It has been a week since The Peanuts Movie came out. You know how I know? Each passing day that we haven’t seen it, my 9 year old reminds me. He’s a good kid but I’m pretty sure if we don’t see it this weekend, I might get disowned. And I wouldn’t even be mad at him, I raised him on The PEANUTS Gang. With Knott’s Berry Farm + Camp Snoopy being our second home and all. We can’t even drive past the front of the park or behind it without my 3 year old throwing a tantrum. Some days be rough! So imagine getting the chance to meet Charles M. Schulz son + writer-producer Craig Schulz at the park with director Steve Martino and cast of The Peanuts Movie.
Craig Schulz, Snoopy, Duke and I
- Charles M. Schulz introduced the characters of Charlie Brown, Shermy and Patty in just seven newspapers on October 2, 1950
- Snoopy didn’t make an appearance until October 4, 1950
- When PEANUTS completed its run in 2000, the strip had an estimated readership of over 350 million, and appeared in 2,600 newspapers, representing 21 countries around the world
- There are over 17,897 hand drawn, inked and lettered strips by Schulz
- Blue Sky Studios, the computer animation film studio owned by 20th Century Fox, contacted the Schulz family 8 years ago asking if they would be interested in doing a movie – Craig Schulz said, “thanks, but no thanks”
- Over the next few years, Fox Animation Studios executive Ralph Millero nurtured and managed the relationship with Craig Schulz and Jean Schulz. Finally in 2012, Craig Schulz called Millero to say he had written a script with his son Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano
- The Peanuts Movie grossed $44 million on its opening weekend. At the time of writing this, it is up to $61 million
You can visit the Peanuts Gang at Camp Snoopy at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA!