with a creative distribution partner like Warner Home Video. A perfect match for Peanuts, Warner Bros. has demonstrated to us and the industry its enormous global reach, creative foresight, marketing expertise, as well as its ability to understand classic properties."

Under the terms of the agreement, WHV will exclusively distribute multiple Peanuts DVD titles, which include over 50 classic television specials and television series episodes. The first of these releases includes a deluxe edition of Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, scheduled for release on January 15, 2008, followed by a deluxe edition of It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, scheduled for release February 26, 2008. The titles will be offered to consumers completely re-mastered, in all-new deluxe editions, with newly created bonus features. Each title will feature a new updated look while maintaining the integrity and feel of classic Peanuts.

Regarding the announcement, Brown said, "This agreement is a testament to Warner Home Video's dedication to bringing some of the world's most foremost and cherished properties to consumers. We have tremendous passion for Peanuts and look forward to the opportunity to build this perennial brand by reinvigorating the home video library via product and packaging innovation, potentially creating original content based on Schulz's work and building digital distribution on new media platforms."

"Warner Bros. is the only major studio with a dedicated business unit for non-theatrical properties," commented Ken Ziffren, attorney for Peanuts right holders. "Their understanding of the value of this evergreen brand, respect for what Charles Schulz has created and presence in the video market makes them a great partner. It's been a pleasure working with them in crafting this deal."

A leader in the video distribution industry, over the years Warner Home Video has successfully signed agreements with content owners of some of the world's most renowned brands including BBC, National Geographic, Dr. Seuss, Popeye, American Girl, Cartoon Network, Leap Frog, Scholastic, The Wiggles, NFL, NBA and NHL. Other perennial animated properties in Warner Bros. library include Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, Hanna Barbera, Scooby-Doo, Batman, Superman and all of the other DC Comics characters.

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Postby Bayouwolf on Tue Nov 27, 2007 10:08 pm

TheButcher wrote:

I guess Paramount dropped the ball.
I own "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and the lack of special features really bugs me.

Yeah.... I know I'm really looking forward to the audio commentary by the voice of the school teacher.... Wah wahhh, wah wah wah waaahhhh... :roll:
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Postby Chairman Kaga on Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:48 am

TheBaxter wrote:Charlie Brown Christmas is on tonight.

Damnit! Really. So damn early and I missed it.
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Postby Peven on Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:52 am

Chairman Kaga wrote:
TheBaxter wrote:Charlie Brown Christmas is on tonight.

Damnit! Really. So damn early and I missed it.


they used to show the Christmas specials in December anyway. shit. lucky for me i caught it tonight with my two youngest.
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Postby bluebottle on Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:57 am

i'm going to go out on a limb and guess that it'll be re-aired before christmas.
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Postby Chairman Kaga on Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:58 am

Bluebottle wrote:i'm going to go out on a limb and guess that it'll be re-aired before christmas.

It better be (sniffle) :(
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Postby bluebottle on Wed Nov 28, 2007 2:06 am

Chairman Kaga wrote:
Bluebottle wrote:i'm going to go out on a limb and guess that it'll be re-aired before christmas.

It better be (sniffle) :(


it's like charlie brown missed his own christmas special.
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Postby buster00 on Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:00 am

Am I trippin', or did this special used to be 30 minutes long? This year, it ran for 60.

Way to cram 40 more minutes worth of ads into your anti-commercialism Christmas special, there, ABC. Nice job.
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Postby Peven on Wed Nov 28, 2007 8:06 am

buster00 wrote:Am I trippin', or did this special used to be 30 minutes long? This year, it ran for 60.

Way to cram 40 more minutes worth of ads into your anti-commercialism Christmas special, there, ABC. Nice job.


you are correct, the original Christmas special is 30 minutes, and still is. ran from 8 till 8:30. they ran another Peanuts Christmas show, that i don't recall seeing as a kid, from 8:30-9:00
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Postby LaDracul on Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:53 am

buster00 wrote:Am I trippin', or did this special used to be 30 minutes long? This year, it ran for 60.

Way to cram 40 more minutes worth of ads into your anti-commercialism Christmas special, there, ABC. Nice job.


For one thing, didn't they tack on a series of shorts on the hour-long special previously? I would've liked to see that instead.
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Postby buster00 on Thu Nov 29, 2007 6:47 pm

LaDracul wrote:
buster00 wrote:Am I trippin', or did this special used to be 30 minutes long? This year, it ran for 60.

Way to cram 40 more minutes worth of ads into your anti-commercialism Christmas special, there, ABC. Nice job.


For one thing, didn't they tack on a series of shorts on the hour-long special previously? I would've liked to see that instead.


