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Peanuts
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Author(s) Charles M. Schulz
Current status / schedule Concluded, in reruns
Launch date October 2, 1950 (dailies), January 6, 1952 (Sundays)
End date January 3, 2000 (dailies), February 13, 2000 (Sundays)
Syndicate(s) United Feature Syndicate
Genre(s) Humor, Children

Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, which ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000 (the day after Schulz's death), continuing in reruns afterward. The strip is considered to be one of the most popular and influential in the history of the medium, with 17,897 strips published in all,[1] making it "arguably the longest story ever told by one human being", according to Professor Robert Thompson of Syracuse University. At its peak, Peanuts ran in over 2,600 newspapers, with a readership of 355 million in 75 countries, and was translated into 21 languages.[2] It helped to cement the four-panel gag strip as the standard in the United States,[3] and together with its merchandise earned Schulz more than $1 billion.[1] Reprints of the strip are still syndicated and run in many newspapers.

Peanuts achieved considerable success for its television specials, several of which, including A Charlie Brown Christmas[4] and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown[5] won or were nominated for Emmy Awards. The holiday specials remain quite popular and are currently broadcast on ABC in the United States during the corresponding season. The property is also a landmark in theatre with the stage musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown being an extremely successful and often performed production.

It has been described as "the most shining example of the American success story in the comic strip field", ironically based on the theme of "the great American unsuccess story", since the main character, Charlie Brown, is meek, nervous and lacks self-confidence, being unable to fly a kite, win a baseball game or kick a football (with the exception of It's Magic, Charlie Brown when he kicked the football while invisible).[6]

Contents

History

The first strip from October 2, 1950.

1940s

Peanuts had its origin in Li'l Folks, a weekly panel comic that appeared in Schulz's hometown paper, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, from 1947 to 1950. He first used the name Charlie Brown for a character there, although he applied the name in four gags to three different boys and one buried in sand. The series also had a dog that looked much like the early 1950s version of Snoopy.[7] In 1948, Schulz sold a cartoon to the Saturday Evening Post; seventeen single-panel cartoons by Schulz would be published there. The first of these was of a boy who resembled Charlie Brown sitting with his feet on an ottoman.

In 1948, Schulz tried to have Li'l Folks syndicated through the Newspaper Enterprise Association.Schulz would have been an independent contractor for the syndicate, unheard of in the 1940s, but the deal fell through.[citation needed] Li'l Folks was dropped in 1949. The next year, Schulz approached the United Feature Syndicate with his best work from Li'l Folks. When his work was picked up by United Feature Syndicate, they decided to run the new comic strip he had been working on.[citation needed] This strip was similar in spirit to the panel comic, but it had a set cast of characters, rather than different nameless little folk for each page. The name Li'l Folks was too close to the names of two other comics of the time: Al Capp's Li'l Abner and a strip titled Little Folks. To avoid confusion, the syndicate settled on the name Peanuts, after the peanut gallery featured in the Howdy Doody TV show.[8] Peanuts was a title Schulz always disliked. In a 1987 interview, Schulz said of the title Peanuts: "It's totally ridiculous, has no meaning, is simply confusing, and has no dignity — and I think my humor has dignity."[9] The periodic collections of the strips in paperback book form typically had either "Charlie Brown" or "Snoopy" in the title, not "Peanuts", because of Schulz's distaste for his strip's title. The Sunday panels eventually typically read Peanuts, featuring Good Ol' Charlie Brown.

1950s

Peanuts premiered on October 2, 1950, in eight newspapers: The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Minneapolis Tribune, The Allentown Call-Chronicle, The Bethlehem Globe-Times, The Denver Post, The Seattle Times and The Boston Globe. It began as a daily strip; its first Sunday strip appeared January 6, 1952, in the half page format, which was the only complete format for the entire life of the Sunday strip.The very first strip was four panels long and showed Charlie Brown walking by two other young children, Shermy and Patty. (Snoopy was also an early character in the strip, but he did not appear in the very first one.)

Most of the other characters that eventually became the main characters of Peanuts did not appear until later: Schroeder (May 1951), Lucy (March 1952), Linus (September 1952), Pigpen (July 1954), Sally (August 1959), “Peppermint” Patty (August 1966), Woodstock (April 1967), Marcie (June 1968), and Franklin (July 1968).

Schulz made the decision to produce all aspects of the strip, from the script to the finished art and lettering, himself. Thus the strip was able to be presented with a unified tone, and Schulz was able to employ a minimalistic style. Backgrounds were generally not used, and when they were, Schulz's frazzled lines imbued them with a fraught, psychological appearance. This style has been described by art critic John Carlin as forcing "its readers to focus on subtle nuances rather than broad actions or sharp transitions."[10]

While the strip in its early years resembles its later form, there are significant differences. The art was cleaner, sleeker, and simpler, with thicker lines and short, squat characters. For example, in these early strips, Charlie Brown's famous round head is closer to the shape of an American football or rugby ball. Most of the kids were initially fairly round-headed. As another example, all the characters (except Charlie Brown) had their mouths longer and had smaller eyes when they looked sideways.

1960s–1970s

Peanuts is remarkable for its deft social commentary, especially compared with other strips appearing in the 1950s and early 1960s. Schulz did not explicitly address racial and gender equality issues so much as he assumed them to be self-evident in the first place. Peppermint Patty's athletic skill and self-confidence is simply taken for granted, for example, as is Franklin's presence in a racially integrated school and neighborhood. The fact that Charlie Brown's baseball team had three girls was also at least ten years ahead of its time (and in fact, one cartoon episode dealt with Charlie refusing sponsorship of the team because the sponsor did not want girls or dogs on his team).

Schulz would throw satirical barbs at any number of topics when he chose. Over the years he tackled everything from the Vietnam War to school dress codes to the "new math". One of his most prescient sequences came in 1963 when he added a little boy named "5" to the cast, whose sisters were named "3" and "4", and whose father had changed their family name to their ZIP Code, giving in to the way numbers were taking over people's identities. In 1958, a strip in which Snoopy tossed Linus into the air and boasted that he was the first dog ever to launch a human, parodied the hype associated with Sputnik 2's launch of "Laika" the dog into space earlier that year. Another sequence lampooned Little Leagues and "organized" play, when all the neighborhood kids join snowman-building leagues and criticize Charlie Brown when he insists on building his own snowmen without leagues or coaches.

Peanuts did not shy away from cartoon violence. The most obvious example might be Charlie Brown's annual, futile effort to kick the football while Lucy holds it. At the last moment, she would pull the ball away just as he was kicking. The off-balance Charlie would sail into the air and land on his back with a loud thud. There was also the ever-present (and often executed) threat by Lucy to "slug" someone, especially her brother Linus. Though violence would happen from time to time, only once was a boy ever depicted hitting a girl (Charlie Brown, who accidentally hit Lucy; when Lucy complained about it, Charlie Brown went down to her psychiatric booth where she returned the slug much harder). Schulz once said, "There is nothing funny about a little boy being mean to a little girl. That is simply not funny! But there is something funny about a little girl being able to be mean to a little boy." [11]

Peanuts touched on religious themes on many occasions, most notably the classic television special A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965, which features the character Linus van Pelt quoting the King James Version of the Bible (Luke 2:8–14) to explain to Charlie Brown what Christmas is all about. (In personal interviews, Schulz mentioned that Linus represented his spiritual side.)

Peanuts probably reached its peak in American pop-culture awareness between 1965 and 1982; this period was the heyday of the daily strip, and there were numerous animated specials and book collections.

1980s–1990s

Final Sunday strip, which came out February 13, 2000

Though other strips rivaled Peanuts in popularity during the 1980s and 1990s, the strip still had one of the highest circulations in daily newspapers.[12]

The daily Peanuts strips were formatted in a four-panel "space saving" format beginning in the 1950s, with a few very rare eight-panel strips, that still fit into the four-panel mold. In 1975, the panel format was shortened slightly horizontally, and shortly after the lettering became larger to accommodate the shrinking format. In 1988, Schulz abandoned this strict format and started using the entire length of the strip, in part to combat the dwindling size of the comics page, and also to experiment.[citation needed] Most daily Peanuts strips in the 1990s were three-panel strips.

Schulz continued the strip until he was forced to retire because of health reasons.

The end of Peanuts

The final daily original Peanuts comic strip was published on January 3, 2000. Original Sunday strips continued for a few weeks, with the last one published, coincidentally, the day after Schulz's death on February 12. The final Sunday strip included all of the text from the final Daily strip, and the only drawing: that of Snoopy typing in the lower right corner. It also added several classic scenes of the Peanuts characters surrounding the text. Following its finish, many newspapers began reprinting older strips under the title Classic Peanuts; uniquely, the syndicate offered papers strips from either the 1960s or the 1990s (few carried both), with the Sunday edition being from the 1960s in all papers carrying the Sunday strip. Though it no longer maintains the "first billing" in as many newspapers as it enjoyed for much of its original run, Peanuts remains one of the most popular and widely syndicated strips today.

Peanuts in the new millennium

Despite the end of the strip, Peanuts continues to be prevalent in multiple media, through widespread syndication, the publication of "The Complete Peanuts," the release of several new television specials, and Peanuts Motion Comics.

Cast of characters

The initial cast of Peanuts was small, featuring only Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty (not to be confused with Peppermint Patty), and a beagle, Snoopy. The first addition, Violet, was made in February, 1951.

Though the strip did not have a lead character at the onset, it soon began to focus on Charlie Brown, a character developed from some of the painful experiences of Schulz's formative years. Charlie Brown's main characteristic is either self-defeating stubbornness or admirable determined persistence to try his best against all odds: he can never win a ballgame but continues playing baseball; he can never fly a kite successfully but continues trying to do so. Though his inferiority complex was evident from the start, in the earliest strips he also got in his own jabs when verbally sparring with Patty and Shermy. Some early strips also involved romantic attractions between Charlie Brown and Patty or Violet (the next major character added to the strip). On March 11, 1960 Charlie Brown's father was revealed to be a barber. Also in 1960, the now popular line of Charlie Brown greeting cards was introduced by Hallmark. Charlie Brown and Snoopy reached new heights on May 18, 1969 as they accompanied astronauts on Apollo 10.

As the years went by, Shermy, Patty, and Violet appeared less often and were demoted to supporting roles (eventually disappearing from the strip in 1969, 1976, and 1984 respectively, although Patty and Violet were still seen as late as April 9, 1995), while new major characters were introduced. Schroeder, Lucy van Pelt, and her brother Linus debuted as very young children — with Schroeder and Linus both in diapers and pre-verbal. Snoopy, who began as a typical puppy, soon started to verbalize his thoughts via thought bubbles. Eventually he adopted other human characteristics, such as walking on his hind legs, reading books, using a typewriter, and participating in sports. He also grew from a puppy to a full-grown dog.

