First Look At New Animated Peanuts Shorts

Posted by Ben Huber on Oct 24, 2014 in Animation

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Last year, it was reported that French animation studio Normaal Animation would be making a massive 500 90-second animated shorts based on Peanuts. Here’s two looks at the shorts, in both French and English (off-camera). Sadly, they appear to be sluggishly done. I’m not a Flash hater, but when it has that stereotypical “Flash” look, it turns me off. I’m sure these’ll be popular, though, and they’ve definitely caught Charles Schulz’s style in still images. The series will premiere in France on France 3 on November 9th, and will slowly have an international roll out through the next year. No word on when they’ll come the US, though! Check out the videos below. Read more…

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First Peanuts Trailer Looks Potentially Good

Posted by Bob Muir on Mar 19, 2014 in Animation, Cinema

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20 Century Fox’s Blue Sky Studios is making a big-budget Peanuts film, based on Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and all the other classic characters created by Charles M. Schulz. Considering how many other modern animated/half-animated films have come before and sucked, it’s reasonable to be skeptical. But wait a second — this teaser looks good! While the animation nut in me pines for 2D animation, even I can admit how limited the Peanuts cartoons were, so it’s not like there wasn’t room to grow. This animation style, while done with CG, does a great job of retaining Schulz’s original designs and art style while mixing in faux-stop-motion animation. With a script by Schulz’s son Craig, Schulz’s grandson Bryan, and Cornelius Uliano (who simply has a cool name), there’s certainly potential for this movie to duck the trend of awful modern animated reboots and rehashes. Here’s hoping! Peanuts will be released on November 6, 2015. Read more…

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Charles Schulz: The Man Behind the Beloved Beagle

Posted by Guest Author on Nov 15, 2010 in Comic Books

Charles Schulz as a young man in the 50s

Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz by Beverly Gherman

Most Americans should have heard of the Charlie Brown character or even if they don’t know the comic, should know of Snoopy. He is quite a well known beagle, merchandised and branded in many other countries. The story of Charlie Brown inspired a musical, cartoon, and tons of merchandises. Still this entry is not about the merchandises or products that are available. I still bet a lot of people would be interested in reading about the creator behind the famous Peanuts comic strip. His name is Charlie Schulz, or as friends and family referred to him as Sparky. Read more…

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Good Olde Charlie Brown is a Chip Off the Old Block

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 11, 2010 in Comic Books

60th Anniversary Classic Peanuts: Charlie Brown

The original Charlie BrownI just love the character designs in those old school Peanuts comic strips, while they’re much more primitive than that later work of Charles Schulz there’s a powerful charm to them. On June 2nd Dark Horse will be releasing this 60th Anniversary Classic Peanuts: Charlie Brown in a limited edition (only 950!) which will feature a matching tin box, a button and a cute character booklet. Of course I noticed that the man behind this sculpture is none other than Craig Yoe who in addition to being a talented artist is an obsessive fanboy when it comes to the history of comic books.

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Good Old and New Charlie Brown

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 23, 2009 in Comic Books, Hobbies and Collections

Peanuts Then and Now Figure Sets

The amazing thing about Peanuts is that it represented the life’s work of Charles Schulz, and as such the character designs changed over time. As a side note while his character designs were very graphic, they’re incredible hard to draw — Schulz’s draftsmanship was brilliant. Next year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the comic strip and to celebrate Dark Horse will be releasing Peanuts Then and Now Figure Sets showing the characters as they first looked in 1950 and then as they looked later in the series. Here’s good old Charlie Brown as he appeared in 1950: Read more…

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