November 27, 2014

A classic Peanuts Christmas countdown on FiveCentsPlease.org for 2014

It's time again to join the Peanuts gang in counting down the days until Christmas, starting Friday, November 28, on the FiveCentsPlease.org home page. A different single-panel comic with a holiday theme will appear each day through December 25.

Like the previous two years, we've visited the archives and selected a countdown from the past in order to continue this tradition.  This time around we'll be featuring the panels from 1997 for your entertainment.

(While GoComics is also running Peanuts Christmas countdown panels, they aren't new either. In fact, they're the same panels they ran last year... and the year before that... and the year before that!  We wanted you to have something different and less recently seen.)

We hope you'll visit our home page each day and enjoy these mini-comics with us as Christmas approaches.

November 20, 2014

Limited edition A Charlie Brown Christmas prints for 2014 from Dark Hall Mansion

Dark Hall Mansion's yearly tradition of prints celebrating A Charlie Brown Christmas continues this year with a new officially licensed limited edition print by artist Nicolas Delort.

The Christmas print is in the same style as his Great Pumpkin print from last month:  an expansive scene centered around the character at the heart of the television special, Charlie Brown, holding his famous little tree as he takes in the wonder of the season, created with fine etching-like strokes.

The print is available in three editions: a standard edition in evocative black-and-white; a blue-tinted variant edition; and a very limited foil edition.

Standard edition (click to enlarge)
Variant edition (click to enlarge)
Foil edition (click to enlarge)

The officially licensed, numbered editions measure 18" x 24" and are screen printed.

The standard edition will be limited to 375 prints, the variant edition will be limited to 80 prints, and the foil edition limited to just 30 prints.

The prices will be as follows:

Standard: $65
Variant: $100
Foil: $150

The 2014 A Charlie Brown Christmas prints go on sale Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at a random time between 9:30 AM and 12 noon (Pacific time) at Dark Hall Mansion's webstore.  Delort's Halloween prints sold out very quickly, so you'll need to move fast if you want one of these new prints.

Visit Dark Hall Mansion's Facebook page and their blog for more information, larger pictures of the artwork, and behind-the-scenes photos.

November 19, 2014

Peanuts #23 out Wednesday, November 19 & a look ahead for the Peanuts comic books

The latest installment of Boom! Studio's ongoing Peanuts comic book arrived in stores this Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Issue #23 includes the stories "Eraserophagia," "The Eyes Have It," and "Toodle-oo Caribou," as well as the regularly featured classic Peanuts Sunday comic strips. You can see an eight-page preview - including the alternate variant cover - at Comic Book Resources.

Comic Book Resources also has a new interview with Peanuts comic book writers and artists Paige Braddock and Vicki Scott. In it they reveal that Peanuts #25, due out February 2015, will be an extra-large, single-story anniversary issue focusing on the gang going to summer camp (which, as fans know, was a recurring storyline in the original comic strip).

November 18, 2014

Peanuts 2015 movie: first trailer, new pictures, interview with the creators

Fans eager to learn more about next year's 3D computer-animated Peanuts film are in luck this week.

The big news is the official first trailer for the film, released today by Fox Family Entertainment.

And yesterday, USA Today ran an article interviewing producers Paul Feig and Craig Schulz, and director Steve Martino. The article includes five new still pictures from the movie.

Check them out to get a taste of what's coming in November 2015!

Also, in case you didn't know... the movie has its own Facebook page and Twitter account.

Snoopy and Woodstock balloon to return in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014

Snoopy and his best buddy Woodstock will return to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year.

The balloon featuring Woodstock atop a soaring Snoopy debuted in last year's parade; 2014 will be its second outing, and Snoopy's 38th parade appearance overall.

The TV broadcast of the 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade airs Thursday, November 27, 2014 from 9 AM - Noon on NBC. (All time zones; the Macy's Parade broadcast starts at 9 AM, regardless of which time zone you're in.)  Advance press says there will be a live stream of the broadcast on NBC.com as well.

