April 2, 2017

"Peanuts: Through the Years" limited edition print from Dark Hall Mansion

Want to make sure more of the Peanuts characters are represented on your walls?  Then Dark Hall Mansion and artist Dave Perillo have a new limited edition print for you - "Peanuts: Through the Years" features 23 different Peanuts characters in an attractive, colorful layout.  Can you name them all?

The prints will be 12" x 36" in size, and you can choose from two different color variants or a very limited number of foil prints.  They'll all be available Tuesday, April 4, 2017 starting at 12:30 PM (Pacific).  Visit Dark Hall Manson's webstore at that time to place an order!

Prices and number of prints are as follows:

Standard edition of 280 printed on cougar natural paper stock - $65
Variant edition of 50 printed on bright white paper stock - $95
Standard edition of 10 printed on foil paper - $150
Variant edition of 10 printed on foil paper - $150

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

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Standard edition 
Variant edition


March 17, 2017

Complete movie soundtrack for A Boy Named Charlie Brown now on CD!

[Update: the CD is now sold out, after just one week.]

Fabulous news for fans of Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts music!

On March 17, specialty soundtrack label Kritzerland announced the release of the complete Academy Award-nominated score from the 1969 animated film A Boy Named Charlie Brown.

The CD includes all of Guaraldi's tracks, together with all of Rod McKuen's songs and John Scott Trotter's supplemental orchestral cues, as heard in the film, and in glorious clear stereo sound. The disc also includes several bonus tracks of alternate takes and source music (such as the "Star-Spangled Banner" arrangement heard near the beginning of the movie).

This is the first true soundtrack release for A Boy Named Charlie Brown. While an LP was released by Columbia Records back in 1969, it was a "storybook" album - essentially an audiobook version of the movie, with dialog over the music. (That LP album is, of course, long out of print and was never released on CD.) Kritzerland's new release is dialog-free.

You can find more information and check out some audio samples at Kritzerland's website. Kritzerland is known for its prestige handling of expanded, long unavailable and/or previously unreleased scores. Note that the album is only available directly from Kritzerland (or other specialty soundtrack retailers, such as Screen Archives Entertainment and Intrada) - it will not be available from Amazon or brick-and-mortar stores.

Also be aware that this is a limited-issue release of 1,000 copies. Some previous Kritzerland soundtrack releases have sold out in a matter of weeks or even days, so if you're interested, don't delay ordering.  [Too late: the CD is now SOLD OUT.]  The CD costs $19.98 plus shipping, and is expected to ship by the first week of May. (This price is typical for limited edition specialty soundtracks.)

The CD comes with new liner notes written by Guaraldi expert (and FiveCentsPlease co-author) Derrick Bang; those liner notes can be viewed on Kritzerland's website. Derrick has also written supplemental track-by-track notes that you can read and enjoy on the web here. (There wasn't room to include a printed copy of them with the CD).

While two earlier albums also are titled A Boy Named Charlie Brown, neither was the score to the 1969 movie. The 1964 Guaraldi album (whose original, full title was Jazz Impressions of A Boy Named Charlie Brown) is actually the soundtrack for an unaired TV documentary about Charles Schulz; and the 1970 Rod McKuen album with this title features new performances by McKuen of his songs from the movie, along with songs he wrote for several other movies.

This new Kritzerland CD is the true music from the feature film.

Peanuts fans, Guaraldi fans, and soundtrack fans have long wished for a soundtrack release of A Boy Named Charlie Brown's music - we've been waiting nearly 50 years! - kudos to the folks at Kritzerland, along with everybody else who worked to make this CD a reality. Now we all just have to wait impatiently for it to arrive in our mailboxes!

(Thanks to Derrick for helping write this blog post.)

February 18, 2017

Charles Schulz's vacation: a crucial archival detail

From Monday, October 2, 1950, until the final strip appeared on Sunday, February 13, 2000 — ironically, the morning after he died — Charles Schulz gave the world a total of 17,897 strips: 15,391 daily strips, and 2,506 Sundays.