Ah, I see. I didn't get to watch it; my girlfriend wanted to watch "NCIS" and argue with me about stupid bullshit during commercials.

I would rather have watched Linus read from the Gospel of Luke.
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Postby SilentBobX on Thu Nov 29, 2007 6:56 pm

I already own the Charlie Brown dvd holiday box set. I don't think I need this in hi-def or any other format. Just the dvds will be ok.

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Postby LaDracul on Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:03 pm

buster00 wrote:
LaDracul wrote:
b uster00 wrote:Am I trippin', or did this special used to be 30 minutes long? This year, it ran for 60.

Way to cram 40 more minutes worth of ads into your anti-commercialism Christmas special, there, ABC. Nice job.


For one thing, didn't they tack on a series of shorts on the hour-long special previously? I would've liked to see that instead.


Ah, I see. I didn't get to watch it; my girlfriend wanted to watch "NCIS" and argue with me about stupid bullshit during commercials.

I would rather have watched Linus read from the Gospel of Luke.


That one had some stories, like one about how Sally cut down a tree from someone's driveway and he wants it back, and another where Lucy enlists Snoopy to be her figure skating partner since Schroder was being a jerk and refused to do it because it's too sissy for a hockey player like himself.

That was probably the only time I wanted to slap Schroder.
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Re: Charlie Brown and The Peanuts special edition dvd's

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Postby TheButcher on Mon Aug 23, 2010 6:42 pm

Fievel wrote:Give me a Bonus Feature of Vince Guaraldi recording all the music and I'd be all over this. Unfortunately, I highly doubt any such footage exists.
Sigh.


From Variety:
'Peanuts' and all that jazz = New documentary looks at composer Vince Guaraldi
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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Mon Aug 23, 2010 7:23 pm

TheButcher wrote:
Fievel wrote:Give me a Bonus Feature of Vince Guaraldi recording all the music and I'd be all over this. Unfortunately, I highly doubt any such footage exists.
Sigh.


From Variety:
'Peanuts' and all that jazz = New documentary looks at composer Vince Guaraldi


Fievel posted that nearly 3 years ago. TheButch has a memory like a steel trap. Well done sir.
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Re: Charlie Brown and The Peanuts special edition dvd's

Postby Fievel on Mon Aug 23, 2010 7:38 pm

Ohmygod! Ohmygod!! Ohmygod!!!!!!
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Awesome news!! When this hits video I'm all over it!!
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Postby TheButcher on Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:34 pm

Lord Voldemoo wrote:
TheButcher wrote:
Fievel wrote:Give me a Bonus Feature of Vince Guaraldi recording all the music and I'd be all over this. Unfortunately, I highly doubt any such footage exists.
Sigh.


From Variety:
'Peanuts' and all that jazz = New documentary looks at composer Vince Guaraldi


Fievel posted that nearly 3 years ago. TheButch has a memory like a steel trap. Well done sir.

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Re: Charlie Brown and The Peanuts special edition dvd's

Postby TheButcher on Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:48 pm

Hero Complex Review:
‘Peanuts’ review: Good grief, new ‘Charlie Brown’ cartoon falls on its face
Charles Solomon, the animation historian and author of books such ”The Art of Toy Story 3,” drops by the Hero Complex today to review a new entry in the “Peanuts” library.

The prospect of a new “Peanuts” film sounds especially welcome in these tense times. “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” et al. provided some of most beloved moments in the history of TV animation. Sadly, “Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown,” which has just been released on DVD falls down on the job, not unlike a would-be placekicker we all know and love.

More than a decade after the death of Charles Schulz, his strip remains popular in reruns, and the characters are still ubiquitous. But virtually all of the key artists involved in the classic specials have died — not only Schulz, but director Bill Melendez (who also provided Snoopy’s howls and laughs), key animator Bill Littlejohn and composer Vince Guaraldi, whose jazz scores set the bright tone.

“Warm Blanket” was co-written by Schulz’s son, Craig, and Stephan Pastis, the creator of the comic strip “Pearls Before Swine.” Pastis was an odd choice. Although “Pearls” is a very popular strip, its humor tends to be hip and edgy and possessing a mean-spirit that runs counter to the “Peanuts” ethos. The familiar characters sound angry, impatient and sarcastic; the viewer looking for joy and whimsy will do so in vain.

The new film is largely based on two long continuities Schulz drew decades ago about Lucy trying to break Linus of his blanket habit. In early 1961, she buried his blanket, forcing him to dig up the entire neighborhood searching for it. Lucy made the blanket into a kite that blew away in mid-1962. When the Air Rescue Service found it floating in the ocean, Linus proudly announced, “Lt. Commander Carpenter and my blanket … both within five weeks!”

