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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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Now displaying: March, 2020
Mar 15, 2020

Springtime. And the livin' is easy!

Okay, actually things are kind of brutal out there right now. But that makes this the perfect time to self-medicate with more PEANUTS! And episode 47 is just the tonic you need!

From 1992, we're watching IT'S SPRING TRAINING, CHARLIE BROWN where Mr. Hennessey from CHARLIE BROWN'S ALL-STARS (episode 1!) offers new uniforms to the baseball team. Yay!  All Chuck and the gang need to do is win a game! AAUUGH!

Then we check out two installments of iTunes' 2008 experiment MOTION COMICS, a series of very short episodes produced with "limited animation" (don't let that scare you". We're checking out "The Sore Arm" and "Independence Day". 

We've also got a "Peanuts by Schulz" short "It's Raining, It's Pouring". And, as always, a Random Strip of the Month. This is a good time to remind you to...*ahem*...SEND IN YOUR RANDOM STRIPS OF THE MONTH!

Thank you.

"How Snoopy Became the Mascot of Knott's Berry Farm"

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

Thanks to Nick Jones for the use of "25% Off".

Thanks to Henry Pope for the use of his "Linus & Lucy Remix". Find that and other music on Soundcloud here.

Find info, show notes, episodes, social media and more at www.carnivalofgleecreations.com for this show, IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN and for my other show ATARI BYTES, which features an original short story every week here

The website also has info and some order links for books that I've written, like MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS.

You can become a subscriber on Patreon.com and possibly get access to episodes early, or even bonus episodes. 

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