This takes into account leap years, the fact that Sunday strips did not begin until January 1952, and the single vacation that he took, from November 27 through December 31, 1997 (inclusive).

Yes, it's true: Schulz took a vacation, no doubt to re-charge his batteries. During that time, the syndicate re-ran old strips ... a detail that Fantagraphics fails to mention in the 1997-98 volume of their Complete Peanuts series.

A casual reader thus would conclude, incorrectly, that the strips during 1997's final five weeks were new at the time, just like all the others that year. 

Sharp-eyed fans will note, however, that each of these repeated strips bears a three-digit date (i.e. 12/25/97) as opposed to the two-digit dates (12/25) usually placed each day.

And yes, anticipating the obvious question, we can tell you which reprints ran on which day:

11/27 — 11/25/92
11/28 — 11/26/92
11/29 — 12/28/88
11/30 — 11/27/88
12/1 — 12/3/87
12/2 — 12/8/89
12/3 — 11/29/90
12/4 — 12/1/90
12/5 — 12/4/90
12/6 — 12/5/90
12/7 — 12/18/88
12/8 — 12/6/90
12/9 — 12/8/90
12/10 — 12/10/90
12/11 — 12/11/90
12/12 — 12/12/90
12/13 — 12/13/90
12/14 — 12/3/89
12/15 — 12/10/91
12/16 — 12/8/92
12/17 — 12/21/89
12/18 — 12/22/89
12/19 — 12/23/89
12/20 — 12/29/87
12/21 — 12/20/87
12/22 — 12/13/89
12/23 — 12/9/89
12/24 — 12/24/87
12/25 — 12/25/91
12/26 — 12/13/88
12/27 — 12/14/88
12/28 — 12/2/90
12/29 — 12/15/88
12/30 — 12/17/88
12/31 — 12/31/92

We at FiveCentsPlease always try to go the extra mile!

February 7, 2017

Two Valentine's Day Peanuts specials air Friday, February 10, 2017 on ABC

It's the annual hour of love and heartbreak for the Peanuts gang: ABC will be showing Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown together with A Charlie Brown Valentine from 8 - 9 PM (Eastern/Pacific) on Friday, February 10, 2017.

February 2, 2017

Big batch of Valentine's Day limited edition prints from Dark Hall Mansion

Dark Hall Mansion has a bumper crop of Valentine's Day-themed Peanuts prints this year - so you can pick whichever print matches your heart's desire when they go on sale on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 12:30 PM (Pacific time)!

Your choices are: "Friends Are Always There" by Dan May, "Happy Valentine's Day, Charlie Brown" by Steve Thomas, and "Love Forever" by Mike DuBois.

The Dan May and Steve Thomas prints are glicee-printed, hand-numbered, and available on both high-quality paper and canvas. The Mike Dubois prints are screen printed, hand-numbered, signed by the artist, and available as standard prints or groovy foil editions.  Each DuBois print is also accompanied by an additional mini-print.

See below for details, and Dark Hall Manson's webstore to place an order!

Click any of the images below for a larger version.

Dan May editions:

"Friends Are Always There" Standard

"Friends Are Always There" Variant

Steve Thomas editions:

"Happy Valentine's Day, Charlie Brown" Standard

"Happy Valentine's Day, Charlie Brown" Variant

Mike DuBois editions:

"Love Forever" Standard
"Love Forever" Variant

"Love Forever" Lava Foil Standard (also available in variant color)

"Love Forever" Sparkle Foil Standard (also available in variant color)


Prices, sizes, and number of prints are as follows:

Dan May Editions: 
Standard 18" x  24" edition of 280  $65
Variant (pink moon) Edition of 50 $95
Select 18" x  24" Canvas Edition of 10 (based on Std editon art) $150
Select 18" x  24" Canvas Edition of 10 (based on Variant pink moon art) $150
2-Print Set: 11" x 14, includes BOTH Std + Variant Dan May paper editions. Edition of 100: $55