November 13, 2014

December 2014 TV broadcasts: A Charlie Brown Christmas will air twice along with two other Peanuts specials

As the Peanuts gang often notes, holiday time is fast approaching, so ABC has announced their holiday special broadcast plans.

They include two outings of the very first Peanuts TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. The initial broadcast of the 1965 classic will be on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 8:30 - 9:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific); this showing will be edited to fit into the half-hour timeslot.

The second showing of A Charlie Brown Christmas will be on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 8 - 9 PM (Eastern/Pacific). It will be unedited, and accompanied by the 2002 skit compilation Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales.

Also coming in December on ABC are I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown on Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 8 - 9 PM (Eastern/Pacific), and Happy New Year, Charlie Brown together with She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown on Monday, December 29, 2014 from 8 - 9 PM (Eastern/Pacific).

November 11, 2014

Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown and Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown Finally Come to DVD in 2015

Fans have been asking about DVD releases of the third and fourth Peanuts theatrical movies for years, and at last Paramount will release the films on DVD next year, according to news reports on TVShowsOnDVD.com (here and here).

Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown (1977) is set to be released on February 10, 2015; there will apparently be no bonus features. The Amazon pre-order listing claims the DVD will be widescreen.

The fourth movie, Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (1980) doesn't have a firm release date yet, but is planned for October 2015. (TVShowsOnDVD.com reports that Paramount says they're delaying until that time in order to tie the release in with the 35th anniversary of the film... which is kind of odd since the film first hit theaters in June 1980.)

The first two Peanuts movies, A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969) and Snoopy Come Home (1972), have been available on DVD for some time, and will be re-released on February 10, 2015 as well - most likely those will just be re-packagings with no new features.

November 5, 2014

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will be broadcast Wednesday, November 26, 2014 on ABC

Get your toast, popcorn, and jellybeans ready - ABC will show A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, from 8-9 PM (Eastern/Pacific).

The special will air uncut together with a slightly edited version of This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers.

October 10, 2014

ABC adds second broadcast of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on Thursday, October 30, 2014

Good news! Following their initial announcement that It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown would be airing (in edited form) on October 15, ABC has now scheduled a second broadcast of the classic Halloween special for Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 8 - 9 PM (Eastern/Pacific).

This second broadcast will be unedited and accompanied by a shortened version of You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown, as in previous years.

So if you want to see the whole pumpkin, tune in October 30 - although of course, ABC would be even happier if you tuned in both times!

October 6, 2014

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown to air October 15 & 30, 2014 on ABC

ABC will be broadcasting It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown twice in October 2014.

The first broadcast, rather early in the month on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 8:30-9:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific), will be edited to fit into the half-hour timeslot (because networks show more commercials now than they did back in 1966).

The second outing of the classic Halloween television special on Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 8:00 - 9:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific), is not only more timely, but will be unedited and accompanied by You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown, as in previous years.

So if you want to see the whole pumpkin, tune in October 30 - although of course, ABC would be even happier if you tuned in both times!

(Note: initially ABC only announced the Oct 15 broadcast; the Oct 30 broadcast wasn't announced until several days later.  So this post has been revised accordingly.)

September 30, 2014

Limited edition It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown prints for 2014 from Dark Hall Mansion

The good folks at Dark Hall Mansion are bringing Peanuts fans a treat with some tricks for this year's officially licensed prints inspired by the classic television special It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

Nicolas Decort's print is a dramatic take with an epic sweep on Linus' Halloween night vigil, full of detail and woodcut-like linework.  The thumbnails really don't do it justice; be sure to click them to see larger versions with the full impact.  (Look very carefully around the print and you'll see that Linus isn't the only Peanuts character in it.)

The print is available in three editions, with some cool options: a standard edition in stunning black-and-white; a sepia-toned variant edition with a glow-in-the-dark layer that reveals jack-o-lanterns grinning in the moonlight when you turn out the lights; and finally a very limited foil edition where select cutouts and brushstrokes let the foil underneath shine through.