One recurring theme in the strip is Charlie Brown's neighborhood baseball team. Charlie Brown is the manager of the team and, usually, its pitcher, with the other characters of the strip comprising the rest of the team. Charlie Brown is a terrible pitcher, often giving up tremendous hits which either knock him off the mound or leave him with only his shorts on. The team itself is also poor, with only Snoopy being particularly competent. Because of this, the team consistently loses. However, while the team is often referred to as "win-less", it does win at least 10 games over the course of the strip's run, most of these when Charlie Brown is not playing, a fact that Charlie Brown finds highly dispiriting.[13]

Snoopy as "the World War I flying ace", flying his Sopwith Camel.

In the 1960s, the strip began to focus more on Snoopy. Many of the strips from this point revolve around Snoopy's active, Walter Mitty-like fantasy life, in which he imagined himself to be a World War I flying ace or a bestselling suspense novelist, to the bemusement and consternation of the other characters who sometimes wonder what he is doing but also at times participate. Snoopy eventually took on many more distinct personas over the course of the strip, notably college student "Joe Cool".

Schulz continued to introduce new characters into the strip, particularly including a tomboyish, freckle-faced, shorts-and-sandals-wearing girl named Patricia Reichardt, better known as "Peppermint Patty." "Peppermint" Patty is an assertive, athletic but rather obtuse girl who shakes up Charlie Brown's world by calling him "Chuck", flirting with him, and giving him compliments he is not so sure he deserves. She also brings in a new group of friends (and heads a rival baseball team), including the strip's first black character, Franklin, a Mexican-Swedish kid named José Peterson, and Peppermint Patty's bookish sidekick Marcie, who calls Peppermint Patty "Sir" and Charlie Brown "Charles". (Most other characters call him "Charlie Brown" at all times, except for Eudora, who also calls him "Charles"; Charlie Brown's sister Sally Brown, who usually calls him "big brother"; and a minor character named Peggy Jean in the early 1990s who called him "Brownie Charles" after he could not remember his own name. Also, Snoopy calls his owner, Charlie Brown, "that round-headed kid." At one point, in A Charlie Brown Christmas, Lucy calls Charlie Brown "Charlie.")

Several additional family members of the characters were also introduced: Charlie Brown's younger sister Sally, who is fixated on Linus; Linus and Lucy van Pelt's younger brother Rerun, who almost always found himself on the back of his mother's bike; and Spike, Snoopy's desert-dwelling brother from Needles, California, who was apparently named for Schulz's own childhood dog.[14] Snoopy also had three other brothers and a sister who made some appearances in the strip.

Other notable characters include Snoopy's friend Woodstock, a bird whose chirping is represented in print as hash marks but is nevertheless clearly understood by Snoopy; three of Woodstock's buddies who usually appeared when on a scouting trip with Snoopy as their scout leader; Pigpen, the perpetually dirty boy who could raise a cloud of dust on a clean sidewalk, in a snowstorm, or inside a building; and Frieda, a girl proud of her "naturally curly hair", and who owned a cat named Faron, much to Snoopy's chagrin. (The way Faron hung over Freida's shoulder prompted Linus to comment that he was "the world's first boneless cat.") Frieda eventually disappeared from the strip.

Peanuts had several recurring characters that were actually absent from view. Some, such as the Great Pumpkin or Manfred von Richthofen (the Red Baron), were merely figments of the cast's imaginations. Others were not imaginary, such as the Little Red-Haired Girl (Charlie Brown's perennial dream girl who finally appeared in 1998, but only in silhouette), Joe Shlabotnik (Charlie Brown's baseball hero), World War II (the vicious cat who lives next door to Snoopy – not to be confused with Frieda's cat, Faron), and Charlie Brown's unnamed pen pal. Adult figures only appeared in the strip during a brief sequence in 1954 in which Charlie Brown and Lucy are playing professional golf. At no time, however, were any adult faces seen. There are, however, adult voices in a few of the early strips.

Schulz also added some fantastic elements, sometimes imbuing inanimate objects with sparks of life. Charlie Brown's nemesis, the Kite-Eating Tree, is one example. Sally Brown's school building, that expressed thoughts and feelings about the students (and the general business of being a brick building), is another. Linus' famous "security blanket" also displayed occasional signs of anthropomorphism. Another example is Charlie Brown's pitching mound, which at times would express thoughts and opinions.

Ages of the Peanuts characters

Over the course of their nearly fifty-year run, most of the characters' literal ages do not change more than two years. Charlie Brown was four when the strip began, and aged over the next two decades, until he settled in as an eight-year-old (after which he was consistently referred to as eight when any age was given).

Exceptions to this phenomenon include the characters who were newly introduced as infants, or who begin at birth, then catch up to the rest of the cast and stop. Schroeder was introduced as a non-speaking baby, who quickly learned to play the piano with concert ability, eventually becoming Charlie Brown's age over his first decade. Lucy first appeared as what may be described as a toddler; she slept in a crib and would ask Charlie Brown to make her a sandwich or get her a glass of water, tasks she was unable to perform herself. She, too, would become the same age as Charlie Brown within a few years of the strip. Linus first appeared as a baby on September 19, 1952, then aged to about a year or so younger than Charlie Brown over the course of the first ten years, during which he learned to walk and talk with the help of Lucy and Charlie Brown, and have a friend for Charlie Brown as well. Sally became two years younger than her older brother Charlie Brown, although Charlie Brown was already of school age in the strips in which she was born and seen as a baby. Rerun is unique in that he stopped aging when he started kindergarten.

In one strip, when Lucy declares that by the time a child is five years old, his personality is already pretty well established, Charlie Brown protests, "But I'm already five! I'm more than five!"

The characters, however, were not strictly defined by their literal ages. "Were they children or adults? Or some kind of hybrid?" wrote David Michaelis of Time magazine. Schulz distinguished his creations by "fusing adult ideas with a world of small children." Michaelis continues:

Through his characters, "[Schulz] brought... humor to taboo themes such as faith, intolerance, depression, loneliness, cruelty and despair. His characters were contemplative. They spoke with simplicity and force. They made smart observations about literature, art, classical music, theology, medicine, psychiatry, sports and the law."

In other words, the cast of Peanuts transcended age and were more broadly human.

Current events were sometimes a subject of the strip over the years. In a 1995 series, Sally mentions the Classic Comic Strip Characters series of stamps, which were released four years earlier, and a story about the Vietnam War ran for 10 days in the 1960s. The passage of time, however, is negligible and incidental in Peanuts.

Critical acclaim

Peanuts characters featured on the cover of the April 9, 1965 issue of TIME magazine.

Peanuts is often regarded as one of the most influential and well-written comic strips of all time. Schulz received the National Cartoonist Society Humor Comic Strip Award for Peanuts in 1962, the Elzie Segar Award in 1980, the Reuben Award in 1955 and 1964, and the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. A Charlie Brown Christmas won a Peabody Award and an Emmy; Peanuts cartoon specials have received a total of 2 Peabody Awards and 4 Emmys. For his work on the strip, Charles Schulz is credited with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a place in the William Randolph Hearst Cartoon Hall of Fame. Peanuts was featured on the cover of Time Magazine on April 9, 1965, with the accompanying article praising the strip as being "the leader of a refreshing new breed that takes an unprecedented interest in the basics of life."[15]

Considered amongst the greatest comic strips of all time, Peanuts was declared second in a list of the greatest comics of the 20th century commissioned by The Comics Journal in 1999.[16] Peanuts lost out to George Herriman's Krazy Kat, a strip Schulz admired, and he accepted the positioning in good grace, to the point of agreeing with the result.[17] In 2002 TV Guide declared Snoopy and Charlie Brown equal 8th[18] in their list of "Top 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time",[19] published to commemorate their 50th anniversary.

Cartoon tributes have appeared in other comic strips since Schulz's death in 2000, and are now displayed at the Charles Schulz Museum.[20] In May 2000, many cartoonists included a reference to Peanuts in their own strips. Originally planned as a tribute to Schulz's retirement, after his death that February it became a tribute to his life and career. Similarly, on October 30, 2005, several comic strips again included references to Peanuts, and specifically the It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown television special.

The December 1997 issue of The Comics Journal featured an extensive collection of testimonials to Peanuts. Over forty cartoonists, from mainstream newspaper cartoonists to underground, independent comic artists, shared reflections on the power and influence of Schulz's art. Gilbert Hernandez wrote "Peanuts was and still is for me a revelation. It's mostly from Peanuts where I was inspired to create the village of Palomar in Love and Rockets. Schulz's characters, the humor, the insight... gush, gush, gush, bow, bow, bow, grovel, grovel, grovel..." Tom Batiuk wrote "The influence of Charles Schulz on the craft of cartooning is so pervasive it is almost taken for granted." Batiuk also described the depth of emotion in Peanuts: "Just beneath the cheerful surface were vulnerabilities and anxieties that we all experienced, but were reluctant to acknowledge. By sharing those feelings with us, Schulz showed us a vital aspect of our common humanity, which is, it seems to me, the ultimate goal of great art."[21]

In 2001, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors renamed the Sonoma County Airport, located a few miles northwest of Santa Rosa, California, the Charles M. Schulz Airport in his honor. The airport's logo features Snoopy in goggles and scarf, taking to the skies on top of his red doghouse. A bronze statue of Charlie Brown and Snoopy stands in Depot Park in downtown Santa Rosa.[22]

Schulz was included in the touring exhibition "Masters of American Comics" based on his achievements in the art form while producing the strip. His gag work is hailed as being "psychologically complex", and his style on the strip is noted as being "perfectly in keeping with the style of its times."[10]

Despite the widespread acclaim generated by Peanuts as a whole, some critics have alleged a decline in the strip's quality in the later years of its run, as Schulz frequently digressed from the more cerebral socio-psychological themes that characterized his earlier work in favor of lighter, more whimsical fare. For example, in an essay published in the New York Press at the time of the final daily strip in January 2000, "Against Snoopy", Christopher Caldwell argued that the character of Snoopy, and the strip's increased focus on him in the 1970s, "went from being the strip's besetting artistic weakness to ruining it altogether".[23]

Television and film productions

A Charlie Brown Christmas was the first Peanuts television special.

