After half a century of daily comic strips, Peanuts was called “the longest story ever told by one human being.” Its personas are a salient part of the contemporary American experience. Its lead character, the lovable loser Charlie Brown, somehow embodies classic Americana, while each of his memorable buddies remain relatable regardless of the passing of time. Charlie Brown Television specials are a staple on TV every year, and especially during this time of year.
Charles M. Schulz drew the first Peanuts strip back in 1950, and the last one came out the year he died in 2000. In that time span, he wrote over 18,250 strips. In his retirement letter, Schulz requested that no new comic strips based on Peanuts be drawn. Whatever TV or film stories have come after his death have pulled directly from stories in the strips, to remain as authentic to Schulz’ legacy as possible. A few years back, his son and grandson had an idea to develop the story about the Little Red-Haired-Girl, which they felt would be respectful and commemorative of their progenitor. A few weeks back, 15 years after Schulz’s death, The Peanuts Movie premiered to fans, both nostalgic and new.
Further proof that the characters still resonate: they make for amazing memes. Enjoy.
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