Steve Thomas Editions:
Standard 18" x  24" edition of 280  $65
Variant (pink) Edition of 50 $95
Select 18" x  24" Canvas Edition of 10 (based on Std editon art) $150
Select 18" x  24" Canvas Edition of 10 (based on Variant pink art) $150
2-Print Set: 11" x 14, includes BOTH Std+Variant Steve Thomas paper editions. Edition of 100: $55

Mike Dubois Editions:
Standard 12" x  12" edition of 195  $45
Variant (pink) 12" x  12" edition of 175  $60
Foil Lava-Standard Printed on Lava Foil  Edition of 45 $75
Foil Sparkle-Standard Printed on Sparkle Foil  Edition of 45 $75
Foil Lava-Variant (pink) Printed on Lava Foil  Edition of 45 $75
Foil Sparkle-Variant (pink) Printed on Sparkle Foil  Edition of 45 $75

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

January 23, 2017

Peanuts By Schulz: Snoopy Tales DVD, featuring 32 Boomerang Peanuts shorts, released January 24

Peanuts By Schulz: Snoopy Tales, a new 2-disc DVD set containing 32 of the new Peanuts shorts that aired on the cable channel Boomerang, is now available from Warner Home Video.

The shorts were created by French animation studio Normaal Animation and first aired in France in 2014, and then aired in the United States in 2016; there are 104 in all.  Each episode is 6-7 minutes long, and is based directly on the comic strips by Charles Schulz. Drawn in a traditional 2D animation style, they are designed to be reminiscent of the printed comic page. The shorts were newly dubbed into English for the United States broadcast. They are well done and fun to watch, although perhaps best enjoyed in small doses (your kids may disagree!)

The 32 shorts included on the DVD set are as follows (note that the order of the shorts on the DVD is not the same as the Boomerang broadcast order):
Come on Snoopy!
A Day with Snoopy
My Blanket
Crazy Mutt
Good Dog
Sound & Sensibility
Train Your Dog
Going My Way
The Call of the Wild
A Pretty Picture
Beware of the Dog
Winter Wonderland
A Hard Winter
Word of Mouth
Too Cold
Woodstock
Christmas is Coming
Telling Stories
Man's Best Friend
Off Key
Not My Day
A Little Love
Good for Nothing
Let It Snow
Security
Nice Doggy
Company
Reach for the Stars
Fly
Feeling Insecure
Always Right
Even the Score
(For a complete list of all 104 broadcast episodes, and a few additional details about the shorts, visit the Peanuts Animation & Video Page.)

Peanuts By Schulz: Snoopy Tales is released on January 24, 2017, and has a suggested retail price of $18.94.

A second DVD set titled Peanuts by Schulz: Go Team Go!, featuring 19 more of the shorts, is due out April 25.

December 24, 2016

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown airs December 26, 2016

It's nearly the end of the year, which means it's time for the last Peanuts special broadcast of the year - ABC will be broadcasting Happy New Year, Charlie Brown together with She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown on Monday, December 26, from 8 - 9 PM (Eastern/Pacific).

December 20, 2016

A Charlie Brown Christmas airs again on Thursday, December 22, 2016

If you missed it the first time - or just felt it was too early in the season to watch - you can still catch A Charlie Brown Christmas on TV when ABC shows it a second time on Thursday, December 22, 2016 from 8 - 9 PM (Eastern/Pacific).

Meanwhile, the cable channel Boomerang will be airing six new Peanuts shorts, most with a Christmas or winter theme, on Saturday December 24 and Sunday December 25, 2016 from 11 AM - 12 noon Eastern (the same six shorts air each day).  After this broadcast, Boomerang will have aired all 104 of the shorts that were produced - although hopefully they will continue to cycle through them as repeats.

And if you don't get Boomerang, good news: Warner Home Video is releasing Peanuts by Schulz: Snoopy Tales, a two-DVD set containing 32 of the shorts, on January 17, 2017.

December 16, 2016

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown airs December 17, 2016 on ABC


Just a quick reminder that the holiday special I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown, starring Rerun, Snoopy, Spike, and the rest of the Peanuts gang will be broadcast on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 8 - 9 PM (Eastern/Pacific) on ABC.