Video rights to all the films and TV specials were licensed by Media Home Entertainment and Kartes Video Communications in the 1980s, and by Paramount Home Entertainment from 1994 to 2007. The video rights to the TV specials are now with Warner Home Video, while the theatrical films are still at Paramount, who produced the last two and acquired the first two through the merger of CBS, who produced them via Cinema Center Films, and Viacom; the first two films were originally released to video by CBS/Fox Video. In addition to the strip and numerous books, the Peanuts characters have appeared in animated form on television numerous times. This started when the Ford Motor Company licensed the characters in 1961 for a series of black and white television commercials for the Ford Falcon. The ads were animated by Bill Meléndez for Playhouse Pictures, a cartoon studio that had Ford as a client. Schulz and Meléndez became friends, and when producer Lee Mendelson decided to make a two-minute animated sequence for a TV documentary called A Boy Named Charlie Brown in 1963, he brought on Meléndez for the project. Before the documentary was completed, the three of them (with help from their sponsor, the Coca-Cola Company) produced their first half-hour animated special, the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning A Charlie Brown Christmas, which was first aired on the CBS network on December 9, 1965.[citation needed]

The animated version of Peanuts differs in some aspects from the strip. In the strip, adult voices are heard, though conversations are usually only depicted from the children's end. To translate this aspect to the animated medium, Meléndez famously used the sound of a trombone with a plunger mute opening and closing on the bell to simulate adult "voices". A more significant deviation from the strip was the treatment of Snoopy. In the strip, the dog's thoughts are verbalized in thought balloons; in animation, he is typically mute, his thoughts communicated through growls or laughs (voiced by Bill Meléndez), and pantomime, or by having human characters verbalizing his thoughts for him. These treatments have both been abandoned temporarily in the past. For example, they experimented with teacher dialogue in She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown. The elimination of Snoopy's "voice" is probably the most controversial aspect of the adaptations, but Schulz apparently approved of the treatment. (Snoopy's thoughts were conveyed in voice over for the first time in animation in the animated version of the Broadway musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown", and later on occasion in the animated series The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.)[citation needed]

The success of A Charlie Brown Christmas was the impetus for CBS to air many more prime-time Peanuts specials over the years, beginning with It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Charlie Brown's All-Stars in 1966. In total, more than thirty animated specials were produced. Until his death in 1976, jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi composed highly acclaimed musical scores for the specials; in particular, the piece "Linus and Lucy" which has become popularly known as the signature theme song of the Peanuts franchise.[citation needed]

In addition to Coca-Cola, other companies that sponsored Peanuts specials over the years included Dolly Madison cakes, Kellogg's, McDonald's, Peter Paul-Cadbury candy bars, General Mills, and Nabisco.[citation needed]

Schulz, Mendelson, and Meléndez also collaborated on four theatrical feature films starring the characters, the first of which was A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969). Most of these made use of material from Schulz's strips, which were then adapted, although in other cases plots were developed around areas where there were minimal strips to reference. Such was also the case with The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, a Saturday-morning TV series which debuted on CBS in 1983 and lasted for three seasons.[citation needed]

By the late-1980s, the specials' popularity had begun to wane, and CBS had sometimes rejected a few specials. An eight-episode TV miniseries called This is America, Charlie Brown, for instance, was released during a writer's strike. Eventually, the last Peanuts specials were released direct-to-video, and no new ones were created until after the year 2000 when ABC obtained the rights to the three fall holiday specials. The Nickelodeon cable network re-aired the bulk of the specials, as well as The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, for a time in 1997 under the umbrella title You're on Nickelodeon, Charlie Brown. Eight Peanuts-based specials have been made posthumously. Of these, three are tributes to Peanuts or other Peanuts specials, and five are completely new specials based on dialogue from the strips and ideas given to ABC by Schulz before his death. The most recent, He's a Bully, Charlie Brown, was telecast on ABC on November 20, 2006, following a repeat broadcast of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Airing 43 years after the first special, the premiere of He's a Bully, Charlie Brown was watched by nearly 10 million viewers, winning its time slot and beating a Madonna concert special.[1]

Many of the specials and feature films have also been released on various home video formats over the years. To date, 20 of the specials, the two films A Boy Named Charlie Brown and Snoopy, Come Home, and the miniseries This Is America, Charlie Brown have all been released to DVD.

In October 2007, Warner Home Video acquired the Peanuts catalog from Paramount for an undisclosed amount of money. They now hold the worldwide distribution rights for all Peanuts properties including over 50 television specials. Warner has made plans to develop new specials for television as well as the direct to video market, as well as short subjects for digital distribution.[24] Paramount retains the rights to the theatrical releases, as the first two movies (A Boy Named Charlie Brown and Snoopy, Come Home) are owned by CBS and distributed through Paramount, and the other two (Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown and Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!!)) were released by Paramount directly.

Theatrical productions

Peanuts characters even found their way to the live stage, appearing in the musicals You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Snoopy!!! — The Musical, and in "Snoopy on Ice", a live Ice Capades-style show aimed primarily at young children, all of which have had several touring productions over the years.[25]

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown was originally a successful off-Broadway musical that ran for four years (1967–1971) in New York City and on tour, with Gary Burghoff as the original Charlie Brown. An updated revival opened on Broadway in 1999, and by 2002 it had become the most frequently produced musical in American theatre history.[3] It was also adapted for television twice, as a live-action NBC special and an animated CBS special.

Snoopy!!! The Musical was a musical comedy based on the Peanuts comic strip, originally performed at Lamb's Theatre off-Broadway in 1982. In its 1983 run in London's West End, it won an Olivier Award. In 1988, it was adapted into an animated TV special. The New Players Theatre in London staged a revival in 2004 to honor its 21st anniversary, but some reviewers noted that its "feel good" sentiments had not aged well.[citation needed]

The off-Broadway drama Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead centers on the Peanuts characters becoming teenagers, though it is an unauthorized parody.[26]

Record albums

In 1962, Columbia Records issued an album titled Peanuts, with Kaye Ballard and Arthur Siegel performing (as Lucy and Charlie Brown, respectively) to music composed by Fred Karlin.

Fantasy Records issued several albums featuring Vince Guaraldi's jazz scores from the animated specials, including Jazz Impressions of a Boy Named Charlie Brown (1964), A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), Oh, Good Grief! (1968), and Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits (1998). All were later reissued on CD.

Other jazz artists have recorded Peanuts-themed albums, often featuring cover versions of Guaraldi's compositions. These include Ellis Marsalis, Jr. and Wynton Marsalis (Joe Cool's Blues, 1995); George Winston (Linus & Lucy, 1996); David Benoit (Here's to You, Charlie Brown!, 2000); and Cyrus Chestnut (A Charlie Brown Christmas, 2000).

The 1960s American rock band The Royal Guardsmen recorded several songs about Snoopy's fantasies of flying against the Red Baron in World War I, including the hit singles "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron" and "Snoopy's Christmas". The first song was released without Schulz's consent, and he and UFS sued successfully for royalties, but allowed the group to make future songs and even contributed album artwork for such releases as Snoopy And His Friends.

Cast recordings (in both original and revival productions) of the stage musicals You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Snoopy!!! The Musical have been released over the years.

Numerous animated Peanuts specials were adapted into book-and-record sets, issued on the "Charlie Brown Records" label by Disney Read-Along in the 1970s and '80s. Also issued on Charlie Brown Records, via Disneyland Records was the soundtrack to Flashbeagle in 1984, which featured Desiree Goyette and Joey Scarbury (of "Theme from the Greatest American Hero" fame) on the title track, and all songs were written by Ed Bogas and Goyette.

RCA Victor has released an album of classical piano music ostensibly performed by Schroeder himself. Titled Schroeder's Greatest Hits, the album contains solo piano works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, and others, performed by John Miller, Ronnie Zito, Ken Bichel, and Nelly Kokinos.

Other licensed appearances and merchandise

Snoopy on the side of the MetLife blimp

Over the years, the Peanuts characters have appeared in ads for Dolly Madison snack cakes, Chex Mix, Bounty, Cheerios, A&W Root Beer, Kraft Foods, and Ford automobiles.[27][28] Pig-Pen appeared in a memorable spot for Regina vacuum cleaners.[29]

They are currently spokespeople in print and television advertisements for the MetLife insurance company.[30] MetLife usually uses Snoopy in its advertisements as opposed to other characters: for instance, the MetLife blimps are named "Snoopy One" and "Snoopy Two" and feature him in his World War I flying ace persona.[31]

The characters have been featured on Hallmark Cards since 1960,[32] and can be found adorning clothing, figurines, plush dolls, flags, balloons, posters, Christmas ornaments, and countless other bits of licensed merchandise.[33][34][35][36][37]

The Apollo 10 lunar module was nicknamed "Snoopy" and the command module "Charlie Brown".[38] While not included in the official mission logo, Charlie Brown and Snoopy became semi-official mascots for the mission.[39][40] Charles Schulz drew an original picture of Charlie Brown in a spacesuit that was hidden aboard the craft to be found by the astronauts once they were in orbit. This drawing is now on display at the Kennedy Space Center. Snoopy is the personal safety mascot for NASA astronauts,[41] and NASA issues a Silver Snoopy award to employees that promote flight safety.

The 1960s pop band The Royal Guardsmen drew inspiration from Peanuts, and their single "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron" reached number two on the charts.[42]

In the Sixties, Robert L. Short interpreted certain themes and conversations in Peanuts as being consistent with parts of Christian theology, and used them as illustrations during his lectures about the gospel, and as source material for several books, as he explained in his bestselling paperback book, The Gospel According to Peanuts.

In 1980, Charles Schulz was introduced to artist Tom Everhart during a collaborative art project.[43] Everhart became fascinated with Schulz's art style and worked Peanuts themed art into his own work. Schulz encouraged Everhart to continue with his work. Everhart continues to be the only artist authorized to paint Peanuts characters.[44]

Giant helium balloons of Charlie Brown and Snoopy have long been a feature in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. This was noted in a Super Bowl XLII commercial, in which the Charlie Brown balloon (in a move uncharacteristic of his bad luck) comes out from behind a balloon to snag a Coca-Cola bottle from two battling balloons (Underdog and Stewie Griffin, the latter of which has never had a parade balloon). The ad was sponsored by Coca-Cola.

In 1983, Knott's Berry Farm, in Southern California, was the first theme park to license the Peanuts characters, creating the first Camp Snoopy area and making Snoopy the park's mascot.[citation needed] Knott's expanded its operation in 1992 by building an indoor amusement park in the Mall of America, called Knott's Camp Snoopy. The Knott's theme parks were acquired by the national amusement park chain Cedar Fair in 1997, which continued to operate the Mall of America Camp Snoopy park until the mall took over its operation as of March 2005, renaming it The Park at MOA (now Nickelodeon Universe), and discontinued using the Peanuts characters as its theme.[45] The Knott's Berry Farm Camp Snoopy area was unaffected by this change and is still in operation.

Snoopy is the official mascot of Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, and pictures of him and other peanuts characters can be seen throughout the parks.

Cedar Fair had already licensed the Peanuts characters for use in 1992 as atmosphere,[46] so its acquisition of Knott's Berry Farm did not alter the use of those characters. The images of the Peanuts characters are currently used frequently by Cedar Fair, most visibly in several versions of the logo for flagship park, Cedar Point. Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri also operates a Camp Snoopy area, featuring various Peanuts-themed attractions.

Peanuts on Parade has been St. Paul, Minnesota's tribute to Peanuts.[47] It began in 2000, with the placing of 101 five-foot tall statues of Snoopy throughout the city of Saint Paul. The statues were later auctioned at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. In 2001, there was "Charlie Brown Around Town", 2002 brought "Looking for Lucy", and finally, in 2003, "Linus Blankets Saint Paul."[48] The statues were auctioned off at the end of each summer, so some remain around the city but others have been relocated. Permanent, bronze statues of the Peanuts characters are also found in Landmark Plaza in downtown Saint Paul.[49]

Peanuts-themed pedestrian overpass in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California

The Peanuts characters have been licensed to Universal Studios Japan (while Peanuts merchandise in Japan has been licensed by Sanrio, best known for Hello Kitty).[50]

In New Town Plaza, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, there is a mini theme park dedicated to Snoopy.

