Thursday, November 5, 2015

Peanuts Movie: Meet the Cast!

Last weekend, a very special blimp flew round and round Knott's Berry Farm.
It was the Peanuts Movie blimp, getting us excited for the movie premiere just a week away!

We were invited to meet the cast of this very special movie,
a collaboration between the Schulz family and Blue Sky Studios!

I had a chance to speak to Craig Schulz, 
son of the Peanuts comic strip creator, Charles M. Schulz.
Craig is excited to be part of bringing his father's characters to life in The Peanuts Movie.
He helped write the script and knows his father would love the film!
Craig told us his favorite character is Pig Pen.

I loved interviewing Craig because the Peanuts characters are part of my childhood memories, 
from reading the comic strip to seeing the holiday specials on tv.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang continue to the next generation 
as favorites of my children as they see them at Knott's Berry Farm and on tv.
I know we are all going to love The Peanuts Movie!

The children who were cast to voice the characters in the movie are so down to earth and kind.
I loved meeting them and could picture them playing in my neighborhood.
I'm sure they are much like the children Charles M. Schulz pictured 
as he drew his beloved Peanuts characters.

Schulz was a wonderful father, with good family values.
His children have fond memories of growing up in a wonderful home.
I admire him so much for creating something entertaining 
without resorting to bad language and innuendos.
Schulz once said, "Americans want decency. They want decent entertainment.  
And I've always believed that. I always felt that if I ever did anything crude or raunchy, 
that God would literally strike the fingers off my hand."

When Charles M. Schulz died from cancer in 2000, 
Peanuts had an estimated readership of over 350 million,
 appeared in 2,600 newspapers in 21 countries around the world. 
Schulz had drawn, inked and lettered 17,897 strips. 
It is a legacy that many tried to bring to the big screen over the years. 
The Schulz family worked closely with Blue Sky Studios 
to produce a film true to the style and values of Charles M. Schulz.

Check out this clip and get excited with us for The Peanuts Movie!

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