December 10, 2016

The Complete Peanuts is truly complete: Volumes 25 & 26 (the last two!) now available

The final box set containing the last two volumes (#25 & #26) of The Complete Peanuts went on sale a couple of weeks ago. (Both volumes are also available to purchase separately, but as has been the case in all previous years, if you buy the box set, you get them in an attractive slipcase and save money.)

At last, after 12 1/2 years, every single Peanuts comic drawn by Charles Schulz - all 17,897 of them - has been reprinted in this monumental collection of 26 volumes from Fantagraphics.

Volume 25, released earlier this year, reprints the comics from 1999 and the strip's final days in 2000 - and it features a brief introduction from no less than President Barack Obama.

Since there wasn't a full year's worth of comics in 2000 (as Schulz passed away early in the year), Fantagraphics has filled out the rest of the volume with a complete set of reprints of "Li'l Folks," the weekly comic panel that Schulz drew from 1947 - 1950, prior to creating Peanuts. (When you read them, you'll see that Peanuts was an evolution of Li'l Folks.)

While this is nice thought for readers who haven't seen those panels before, unfortunately the presentation is very awkward. The Li'l Folks panels are printed sideways on the pages, in order to maximum the reproduction size. But that means to read them, you also have to turn the book sideways, and because The Complete Peanuts volumes are much wider than they are tall in their normal orientation, it's quite difficult to hold the book sideways because now it's really tall and thin and the pages try to flop down.

For a superior presentation of the "Li'l Folks" panels, fans should consider getting the book Li'l Folks: Li'l Beginnings, published by and available to be ordered online from the Charles M. Schulz Museum. This book, published in 2003, also reprints all the Li'l Folks panels and was designed with them in mind, so it can be held like a normal book. Plus, the panels are reproduced in a larger size, and is full of annotations and editorial commentary on the panels from Peanuts historian Derrick Bang. (Disclaimer: Derrick is a co-host of FiveCentsPlease.org. But I'd be suggesting the Li'l Beginnings book regardless, due to its more sensible layout.)

This is not to say you should avoid Volume 25 of The Complete Peanuts - far from it, since you'll want it for the final Peanuts comic strips - but the fact that it includes the Li'l Folks panels should be regarded only as a modest bonus.  Nevertheless, kudos to Fantagraphics to trying to make it a truly complete collection and bringing a complete collection of all 50 years of the Peanuts strips to us.



Since Volume 25 reprints the final Peanuts comic strips, what is in The Complete Peanuts Volume 26, you ask? Over the years, Charles Schulz drew a variety of Peanuts material outside of the comic strip itself. This volume collects much of that work, a lot of it out of print for decades, and some of it never previously collected in a book at all. The contents include:
  • Peanuts storybooks, such as Snoopy and the Red Baron, Snoopy and "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night," Charlie Brown's Christmas Stocking, and more;
  • Peanuts comic books, drawn by Schulz himself (while most Peanuts comic books were not drawn by Schulz, he did draw a few with his own hand);
  • Two series of Peanuts panels on the subject of "Things I Learned After It Was Too Late;"
  • Themed books on golf and tennis, including Snoopy's Grand Slam and Snoopy's Tournament Tips;
  • Strips and panels drawn specifically for advertisements, such as for the Kodak Brownie camera, the Ford Falcon car, and Butternut Bread;
  • All 17 of the single-panel cartoons Schulz contributed to the Saturday Evening Post;
  • A nice, long afterword from Jean Schulz reflecting on the life, times, and work of her husband.
All in all, it's a worthy addition to a Peanuts fan's collection, although as with the "Li'l Folks" panels in the previous volume, sometimes the material in Volume 26 is ill served by puzzling and suboptimal layout choices (for example, why were the storybooks printed three panels to a page, resulting in very small panels and wasted space on the page that could have been used to make the panels larger, if there were only two to a page? Why did they decide to alternate between white and yellow backgrounds in some of the other storybooks, when the content did not call for alternating colors?)