The Peanuts gang have also appeared in video games, such as Snoopy in a 1984 by Radarsoft, Snoopy vs. The Red Baron for the Atari 2600, Snoopy Tennis (Game Boy Color), Snoopy Concert which was released in 1995 and sold to the Japanese market for the Super Nintendo, and in October 2006, and a second game titled Snoopy vs. The Red Baron by Namco Bandai for the Playstation 2. Many Peanuts characters have cameos in the latter game, including Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Marcie and Sally. In July 2007, the Peanuts gang also made it onto cell phones in the Snoopy the Flying Ace mobile game by Namco Networks.

Peanuts has also been involved with NASCAR. In 2000, Jeff Gordon drove his #24 Chevrolet with a Snoopy-themed motif at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Two years later, Tony Stewart drove a #20 Great Pumpkin motif scheme for two races. The first, at Bristol Motor Speedway, featured a black car with Linus sitting in a pumpkin field. Later, at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Tony drove an orange car featuring the Peanuts characters trick-or-treating. Most recently, Bill Elliott drove a #6 Dodge with an A Charlie Brown Christmas scheme. That car ran at the 2005 NASCAR BUSCH Series race at Memphis Motorsports Park.

In the 1980s, the Funk and Wagnalls publishing house also produced a children's encyclopedia called the Charlie Brown's 'Cyclopedia. The 12-volume set features many of the Peanuts characters.

In 2006, the VH1 show I Love Toys named the Snoopy Snow Cone Machine the thirteenth greatest toy of all time.

Books

The first volume of The Complete Peanuts from Fantagraphics Books with cover design by Seth.

The Peanuts characters have been featured in many books over the years.[51] Some represented chronological reprints of the newspaper strip, while others were thematic collections such as Snoopy's Tennis Book, or collections of inspirational adages such as Happiness Is a Warm Puppy. Some single-story books were produced, such as Snoopy and the Red Baron. In addition, many of the animated television specials and feature films were adapted into book form.

Charles Schulz always resisted publication of early Peanuts strips, as they did not reflect the characters as he eventually developed them. However, in 1997 he began talks with Fantagraphics Books to have the entire run of the strip, almost 18,000 cartoons, published chronologically in book form.[52] The first volume in the collection, The Complete Peanuts: 1950 to 1952, was published in April 2004. Archive quality masters of most strips are still owned by the syndicate.[citation needed] All strips, including Sundays, are in black and white. The following books publish much of this previously-unreproduced material.

  • Chip Kidd, ed. (2001) Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz. New York: Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-375-42097-5 (hardcover), ISBN 0-375-71463-4 (paperback).
  • Derrick Bang with Victor Lee. (2002 reprinting) 50 Years of Happiness: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz. Santa Rosa, California: Charles M. Schulz Museum. ISBN 0-9685574-0-6
  • Derrick Bang, ed. (2003) Lil' Beginnings. Santa Rosa, California: Charles M. Schulz Museum. The complete run of Li'l Folks (1947–1950) ISBN 0-9745709-1-5
  • Charles M. Schulz (1975) Peanuts Jubilee: My Life and Art with Charlie Brown and Others. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-25132-6 (paperback).
  • Charles M. Schulz (2004) Who's on First, Charlie Brown?. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-46412-5.
  • Robert L. Short (1965) The Gospel According to Peanuts. Westminster John Knox Press: ISBN 0-664-22222-6.

The Complete Peanuts

The entire run of Peanuts, covering nearly 50 years of comic strips, is being reprinted in Fantagraphics' The Complete Peanuts, a 25-volume set to be released over a 12-year period, two volumes per year, published every May and October. The final volume is expected to be published in May 2016.[53] Every Peanuts strip is now also legally available online at Comics.com.[54]

Celebrating Peanuts: 60 Years

Celebrating Peanuts: 60 Years, published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, is a special tribute to mark Peanut's 60th anniversary. The book is arranged by decade, to spotlight the highlights and development of this world favorite classic. The book features quotes from Charles Schulz that shed light on how his mind worked, how his life shaped the strip, and in turn, how Peanuts shaped his life; the introduction of specific characters and how they, and the strip, often reflected the social milieu of the times; over 500 pages of Peanuts comic strips including many color Sunday strips.

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Peanuts was a comic strip drawn by Charles M. Schulz from 1950 until 2000, and was also developed into several TV animated specials and four animated theatrical features. The strip's most recognizable icons are born-loser Charlie Brown and his lazy dog Snoopy, who will always sleep on his dog house instead of inside it.

See also: Charles M. Schulz

Contents

Common Phrases

  • Good grief!
  • I can't stand it! I just can't stand it!
  • You blockhead(s)!
  • (usually to Charlie Brown): That's the way it goes...
  • AAUGH!!
  • Rats!
  • WAAH!

Charlie Brown

  • It depresses a manager to see his team cry... (14 Jun 58)
  • (sees Lucy wearing one of his shirts:) Well hello there, Charlie Brown, you blockhead!! (Violet and Patty crack up as Lucy sighs and Charlie Brown walks away) (22 Feb 59)
  • (after proving there are no spiders in the baseball gloves:) In all the history of baseball, there has never been a manager who has had to go through what I have to go through! (6 Apr 61)
  • Other kids' baseball heroes hit home runs. Mine gets sent down to the minors! (7 May 63)
  • Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter like unrequited love! (15 Dec 64)
  • (On the Little red-haired girl:) I hate myself for not having enough nerve to talk to her! Well, that's not exactly true... I hate myself for a lot of other reasons too. (17 Dec 64)
  • (in the class spelling bee, asked to spell the word "maze":) M...A...Y...S... AAUGH! (9 Feb 66)
  • (waking up after getting hit with a line drive:) I'm dying, and all I hear is insults! (3 Aug 66 and A Boy Named Charlie Brown)
  • I've developed a new philosophy. I only dread one day at a time. (8 Aug 66)
  • (on being made a school crossing guard:) When I got called to the office, I was a nobody...now, I'm a man with a badge! (14 Nov 66)
  • I don't have a ball team, I have a theological seminary! (17 Sept 67)
  • My stomach hurts... (30 Oct 69 and various other strips)
  • (on his dancing skills:) The girls hated me, but the teacher said I was very creative. She said that was the first time she ever saw anyone dance the Fox-Waltz! (27 Jan 85)
  • Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, "Why me?" Then a voice answers, "Nothing personal... your name just happened to come up." (13 Nov 93)
  • (in one of his last main strips:) This is my Joe Torre look. I'm going to use it next season. I'll manage the team from the bench like Joe Torre, and I'll stare at everybody like this, and we'll win every game. (27 Dec 99)
  • Why can't I have a normal (dog, baseball team, groundskeeper, etc...) like everyone else?
  • (on the little red-haired girl:) I don't ever want to forget her face, but if I don't, I'll go crazy. How can I remember the face I can't forget? Suddenly I'm writing country-western music! (4 Oct 69)
  • That's the secret to life... replace one worry with another... (2 Sept 81)
  • My anxieties have anxieties. (9 Nov 68)
  • (mixing up his proverbs:) "He to whom the early bird runs best learns wisdom and knowledge!"
  • For one brief moment today I thought I was winning in the game of life. But there was a flag on the play!
  • I'm not a poor loser, I'm a good loser. I'm so good at it I lose all the time! (2 Aug 98)
  • Sometimes you lie in bed at night, and you don't have a single thing to worry about...That always worries me!
  • Life is like an ice cream cone...you have to learn to lick it.
  • (to Snoopy:) Why aren't you a pony?! (26 Aug 65)
  • Yes ma'am, I understand, that's life: Front row in the classroom, last row, back deck in the ballpark. (7 Sept 95)
  • (making up a proverb)[to Patty] Life is like an all day Sucker...Here today, and Gone Tomorrow!( 3 Jan. 1951)

Sally Brown

  • I would like to say I enjoyed this first day at school. I realize the teachers have put in a lot of effort, and a host of administrators have worked hard to develop our current scholastic program. The PTA has also done its share as have the school custodians. Therefore, I would like very much to say I enjoyed this first day at school. But I didn't! (9 Sept 63)
  • (in school, asked a question by her teacher:) Who was the father of Henry IV?! I COULD NOT POSSIBLY CARE LESS! ... I'm sorry... I apologize... That was just a gut reaction. (5 May 72)
  • Today for "Show and Tell" I have brought my brother's dog. (watches as Snoopy begins to dance in front of the class) Which may turn out to be the biggest mistake of my life! (13 Sept 73)
  • A centimeter? If any centimeters come crawling into this room, I'll step on 'em! (17 Oct 74)
  • School starts again in two weeks. My furlough is almost over. ... How long do you have to be in before you get shore leave? (25 Aug 81)
  • (bursting into Charlie Brown's room:) Wake up, Santa Claus came last night and he didn't leave you anything! (Pause) April fool! (25 Dec 91)
  • (to Linus): My Sweet Babboo!
  • (to one of her teachers, who immediately bursts into tears) My name is Sally Brown and I hate school. (4 Sept 69)
  • (why she wants to be a nurse:) I like white shoes. (15 Jun 68)
  • Happiness is having your own library card. (26 Apr 64)
  • (going door to door with Charlie Brown, helping him sell his homemade Christmas wreaths:) Ask your mother if she'd like to buy a wreath. Tell her they were made from the famous forests of Lebanon. ... If you buy two, we'll throw in an autographed photo of King Solomon! (15 Dec 82)
  • (at another door:) Good morning, would you like to buy a Christmas wreath made from some junky old branches my brother found in a Christmas tree lot?! You wouldn't, would you? And I can't say I blame you! (to Charlie Brown) See, your way doesn't work either! (16 Dec 82)
  • How can I go to school if I don't know any of the answers?
  • (on Linus:) Isn't he the cutest thing?
  • That was weird, big brother. I could hear your face fall clear out in the other room! (23 Mar 81)
  • (on Linus:) He's my Sweet Babboo and I'm his Babbooette. (11 Feb 91)
  • I'm taking the advice of Theodore Roosevelt...speak softly and carry a beagle! (Aug 74)
  • I'm addressing Christmas cards. Aren't they cute? Each one has a little bunny on it dressed up like a shepherd. Don't say I'm not religious! (3 Dec 76)
  • (reciting her "Hark!" line in the Christmas play:) Hockey stick!
  • I ruined the whole Christmas play! Everybody hates me! Moses hates me, Luke hates me, The Apostles hate me! All 50 of 'em! (23 Dec 83)

