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For its golden anniversary, Charles Schulz’ seminal holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas, is getting a bash so big that even persnickety Peppermint Patty would approve. In celebration of the 50th anniversary, Kristen Bell will host the jubilee, It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown, on ABC Nov. 30. Since the original Peanuts Christmas special premiered in 1965 — where a beleaguered Charlie Brown lamented the commercialization of Christmas, was persuaded to direct the annual holiday pageant, and then helped a scraggly tree find a little love — A Charlie Brown Christmas has become a yuletide tradition watched by families year … Continue reading →
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- Kellie Freeze
I was a huge fan of Peanuts when I was a kid. I can vividly remember staying up late in bed reading collections of the comic strip until I could barely keep my eyes open. This should make me the ideal audience for The Peanuts Movie, but instead it just serves as a reminder of how far this franchise has fallen. I have this hipster-esque longing for a time before Peanuts became so damn commercial (a time that never existed in my lifetime, mind you) and back before the Schulz estate seemed locked in a nefarious race with Jim Davis of Garfield to see who can make the most money with the least amount of artistic effort. The Peanuts Movie is a soulless movie stitched together from the corpse of a very soulful comic strip.
The script for The Peanuts Movie feels like it was stitched together from three episodes of an abandoned TV show. »
- Arthur Tebbel
Last year we told you about the Charlie Brown-style Christmas tree that ticked off the entire town of Reading, Pa. The tree, which resembled the adorably sparse decoration in A Charlie Brown Christmas was deemed "ugly," causing the town to nearly take it down. Apparently some residents of Reading prefer the tales of Ebenezer Scrooge and The Grinch to Peanuts. But according to the Huffington Post, the town ultimately had a change of heart and decided to decorate the scrawny eyesore Peanuts-style—one red bulb and a blue blanket at the bottom. Viva la ugly tree! This year, however, seemingly to avoid huffs and puffs, the town opted for more traditional greenery right »
Peter Robbins, the former voice of Charlie Brown on Peanuts, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to making criminal threats against a San Diego sheriff. He was charged in September with threatening to hire a hit man to have San Diego County sheriff Bill Gore killed. Robbins had been in jail for violating his probation when he's believed to have carried out the threat via a letter from jail. (He previously pleaded guilty in 2013 to threatening an ex-girlfriend and her plastic surgeon.) In his plea, Robbins stated that he is mentally ill and has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and paranoid schizophrenia. He could face up to four years and eight months in prison. Robbins voiced Charlie Brown on several famous Peanuts TV specials during the 1960s, including "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "It's a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," and "A Boy Named Charlie Brown." »
- Dee Lockett
After 65 years of beloved comic strips and animated specials, Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of Peanuts gang finally returned to the big screen last weekend with The Peanuts Movie. Despite going up against the blockbuster James Bond movie Spectre, The Peanuts Movie more than held its own at the box office, taking in $44.2 million, earning nearly half of its $99 million budget back in the first weekend. Most studios would jump at the chance to announce a sequel right away, but a new report has surfaced from The Wrap, which reveals that fans shouldn't be holding their breath for a follow-up.
The site spoke with Jean Schulz, the widow of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, who revealed that 20th Century Fox only has the Peanuts rights for one movie. While she wouldn't close the door completely on a follow-up, Jean Schulz, who served as a producer on The Peanuts Movie, »
You’re in love, Charlie Brown (and wouldn’t you know it, so is Snoopy). That’s the simple, slender premise behind “The Peanuts Movie,” Blue Sky’s gorgeous fan’s-best-friend adaptation of a comic strip that is beloved by so many around the world, director Steve Martino’s biggest challenge was simply not to screw it up. The late Charles M. Schulz almost surely would have appreciated the result, which presents a wholesome, goody-goody view of childhood emotional challenges barely advanced since his “li’l folks” first graced the big screen back in 1969’s “A Boy Named Charlie Brown,” apart from the risky move or transforming the cartoonist’s hand-drawn bobble-headed characters into complex computer-generated models of themselves — in 3D, no less. While the old-fashioned story barely feels adequate to fill a half-hour TV special, the new look positions all involved to make as much in tie-ins and merch »
- Peter Debruge
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For Peanuts fans, this is the best time of year. Over the next three months Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Franklin, Peppermint Patty, along with Woodstock and Snoopy, will be filling TV screens with annual holiday TV specials.
On Thursday evening, ABC will once again show the venerable classic “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” followed by the hilarious Thanksgiving episode, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” in November, concluding in December with the musical animated special “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.
Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, »
- Michelle McCue
'Tis the season to annoy everyone by using "'tis the season" way too many times when talking about holiday stuff. Halloween hasn't even happened yet, but the Christmas decorations are already taking over drug stores so ABC is just going ahead and announcing its 2015 holiday lineup. It's something to look forward to after the candy is gone, anyway, and since the "Toy Story 20th Anniversary Special" and "It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown" are involved, you should definitely mark your calendars.
Here's a chronological list of holiday programming highlights, via ABC:
Friday, November 27
"Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" - In the perennial favorite created in 1970 by Rankin-Bass Productions ("Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman"), Fred Astaire narrates this timeless tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney), a young boy with an immense desire to do good things for others. The vocal cast features Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle, Keenan Wynn as Winter, »
- Gina Carbone
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” the Alphabet on Monday, Nov. 30 will precede its annual airing of the beloved Peanuts animated tale with the special “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown.” The hour will feature live performances from the memorable music of Vince Guaraldi, to Kristen Chenoweth singing “Happiness” from the “Peanuts” Broadway hit, and a performance by Matthew Morrison of an original song, “Just Like Me.” Sarah McLachlan, Boyz II Men and the All-American Boys Chorus are also among the musical guests.