Nevertheless, if you've been buying all the volumes of The Complete Peanuts, you'll definitely want to get this final volume too - most of the material is just as charming, entertaining, and clever as the Peanuts comic strip itself.

And if you haven't been buying The Complete Peanuts, now's the time to start - or make a fellow fan or relative very happy by putting 26 volumes underneath their Christmas tree!

(Disclaimer, again: FiveCentsPlease.org co-host Derrick Bang was among the researchers who helped find and suggest material to be reprinted in The Complete Peanuts Volume 26.)

By the way... if for some reason you don't want a nice set of hardback The Complete Peanuts, Fantagraphics has also started releasing the volumes in paperback. However, they're only up to Volume 6 in paperback (just released last month), so you'll have to wait a long while before you can complete your collection!



Also recently published by Fantagraphics is the fourth volume of Peanuts Every Sunday, covering the years 1966-1970. This series of books - published once a year - reproduces the Sunday Peanuts comic strips in their glorious original color at a coffee table book size of 13 1/4" x 9 1/2".  (Unlike The Complete Peanuts volumes, where Sunday strips are reprinted in black & white and much smaller.)  Seeing the comics as they originally appeared in the Sunday funny pages is another great joy for Peanuts fans.  (The Peanuts Every Sunday volumes are also available in slipcased box sets of two.)

December 9, 2016

More A Charlie Brown Christmas prints from Dark Hall Mansion

Dark Hall Mansion wants to make sure that no one's Christmas stocking is without a Charlie Brown Christmas limited edition print this year. A few days ago, they announced another batch of prints with three different takes from three different artists, plus variant versions - this on top of the four prints they announced the previous week (which are still available at the time of writing). There's definitely a print for every taste and occasion - they're spoiling fans with choices!

The second 2016 batch includes prints created by Dan May and Eduardo Sanabria, available both high-quality paper and canvas, and prints from Mike Dubois available as standard prints or groovy foil editions. See below for details, and Dark Hall Manson's webstore to place an order!

Click any of the images below for a larger version.

Dan May edition:


Mike Dubois editions:

Standard
Variant
Lava Foil Standard (also available in variant color)
Sparkle Foil Standard (also available in variant color)

Eduardo Sanabria editions:

Standard
Variant

Prices, sizes, and number of prints are as follows:

Dan May Editions:
Standard 18" x 24" edition of 225 - $65
Standard 11" x 14" edition of 100 -  $35
Select 18" x 24" Canvas edition of 25 -  $125
Select 11" x 14" Canvas edition of 25 - $75

Mike Dubois Editions:
Standard 12" x 12" edition of 195 - $45
Variant (Charlie in lavender) 12" x 12" edition of 175 -  $60
Lava-Standard (Charlie in blue) Printed on Lava Foil edition of 45 - $75
Sparkle-Standard (Charlie in blue) Printed on Sparkle Foil edition of 45 - $75
Lava-Variant (Charlie in lavender) Printed on Lava Foil edition of 45 - $75
Sparkle-Variant (Charlie in lavender) Printed on Sparkle Foil edition of 45 - $75

Eduardo Sanabria Editions:
Standard (blue) 18" x 24" edition of 225 - $65
Variant (red and green) 18" x 24" edition of 50 - $95
Select 18" x 24" Canvas (blue) edition of 25 - $125
Select 18" x 24" Canvas (red and green) edition of 25 - $125

The Dan May and Eduardo Sanabria editions are hand numbered and giclee printed.

The Mike DuBois editions are screen printed and hand signed by the artist.

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

December 3, 2016

Dark Hall Mansion's A Charlie Brown Christmas limited edition prints for 2016

Our friends at Dark Hall Mansion have been doing releases of limited edition A Charlie Brown Christmas prints for long enough that it's starting to feel like it isn't the holiday season without their annual announcement. Fortunately, we won't have to do without this year - not by a long shot, since this December you can choose from five different (but equally wonderful) prints celebrating the 1966 Peanuts special by artists Steve Thomas and Eric Robison. Or, if you can't choose, get them all!

