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Peanuts animated specials
Schulz star.jpg
Charles Schulz's Hollywood walk of fame star. It features the 'television receiver' honor, which is for contribution to broadcast television.
GenreAnimation, Comedy
Created by
Directed by
Voices ofVarious
Production companiesBill Melendez Productions
United Media Productions
Lee Mendelson Film Productions
Chalres M. Schulz Creative Associates
(until 2009)
WildBrain Studios
Peanuts Worldwide, LLC
Schulz Studios
(from 2020s)
Distributed byParamount Pictures (formerly)
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (current, since 2007)
WildBrain Distribution
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of specials46

The successful comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz, was adapted into 46 animated specials since 1965, most of them released on television. This article describes the history of these programs, including notable sponsors, directors, and voice actors.


In the strip, adult voices are heard, though conversations are usually only depicted from the children's end. To translate this aspect to the animated medium, the sound of a trombone with a solotone mute (created by Vince Guaraldi[1] played by Dean Hubbard.[2]

Eight Peanuts-based specials have been made posthumously. Of these, three are tributes to Peanuts or other Peanuts specials, and five are completely new specials based on dialogue from the strips and ideas given to ABC by Schulz before his death. He's a Bully, Charlie Brown, was telecast on ABC on November 20, 2006, following a repeat broadcast of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Airing 43 years after the first special, the premiere of He's a Bully, Charlie Brown was watched by nearly 10 million viewers, winning its time slot and beating a Madonna concert special.[3]

In October 2007, Warner Bros. acquired the Peanuts catalog from Paramount for an undisclosed amount of money. As aforementioned, they now hold the worldwide distribution rights for all Peanuts properties including over 50 television specials—these are originally managed by Warner Bros. Television and Warner Bros. Television Animation. Warner has made plans to develop new specials for television as well as the direct to video market, as well as short subjects for digital distribution, and some of these have in fact already been released via the now-defunct Warner Premiere.[4]

Accordingly, the streaming rights to Peanuts media are scattered across multiple platforms. Apple TV holds the specials (with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and WildBrain Distribution still holding the current streaming and home media rights with Apple) and PBS had the free-to-air TV rights to select specials around 2020 to 2021, The Peanuts Movie, distributed by 20th Century Fox, became part of The Walt Disney Company library and is on Disney+.[5][6][7][8]

See also



  1. ^ Johnson, Martin (8 October 2020). "Charlie Brown And The Peanuts Soundtrack: The Music of Vince Guaraldi". Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Just for Brass – Music Fact of the Day: The noise of ..." April 18, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  3. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (November 29, 2006). "Charlie Brown Feasts, Madonna Gets the Crumbs". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ Arnold, Thomas K. (October 4, 2007), "Warner Home Video Acquires Peanuts Library From Paramount: 10/04/07", The Hollywood Reporter, archived from the original on October 20, 2007, retrieved February 29, 2008
  5. ^ "Snoopy, Charlie Brown and friends land at Apple TV+ in expanded partnership with WildBrain for new original shows and specials". Apple TV+. October 19, 2020.
  6. ^ "Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!)". Paramount+. Retrieved March 12, 2021.
  7. ^ "Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown". Paramount+. Retrieved March 12, 2021.
  8. ^ Bean, Travis (August 7, 2020). "Every New Movie Coming To Netflix, HBO Max And Disney+ This Weekend". Forbes. Retrieved August 14, 2020.