Good Grief! 21 Facts About The Beloved Peanuts Comics.
1/21. NO ADULTS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMICS.
There has never been an adult face in the Peanuts comic, although an adult sometimes speaks, represented by a speech bubble coming from the side.
2/21. PEANUTS COMIC STRIPS WERE EXTREMELY PROFITABLE.
Peanuts comic strips and products gave Schulz an estimated income of $30-40 million each year, and Peanuts characters were featured on 20,000 new products every year, by 1999.
3/21. CHARLIE BROWN WAS MODELED AFTER CHARLES SCHULZ.
We always say that each of the characters represents a piece of our dad, Craig Schulz, Charles son, says in a new book about the production of the new movie, The Art and Making of the Peanuts Movie. Charlie Brown was his real self, while Snoopy was what he wanted to be.
4/21. THERE ARE 17,897 STRIPS.
They ran between 1950 and 2000, each one drawn by Schulz. Schulz died from colon cancer at age 77, the day before the last original strip ran.
5/21. SCHULZ (THE CREATOR) DIDNT CHOOSE THE NAME.
Charlie Brown first appeared as a character in a comic strip called Li'l Folks, but when Schulz approached the United Feature Syndicate about a publishing deal in 1950, the syndication service thought the name was too close to two other comics it ran at the time, and changed it to Peanuts. Schulz never liked the new moniker; he thought it "made it sound too insignificant."
6/21. ICONIC CHARACTERS LIKE LUCY AND LINUS DIDNT SHOW UP UNTIL YEARS INTO THE COMIC.
The first Peanuts strip featured Shermy, Patty (a separate character from Peppermint Patty), and Charlie Brown. It ran in seven newspapers in October 1950.
7/21. LUCY STARTED OUT AS YOUNGER THAN CHARLIE BROWN.
In her first comic strip in March 1952, Lucy was a toddler. Later, Schulz decided to make her Charlie Browns peer. Lucy would later be the character to observe Happiness is a warm puppy in an April 1960 strip.
8/21. LINUS DIDNT SPEAK FOR THE FIRST TWO YEARS.
He appeared as Lucys security-blanketed younger brother in September 1952, but didnt get a line in the comic until 1954.
9/21. FRANKLINS FIRST APPEARANCE IN THE COMIC WAS IN JULY 1968.
In it, Franklin recovers Charlie Browns lost beach ball. At the time, Franklins inclusion was seen as controversial, and Schulz received letters complaining about the character.
10/21. CHARLIE BROWN GOT CLOSE TO GETTING AN EGOT.
Only a dozen people have won each of the entertainment industrys biggest awards: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. Peanuts projects won two Grammies, four Emmy awards, and two Tony awards. They've only gotten an Oscar nomination, though: A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969) got a nod for Best Original Song Score.
11/21. THE FIRST PIECE OF MUSIC IN THE STRIP WAS BY RACHMANINOFF.
Schroeder loves Beethoven (and his house at 1770 James Street is a nod to the composers birth year) but the first piece he played in the strip was Sergei Rachmaninoffs "Prelude in G Minor."
12/21. IN MOST OF THE COMICS, MARCIE HAS NO EYES.
Marcies glasses mask her eyes throughout most of the original comic, only appearing in rare moments, like a May 1980 strip where Peppermint Patty tries to convince her to wear her glasses on top of her head. (Obviously, she runs into a telephone pole.)
13/21. THE LITTLE RED-HAIRED GIRL IS NEVER FULLY SEEN IN THE COMIC STRIP.
The daily strip only showed the object of Charlie Browns affections once, in silhouette, in 1998. He did get to meet her in the television special Its Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, which aired in 1977.
14/21. SNOOPY HAS FIVE SIBLINGS.
Spike was the first Snoopy brother, introduced in 1975 and named after Charles Schulzs childhood pup. Snoopys other siblings include Marbles, Olaf, Andy, and his only sister, Belle.
15/21. THERE WERE 45 TV SPECIALS.
A Charlie Brown Christmas, the first television special, won an Emmy and a Peabody award. Since its debut in 1965, Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson have produced 44 others, including classics like Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. December will mark the 50th anniversary of the Charlie Brown Christmas special, which was originally commissioned and sponsored by Coca-Cola.
16/21. CHARLIE BROWNS HEAD IS REALLY HARD TO DRAW.
When asked about the hardest character trait to ink, Paige Braddock, the creative director of Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, admitted that Charlie Browns noggin is the most complicated piece to pull off. It is nearly impossible to get right when you first start working with the characters, and if it is off in the least, it really stands out, she says in The Art and Making of the Peanuts Movie. Braddock is currently responsible for the look of all Peanuts-related products.
17/21. THERE ARE TWO PEANUTS HEAD TYPES.
If you look closely, you will notice there are only two head types, one modeled after the Browns, the other after the Van Pelts, San Jun Lee, the lead character designer for the new movie, says in the book. What really differentiates the characters, and makes them instantly recognizable, is their hair.
18/21. SNOOPYS EYES ARE ON THE SAME SIDE OF HIS FACE.
If you look closely, youll notice that Snoopys eyes are on the same side of his nose. It looks natural in the comic, but was a particular challenge to animate in 3D.
19/21. IN CGI, CHARLIE BROWN HAS A LOT OF HAIR.
Though Charlie Brown only gets a single line of curlicue hair in the comic, in the movie, its a strand of 219 hairs coiled like a spring.
20/21. CHARLIE BROWN IS IN THE MAIL.
Even the U.S. Postal Service loves A Charlie Brown Christmas. To mark the 65th anniversary of the comic and the 50th anniversary of the television special, the USPS is releasing Forever stamps with images like Snoopy ice skating, Linus kneeling with the Christmas tree, and Charlie Brown checking the mail for a Christmas card. The Peanuts gang also got a commemorative stamp from the USPS in 2001.
21/21. PEANUTS IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL COMICS OF ALL TIME.
Peanuts is considered as one of the most influential, greatest and popular comics of all time, receiving a number of awards over the years, and as a result, Snoopy became the mascot of NASA personal safety for astronauts, and along with Charlie Brown became the semi-official mascot of the Apollo 10 mission.
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