Ode to the Peanuts Cartoon

As the leaves change and the days grow colder, the Peanuts cartoons will inevitably make an appearance across televisions nationwide. Even though they premiered almost half a century ago, Charles Schulz’s Peanuts cartoons continue to ignite love and nostalgia for the holidays

Charles Schulz published the first Peanuts comic strip in 1950. Following the success of these cartoons, the first animated short, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” premiered in 1965. Schulz has created over 70 unique characters over the span of his career. With this wide array of characters to choose from, here are some of Woodgrove’s personal favorites: Sophomore Cadence McGrath says she likes Snoopy “because he’s mischievous.” Freshman Max Simpson favors Linus because “he carries around his little blanket and I like his hair.” Woodgrove Art Teacher Geoff Demark likes Snoopy and Woodstock. These characters create delightful and introspective messages about love, friendship, and happiness.

Linus and Sally spotting Snoopy at the pumpkin patch in “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (1966). (Photo provided by Creative Commons )

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” can get anyone into the fall spirit as the Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween. Bobbing for apples, trick-or-treating, wearing costumes, and a fun party take place as Linus waits patiently for “The Great Pumpkin.” The special touches on the importance of togetherness during the holidays. 

“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” shows the gang gathered to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast full of popcorn, buttered toast, pretzel sticks, and candy. This untraditional meal serves as a reminder that though it’s easy to get caught up in the idealization of holidays, Thanksgiving is less about what you do, and more about friends and family.  

Linus and Sally spotting Snoopy at the pumpkin patch in “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (1966). (Photo provided by Creative Commons )

 

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” depicts Charlie Brown’s struggle to understand the point of Christmas when all he can see is materialism. Senior Serena Parrish notices this and says she likes its discussion of how “commercialization distracts us from the true meaning of Christmas.” The special ends with Charlie Brown’s realization that Christmas is about love and how people come together during the holidays. 

Demark summarizes the Peanuts cartoons as “simple, nostalgic, and a little bit odd,” and Parrish describes them as “melancholy, philosophical, and wholesome.” These words provide the encouragement to gather your friends and family, listen to the “Great Pumpkin Waltz,” and enjoy the holidays!