This 1980 Peanuts feature revolved around Peppermint Patty for a change and doesn’t get played too much anymore but you can find it on compilation DVDs. Courtesy Ian Sweeney
Hallmark caught our eye earlier this year with a return from Rainbowland by Rainbow Brite but in time for the 50th anniversary of the airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas, they’ve rolled out some new merch you’ll want to check out. Hallmark ornaments and the Peanuts go hand in hand- they’re classic and look great on the tree, on the mantel or in a window. Let’s check out some of the offerings:CVS drug stores. Hallmark also has a slew of soft toys, cards, wrapping paper, books, metal signs, framed prints, glassware, figurines and Jim Shore collectibles. Pop over to Hallmark for some Peanuts Christmas shopping today!
The Peanuts movie is coming out this Friday and I’m wiggling around doing the Snoopy dance via GIPHY cos I just can’t wait to go! I’ve even bought some nifty yellow nail polish to go my claws up like Megan Trainer’s Charlie Brown Shirt-style. I’m looking forward to the film not only because Charlie Brown was an absolute favourite in the house amongst my grandfather’s family (My uncle had Snoopy penants draped across the walls of his room, we had little Snoopy figurines tucked up on the window shelves, my mother had the comic books and of course we never missed a TV special!) but because it appears from the trailers that this won’t suck as much as it could. In fact, maybe not at all. Meghan Trainor Better When I’m Dancin courtesy MeghanTrainorVEVO I’m not saying that out of a negative perspective actually. I’ve seen many a book character get butchered when it goes to TV and let’s not even go there when it comes to film. Let’s be honest here: the animation for the Peanuts specials was pretty crap (I was just watching the Great Pumpkin the other night and had another eye-shock of terrible on-screen adaptation). This always struck me because if you’ve ever read the original comics, particularly the ones going back to the 60s, it’s not like Charles Schulz couldn’t draw. And it wasn’t like he created simple characters to get out of detail either- the characters are kids and have clean, simple lines but they’re not badly drawn. When they made the leap to TV however, 2 awful things happened. 1. someone didn’t waste any frames in the animation and 2. the voice actors grew up and not much consistency was made in the way of trying to keep them sounding somewhat similar during the years. As a Schulz fan that breaks my heart because when I think of American icons, Peanuts is right up there and it’s an injustice to the creator to slapdash it. Luckily the score by Vincent Guaraldi always but always saved the day and the dialogue couldn’t be beat (Linus still makes me cry when he quotes the Gospel of Luke). Courtesy Fox Family Entertainment So because this is 2015 there certainly isn’t money or time to make 2D films anymore- Charlie Brown’s bulbous head is truly bulbous in 3D and the colouring much more life-like (shading! I like it!). As Mr. Boo says, “It’s like 3-2-dimensional. You know what I mean.” Indeed. The producers thank G-d decided to incorporate the Guaraldi Trio’s requisite Linus and Lucy, Skating and Christmastime is Here in the soundtrack. I don’t know about you but though Mr. Guaraldi passed in 1976 it so feels to me that he’s never gone; his music seems so timeless. The timing of this release is spot -on: like many other classics in the last couple of years, The Peanuts comic strip celebrates it’s 65th anniversary this year and the 50th anniversary of Charlie Brown’s debut on the small screen. I’ve read a few reviews and the outlook is good- we are promised that Charlie Brown has not updated to the point of his own Twitter account or WordPress Site and dialogue seems true to Schulz’ very special tone. What I fear is our tendency to go either under or over kids’ heads, missing them in entirety. What I mean is filing the edges off anything rough or writing jokes ‘intended for adults because the kids won’t get it.’ Charlie Brown and pals acted like actual children; their words commenting on everything going on around them in the world. There was no sexual demoralizing and the sense of justice was very strong (Linus: …I thought little girls always believed everything that was told to them. I thought little girls were innocent and trusting. Sally: Welcome to the 21st century!). And of course because it’s an anniversary year, there’s no better excuse to roll out the exclusive merchandise! Make sure you check back to Yello80s or subscribe for email updates- we’ll be taking a look at the new stuff in the coming weeks.
I got a Sno Cone Machine for my 21st birthday when college roommates found out about my deep disappointment at not getting this for Christmas in the 80s. Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine courtesy BozogHype
Ok so it’s a little early but get your DVR‘s set up now because I’m one of those people who files in the back of my mind when my favourite holiday shows are on, then thinks about it about a week before the day, then thinks about it about…oh, 3 hours after it actually showed. This is why I have everything on DVD. But who’s with me on this- isn’t it all part of the experience to sit there through the commercials, knowing other families across America are laughing at the Allstate Mayhem guy and wondering who picks out all that wierd, pop-ish music for Apple at the same time?? I’m a sucker for that. I never want commercials to go away! So anyway for 2013 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is airing on ABC Thursday 28th November (that’s Thanksgiving btw) at 8p EST and will air with Spanish audio via SAP. Following will be the Peanuts special This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers. I don’t know about you but Black Friday was never a shopping day in my house, it was put up the tree day so ABC will be getting me in the mood on Friday 29th November with Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (squeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!) at 8p EST followed by Shrek the Halls at 8:30. For more ABC programming see TV by the Numbers for the full holiday schedule right up to New Year’s Eve.