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!

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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
Christmas is Coming
Telling Stories
Man's Best Friend
Off Key
Not My Day
A Little Love
Good for Nothing
Let It Snow
Nice Doggy
Reach for the Stars
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.