The prints are available in several formats - 18" x 24" high quality paper, 18" x 24" canvas prints, or sets of 11" x 14" on high quality paper. The prints are already on sale (they were first offered on December 2), so don't delay visiting Dark Hall Manson's webstore if you want any of them.  Click any of the images below for a larger version.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" Standard Edition by Steve Thomas:


"A Charlie Brown Christmas" Variant ("Dance Break") Edition by Steve Thomas:


"A Peanuts Christmas" by Steve Thomas:


"A Charlie Brown Christmas" Standard Edition by Eric Robison:


"A Charlie Brown Christmas" Variant Edition ("Hope & Retrospection") by Eric Robison:


Prices and number of prints are as follows:

Steve Thomas Editions:
"A Charlie Brown Christmas"
Standard 18" X 24" Ornament Edition of 225 - $65
Select 18" X 24" Canvas Edition of 25 - $125

"A Charlie Brown Christmas"
Variant 18" X 24" Ornament 'Dance Break' Edition of 75 - $95
Select 18" X 24" Canvas Edition of 25 - $125

"A Peanuts Christmas"
18" X 24" 'Snoopy And Santa' Edition of 150 - $65
Select 18" X 24" Canvas Edition of 25 - $125

Special 3-Print 11" X 14" Set containing all 3 Steve Thomas editions: "A Charlie Brown Christmas" standard, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" variant, & "A Peanuts Christmas" prints:
Edition of 150 - $55

Eric Robison Editions:
"A Charlie Brown Christmas"
Standard 18" X 24" Edition of 225 - $65
Select 18" X 24" Canvas Edition of 25 - $125

"A Charlie Brown Christmas"
Variant 18" X 24" "Hope & Retrospection" Edition of 75 - $75
Select 18" X 24" Canvas Edition of 25 - $125

Special 2-Print 11" X 14" Set containing both standard & variant Eric Robison prints: 
Edition of 150 - $55

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

November 30, 2016

A Charlie Brown Christmas airs December 1 & 22, 2016 on ABC

On Thursday, December 1, 2016, A Charlie Brown Christmas will make its seasonal debut from 8 - 9 PM (Eastern/Pacific) on ABC - unlike some years, the initial broadcast appears like it will be complete and unedited, and followed by Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales.

The special will be broadcast again on Thursday, December 22, from 8 - 9 PM.

If you can't wait until then, you can watch the special by streaming it over the Internet at ABC.com (although the video is relatively low quality).

Also coming in December 2016 on ABC:

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown - Saturday, December 17, 8-9 PM 

Happy New Year, Charlie Brown + She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown - Monday, December 26, 8-9 PM

All times Eastern/Pacific.

November 25, 2016

A classic Peanuts Christmas countdown on FiveCentsPlease.org for 2016

FiveCentsPlease.org's tradition of celebrating the approach of Christmas with the Peanuts gang starts Friday, November 25, on our home page. A different single-panel comic with a holiday theme will appear each day through December 25.

As in the past several years, we've chosen a classic countdown from the archives, since new ones are no longer being made. This holiday season we'll be featuring the panels from 1999 for your entertainment (except for the first panel, which comes from 2006, due to the difference in Thanksgiving dates).

We hope you'll enjoy visiting our home page each day for the latest panel... and don't put off your holiday preparations until too late!

November 15, 2016

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving to air November 23, 2016 on ABC

Get your pilgrim hat, your chef's hat, and your ping-pong table ready... A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will have its annual outing on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 from 8 - 9 PM (Eastern/Pacific) on ABC. As usual, the show will be accompanied by This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers.

Then the following week on Thursday December 1, A Charlie Brown Christmas will make its seasonal debut from 8 - 9 PM (Eastern/Pacific) on ABC - unlike some years, the initial broadcast appears like it will be complete and unedited. While the special usually airs a second time, closer to Christmas, a second broadcast has not yet been announced.