Standard edition (click to enlarge)

Variant edition as it appears by day (top)
and night (bottom) (click to enlarge)
Foil edition (click to enlarge)

The officially licensed, numbered editions measure 18" x 24" and are screen printed.

The standard edition will be limited to 280 prints, the variant edition will be limited to 50 prints, and the foil edition limited to just 15 prints.

The prices will be as follows:

Standard: $65
Variant: $100
Foil: $150

The 2014 It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown prints go on sale Thursday, October 2, 2014 (which also happens to be the 64th anniversary of the comic strip's debut) at a random time between 9:30 AM and 12 noon (Pacific time) at Dark Hall Mansion's webstore.

Visit Dark Hall Mansion's Facebook page and their blog for more information, larger pictures of the artwork, and behind-the-scenes photos.

July 22, 2014

Peanuts #20 arrives Wednesday, July 23

Issue #20 of Boom Studio's Peanuts comic book comes to stores on Wednesday, July 23.  This month's stories are "Ewe First," "Legal Beagle," and "Poor Chuck," accompanied as always by a selection of classic Peanuts Sunday strips.  You can read a 5-page preview at Comic Book Resources.

Look for it at your local comic book shop, but if they don't have it, you can also buy it from Boom! Studio's website.

June 25, 2014

Interviews with the voice actors from the classic Peanuts TV specials

Marc Nobleman - an author of children's books and a blog interviewing pop culture figures - has contacted and interviewed several of the actors and actresses who performed voices for the three best-known Peanuts television specials: A Charlie Brown Christmas, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

This week he's posting the interviews on his blog, Noblemania - four interviews are up so far and more are coming. 

His interviewees are Tracy Stratford (Lucy in A Charlie Brown Christmas), Sally Dryer (Lucy in It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown), Cathy Steinberg (Sally in Christmas and Great Pumpkin), Todd Barbee (Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving), Stephen Shea (Linus in Thanksgiving), Robin Kohn Glazer (Lucy in Thanksgiving), Hilary Momberger (Sally in Thanksgiving), and Christopher deFaria (Peppermint Patty in Thanksgiving).

You can find links to all the interviews in his “Peanuts” voice actor interviews: introduction post. So be sure to head on over and check out his chats, which are accompanied by some nifty photos and behind-the-scenes details.

Peanuts #19 in stores Wednesday, June 25

The comic book Peanuts #19 arrives Wednesday, June 25, 2014. In this issue are the stories "Finding Belle" and "The Carousel" (both based on previous comic strip continuities, as many comic book stories have been), together with an excerpt from recently released graphic novel "The Beagle Has Landed, Charlie Brown" and a few classic Peanuts Sunday strips. There's a five-page preview at Comic Book Resources.

You can buy Peanuts #19 at your local comic book store, or order it directly from Boom! Studio's website.

June 17, 2014

Reminder: This is America, Charlie Brown DVD re-release on June 17

If you're looking for a copy of This is America, Charlie Brown on DVD, the two-disc Warner Home Video re-release of the eight episode miniseries is out today, June 17, 2014.

Promoted as "the first animated miniseries ever," the specials were broadcast in prime-time on CBS during the 1988-89 television season. Meant as both education and entertainment, the shows find the Peanuts gang witnessing and participating in historic events and discoveries. For more details, visit the Peanuts Animation & Video Page.

The eight episodes are:

  • The Mayflower Voyagers
  • The Birth of the Constitution
  • The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk
  • The NASA Space Station
  • The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad
  • The Great Inventors
  • The Smithsonian and the Presidency
  • The Music and Heroes of America

This isn't the first time all the episodes of This is America, Charlie Brown have been released on DVD - Paramount released a DVD set with the exact same contents back in 2006 - but that set has been out of print for many years, so this is a welcome reissue. (But given the previous release, Warner's claim on the cover that the specials are "together for the first time" is bogus.)

The list price for the set is $26.99, and it's available now.