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It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown

As a kid, it was a good Saturday afternoon if I had a bowl of Cheetos and a collection of Peanuts comic strips in front of me. Charlie Brown and the gang were friends to me. (I especially identified with Linus.) I really liked the week-long story arcs and the brilliant mix of humor, frustration and perseverance of these lil' folks. And, honestly, I'm a little sad Shermie never took off as a main character. Animated Peanuts was great too. The airing of a Peanuts TV special was a big event in my house. I was pretty young, but I remember seeing RACE FOR YOUR LIFE, CHARLIE BROWN in 1977 in a movie theater. I know I watched A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN over and over on cable. BON VOYAGE, CHARLIE BROWN (And Don't Come Back!) is a wonderful movie, animated or otherwise. And I don't think a year has gone by that I haven't watched the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas specials. I pretty much have the dialogue memorized, much to the chagrin of my wife and kids. To date, Charlie Brown and the gang have appeared in five feature films and dozens of TV specials, including the series "This is America, Charlie Brown" and "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show". And on this podcast, we're going to watch them all. We'll discover what we liked and what we didn't. What worked and what didn't. There are many layers to a Peanuts special. Even in two dimensions, these characters are fully fleshed-out humans - and one beagle - with all the fears, anxieties, joys and laughs we all experience. Let's explore those together.
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Aug 15, 2017

In episode 16, we ride the rails in the 2/10/89 edu-tainment THIS IS AMERICA CHARLIE BROWN: BUILDING THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD. Want to know the saga of one of American history's biggest construction projects, a story about literally uniting a post-Civil war country? Then hop aboard!

As the train pulls away from the station, we jump on to run away with Snoopy as he joins the circus in the 10/24/80 LIFE IS A CIRCUS, CHARLIE BROWN. Forbidden passion! The lure of fame! Popcorn wantonly mingling with cotton candy! It's all here!

This month's "Peanuts by Schulz" short is "Going My Way".

AND our new feature, "Random Strip of the Month" continues!

Check out the St. Louis Cardinals Charlie Brown Bobblehead here.

That article about the history of Lucy pulling away the football.

What to know how to draw Charlie Brown? These guys will show you! Then send us your results!

My thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Mining by Moonlight" and "Bass Walker". 

Thanks also to Henry Pope for use of his "Linus and Lucy" remix. Find more of his stuff on Soundcloud here.

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Jul 15, 2017

This month in episode 15 of the podcast we wade into the Peanuts neighborhood kiddie pool to take on the burning question: If a Peanuts character says "Rats" alone in the woods, does it make a sound? Also, we explore the mysteries of why Peppermint Patty is sneaking out in the early morning hours, why is crime so rampant in Peanuts Town, and where did Marcie get an automatic duck plucker?

The episodes this month are: She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown, originally aired 2/25/80; episode 5 of "The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show" from 10/22/83; and we check out another Peanuts by Schulz short, "Train Your Dog".

All this and so much more is waiting for you in the doghouse. Grab your supper dish and skate on over!

My thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Mining by Moonlight" and "Bass Walker".

Thanks also to Henry Pope for the use of his "Linus & Lucy" remix. Find that and more of his music at Soundcloud here.

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Jun 15, 2017

MAKE THIS PODCAST "GREAT" AGAIN

The painstaking production and scrutinizing the schedule that went into developing this theme for this month's episode, #14 for those of you keeping score at home, is staggering. Both episodes have "great" in their titles. From 1979, we've got "You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown" and from 1989, "This is America: The Great Inventors". That's what you call synchronicity.*

*No, it's not.**

**It's just a random coincidence.***

***This is the last footnote.

This month's "Peanuts by Schulz" short was "Sound and Sensibility".

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Bass Walker" and "Mining by Moonlight".

Thanks to Henry Pope for use of his "Linus & Lucy" remix. Check out his music on Soundcloud. Right here.

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May 15, 2017

Good grief! Another month has gone by already?

We've got a first for the podcast on this lucky episode 13...a guest! Nat Gertler is a respected author (The Peanuts Collection: Treasures from the World's Most Beloved Comic Strip; The Snoopy Treasures), publisher and Peanuts historian. And he was nice enough to give a bit of his time, wit and wisdom to the podcast. Thanks, Nat!

This month, we also watch and discuss two of the 2008 Warner Premiere Motion Comics, animations of 1964 Peanuts strips. The episodes we watched this month were "Crabby Little Girl" and "Mother's Day".

And we watch two more of the 2014 Normaal Productions Peanuts by Schulz shorts, "Crazy Mutt" and "Good Dog".

My thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Bass Walker" and "Mining by Moonlight".

Thanks also to Henry Pope for the use of his "Linus & Lucy" remix. Check out his other music on Soundcloud.

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown show notes and episodes

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Apr 15, 2017

It's all about the eggs, y'all!

In the 1974 special IT'S THE EASTER BEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN, the gang is obsessed with the looming specter of Easter and living in existential fear they won't be buried alive in an avalanche of eggs. Everyone, that is, except Linus who takes a break from obsessing about the Great Pumpkin to obsess about a thing called "the Easter Beagle". (And Sally calls him on it.) Meanwhile, Marcie, apparently an Easter neophyte, cluelessly lays waste to scores of defenseless eggs.