Sally's school reports

  • Light travels at a speed of 186,000 miles per second. ... So why are the afternoons so long? (1 Jun 76)
  • One "Rod" equals nine feet. One "Span" equals nine inches. One "Pace" equals three feet. One "Handbreadth" equals three inches. And one "School Day" equals a hundred years! Sorry, ma'am, I couldn't help slipping that in there. (9 May 84)
  • Today is Abraham Lincoln's birthday. ... Abraham Lincoln was our sixteenth king and he was the father of Lot's wife. (12 Feb 70)
  • English Theme: "Vandalism as a Problem Today." Who is the leader of these vandals? I will tell you. They are encouraged by Evandalists!
  • Britain was invaded in the year 43 by Roman Numerals.
  • Life in the village was peaceful until the volcano interrupted.
  • When writing about Church History, we have to go back to the very beginning. Our Pastor was born in 1930.
  • This is my report on Rain. Rain is water which does not come out of faucets. Without rain, we would not get wet walking to school and catch a cold and have to stay home, which is not a bad idea. Rain was the inspiration for that immortal poem, "Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day." After a storm, the rain goes down the drain which is where I sometimes feel my education is also going. (7 Nov 73)
  • English Theme: "If I Had A Pony." If I had a pony, I'd saddle up and ride so far from this school it would make your head swim! (29 Sept 70)
  • Some people are right-handed. Some people are left-handed. There are other people who are able to use both hands with equal ease. Such people are called Handbidextrous. (17 Oct 76)
  • There are seven continents: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America, and Aunt Arctica.
  • The largest dinosaur that ever lived was the Bronchitis. It soon became extinct. It coughed a lot. (11 Dec 72)

Snoopy

  • on why he doesn't chase rabbits: Some of us are born dogs, and some of us are born rabbits. When the chips are down, I'll have to admit that my sympathy lies with the rabbits. (15 Apr 61)
  • as "World-Famous Astronaut": I did it! I'm the first beagle on the moon! I beat the Russians...I beat everybody...I even beat that stupid cat who lives next door! (14 Mar 69)
  • It was a dark and stormy night... (appeared for the first time on 12 Jul 65)
The opening line of the novel Snoopy is forever starting. A well-known quotation from Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
  • Here's
    • Joe Cool
    • The World War I Flying Ace
    • The world-famous
    • Scoutmaster
    • Skating Coach
  • My mind reels with sarcastic replies.
  • Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog. *sigh!* There's so little hope for advancement.
  • Snoopy asked the "Stupid Cat Next Door" to help remove a splinter from his paw: Well that's one way of doing it - he removed me from the splinter!
  • arm-wrestling Lucy: Succumb, you dark-haired fiend! (14 Feb 67)
  • on Molly Volley: I've had distemper, and I've played mixed doubles...I'd rather have distemper.
  • Here's Joe Cool hanging around the student union eyeing chicks. Lucy storms past. Actually, we Joe Cools are scared to death of chicks... (28 May 71)
  • I remember last year about this time... it was two o'clock in the morning, and I was sound asleep... Suddenly, out of nowhere, this crazy guy with a sled appears right on my roof. He was okay, but those stupid reindeer kept stepping on my stomach! (23 Dec 66)

As the World War I Flying Ace

  • after a trip to the vet: They tortured me, but all I gave them was my name, rank and serial number! (19 Aug 66)
  • Curses, foiled again!
  • oft-repeated line: Curse you, Red Baron!

As the "World Famous Novelist"

  • "A Love Story" by Erich Beagle: "I love you," she said, and together they laughed. Then one day she said, "I hate you," and they cried. But not together. "What happened to the love that we said would never die?" she asked. "It died," he said. The first time he saw her she was playing tennis. The last time he saw her she was playing tennis. "Ours was a Love set," he said, "but we double faulted." "You always talked a better game than you played," she said. (27 May 73?
  • Though her husband often went on business trips, she hated to be left alone. "I've solved our problem," he said. "I've bought you a St. Bernard. Its name is Great Reluctance. Now, when I go away, you shall know that I am leaving you with Great Reluctance!" She hit him with a waffle iron. (6 Aug 73)
  • Why Dogs Are Superior to Cats: They just are, and that's all there is to it! (5 Jan 74)
  • Her love affair had ended. She didn't want to live. She threw herself in front of a Zamboni. (27 Jun 91)
  • (After Lucy tells him to write about something positive for a change:) It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, a kiss rang out! (19 Nov 81)
  • (After Lucy tells him to write a political novel:) It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, a vote rang out! (14 Nov 83)
  • (After Lucy tells him to write a Thanksgiving novel:) It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, a turkey rang out! (22 Nov 83)
  • (After Lucy suggests he begin his story with "Once upon a time":) Once upon a time...It was a dark and stormy night. (7 Aug 83)
  • Once there were two mice who lived in a museum. One evening after the museum had closed, the first mouse crawled into a huge suit of armor. Before he knew it, he was lost. "Help!" he shouted to his friend. "Help me make it through the knight!" (6 Dec 74)
  • The Gift: It was the holiday season. She and her husband had decided to attend a performance of King Lear. It was their first night out together in months. During the second act one of the performers became ill. The manager of the theater walked onto the stage, and asked, "Is there a doctor in the house?" Her husband stood up, and shouted, "I have an honorary degree from Anderson College!" It was at that moment when she decided not to get him anything for Christmas. (22 Dec 74)
  • Travel Tips, "Arriving Home": When putting away your luggage after arriving home, always close the zippers so bugs can't crawl in. (20 Sept 82)
  • It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, out of the mist a spooky figure appeared. How spooky was he? Spoooooooky! (8 Jul 91)
  • Her real name was Dorothy Fledermaus. But all her friends called her "Dee." Thus, she was frequently referred to as "Dee Fledermaus." (shakes his head, crumples his paper into a ball and thinks, "uh uh!") (12 Jul 73)
  • "You love hockey more than you love me!" she complained. "You love those hockey gloves and shinguards and skates and elbow pads more than you love me!" "That's not true!" he said. "I love you much more than I love my elbow pads." (23 Nov 82)
  • (After Lucy tells him to write an adventure story featuring a dashing hero:) He was a dark and stormy knight. (2 May 83)
  • Beauty Tips - How to Look Younger: Don't be born so soon. (4 May 82)

Linus van Pelt

  • Thus endeth....
  • (told by his mother to come in from playing in the sandbox for dinner:) You can't fight city hall! (19 Oct 59)
  • (on why he can't watch Lucy making a jack-o-lantern:) You didn't tell me you were going to kill it! (31 Oct 59)
  • (disappointed that the Great Pumpkin didn't show up:) I was a victim of false doctrine. (3 Nov 59)
  • Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life! (17 Jun 61)
  • (to his blanket:) People are beginning to say nasty things about me. I'm sorry, blanket... I'm going to have to leave you here by the side of the road! (walks away, but quickly turns back after going only a few feet, and embraces his blanket again) It was whimpering! (20 Jul 61)
  • There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people...religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin! (25 Oct 61)
  • (Lucy threatens to hit him for refusing to memorize his lines for the Christmas program:) Christmas is not only getting too commercial, it's getting too dangerous! (17 Dec 61)
  • (on his blanket-hating grandmother:) She no sooner got in the house when she took my blanket away! She gave me a dollar to make up for it, but I'm gonna look awfully silly sucking my thumb and holding a dollar. ... And I don't feel very secure, either! (14 Jan 63)
  • I guess I talk too much. My mom is mad at me... my grandma is mad at me... everyone is mad at me. Yesterday my grandma drank thirty-two cups of coffee. I shouldn't have said anything. I suggested that perhaps her drinking thirty-two cups of coffee was not unlike my need for a security blanket... She didn't like the comparison. (17 Jan 63)
  • (Linus found his missing blanket:) There was a little mix-up in the kitchen. Lucy was using my blanket to dry the dishes. We now have very secure dishes! (20 Feb 64)
  • (on the New Math:) How can you solve "new math" problems with an "old math" mind? (22 Apr 64)
  • (on studying the letters of the Apostle Paul:) I must admit it makes me feel a little guilty. I always feel like I'm reading someone else's mail! (6 Nov 64)
  • (in a snow fort:) I am king of all I survey! This is an impregnable fortress! No one can take it! I could defend this position from a hundred attackers! I have ammunition enough to fight the whole day! This fortress stands firm and unyielding! It is like the rock of Gibralter! [sic - please note this is how the word is spelled in the actual strip] It is like... (Lucy hits him from behind with a snowball) You'll notice that you had to use strategy though, didn't you?! (2 Jan 66)
  • Why do I have to get a measles shot? Who ever worries about measles? What's a little "rubeola" among friends? (3 Jan 67)
  • (on his grandmother, who quit smoking to get Linus to give up his blanket:) That gray-haired, foxy old rascal! (1 Sept 67)
  • (embracing his blanket after rescuing it from the trash burner as quoted above:) Are you all right, ol' buddy? (13 Sept 67)
  • (after listening to Frieda moan about everyone shunning her for turning Snoopy in to the Head Beagle:) Of course, they won't! Anyone who would turn someone in to the Head Beagle doesn't deserve to be spoken to! (17 Oct 69)
  • (Linus gave Snoopy his security blanket to keep for him in an attempt to break the habit, but when Linus decided he wanted the blanket back, he saw that Snoopy had the blanket made into sport coats for himself and Woodstock:) It's all your fault, Charlie Brown, because you own such a stupid beagle! Do you know what I just read in a medical journal? It said that a person who is deprived of his blanket by a stupid beagle who has it made into a sport coat cannot survive for more than forty-eight hours! (12 Nov 71)
  • (on World War II; the Stupid Cat Next Door:) That's no kitten - that's a thousand-pound gully cat! (18 Apr 72)
  • You can't bluff an old theologian! (6 Dec 72)
  • to Sally: I'm not your Sweet Babboo! (9 Oct 78 and various other strips)
  • (Lucy kicked him out of his beanbag yet again:) So! Miss "Have It Her Own Way" does it again! Miss Sobersides has arrived, and has taken over. Attention world! Miss Fussbudget of 1984 is here to tell us all what to do! Miss Fullcharge knows what's good for everyone! Miss Bossy... (Lucy throws beanbag at him, and Linus falls to the ground) ... She can stand being called anything but "bossy." (16 Sept 84)
  • I love mankind - it's people I can't stand! (12 Nov 59)
  • (on Lucy:) I keep hoping that someday they'll develop a crabbiness vaccine.
  • In all this world, there is no heavier burden than a great potential!
  • (after Linus explains to Eudora about the Great Pumpkin, and Lucy then tells Eudora, "See?":) How sharper than a serpent's tooth is a sister's "see?"! (26 Oct 80)
  • Good ol' Charlie Brown... he's the Charlie Brownest!
  • (on suckers:) Never jump into a pile of leaves with a wet sucker. (15 Nov 57)
  • (on Miss Othmar, his teacher:) I've never said I worship her. I just said I'm very fond of the ground on which she walks! (8 Oct 59)

