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.
RSS Feed
It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown


All Episodes
Now displaying: March, 2017
Mar 15, 2017


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 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.

Atari Bytes show notes

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown

Get "Greetings Fellow Blockheads" mugs and shirts, as well as other stuff at my store!

If you can, consider financially supporting the show at our Patreon page.