And as if THAT wasn't enough, we've also got our fourth episode of THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW, which aired originally on 10/1/83. All the familiar tropes are hit: Sally's crazy school reports; Charlie Brown kicking the football; Lucy is bossy and Linus suffers under her regime; Schroeder hates Lucy, but she doesn't care; Charlie Brown can't kick the football; Charlie Brown's baseball team is awful. Nothing really new here, but, hey, it's Peanuts! We had fun anyway, and even found a few really nice bits.

Our "Peanuts by Schulz" short this month is "My Blanket!"

My thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Mining by Moonlight" and "Bass Walker".

My thanks also to Henry Pope for the use of his "Linus & Lucy" remix. You can find that and more of his stuff here.

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown show notes, episodes and links.

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Mar 15, 2017

A B-O-Y N-A-M-E-D C-H-A-R-L-I-E B-R-U-H-N

Darn it! I just lost the National Spelling Bee! AUGHHHHHHHH!

Well, at least I can empathize with Charlie Brown's trials and tribulations in his first big screen outing, A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN, a box office hit in 1969. Charlie Brown has a shot at shedding his "failure face" when he wins the school spelling bee and heads off to the - gasp! - National Spelling Bee!

In the B plot, Linus is separated from his trusty blanket. It's not pretty.

So, are the kids in the Peanuts gang ready for their silver screen close-ups? Let's grab some popcorn, roll film and find out!

This month's Peanuts by Schulz review was "A Day With Snoopy".

Here's a link to the Comics Beat article about the Chinese Peanuts building blocks.

My thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Mining by Moonlight" and "Bass Walker".

Thanks also to Henry Pope for use of his "Linus & Lucy" remix. Find more of his stuff at Soundcloud.

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Feb 15, 2017

Ah, love...life's sweetest reward. It's an open smile, on a friendly shore...

Wait. That's "The Love Boat".

Maybe we'll cover the Peanuts/Love Boat crossover in another episode (we wish). For now, we're right here in Peanuts Town where love pretty much always goes unrequited, especially for Charlie Brown. And this month's episodes don't disappoint.

So pull up a heart-shaped box of candy and join us for 1967's "You're in Love, Charlie Brown" and, from 2002, "A Charlie Brown Valentine".

This month's "Peanuts by Schulz" short was: "Come On, Snoopy!"

My thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Bass Walker" and "Mining by Moonlight".

Thanks also to Henry Pope for use of his "Linus & Lucy" remix.

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Jan 15, 2017

This month, the podcast is all about muddy messes - both on the motocross track and in the hallowed halls of the presidency.

With the American presidential inauguration looming as this episode drops, we check out another installment of "This is America, Charlie Brown" from 1989 called "The Smithsonian and the Presidency". And we also look at "You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown" because motocross is the sport that's sweeping the nation...in 1975. Apparently.

This month's "Peanuts by Schulz" short is "Winter Wonderland".

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Bass Walker" and "Mining by Moonlight".

Thanks also to Henry Pope for use of his "Linus & Lucy" remix. Go check out his stuff on soundcloud.

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Dec 15, 2016

CHRISTMASTIME IS HERE...HAPPINESS AND CHEER!

Well, here it is. Episode 8 has dropped faster than Santa coming down your chimney.

For many, it's not Christmas until "A Charlie Brown Christmas" appears on their screens. Here at the podcast, we feel the same. We do a deep dive into the 1965 classic that almost didn't happen. Is the special more of a spectacle like a great, big, shiny aluminum Christmas tree, or is it more of an unassuming little twig of a tree that, with a little love, becomes a full, proud, symbol of the season?

The Peanuts shorts airing on Cartoon Network that we watched and reviewed this month were "Out of Order" and "Always Right".

Here's where you can find those 1960's Life Magazine photos of Schulz. At the time of recording,  I overlooked the fact that this isn't actually a new offering. They were published a couple years ago. Sorry about that. Still fun to look at, though.

Coca-Cola ad restored to "A Charlie Brown Christmas" clip I

Coca-Cola ad restored to "A Charlie Brown Christmas" clip II

My thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Mining by Moonlight" and "Bass Walker".

Thanks also to Henry Pope for the use of his "Linus & Lucy" remix.

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Nov 15, 2016

November! America is busy gorging itself on turkey gravy while celebrating/mourning the recent U.S. elections (you might have heard about that) and, of course, giving thanks for all that we have, even if that's a little harder these days.

This month, we're watching YOU'RE NOT ELECTED, CHARLIE BROWN from 1972 and THIS IS AMERICA, CHARLIE BROWN: THE MAYFLOWER VOYAGERS from 1988.

Grab another slice of pumpkin pie and give us a listen, won't you?

My thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Mining by Moonlight" and "Bass Walker".

Thanks also to Henry pope for the use of his "Linus & Lucy" remix

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Oct 15, 2016

This month, we have a spooktacular treat for your trick-or-pod bag!

