Teaser: Peanuts by Schulz

Popping out at you in 3D, Charlie Brown and the gang haven’t been seen since the late 1990s when the last of the cartoons were aired, and the comic strip closed down (due to creator Charles Schulz’s death in 2000.) But this teaser seems to capture a fair bit (the music certainly helps) of the spirit of the strip and the shows. The only unfortunate edit is that after the (please stop) “Also Sprach Zarathustra” A Space Odyssey intro, it certainly looks like the bliss on Charlie Brown’s face is due to Snoopy blowing him. Seriously.

We shall see what Blue Sky Studios, the creators of Ice Age, Rio and Horton Hears a Who do with the property. I’ll certainly be revisiting the original made-for-TV animated shows as preparation for this, as they have aged exceptionally well.

Kurt Halfyard
Resident culture snob.


      • Yeah, the Schultz estate is in the top five in earnings for someone who is dead. He’s averaged $30-$40 million a year in net income since the late 70’s and the estate generates revenues of over 2 billion dollars every year. To put it in perspective, while he was alive Schulz was the richest celebrity in the entire world by a huge margin as it made him a billionaire.

        No strip has ever been done by anyone but him (he drew, inked, lettered and colored every single strip), and no TV show was ever made without his direct oversight and in his Will he asked that continue.

        This is a money grab, plain and simple, by spoiled millionaires.

        • Well, if it’s good, I don’t care. The quality (perhaps from Schulz’s oversight) has been remarkable over the entire lifetime of peanuts, so money well earned!

        • I’d argue that this is the opposite of a money grab. Isn’t it possible that his heirs simply love what he did and stood for, and feel that it is important to keep his legacy alive for future generations? If he was worth billions then any money they realize from this would be, in a word, Peanuts.

          • So your argument is a multi-billion dollar brand that has existed as one of the most iconic and well-known pieces of pop culture for the past 60 years is somehow at risk of being lost to future generations?

            You really thought he was going to kick that football, didn’t you?

          • I don’t think it’s naïveté to say that every single thing unrenewed is at risk of loss to future generations. My son is 14, he was completely unaware of Will Smith’s hip hop career and knows him only as an actor. That schulz’s body of work is accessible does not automatically make it relevant, desired or beloved to all the new people we keep making.

          • Except Peanuts has never been unrenewed, which is the fault of your argument. It is as popular and as part of pop culture as it has been since Shultz’s death 15 years ago. You can still buy a Snoopy Sno-Cone machine, the Peanuts are still the face of Met Life and the comics are still reprinted year after year after year and I could keep going.

            The Peanuts is a marketing machine and has been in full gear since the 70’s, and because of that it made Schulz a billionaire. And that’s great. I love the idea of a creator owned property making it big, but I start having a bigger problem when grand kids and great grand kids are making millions every year under the guise of “maintaining a legacy”. It’s a bullshit line, and a horrible misuse of copyright.

            And another thing, why does Schulz’s legacy have to be maintained? He made a billion dollars. He was beloved the world over and made one of the few properties even Disney doesn’t have the money to buy. His creation has been one of the leaders in pop culture for much of its 65 year existence. Letting it become The Brothers Karamazov isn’t going to ruin Schulz or his legacy, it only hurts the estate’s financial “legacy”, and even that would take decades to fall into ruin.

  1. I doubt that a mainstream movie would be able to keep the tone of the comics which is surprisingly melancholy and sardonic as much as it was cheerful.

  2. The Peanuts animated specials continued for a few years after Schulz’s death, with the first posthumous special being A Charlie Brown Valentine in 2002 and the latest being He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown in 2006

  3. The still of this makes it look cheap and terrible. But when I saw the actual teaser it looked… well not ‘great’ in the sense we’ve come to know, but warm and appropriate.


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