Despite the solid source material, the story rambles aimlessly. Several minutes elapse before the plot actually begins and the narrative is padded with irrelevant moments taken from decades of Schulz’s work. Violet, Patty and Shermy, whom Schulz lost interest in and dropped from the strip, turn up to re-create some of the first published “Peanuts’ strips. Obvious commercial breaks and the 44-minute running time remind us that the film was crafted to be a one-hour TV special. In fact, this is the 45th entry in the series but the first without Melendez, suggesting just how much pressure was on the new team.

Mark Mothersbaugh, the Devo co-founder whose music credits in animation includes “Rugrats” and “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” delivers a score that is pedestrian at best, and the animation itself is surprisingly uneven. Sometimes the characters have the lively feel of the old specials, sometimes they stand or move awkwardly. The backgrounds include garish colors Schulz never used, and they’re too big and fussy. Although Schulz’s earliest strips featured broad exterior vistas and carefully rendered rooms of mid-century furniture, he quickly abandoned that look. He stripped his settings to an almost arid minimum, focusing tightly on the characters.

During one of the many false endings of “Warm Blanket,” Linus stands atop Snoopy’s dog house and bluntly denounces everyone else’s failures and insecurities. The moment is completely out of character for the gentle, theologically oriented Linus — and a very, very long way from his understated recitation of the Gospel of St. Luke, the moment that spoke to the Holy Ghost that was at work in the best “Peanuts” animation.

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Re: Charlie Brown and The Peanuts special edition dvd's

Postby Fievel on Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:02 am

Sounds like a wreck. The worst thing to do to the formula of the Peanuts characters is to attempt to make a change.
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Re: Charlie Brown & the Special Edition Peanuts DVDs

Postby Ribbons on Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:54 am

I don't know whether listing Mark Mothersbaugh's former credits was supposed to be some sort of a jab (as in, "need I say more about why this guy sucks?"), but the man has actually done some really solid work over the years (including, yes, Rugrats). His score for Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist made the movie 10 times better. That said, the Vince Guaraldi Trio is a pretty tough act to follow.
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Re: Charlie Brown & the Special Edition Peanuts DVDs

Postby TheButcher on Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:34 pm

From BC:
Watch And Learn – Charles Schulz Draws Charlie Brown
Brendon Connelly wrote:In this excerpt from the rare, unaired TV documentary, A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Charles Schulz does a little show and tell. He shows you how he would draw young Chuck, and he tells you why the character is so resoundingly relatable.

You can purchase the full documentary on DVD through the Charles Schulz Museum.

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Charles "Sparky" Schulz Draws Charlie Brown (Official)
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Re: Charlie Brown & the Special Edition Peanuts DVDs

Postby Fievel on Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:57 pm

Awesome!!!
But I was waiting for Schroeder to come up, smack Charlie Brown upside the head and say "What the fuck, Chuck? Get off mah piano!!"
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Grim & Gritty Peanuts Reboot

Postby TheButcher on Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:10 am

Sneak peek: 'Peanuts' cracks big screen again
Charlie Brown, his dog Snoopy and the rest of the gang return to the big screen in 'Peanuts,' opening Nov. 6, 2015.
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500 Days of Peanuts

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Postby TheButcher on Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:15 am

First Look at CGI ‘Peanuts’ by Blue Sky Studios
Ahead of the film’s teaser trailer premiere later today, we’ve got our first look at the big screen CGI adaptation of “Peanuts”
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Re: Charlie Brown & the Special Edition Peanuts DVDs

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A Charlie Brown Christmas is Always Worth Revisiting
A Charlie Brown Christmas is still essential holiday viewing, even after almost fifty years of annual airings!

"I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I'm not happy. I don't feel the way I'm supposed to feel."
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Re: Charlie Brown & the Special Edition Peanuts DVDs

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Peanuts Producer: Where That Adult 'Mwa-Mwa-Mwa' Sound Came From
After 50 years of making the specials, Lee Mendelson is getting an Annie Award on Saturday. He opens up about CBS' early complaints about the now-classic Christmas special and the big issues that the cartoons tackled.
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One of the enduring parts of the animation is the way the grown-ups talk — "mwa-mwa-mwa." What is the origin of that?


