Have they gone TOO FAR with this new PEANUTS special?!?!
No, just kidding.
The above image is a 1963 parody of Mr. Schulz's runaway best seller by the great Hank Ketcham, from the 17th Annual National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards newsletter.
Seriously ... there is a new PEANUTS special. But it won't be on TV. Not yet.
From what I have heard, this special is reverently done in the Lee-Melendez style and it's good. I haven't seen it. It comes out, direct to DVD, on March 29, 2011.
Titled HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN here is director Andy Beall talking about it and showing some pencils tests via Animation Brew:
The special is longer than the classic ones, 46 minutes, and the DVD has many special features:
- Deconstructing Schulz: From Comic Strips to Screenplay - How the Peanuts comic strip was made into a special
- Happiness is...Finding the Right Voice - Meet the stellar new voice cast (Peanuts Specials, for those who may not know, have always employed children actors for the voices)
- 24 Frames Per Second - Drawing and Animating a Peanuts Special
- Deleted Scene with an Introduction by Director Andy Beall
Related: the new PEANUTS graphic novel HAPPINESS IS A WARM PUPPY, CHARLIE BROWN from Boom! Studios ships in April. The book is written by original creator Charles M. Schulz, adapted by Craig Schulz & Stephan Pastis, with art credited to Bob Scott, Vicki Scott and Ron Zorman.
Pop Culture Zoo has a preview.