September 15, 2019

Snoopy in Space premieres November 1, 2019 on AppleTV+

(Now that Apple TV+ has launched, please see this newer blog post for more up-to-date information.)

As mentioned in a previous post, Apple and Peanuts Worldwide have announced Snoopy in Space, a new animated series that will be exclusive to the forthcoming Apple TV+ streaming subscription service.  Now Apple has revealed that Snoopy in Space will be one of the premiere shows on the service when it launches on November 1, 2019.

You can watch the trailer on YouTube.

According to Deadline, “Snoopy in Space follows Snoopy as his dreams of being an astronaut become a reality when he and Woodstock tag along with the Peanuts gang on a field trip to NASA and are chosen for an elite mission into space. As Snoopy and Woodstock fulfill their dreams of astronaut training and space travel, Charlie Brown and the gang assist their friends from mission control.”

Still unknown is how many episodes there are in the series, or how long each episode will be.

The Apple TV+ streaming service will be ad-free and cost $4.99/month (in the United States), with a 7-day free trial when you first sign up. To watch the service, you will need an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, or Apple TV box updated to the most recent software; you will also be able to view it using a web browser at or on select recent Samsung televisions. Apps for devices such as Rokus, Amazon Fire TV/Sticks, and other smart televisions are supposedly coming, but they haven't been released yet and it's not clear if they will be available by November 1, or later on. AppleTV+ will be available in "more than 100 countries."

Snoopy in Space will be one of nine shows available when Apple TV+ launches; five more (non-Peanuts) shows are confirmed for the following months, and Apple says they plan to have a steady stream of new shows. For more information, visit Apple's website or this article from CNET.

Peanuts by Schulz: Happy Holidays DVD

Warner Home Video has released a seventh DVD in the "Peanuts By Schulz" series, titled Peanuts By Schulz: Happy Holidays, featuring 26 shorts taken from the library of 104 shorts that aired on the Boomering channel in 2016.

This volume dispenses with the bogus "all new shorts" claim that Volumes 4-6 had, and instead simply says it has "26 shorts" on the cover.

Which is appropriate, since 22 of those shorts are repeats from previous volumes. 4 shorts are new, and this means across all 7 Peanuts By Schulz volumes, all but one of the Boomerang shorts has now been released on DVD. However, you'd have to buy an awful lot of repeats to get them all (and you'd still be missing that one).

As I've said before, it's difficult to recommend purchasing this or the previous few releases due to all the repeated content. Warner's failure to just provide a striaghtforward way to get all the shorts without extra repeats (and extra cost to the consumer) is inexcusable.

Another reason it's hard to recommend is that this is a single disc release, yet contains 26 shorts (totaling 3 hours and change) on just the one disc. This means the video quality of the shorts is likely to suffer due to over-compression (animation, in particular, fares poorly when too much is crammed on a DVD).

Peanuts By Schulz: Happy Holidays was released on September 10, 2019 and has a list price of $14.97, but should typically have a sale price of around $10-12.

For reference, the 4 new shorts on this DVD are:

The Winter Games
Do Not Watch Until Christmas
Kind of Spooky
That Day