Lucy van Pelt

  • (to Charlie Brown:) You've been striking out every time you got up to bat anyway. It'll be best if you stay home. Don't let your team down by showing up! (16 Apr 63)
  • Can I help it if I was born with crabby genes?! (1 Feb 66)
  • (on autumn:) See these leaves, Linus? They're flying south for the winter! (14 Oct 66)
  • (to Linus:) Do you realize that people are coming up to me, and saying "your brother pats birds on the head"? Well, I want you to stop it! Do you hear me?! Stop it!!! (Bird trips her) (30 May 67)
  • (in her psychiatric booth, consoling Charlie Brown after accidentally re-hooking Linus on security blankets after he kicked his habit on his own): In all of mankind's history, there has never been more damage done than by people who "thought they were doing the right thing." Five cents, please. (18 Nov 71)
  • (learning of Rerun's birth, after having thrown Linus out of the house:) A new baby brother?!! But I just got rid of the old one!!! (23 May 72)
  • What's wrong with a world where someone like Charlie Brown can get sick, and then not get any better? I NEED SOMEONE TO HIT!! (26 Jul 79)
  • (in right field:) This guy can't hit it! He swings like my grandmother! (a handbag is thrown at Lucy from behind and hits her in the head) Sorry, Grandma... it was just an expression... (17 Jul 82)
  • By the time I've grown up, we'll probably have a woman president. You know what that means, don't you? It means I won't get to be the first one. BOY, THAT MAKES ME MAD!! (29 Mar 84)
  • I keep wondering if Mom's planning to have more children. Lately she's been referring to me as "Volume One." (17 Feb 96)
  • (at the end of every session at her psychiatric booth:) Five cents, please.
  • (being chased by the other kids after purposely spoiling their games:) I'm frustrated and inhibited, and no one understands me. (24 Jan 54)
  • (threatening Linus:) These five fingers: individually they're nothing, but when I curl them together like this into a single unit (making a fist), they form a weapon that is terrible to behold! (5 Jan 64)
  • (to Charlie Brown, at her psychiatric booth, explaining why people take advantage of him by talking too much:) It's your own fault! You're just too wishy-washy! People who talk too much deserve to be insulted! They deserve to have other people walk away from them! Talking too much is an unforgivable social sin - absolutely unforgivable! The only way to deal with people who talk too much is to let them know just how boring they really are. You can't waste your time with them, no, sir! Why should you sit and waste your valuable time while some bore talks on and on about nothing? Life is too short to waste it listening to some person who doesn't know when to shut up! Time is too valuable! Time is... (Charlie Brown sighs) (21 Jan 68)
  • (on Snoopy, watching his inauguration as "Head Beagle" on TV:) He'll probably get impeached! (18 Feb 70)

Lucy the Athlete

  • No problem, manager... I missed it, but the ground caught it! Nice catch, ground! You're doing a good job! (18 Jul 77)
  • Watching your graceful movements on the pitcher's mound lulled me to sleep! (10 May 78)
  • I think there were toxic substances coming from my glove, and they made me dizzy. (24 May 81)
  • When the sun reflects off the bright yellow dandelions, I can't see the ball. (2 Jun 99)
  • (she waited for a grounder to stop rolling before she picked it up:) It was having a good time, and I didn't want to disturb it. (28 Jul 72)
  • (after kicking a football backwards over her own head:) I'm too feminine for this game! (1 Dec 64)
  • (after discussing the prehistory of the baseball field with Patty:) A fossil got in my eyes!
  • (purposely refusing to catch a fly ball:) I'm a New Feminist!

Rerun van Pelt

  • (his mother's lost three pounds by bicycling:) And through sheer terror I've lost five! (21 Jan 74)
  • Riding around all day on the back of your mom's bicycle gives you plenty of time to think...it gives you time to think about people and about life...and about what would happen if we ran into a tree! (22 Jan 74)
  • (to his basketball, angrily tossing it into the closet after he tried to shoot a basket twice and missed both times:)You can come out when you learn to behave! (30 Mar 97)
  • I don't think I should go to school anymore. Instead of getting smarter, I'm getting dumber every day. I figure in about one more month I'll bottom out. (30 Apr 97)
  • I can't go to school...I've been suspended again for one day...another whole day! Years from now, you know what people are going to say about me? "He's one day dumber than he should be!" (30 Oct 97)
  • I could run the whole world right here from under my bed! (27 Jan 98)

Schroeder

  • (after a fly ball hits Lucy, Snoopy, Linus, Violet, 5 and Pigpen in the head:) I think you're right; six bonks is a new record. (22 May 83)
  • I'm inclined to agree with you, Charlie Brown. But on the other hand we must be cautious in our thinking. We must be careful not to "throw out the baby with the bath." (Baby Sally, who is listening, suddenly looks panicked; Schroeder looks at her and says:) Please pardon the expression. (17 Oct 59)
  • The joy is in the playing.(27 Jan 73)
  • (sees Lucy and Snoopy brawling:) Fighting under the mistletoe? How unfeminine...how unromantic...how gauche! (27 Dec 70)
  • (Lucy asks if musicians make a lot of money:) Who cares about money?! This is ART, you blockhead! This is great music I'm playing, and playing great music is an art! Do you hear me? An art! (pounding on piano) Art! Art! Art! Art! Art!" ( 30 Sept 56)
  • (when Charlie Brown asks him how he's able to play such complicated pieces on his toy piano when the black keys are just painted on:) [matter-of-factly] I practice a lot. (9 Apr 53)
  • (when Lucy was crying over Charlie Brown in the hospital:) It's interesting that you should cry over him when you're the one who always treated him so mean! And stop wiping your tears with my piano! (19 July 79)
  • (After Charlie brown carries in a package he ordered)"BEETHOVEN!!! (sighs)"(11 Nov. 1951)
  • (After Lucy asks him to get her perfume for Beethoven's birthday)"That's a good idea...I'll get you a bottle of 'Eau Dé Jumprope'".

Peppermint Patty

  • (In Patty's very first strip, she watches Roy write to Linus:) Is he cute? If he is, tell him your very good friend, "Peppermint" Patty, says hello. Tell him what a real swinger I am. Put in a good word for me, Roy, and the next time we Indian wrestle, I'll try not to clobber you! (22 Aug 66)
  • (on Schroeder:) I come clear across town to play ball, and who do I get for a catcher? A miniature Leonard Bernstein! (1 Sept 66)
  • (on Snoopy:) He's a good skater, but he's the funniest-looking kid I've ever seen! (10 Jan 69 - Patty did not realize until several years later that Snoopy is really a dog)
  • (on Charlie Brown:) I could strike him out on three straight pitches! (11 Mar 71 and other strips)
  • (to Charlie Brown, flirtatiously:) You touched my hand, Chuck! (5 Jun 71 and other strips)
  • No book on psychology could be any good if one can understand it! (3 Jun 72)
  • (to Marcie:) Stop calling me sir! (8 Jun 72 and numerous other strips)
  • Subtraction? Oh, yes, ma'am, I can explain it. Subtraction is the awful feeling that you know less today than you did yesterday. (13 Nov 78)
  • Ma'am? What kind of test are we having today? Multiple choice? Good! I choose not to take it! (8 Jan 79)
  • Who was the first Tudor king? Well, let me think... Is this for real, Ma'am? Or are we playing Trivia? (25 May 84)
  • (the first day of school, after Patty was held back a grade the previous year:) Fasten your seat belt, ma'am! Here I come again! (4 Sept 84)
  • (bowling a boy down the aisle at school after he insults her:) Watch for you and me on TV, kid...the program is called "bowl a pupil"! (6 Sept 84)
  • Ma'am? I don't understand this first question... which ocean are we studying? Could you be more Pacific? (7 Sept 88)
  • I don't look so bad after all! That's always been my ambition... to not look so bad after all. (8 Aug 97)
  • Here's my term paper, ma'am. Please judge it with mercy. Treat it as you would a newborn child. Which it is because I just wrote it this morning! (3 Mar 81)
  • Don't hassle me with your sighs, Chuck! (12 Feb 76)
  • This is my report on Hamlet. A hamlet is a small village with a population of maybe a few hundred, and... (19 May 94)
  • Sometimes I think I tore all the ligaments in my head. (8 Jun 89)
  • (after falling asleep in class:) I'm awake! The answer is twelve!
  • (usually said after she tries to confide in Charlie Brown and he doesn't tell her what she wants to hear:) I hate talking to you, Chuck!
  • (on why she gets bad grades:) Teachers don't like kids with big noses!
  • (taking a test:) True! ... False! ... And one good old-fashioned MAYBE!!! (9 Sept 73)
  • (famously, after she phones Charlie Brown)"Hi, Chuck!"

Marcie

  • Do footballs mind being kicked, sir? Do you think it causes them to be traumatized? (12 Sept 82)
  • (her father is taking her to a Mighty Ducks hockey game:) I think we're going to see the Mighty Flamingos. (17 Nov 93)
  • (after the hockey game) I got to meet the guy who drives the Zucchini. (27 Sept 93)
  • (to Peppermint Patty:) You're weird, sir!
  • Your optimism should be framed, Charles.
  • (trying to clean a golf ball:) After I peeled the white cover off, I couldn't get the ball back in. (13 April 80)
  • (on why she's taking violin lessons for the summer instead of going to camp:) You can't play Brahms on a canoe paddle, sir. (28 Jun 98)
  • (on the Super Bowl:) We'll never make it to the Splendid Bowl, sir. (13 Nov 88)
  • (on the Super Bowl:) Sometimes I get a little curious ... did anybody make a hole-in-one? (12 April 93)
  • (after admiring Charlie Brown at his events:) I admire your élan, Charles.

Frieda

  • (once more antagonizing Snoopy about being the only animal in the neighborhood:) You're so smug! You think you've got it made, don't you? You think you're king because you're the only animal around here! Well, do you know what I'm gonna do? I'm gonna get a cat! (15 May 61)
  • People hate cats. People hate people who own cats. And people especially hate people with naturally curly hair who own cats! (12 Jul 61)
  • You're not pitching right, Charlie Brown. Whenever the other team hits the ball to us, and we try to catch it, the ball stings our hands! Try to pitch so that the ball won't sting our hands. (24 Apr 62)
  • What's the good of having naturally curly hair if nobody's jealous?! (24 Oct 62)
  • People always expect more of you when you have naturally curly hair! (11 Dec 63)
  • (berating Snoopy for his lack of exercise:) You're flabby! If a crisis ever occurred, your muscles would never respond! (12 Aug 64)
  • (after Charlie Brown angrily discovered she reported his dog to the Head Beagle:) It was his own fault! He never wanted to go rabbit chasing with me! (14 Oct 69)
  • (after everyone in the neighborhood turns their back on her for reporting Snoopy to the Head Beagle:) Everyone's mad at me! No one will speak to me. (After Linus replies, "Of course, they won't! Anyone who would turn someone in to the Head Beagle doesn't deserve to be spoken to!") I didn't know what I was doing! I was upset! (To which Linus answers, "Don't talk to me, it's too late now!") (17 Oct 69)
  • (Lucy tells her that to hang around Schroeder, she has to like Beethoven:) All right, but I'll just have a small glass... (18 Jan 70)

Pig-Pen

  • I have affixed to me the dust and dirt of countless ages...who am I to disturb history? (18 Sept 55)
  • You know what I am? I'm a dust magnet! (25 Nov 59)
  • (after Violet chides him for being dirty and calls him a "germ carrier":) Even germs get tired of walking now and then! (14 Jul 61)
  • (when Lucy asks him why he doesn't look neat like the other players on the team:) Last year I batted .712. Neatness doesn't bat .712! (20 Mar 97)

Violet Gray

  • I'm in business...these are ready-mix mud pies! (22 May 53)
  • (to Patty:) You an' I have a lot in common...we both dislike the same things about Charlie Brown! (31 Aug 53)
  • (after she and Patty tear into Charlie Brown again and he walks away, very dejected:) You know, it's a strange thing about Charlie Brown...you almost never see him laugh. (4 Dec 59)
  • My Dad can _______ better than your Dad.