The Charlie Brown programs will be followed by the premiere of four-week series “The Great Holiday Baking Show” at 10. Based on the hit British series and hosted by Nia Vardalos and husband Iam Gomez, »
- Rick Kissell
The Peanuts gang is ready to conquer new territory: the big screen!
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Pig Pen, etc. have become beloved characters for several generations via television specials like "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." Now, they're making their first film, "The Peanuts Movie" - and it looks as light-hearted, sweet, and adorably funny as the classics we grew up with.
"The Peanuts Movie" updates the characters and story a bit - but not too much. There are modern songs, like DJ Khaled's "All I Do Is Win," but the humor is still gentle and timeless (no snarky texts from Sally). The animation, now done with computers, looks great, but not too flashy and cutting-edge, and we'd wager that Charlie Brown and crew have long lives on the big screen.
"The Peanuts Movie" opens in theaters November 6.
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- Kelly Woo
A behind-the-scenes look at The Peanuts Movie reveals what Charlie Brown and Snoopy mean to an entire generation of kids.
20th Century Fox's inside look at the animated movie includes testimonial from the film's international crew - spanning from Germany to South Korea - about how beloved Charles Schulz''s creations are.
The Peanuts Movie is aiming to introduce Charlie Brown and Snoopy to a whole new generation of children.
The Peanuts Movie opens on November 6 in the Us and December 21 in the UK. »
To celebrate the occasion, Meghan’s fans can check out her social sites for a Peanuts-inspired image of the pop star in true-to-style round headed glory.
According to Lucy van Pelt, the song, “Better When I’m Dancin’,” promises to knock your block off. Music enthusiasts Snoopy and Woodstock could not be reached for comment, but did release this statement, “’/’’!’”/’/’!/’!’” The Peanuts own virtuoso Schroeder added, “Please don’t touch my piano.”
Meghan Trainor commented: “I was thrilled to be offered the chance to see an early version of The Peanuts Movie – and to then be inspired to write a song that captured the film’s spirit, energy and sense of joy. It was a pleasure to work with director Steve Martino to make sure the song did right by the incredible characters that the »
- Michelle McCue
The new trailer for the animated “Peanuts Movie” introduces a new kid in town: the “little red-haired girl.”
In the latest trailer from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, Charlie Brown is on a mission to prove he can be a winner and capture the girl’s heart.
“If you really want to impress people, you need to show them you’re a winner,” Lucy says. “Of course when I say you, you know I don’t mean you personally.”
Curiously, most of the trailer is backed by The Who’s song “Baba O’Reilly,” best known for the phrase “teenage wasteland.”
The computer animated 3D movie, based on Charles Schulz’s iconic comic strip, has been in the works since 2012 when Fox acquired rights to Charles Schulz’s comic strip. “Ice Age: Continental Drift” helmer Steve Martino directs from a script by Schulz’s son and grandson, Craig and Bryan Schulz, »
- Dave McNary
Very few people will argue with you if you state that A Charlie Brown Christmas is one of the greatest holiday specials of all time. It manages to toe the line of being sweet but not saccharine, sentimental but not overly so, touching on the true meaning of Christmas without being too alienating. (Not to mention that its Vince Guaraldi score is iconic in its own right.) Its Halloween-focused counterpart, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, has also stood the test of time and become a holiday television classic. However, those two famous films do not mark the only times that the sad-sack, self-conscious and shy star of Charles Schultz’s long-running comic strip has come to life onscreen alongside his gang of eccentric friends and his goofy beagle, Snoopy.
- Lee Jutton
20th Century Fox has revealed four new character posters for The Peanuts Movie, featuring Snoopy, Charlie Brown (voiced by Noah Schnapp), Linus (Alexander Garfin) and Lucy (Hadley Belle Miller). The ensemble voice cast was announced back in November, and these four posters only scratch the surface of the numerous characters who will be featured in this 3D animated movie. Hopefully these one-sheets are just the start of a massive poster roll-out while we wait for a new full-length trailer.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved Peanuts gang make their big-screen debut, like they've never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world's most lovable beagle, and flying ace, embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination »
For those that don't know, Lee Mendelson has been with the crew of Peanuts/Charlie Brown since the 1960s when he executive produced the very first Charlie Brown TV short, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown hit earlier this week, which afforded me the opportunity to quiz Mendelson and find out how he got involved with not only the animated Peanuts specials, but also Garfield, which many of us grew up watching. Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown has been remastered and released on DVD for the first time ever and was written by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz. Q: Many of us grew up reading and watching Charlie Brown and Garfield, especially when Christmas and Halloween rolled around each year. Were you a Peanuts fan and how did you get involved with those two properties? A: I was always a fan of Charlie brown in the comics. »
Fox has released a new trailer for the animated “The Peanuts Movie,” due out Nov. 6.
The computer animated 3D movie, based on Charles Schulz’s iconic comic strip, opens with Woodstock the bird working on converting Snoopy’s doghouse to a World War I airplane with Vince Guaraldi’s classic “Linus and Lucy” theme playing. Snoopy then flies the doghouse to Paris as his World War I flying ace in pursuit of the Red Baron, whereupon he returns to the initial setting.
The trailer concludes with a brief scene of Charlie Brown coming into a movie theater to see the movie.
Fox acquired the feature film rights in 2012 to Schulz’s comic strip. “Ice Age: Continental Drift” helmer Steve Martino directs from a script by Schulz’s son and grandson, Craig and Bryan Schulz, with Cornelius Uliano. All three are producing along with Paul Feig.
The “Peanuts” comic strip has »
- Dave McNary
17 items from 2015
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