Since there were no adults in the strip, there would not be any adults on the shows. So I went to Vince Guaraldi and asked if there was an instrument you could use that would sound like a person talking. He had these fellows with a trombone come in. A year ago, I was speaking at a school, and a little girl told me her great uncle played in the Vince Guaraldi trio and showed me the trombone he played 50 years ago. Talk about serendipity.
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Re: Charlie Brown & the Special Edition Peanuts DVDs

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EXCLUSIVE: Q & A With Charlie Brown's Lee Mendelson
CBM's Nate Best quizzes Lee Mendelson, the producer behind Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown which just landed this week on DVD (for the first time ever)! Find out who his favorite character is, how he got involved with Peanuts, Garfield and more
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Re: Charlie Brown & the Special Edition Peanuts DVDs

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Re: 500 Days of Peanuts

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Turner Broadcasting’s Boomerang Buys ‘Peanuts’ From Francetv Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)
Elsa Keslassy wrote:PARIS– Rolling off Mipcom, Francetv distribution, the commercial arm of French pubcaster France Télévisions, has sold the “Peanuts” shorts collection to Turner Broadcasting’s Boomerang in the U.S..

Based on Charles M. Schulzhe’s comic strips, the 500 shorts feature the iconic characters of Charlie Brown and Snoopy. They will be broadcast on Boomerang with promotional crossover on Cartoon Network in the U.S. and the Cartoon Network app.

The airing of “Peantus” shorts in Boomerang is timed with the release of Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Peanuts Movie” in the fall.

The landmark deal between francetv distribution and Turner Broadcasting will allow the shorts to be unveiled for the first time in an English-speaking country.

“Having Boomerang as the everyday TV home of Peanuts for the U.S. is an important piece of our kids-focused content strategy,” said Leigh Anne Brodsky, Peanuts Worldwide and Iconix Entertainment’s managing director. “Today’s kids will be able to get their daily dose of Peanuts from the leader in kid’s entertainment.”

Produced by French studio Normaal and Peanuts Worldwide, “Peanuts” shorts are currently on air in over 20 territories around the world, including in France (France 3), Latin America (Discovery LatAm) and Koreq (Disney Korea).
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Re: Charlie Brown & the Special Edition Peanuts DVDs

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TV Ratings: Charlie Brown's 'Great Pumpkin' Strong as Ever Ahead of 'Peanuts' Box-Office Bow
The string of animated holiday specials kicks off as one of Tuesday's leaders — even with increased MLB competition.
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Re: Charlie Brown & the Special Edition Peanuts DVDs

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Cartoon Brew 11/17/2015:
Rebooting Charlie Brown With ‘The Peanuts Movie’ Director Steve Martino
With decades of cultural influence and capital beneath its hand-drawn belt, and the 50th anniversary of television’s foundational A Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon knocking at the door, Charles Schulz’s beloved Peanuts comic strip has nothing left to prove.
Scott Thill wrote:However, the same cannot be said of The Peanuts Movie, Blue Sky Studios and director Steve Martino’s respectful, rewarding CGI feature. Endorsed and co-written by Schulz’s son and grandson, Craig and Bryan, The Peanuts Movie has become a critical and commercial success, as well as an Oscar entrant for best animated film of the year. Which is a quite refreshing result, considering how it could very well have come off instead like an existing property cash grab.

But this is not the case with Martino’s deft mixture of Schulz’s comic strips — whose 2D lines were literally extrapolated into 3D models manipulated by a team of animators — and the Bill Melendez-directed animatemd projects like A Charlie Brown Christmas and You’re in Love, Charlie Brown, which are heavily quoted in Blue Sky’s full-length revival. I spoke with the pleasantly surprised Martino (pictured above) by phone about The Peanuts Movie’s pressurized production, merging the worlds of 2D and 3D animation, and why a Charlie Brown who is actually noticed and praised by the Little Red-Haired Girl who has captivated him isn’t much of a stretchfor Schulz old-schoolers and new adopters.

One change I did notice is that Schulz’s usual, for lack of a better term, cruelty was toned down.

Steve Martino:
During conversations I had with Craig and Bryan Schulz, and the rest of our production and writing teams, we stood back and looked at Charlie Brown as a whole. After 50 years of comic strips, of course we remembered his tragicomic failures. But we also found strips with Charlie Brown and his sister, Sally, where she’s pestering him to write letters to Santa Claus or something else, where you could see his patience and kindness. Sure, Charlie Brown failed, a lot, but he also picked himself back up and tried again. So we decided to shine a light on all sides of him.

Charlie Brown had it rough in some of those strips and shows.

Steve Martino: Yeah, Charles Schulz always felt that failure was a lot funnier than success. But in particular, as we got to the end of our film, which is its heart, we wanted to show that Charlie Brown also had qualities that we often overlooked. And to me, this is why Schulz’s Peanuts still resonate today, when I see even my daughters strive to achieve, and hold themselves, to a barometer of success. Who is the best, who is the winner? Children today still feel that if they don’t achieve that status, then their lives aren’t successful. We still lose sight of the importance of how we interact with people, with kindness and honesty. Picking ourselves up after failures and trying again are the real qualities that make us winners. Charlie Brown allowed us to express that.
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