Patty

  • Little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. (hits Charlie Brown) That's what little girls are made of. (3 Oct 50)
  • It's a lot more fun not inviting people than it is inviting them! (14 Oct 52)
  • (to Lucy:) You'll always be a crabby little girl! You were born crabby and you're going to stay crabby! Don't think you're going to change because you're not! (16 May 64)

Shermy

  • Well! Here comes ol' Charlie Brown! Good ol' Charlie Brown...yes, sir! Good ol' Charlie Brown...how I hate him! (02 Oct 50 - the very first Peanuts strip)
  • (telling Charlie Brown he's quitting the baseball team:) I'm the kind who needs to win now and then. With you it's different. I think you get sort of a neurotic pleasure out of losing all the time. (3 Aug 62)
  • Every Christmas it's the same - I always end up playing a shepherd. (A Charlie Brown Christmas)

Eudora

  • Saturday's the only day I never get anything wrong.
  • (on Orientation at camp:) If they try to ship us to the Orient, forget it!
  • (to teacher:) Our family just moved here from out of state. (...) No, ma'am...I don't know which state. I don't even know where I am now!

Lydia

  • (Linus is two months older:) Aren't you kind of old for me? (9 Jun 86)
  • (to Linus:) You like mint chocolate chip? I'm surprised...most older people like vanilla! (Linus fumes.) (13 Jun 86)
  • Today my name is (insert flowery-sounding or unusual female name here, such as: Melissa, Anna, Olivia, etc.)
  • (during Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales (2002), she announces:) Today, my name is Jezebel. (Linus then tells her the story of the Biblical Jezebel's grisly death. She responds:) Today, my name is Susan. (18 Dec 87)

Spike

  • The annual meeting of the Cactus Club will now come to order...
  • (after Peppermint Patty loses a golf game:) Perhaps you'd like to invest in some choice real estate near Needles? My card!
  • (on selling "oceanview property" in Needles:) I figured coyotes can see a long way.
  • (puts hat on left side of cactus) Sometimes I hang my hat here,
(puts hat on right side of cactus) And sometimes I hang my hat over here.
(puts hat back on) Who said desert life is boring?

Dialogue

1950s Strips

  • Charlie Brown: Sixty-three runs in the very first inning!
    Schroeder: There goes our shutout! (15 Aug 52)
  • (Lucy is balancing on one foot, and asking Charlie Brown to watch what she's doing)
Lucy: Watch me, Charlie Brown! I'm standing on one foot! Watch me.
Charlie Brown: Oh, great scott! (note: Charlie Brown originally said this excalmation before "Good Grief" was developed) Can't you see I'm reading, Lucy? Don't bother me!
(Lucy breaks down into tears)
Lucy: Waaah! You don't like me!
Charlie Brown: All right, stand on one foot... I'll watch you.
(Lucy walks away)
Lucy: I don't want to! (Unspecified 52)
  • Lucy: Can you take a little friendly criticism, Charlie Brown?
    Charlie Brown: Why, of course. I'm not above that sort of thing at all; a little friendly criticism can always be helpful to a person. What is it you wanted to say?
    Lucy: You're kind of stupid. (17 May 55)
  • Schroeder: (to Lucy:) I wouldn't marry you unless you were the last girl on earth!
    Lucy: Did you say "if" or "unless"?
    Schroeder: I admit I said "unless"...
    Lucy: HOPE!!! (18 July 59)
  • Charlie Brown: Life is just too much for me. I've been confused right from the day I was born. I think the whole trouble is that we're thrown into life too fast... we're not really prepared.
    Linus: What did you want... a chance to warm up first? (9 Sep 59)

1960s Strips

  • Charlie Brown: Is Linus back from lunch yet?
    Schroeder: Yes, he's back, and Shermy and Snoopy and Violet are back too...but now Patty and Lucy and Frieda have gone home for supper. (*Sigh*) This has been a long first inning! (5 Apr 63)
Charlie Brown: Next year I'm going to be a changed person!
Lucy: That's a laugh, Charlie Brown.
Charlie Brown: I mean it! I'm going to be strong and firm.
Lucy: Forget it. You'll always be wishy-washy.
Charlie Brown: Why can't I change just a little bit? I'll be wishy one day and washy the next! (31 Dec 65)
  • Charlie Brown: Shovel your walk?
    Patty: For money?
    Charlie Brown: Yes, I don't have any use for beads!
    Patty slams the door in his face
    Charlie Brown: I guess a good businessman can't afford to be sarcastic. (18 Jan 66)
  • Lucy: (to Charlie Brown) You don't think my brother and I get along very well, do you? You just wait. After we've grown, we'll be very close!
    Charlie Brown: What does she mean by "close"?
    Linus: We may both live on the same continent! (30 Jul 66)
  • Charlie Brown: Shovel your walk?
    Violet: YOU?
    Charlie Brown: I never know how to answer those one-word questions... (15 Dec 66)
  • Lucy: Here, I brought you a piece of toast.
    Linus: Well, thank you.
    Lucy: (Holding the toast just out of Linus' reach) "Thank you, dear sister."
    Linus: Thank you, dear sister.
    Lucy: "Thank you, dear sister... greatest of all sisters!"
    Linus: Thank you, dear sister, greatest of all sisters!
    Lucy: "Thank you, dear sister, greatest of all sisters, without whom I'd never survive!"
    Linus: Thank you, dear sister, greatest of all sisters, without whom I'd never survive!
    Lucy: You're very welcome.
    Linus: How can I eat when I feel nauseated? (8 Jan 67)
  • Charlie Brown: This is the time of year when all the big baseball trades are made. I'm going to try to improve our team with a few shrewd trades.
    Lucy: That's a great idea, Charlie Brown. Why don't you trade yourself? (8 Nov 67)
  • Lucy: (walks up to Charlie Brown carrying a baseball glove) Hey, manager... some kid must have left his glove here. It has his name on it. See? Right here... "Willie Mays." He wrote his name on his glove, see? Poor kid... he's probably been looking all over for it. We should have a "Lost and Found." I don't know any kid around here named "Willie Mays," do you? How are we gonna get it back to him? He was pretty smart putting his name on his glove this way, though. It's funny, I just don't remember any kid by that name...
    Charlie Brown: Look at the name on your glove.
    Lucy: What?
    Charlie Brown: (appears slightly irritated) Look at your own glove. There's a name on it.
    Lucy: (reads name on glove) "Babe Ruth"... Well, I'll be! How in the world do you suppose I got her glove?! (3 Aug 69)

1970s Strips

  • Charlie Brown: Why would the library ban Miss Helen Sweetstory's book?
    Linus: I can't believe it. I just can't believe it!
    Charlie Brown: Maybe there are some things in her book that we don't understand.
    Sally: In that case, they should also ban my Math book! (24 Oct 72)
  • Sally: I'll kick the ball to you, and you come running down the field, and I'll try to hug you.
    Linus: Tackle.
    Sally: Hug.
    Linus: Tackle.
    Sally: Hug.
    Linus: (walking away) Forget it!
    Sally: (kicks football in frustration) Stupid game! (20 Jan 73)
  • Peppermint Patty: Marcie, I'm short a player. I need you out in right field.
    Marcie: I don't know anything about baseball, sir.
    Peppermint Patty: All you have to do is stand out there. Please?
    Marcie: What if I get put in the penalty box?
    Peppermint Patty: There's no penalty box in baseball. Now, please get out there.
    Marcie: I forgot to ask if we're playing nine holes or eighteen. (26 July 73)
  • (Charlie Brown's ball team is the visiting team against Peppermint Patty's team. During practice, Charlie hits Lucy a fly ball, but it lands behind her.)
    Charlie Brown: Good grief, Lucy, you're going to have to do better than that!
    Lucy: What did you expect? I'm suffering from jet-lag! (07 April 74)
  • Lucy: Hey, banana nose! I never knew you had an older brother!
    Snoopy: Do I bite her on the leg now, or do I wait until Spike gets here, and let him bite her? (5 Aug 75)
  • Marcie: How many skating tests are there, sir?
    Peppermint Patty: Eight, Marcie, and they get harder and harder. Sometimes I think the only thing that keeps me going is the encouraging words of my coach...
    Snoopy: Growl, snarl, snap, growf, bark, woof! (4 Jan 78)

1980s Strips

  • Snoopy: Psst! Wake up, it's almost noon...the early bird gets the worm.
    Woodstock: |||||||
    Snoopy: That's true...you can get pizza until midnight! (22 Jan 80)
  • Lucy: Here we go, Charlie Brown... I'll hold the ball, and you come running up and kick it.
    Charlie Brown: What you really mean is, you'll pull the ball away, and I'll land on my back and kill myself! Well, I have news for you... Never again! Forget it!
    Lucy: Wait!
    Charlie Brown: (walking away) I said, forget it!! I'm just glad you're the only person in the world who thinks I'm dumb enough to fall for that trick again.
    (Charlie Brown then comes across Snoopy, Woodstock, Sally, Peppermint Patty and Marcie all grinning wickedly and holding footballs for him to run up and kick.) (16 Oct 83)
  • Peppermint Patty: I'd like to ask the teacher a question, but I'm afraid she'll think it's dumb.
    Marcie: They say the only dumb question is the one that you don't ask.
    Peppermint Patty: Ma'am? Is it all right if we turn in our book reports a year late?
    Marcie: They were wrong! (2 Jan 84)
  • Peppermint Patty: Let me borrow your ruler, Marcie.
    Marcie: As soon as you give my pen back.
    Peppermint Patty: If I give your pen back, I won't have any use for the ruler.
    Marcie: Sure, you need my pen to draw lines with my ruler on the ten sheets of paper you borrowed from me! (angrily begins gathering her school supplies) Here, why don't you take my eraser, my notebooks, my colored pencils, my comb, my lunch... (throws all of her school supplies at Patty) TAKE EVERYTHING I HAVE!!!
    Peppermint Patty: (buried in Marcie's school supplies) Do we have time for a garage sale, ma'am? (8 Jan 84)
  • Peppermint Patty: Everyone had to write an essay on what we did during Christmas vacation. When I got mine back, the teacher had given me a "D minus"...well, I'm used to that, right, Chuck? Right! Now guess what...all those essays went into a city essay contest, and I won! Explain that, Chuck!
    Snoopy: Never listen to the reviewers. (9 Jan 85)
  • Peppermint Patty: School starts next week. I hope I get better grades this year. I hope I'll be the prettiest and smartest girl in the whole class.
    Marcie: "Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper."
    Peppermint Patty: When we go to college, Marcie, I'm not going to room with you. (27 Aug 86)
  • Lucy: Why can't you and your dog do some things together? Go out and chase some rabbits.
    Charlie Brown: I remember we tried that once...
    Snoopy: A rabbit chased us for five miles! (25 Jan 88)
  • Peppermint Patty: D-minus! Good grief! I got a D-minus in every subject! And look what she wrote on the back... she said I'm not very cute! My dad thinks I'm cute! Every day when I was little, he'd say how cute I was. What does she mean, I'm not cute?! Just because I've got a big nose and mousy-blah hair, doesn't mean I'm not cute!
    Marcie: She says your attention span is not very acute.
    Peppermint Patty: This is going to be a long summer.
    Marcie: You're weird, sir! (5 Jun 88)

