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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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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.

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown

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NEXT MONTH: IT WAS A SHORT SUMMER, CHARLIE BROWN and "The Birth of the Constitution", an episode of the series THIS IS AMERICA, CHARLIE BROWN.

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