The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (1983–1985)
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We see Charlie Brown still getting no respect, Lucy being her usual crabby self, Linus and his loving blanket and being the moral conscience of the strip and show, Snoopy in his own fantasy world and doghouse and friends with Woodstock, Schroder and his toy piano, and Sally loving her sweet baboo Linus.
The list goes on and on. Too bad it only last one or two years. But still you can't go wrong with the Peanuts!
Its a sort of Norman Rockwell formula deep values, cute presentation but so much better tuned. When you read it, you get a few lines on the page and very few words that sketch a sometimes profound emotion. It forms a spine around which you can fill in your own riches.
In 1965, and enterprising guy made a TeeVee cartoon, "Charlie Brown Christmas." It worked, and has since become a staple. It worked, I think, because Christmas is a ball of notions that are in the center of Shultz's world, so enriching the images by movement, color and voices couldn't hobble it. Especially since the music was that remarkably apt Guaraldi tune.
Over the next 40 years the same enterprising guy has been mining the Peanuts vault, giving us ever more than the idea can tolerate. This is the worst, a TeeVee series that was supposed to be as everyday as the comic.
But in this case, the overloading of the abstract 4-panel spine is so overloaded with TeeVee jokes and pratfalls, plus ordinary child stuff, not the abstract stuff of Shultz.
I doubt whether any recurring show can be made of this material (and stay a cartoon) and keep the abstract nature of thing, the pure thing that gives it its power.
Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.