This is my Peanuts tribute site, Snoopy and the Gang! All characters and likenesses are trademarks of and owned by United Features Syndicate and the Schulz family. I make no claim to these properties. I am just a fan using pictures and other media that I put up myself or found on the web. Thanks for visiting!
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Charlie Brown was roughly a reflection of Charles Schulz, even though he would deny it a lot. Charles had many disappointments and setbacks, and his character was no different. In fact, it's been said that a lot of the strips reflected current events happening during Schulz' life. Charlie Brown was actually based on a man named Charles Brown, whom Schulz worked with at the Art Institute in Minnesota. Another fact that remains true in the strip is that Charles Schulz' dad was a barber, like Charlie Brown's. Charlie Brown is often teased, laughed at, talked about, and most commonly, called a blockhead. Yet, despite all this, Charlie Brown manages to persevere and never give up on anything, especially kite-flying and baseball. He has a crush on a little red-haired girl at school, who he finally managed to meet and dance with in the Peanuts special It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown. She was based on a real life girl named Donna Johnson. This is how he appeared in his very first strip:
Huge difference between then and now, as you can see. Of course, the drawing style would change over the years. But, even in the beginning, Charlie Brown was teased. But why? I found out he was kind of rude and uncaring then. I've posted a bit about that in the Peanuts History section. It's also a little bit of how Schulz acted toward some of his younger relatives..
The next segment of this page contains information about the rest of the gang. Interestingly enough, they're named after friends of Charles Schulz. Check out my Charles Schulz page on the site, as well as the descriptions below for more information.
Linus is based on a man named Linus Maurer, who also worked at the Art Institute. Linus is Charlie's best friend. He's the only one who Charlie really hangs around with. Linus has his own share of problems, too. Snoopy constantly tries to steal his security blanket, his sister Lucy bullies him on a daily basis, and his little brother, Rerun, won't stop talking. He also endures ridicule because of his belief in the Great Pumpkin. And, Charlie Brown's sister, Sally, has a huge crush on him, calling him her Sweet Babboo, which annoys him to no end. But he remains pretty calm and easy going most of the time. Just don't push him too far, he will get angry at times. (And don't take his blanket away!) He had a big crush on his teacher, Miss Othmar, at one time, but he found out she had someone already, and expressed his frustration by hurling his chocolates he had bought over a bridge in the Peanuts special, Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown. Snoopy and Woodstock made sure they didn't go to waste, however. He has managed to find love once or twice throughout the comic strip's history.
Lucy likes to think of herself as the prettiest girl around, and she'll give you five reasons why, all on her fist. Lucy was based on Charles Schulz' first daughter, Meredith, when she was shown as a young girl in the 50's strips. Later, in the 60's strips and onward, she was based on Charles' first wife, Joyce Halverson. She's often been called a fussbudget. She's even received awards for being a fussbudget. She's the one who coined the phrase "blockhead" when referring to Charlie Brown. She loves to tease him every so often by placing a football down where he will be tempted to try and kick it. She always pulls it away at the last minute, however. Her fondest wish for Christmas is to have some real estate. Her occupation is giving psychiatric advice (mostly to Charlie Brown) for 5 cents. She is in love with Schroeder, a piano player and avid fan of Beethoven. He is not interested in her at all. Whenever she gets frustrated with him and breaks his piano or one of his beloved Beethoven statues, he calmly walks to his closet and brings out another one, much to Lucy's dismay.
Perhaps the most liked and well-known character of Peanuts would have to be Snoopy. Snoopy was actually named by Schulz' mother, Dena, when she told him, "If we ever have another dog, he should be named Snupi." That was the Norwegian spelling, as his mother was Norwegian, so Schulz changed it to the English spelling of Snoopy. He's not your average dog. He can dance, fly a WWI Sopwith Camel, cook a gourmet meal, play a tune on the piano. He can do it all. He's even written several novels, all of which have been rejected thus far. Except one, where one copy was published to see how well it would do. Snoopy was also one of Schulz' personalities reflected in the strip. For example, when Snoopy flirted with the girls and called them sweetie? That was Schulz. Snoopy has a tendency to eat way too much junk food, which leads to nightmares when he goes to bed. He's Charlie Brown's dog, but he spends time with everyone, especially Linus, who has a blanket he wants to get his paws on. He also has a best friend, Woodstock, a little yellow bird whose language he can actually understand, even though he does not speak aside from his own thoughts and some occasional laughing and expressions of emotion, courtesy of Bill Melendez, who, unfortunately, passed away in September 2008. Bill was also a music composer for the television specials. Here is Snoopy's first appearance from October of 1950:
At the time, he walked on all fours. Later, he would begin standing up more often, walking like a human. Charlie Brown often asks why Snoopy doesn't act like a normal dog. Personally, I believe it made the strip more interesting, seeing Snoopy act out his own personality from day to day. To see more of Charlie Brown's friends and family, click on the Friends pages links at the bottom of the page.