1990s Strips

  • Marcie: While you were asleep, sir, the world came to an end! You and I are the only people left alive!! Volcanoes were erupting! Icebergs were melting! Everything is gone!
    Peppermint Patty: Then why is the playground full of kids?
    Marcie: Sorry, sir...when I saw you got an "A" on that paper, I thought the world had come to an end... (10 Jun 90)
  • Peggy Jean: Pretty girls are human, too.
    Charlie Brown: You are? (25 Jul 90)
  • Linus: On Halloween night, the "Great Pumpkin" rises out of the pumpkin patch, and...
    Rerun: You're just trying to mess with my mind, aren't you? (28 Oct 96)
  • Charlie Brown: "Pigpen," I don't understand you. It's only the first inning of our first game, and you're already covered in dirt!
    Pig-Pen: This isn't ALL from today. Some of it's left over from last year! (18 Mar 97)
  • (Pig-Pen has just hit an Inside-The-Park Home Run.)
    Charlie Brown: "Pigpen" slides into home! He's safe!! He's getting up! He's dusting himself off!
    Lucy: Why? (21 Mar 97)
  • Charlie Brown: I've come to offer you a free dog; his name is "Olaf".
    Marcie: Does he bite?
    Charlie Brown: Only if attacked by a pizza... (14 Jun 97)
  • Lucy: Having an older sister is like having a compass to guide you through life.
    Rerun (to Linus): Is that true?
    Linus (under blanket): I'm not here. (10 Jul 97)
  • Peppermint Patty: Quick, Marcie, I need a pencil and some paper. And I need an eraser, a pen and a ruler.
    Marcie: (to the teacher) No, Ma'am... I'm her caddie. (18 Sept 97)
  • Franklin: I never got around to reading the book we were supposed to read during Christmas vacation.
    Marcie: I started to read it, but I couldn't understand it...
    Peppermint Patty: What book? (4 Jan 99)
  • Lucy: Hey, manager, how come I always have to play right field?
    Charlie Brown: Because you're such a terrible player!
    Lucy: I suppose you think you're such a great pitcher, huh? And I suppose you think you're such a great manager?
    Charlie Brown: This could turn ugly... (22 Jun 99)
  • Sally: Lucy's on the phone. She wants to know why she always has to play right field.
    Charlie Brown: Traditionally, the player who is weakest defensively plays right field.
    Sally: (to Lucy on the phone) He says the dumbest player always plays right field.
    Charlie Brown: This could turn really ugly... (23 Jun 99)

TV Specials and Movies

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Linus (after Charlie Brown tells Linus about Christmas becoming depressing and too commercial): Charlie Brown, you're the only person I know that can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem. Maybe Lucy's right. Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you're the Charlie Brownest.

Linus: (catches a snowflake on his tongue, chewing and swallowing it) Mmmm.... needs sugar.
Lucy: It's too early. I never eat December snowflakes. I always wait until January.
Linus: (examines snowflakes) They sure look ripe to me.

Lucy: (to Linus) You think you're so smart with that blanket. What are you gonna do with it when you grow up?
Linus: Maybe I'll make it into a sport coat.

Lucy: Do you think you have pantophobia?
Charlie Brown: What's pantophobia?
Lucy: The fear of everything.
Charlie Brown: THAT'S IT!!! (Lucy flies off her seat)

Sally: (dictates her letter to Santa Claus to Charlie Brown) "Dear Santa Claus, how have you been? Did you have a nice summer? How is your wife? I have been especially good this year, so I have a long list of presents that I want."
Charlie Brown: Oh, brother.
Sally: "Please note the size and color of each item, and send as many as possible. If it seems too complicated, make it easy on yourself. Just send money. How about 10's and 20's?"
Charlie Brown: 10's and 20's?! OH! Even my baby sister! (runs off, dismayed)
Sally: All I want is what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share.

  • Pig-Pen (to Frieda, after hearing Charlie Brown's flattering assessment of his appearance): Sort of makes you want to treat me with more respect, doesn't it?
Frieda: You're an absolute mess. Just look at yourself. (hands him a mirror)
Pig-Pen: (looks into the mirror and smiles) On the contrary, I didn't think I looked that good.

Lucy (with Snoopy behind her, mimicking her): No, no, no! Listen, all of you! You've got to take direction, you've got to have discipline, you've got to have respect for your director! (sees Snoopy and turns around) I oughta slug you! (swings at him and gets slurped) Ugh! I've been kissed by a dog! I have dog germs! Get hot water! Get some disinfectant! Get some iodine!
Snoopy: Bleah!

Lucy (to Linus, after he asks for one good reason to memorize his part fast): I'll give you five good reasons! (individually clenches her fingers and thumb into a fist) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5! (shows him her whole fist)
Linus (shakes his head up and down): Those are good reasons. Christmas is not only getting too commercial. It's getting too dangerous.

Charlie Brown: There's no time for foolishness. We've got to get on with our play!
Lucy: That's right! What about my part? What about the Christmas Queen, hmm? Are you going to let all this beauty go to waste? You do think I'm beautiful, don't you, Charlie Brown? (no response) You didn't answer right away. You had to think about it first, didn't you? If you really thought I was beautiful, you would have spoken right up. (storms off) I know when I've been insulted! I know when I've been insulted!
Charlie Brown: Good grief.

Snoopy: (howls at Charlie Brown's entrance, stopping when Charlie Brown sees him)
Charlie Brown (sarcastically): Man's best friend.

Linus: (after reciting a Bible passage about the angels witnessing to shepherds of Jesus' birth) That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

Everybody: (after showing Charlie Brown the Christmas tree) MERRY CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown (1985)

  • Linus: I wonder where [Snoopy and his wife] will live?
Charlie Brown: What do you mean?
Linus: Maybe they'll move away to live in another town.
Charlie Brown: MOVE AWAY?!!
[Woodstock bursts into tears]
Linus: But then again, maybe they'll all move in with you.
[Sally bursts into tears]

It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown (1992)

  • Charlie Brown: I wanted to buy Peggy Jean some gloves for Christmas, but they cost $25.
Sally: She's going to be disappointed when she finds out her boyfriend is a cheapskate!
Charlie Brown: I'm not a cheapskate. I just don't have $25.
Sally: Put it on your credit card.
Charlie Brown: I don't have a credit card.
Sally: So long, Peggy Jean!

  • Peppermint Patty: Marcie, what book were we supposed to read during Thanksgiving vacation?
Marcie: This is Christmas vacation, sir.
Peppermint Patty: Christmas vacation?! How can I read something during Christmas vacation when I didn't read what I was supposed to read during Thanksgiving vacation?!
Marcie: Duck, sir. Easter is coming.

  • Franklin: (as Gabriel in the Christmas play) I am Gabriel. Do not be afraid, Mary.
Marcie: (as Mary) Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord.
Peppermint Patty: (as sheep) Baaaa! Baaaa! Baaaa! Baaaa!
Franklin: I am Gabriel, Mary, and I couldn't hear you because of the sheep.

  • Marcie: (as Mary) And there were shepherds in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
Peppermint Patty: (as sheep) Woof, meow, moo! Whatever.
(The audience breaks into laughter)
Peppermint Patty: (singing as Marcie drags her off the stage with the crook of her staff) "And a partridge in a pear tree!"

  • Lucy: (suggesting how Charlie Brown could make $25 to buy gloves for Peggy Jean) Maybe you could sell your dog.
(Snoopy sticks out his tongue at Lucy.)
Lucy: I take it back; he's probably only worth fifty cents.

  • Lucy: Okay, get up! I wanna lie in that beanbag!
Linus: Remember when we were all sitting around the Christmas tree, opening our presents? That's when you said it.
Lucy: That's when I said what?
Linus: It was beautiful. You said, "Why do we have to be nice to each other only on Christmas? Why can't we be nice to each other every day?"
Lucy: (stalks away) You drive me crazy!
Linus: Joy to the world!

  • Sally: Tell me about Christmas, Linus. How did all this Christmas stuff start anyway? Except for the part about getting lots of presents - I don't see what all the fuss is about.
Linus: Well, this is from the second chapter of Luke---
Sally: You know what I hate? I hate shopping!
Linus: (reading) "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch..."
Sally: I haven't gotten anything for my brother for Christmas yet.
Linus: "...and lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them..."
Sally: Everything costs so much!
Linus: "...and the glory of the Lord..."
Sally: I don't want to spend a lot.
Linus: "...shone round about them, and they were sore afraid."
Sally: Actually, I don't really want to spend any money at all.
Linus: "And the angel said unto them..."
Sally: I wonder if I could get him something for free.
(Linus gives up and falls back onto the couch in frustration.)
Sally: Is that it? I always thought the Christmas story was longer than that.

  • Sally: ("The Twelve Days of Christmas" is playing on the radio, and Sally reaches over and turns the radio off) That song drives me crazy! What in the word is a "calling bird"?!
Linus: A "calling bird" is a kind of partridge. In 1 Samuel 26:20, it says, "For the King of Israel has come out to seek my life, just as though he were hunting the calling bird." There's a play on words here, you see. David was standing on a mountain calling, and he compared himself to a partridge being hunted. Isn't that fascinating?
Sally: If I get socks again for Christmas this year, I'll go even more crazy!!!
(Linus again gives up and falls back in frustration.)

External links

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References

  • The Complete Peanuts series. (1950-1974)
  • Peanuts: A Golden Celebration (selections from 1950-1999)
  • The Art of Peanuts (various strips mainly from the 1950s)
  • Peanuts Treasury (selections from 1959-1967)
  • You're The Guest Of Honor, Charlie Brown (selections from 1972 and 1973)
  • Duck, Here Comes Another Day! (selections from 1974-1976)
  • You're Weird, Sir! (selections from 1981)
  • Sarcasm Does Not Become You, Ma'am (selections from 1982 and 1983)
  • I'm Not Your Sweet Babboo! (selections from 1983)
  • The Way Of The Fussbudget Is Not Easy (selections from 1984)
  • Dogs Don't Eat Dessert (1985)
  • It's a Big World, Charlie Brown! (1997)
  • The Peanuts Calendar 2006 (printed 2005, with strips from 1995)

Simple English

Peanuts
Creator(s)Charles M. Schulz
StatusEnded
Syndicate(s)Universal Featured Syndicate
Genre(s)Humor
First stripOctober 2, 1950
Last stripFebruary 13, 2000
WebsiteOfficial Peanuts Website
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Peanuts was a comic strip made by Charles M. Schulz. It was about a boy named Charlie Brown, his dog named Snoopy, and the lives of their friends. It started in 1950 and ended in 2000 when Schulz died.

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