Our focus is the 1966 classic IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN CHARLIE BROWN and an episode of the 1983 series THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW. It's the Great Pumpkin's 50th anniversary. Good grief! Get yourself to the most sincere pumpkin patch you can find (take your pod-player with you, of course).

My thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Bass Walker" and "Mining by Moonlight".

Thanks also to Henry Pope for the use of his "Linus and Lucy" remix. Look for him on Soundcloud.

This month's Peanuts short was "School Chums". Find more on Cartoon Network.

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Sep 15, 2016

You might say HOME is the unifying theme, if you're inclined to look for one, in this month's Peanuts episodes. In IT'S A MYSTERY, CHARLIE BROWN, Woodstock has lost his home - someone stole his nest! - and in THIS IS AMERICA, CHARLIE BROWN: THE NASA SPACE STATION, the Peanuts gang is at home in the far-flung future of the mid-1990s aboard the brand new International Space Station, looking down upon Earth, home to us all. See how that all ties together?

Also this month, we take a look at "Brothers & Sisters" one of the Peanuts shorts produced in 2014 and currently running on Cartoon Network. We also talk about the unaired 1963 Charles Schulz documentary "A Boy Named Charlie Brown".

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Bass Walker" and "Mining by Moonlight".

Thanks to Henry Pope for the use of his "Linus & Lucy" remix. You can find it on Soundcloud.

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Aug 15, 2016

This month, we take a look at the 1971 Peanuts special "Play It Again, Charlie Brown" and another episode of the 1983 TV series "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show".

Beethoven in a spray can, blue security blankets that are actually GREEN(???), Schroeder living in a house with blood-red interior and being totally cool with it. What in the WORLD is going on with these episodes? Join us and we'll see if we can figure it all out.

My thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Mining by Moonlight" and "Bass Walker".

Thanks also to Henry Pope for the use of his "Linus & Lucy" remix.

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Jul 15, 2016

This month, the podcast is all about teachable moments. In IT WAS A SHORT SUMMER, CHARLIE BROWN, Charlie Brown and the other boys dominate the girls at summer camp, because of course "boys are stronger" - well, they try anyway. In episode 2 of the short-run series THIS IS AMERICA, CHARLIE BROWN, "The Birth of the Constitution", Linus is our guide into the 1787 convention where the agreement that became the US Constitution was cobbled together. Also, Charlie Brown invents all the sports.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Bass Walker" and "Mining by Moonlight".

Thanks to Henry Pope for the use of his "Linus & Lucy" remix.

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Jun 15, 2016

This month on the podcast, we go back to 1968 to talk about the 1968 prime-time special HE'S YOUR DOG, CHARLIE BROWN. This one is either a romp about a very naughty dog or a dark POW drama. You make the call.

After that, we look at the first episode of THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW, a Saturday-morning series from 1983. This one is...well, it's a also a thing that happened on TV.

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Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for the creative commons license to his songs "Bass Walker" and "Mining by Midnight".

Thanks to Henry Pope for the use of his "Linus and Lucy" remix.

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May 15, 2016

Welcome to episode one of a new, monthly podcast which really just amounts to an excuse for me to rewatch dozens of classic Peanuts specials and films. This month, we discuss "Charlie Brown's All-Stars", which was the 1966 follow-up to the instant classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Does it honor it's predecessor? Then, we watch episode 3 of the 1988 series "This is America, Charlie Brown" and learn things. In a cartoon! Madness!

My thanks to Henry Pope for the use of his "Linus & Lucy" Remix. You can find that and more of his music here.

Thanks also to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for Creative Commons use of his songs "Bass Walker" and "Mining by Moonlight".

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May 5, 2016

One of my great childhood joys was the Peanuts comic strip. Charlie Brown and the gang were friends to me. I especially identified with Linus.

A great Saturday afternoon for me would be spent with a bowl of Cheetos and a collection of Peanuts strips. I especially liked the week-long story arcs and the brilliant mix of humor, frustration and perseverance of these lil' folks - though I am a little sad Shermie never took off as a main character.

Animated Peanuts was great too. The airing of a Peanuts TV special was a big event in my house. I was pretty young, but I remember seeing Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown in 1977 in a movie theater. And I know I watched A Boy Named Charlie Brown over and over on cable. I don't think a year has gone by that I haven't watched the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas specials. I pretty much have the dialogue memorized, much to the chagrin of my wife and kids.

To date, Charlie Brown and the gang have appeared in five feature films, ten motion comics available on iTunes, eight episodes of "This is America, Charlie Brown" and eighteen episodes of the "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show", and some forty-five TV specials.

And, on this podcast, we're going to watch them all.

Every episode, usually about once per month, I'll talk about one or two specials or a feature film. What I like about it; what I didn't. What worked for me and what didn't. There are many layers to a Peanuts special. Even in two dimensions, these animated characters are fully fleshed-out humans - and a beagle - with all the fears, anxieties, joys and laughs we all experience. Let's explore those together.

And remember: Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you're the Charlie Browniest.

 

 

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