I was in my third standard when I visited my cousin and something that I saw stayed with me till now and today when I saw a trailer on YouTube suddenly, my tears welled up knowing my childhood favourite is coming alive in the silver screen. My maternal uncle introduced me to “Charlie Brown”. That’s right; Charlie is on the big screens now.
Peanuts made its first debut appearance on October 2, 1950, in at least seven newspapers.
The weekly Sunday-page debuted on January 6, 1952. After a somewhat slow but steady beginning, Peanuts eventually became one of the most popular comic strips of all times, as well as one of the most influential as a popular pop culture symbol.
At its height, Peanuts was published almost daily in around 2,600 papers in 75 countries, in 21 languages. Over nearly 50 years that Peanuts was published, Schulz drew nearly 18,000 strips. The strips themselves, including merchandise and associated product endorsements, produced revenues of more than $1 billion per year, with Schulz earning an estimated $30 million to $40 million annually. During the entire life of the strip, Schulz took only one vacation in recorded date, a five-week break in late 1997 to celebrate his 75th birthday. Reruns of the strip ran during his vacation, the only time reruns occurred while Schulz was alive. The first book collection of Peanuts strips was published in July 1952 by Rinehart & Company. Peanuts also proved popular in other media apart from newspaper and strips; the first animated TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, aired in December 1965 that won the prestigious Emmy award. Numerous TV specials also followed one after another, the latest being Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown in 2011. Until his death, Schulz wrote or co-wrote the TV specials and carefully oversaw production of them.
And there’s another big screen production in the making.
A brand new series of Peanuts Movie trailers has been making rounds, and “epic” is the word to actually describe it. Everyone of his fellow mates is making a come-back, with the famously unlucky Charlie Brown making a new beginning. A new chapter opens in his life where he finally decides not to be the old-unlucky-self anymore and works hard to change into a brand new uber cool Charlie Brown!
The movie gives a deep message:
“FIND THE COURAGE TO DREAM BIG AND CHARLIE BROWN IS NOT A QUITTER”.
Not the occasional unlucky fellow we are expected to see but there’s indeed a miracle, a brilliant change, that’s going to take place and take our breath away.
The trailer brings back all the memories of growing up with Charlie Brown and Snoopy the Dog.
It also promises a story of persistence, compassion, friendship, reunion and hopefully redemption which is what we always find in the strip.
As published in their Fox Family Entertainment, this is what is being written about, “Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.”
The movie is being officially titled as “Peanuts by Schulz”, the movie is written by its creator, late Charles Schulz’ grandson, Brian, and produced by his son, Craig, who’s staying totally tight-lipped on any plot details-
“It’s about a round-headed kid and his dog, and that’s about as far as I’m willing to go.”
The Peanuts Movie is releasing on 6th November 2015.
Partha Pratim Barua
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