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  • - Hi, we're the Fine Brothers.

  • - Grab your Snoopy doll and take some notes

  • because, good grief, we're about to jump through

  • the entire history of Peanuts.

  • - You'll be all caught up and informed about the comic strip

  • and its characters in time for The Peanuts Movie

  • coming out November 6th after watching this recap

  • in one take and under five minutes. - Starting now!

  • - Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz was born

  • in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 26th, 1922.

  • - His connection to comics began when his uncle gave him

  • the nickname Sparky, named after the horse Spark Plug

  • in the comic strip Barney Google. - New decade!

  • - In 1937, Schulz drew a picture of his dog Spike

  • and sent it to Ripley's Believe It or Not,

  • and it appeared on its syndicated panel. - New decade!

  • - In 1943, Schulz was drafted into the US Army.

  • - After his service, he focused on developing his career

  • in comics until he could do it full-time.

  • - His big break came in the summer of 1947,

  • placing a weekly feature called L'il Folks

  • in his hometown paper, the St. Paul Pioneer Press!

  • - Many Peanuts origins come from this strip,

  • including a dog named Rover that looked a lot like Snoopy--

  • - A boy very serious about his musical studies,

  • similar to Schroeder-- - And a character named Charlie Brown.

  • - New decade!

  • - After nearly three years of publication,

  • Pioneer Press dropped L'il Folks in January, 1950.

  • - Schulz didn't give up on the strip and in late 1950

  • approached the United Feature Syndicate.

  • - They decided the name L'il Folks was too close

  • to the names of two other comics at the time

  • and changed it to Peanuts. - Wait, that means Schulz didn't choose

  • the name Peanuts?! Mind blown!

  • - The first Peanuts comic strip debutes on October 2nd, 1950

  • and is the first time Charlie Brown is called "good old Charlie Brown,"

  • along with the appearances of Shermy and Patty.

  • - More iconic characters and events happen, like the appearance of Snoopy--

  • - Who resembles Schulz's childhood dog, Spike,

  • even though it wasn't a beagle.

  • - And we finally see Charlie Brown with his signature zigzag shirt.

  • - And welcome aboard, Violet and Schroeder!

  • - In August, Charlie Brown is first called a blockhead

  • and three months later falls for the football gag,

  • with Violet pulling the football away from him.

  • - In 1952, the first licensed product was a reprinted strip book called Peanuts.

  • - Kodak then featured Peanuts characters

  • in their camera instruction booklet in one of the hottest models

  • they had at the time, the Brownie.

  • - And hey there, Lucy! Welcome to Peanuts.

  • - Six months later, Linus van Pelt makes his first appearance

  • - In November of 1952, Lucy finally pulls a football

  • and falls in love with Schroeder.

  • - Soon after, we get Pigpen.

  • - In 1959, Lucy opens her psychiatric booth.

  • Best nickel I've ever spent!

  • - Sally also gets introduced, as well as the first mention

  • of The Great Pumpkin by Linus! - We believe you, Linus!

  • He is real! - New decade!

  • - Welcome to the '60s, which brought us bell-bottoms,

  • the moon landing, and automobiles like the Ford Falcon,

  • which feature the Peanuts characters in its commercial.

  • - Hallmark joins the fray and introduces the Peanuts gang

  • into their greeting cards for the first time.

  • - Fast forward to today: Hallmark is a partner

  • on the new Peanuts movie! - Back to the past!

  • - Big news is revealed officially that Snoopy is a beagle

  • as stated in a strip on December 5th, 1960

  • when Charlie Brown called him one.

  • - In 1961, Charlie Brown's biggest crush and future heartbreak,

  • The Little Red-Haired Girl, is first mentioned.

  • - The inspiration for her was Donna Johnson Wald,

  • a co-worker of Schulz at the Art Instruction School.

  • - And in 1964 The National Cartoonists Society

  • named him Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year!

  • - They already gave him the same award in 1955,

  • making him the first recipient to receive it twice.

  • No big deal.

  • - In 1965, Peanuts first came to movies and television

  • with the Emmy-winning A Charlie Brown Christmas.

  • - It was watched in over 15 million households

  • and is still shown every year since to this day.

  • - In fact, this year of 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the special!

  • - This led to the first theatrical feature, A Boy Named Charlie Brown,

  • which focuses on Charlie Brown's attempt

  • to win the National Spelling Bee.

  • - Welcome to Peanuts, Peppermint Patty!

  • - Peanuts' march into all media continued in March, 1967

  • with a Broadway show called You're a Good Man Charlie Brown,

  • which had over 1,500 performances.

  • - And a month later, we first meet Snoopy's sidekick!

  • - Woodstock isn't called by his name until 1970,

  • however birds resembling him had appeared for years

  • throughout the strip.

  • - Then in 1968, with the boom of the Civil Rights Movement,

  • the strip made a big move,

  • introducing the first African American character, Franklin.

  • - Also big was a Snoopy balloon that made its first appearance

  • during the 1968 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. - New decade!

  • - Here come the '70s, the era of Disco, afros,

  • and brings us Marcie, along with the coolest character

  • in the form of Snoopy's alter-ego, Joel Cool.

  • - In 1973, the Emmy-winning A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving debuted.

  • - New decade!

  • - We're both Fine Brothers.

  • We'll be born and grow up to love Peanuts

  • through the TV series,

  • (singing) ♪ The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Shoooow! ♪

  • - By the '80s, Peanuts was already published

  • in many different languages around the world.

  • - It even broke into the Japanese market.

  • - It became huge there with the help of Hallmark

  • and Determined Productions,

  • who released popular Peanuts branded puzzles, dolls, and more.

  • Determined also began to contact famous fashion designers around the world.

  • - They worked on specially designed outfits for the plush dolls

  • of Snoopy and Belle, his Parisian sister.

  • A qui qui.

  • - Displaying these dolls became a huge event,

  • traveling all over the world called Snoopy & Belle in Fashion.

  • - And the dolls are still touring to this day!

  • - Back to the past!

  • - By 1984, Peanuts is seen in a record-breaking

  • 2,000 newspapers around the world.

  • - This is America Charlie Brown debutes.

  • - It becomes TV's first animated mini-series.

  • - New decade!

  • - It's the 1990's!

  • - It starts with the celebration of Peanuts' 40th anniversary

  • during the Super Bowl XXIV halftime show.

  • - 1990 also brought our favorite Peanuts short,

  • Why Charlie Brown, Why?, which deals with the gang

  • befriending a girl with cancer.

  • - Meanwhile, overseas Peanuts was being showered with love as well.

  • - Schulz was honored by the French Ministry of Culture

  • with the Order of Arts and Letters in Paris in 1990.

  • - In 1992, the Italian Minister of Culture awarded the Order of Merit

  • to Schulz, who also met Italian director Federico Fellini.

  • - The original drawing that Schulz ended up drawing for him

  • is now in the Fellini museum.

  • - Back in the US, Schulz got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

  • - The '90s also brought many of the major characters

  • last appearances in the comic strip, including Patty, Violet,

  • Pigpen, Schroeder, and Franklin.

  • - Schulz officially retired on December 14th, 1999

  • after writing 17,897 strips!

  • - That's a strip a day for over 50 years! Good grief!

  • - New decade!

  • - A new decade brings sorrow as on February 12th, 2000,

  • just one day before his final Peanuts comic strip

  • and the last appearance of Charlie Brown and Snoopy was released,

  • Charles Schulz passed away.

  • - Just over eight months after Schulz's passing,

  • Peanuts celebrates its 50th anniversary.

  • - The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center

  • opens on August 17th, 2002 in Santa Rosa, California

  • and contains many of the original Peanut strips,

  • along with tributes to Schulz from other artists.

  • - And here we are now in October, 2015!

  • - We could not be more honored to be part of the 65th anniversary

  • of Peanuts and the release of the new film, The Peanuts Movie,

  • celebrating the work of one of the greatest cartoonists of all time,

  • without whom we might not even be making videos

  • due to all the influences his work had on our career.

  • - And now you're all caught up on the history of Peanuts!

  • - Who's your favorite character?

  • - What's your favorite quote from the comic strips?

  • - Would you let Charlie Brown kick a football?

  • - Will you be watching The Peanuts Movie on November 6th, 2015?

  • - (both) We know we'll be!

  • ♪ (vocalizing Peanuts theme song) ♪

- Hi, we're the Fine Brothers.

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65 YEARS IN 5 MINUTES: The History Of Peanuts (Snoopy & Charlie Brown)

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