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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — October 4, 2012

The Art of Peanuts Animation

Schulz Museum Celebrates the Holiday Season with Exhibition of Rare Animation Cels
at the Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center
October 3, 2012 through February 3, 2013

Rare animation cel from television special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, first broadcast date October 27, 1966. This cel survived Schulz’s 1966 studio fire. It took 40,000 cels to create one special and very few cels from A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown are in existence today. Copyright line for image above: Peanuts © 1966 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

(Santa Rosa, CA) Peanuts has been associated with the holidays since that December evening in 1965 when A Charlie Brown Christmas was broadcast on television for the first time. Forty-seven years later, the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center is highlighting the artifacts that made this possible with an exhibition featuring 16 original never-before-displayed Peanuts animation drawings and cels, including five cels rescued from Schulz’s 1966 studio fire.

The Art of Peanuts Animation: Production Cels from the Museum’s Collection runs Wednesday, October 3, 2012 through Sunday, February 3, 2013. Timed to coincide with the November 7, 2012 launch of the new Chronicle book The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation by Charles Solomon, this exhibit includes rare original production cels from animated Peanuts classics: A Charlie Brown Christmas; It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Visitors will also see cels from numerous other animated specials from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, and be able to view selected full-length animated specials in the Museum’s theater.

Rare Cels Survive Fire at Schulz’s Studio

Several of the animation cels in the Museum’s collection survived a fire at Schulz’s Coffee Grounds Studio in 1966. These original cels from the animated television specials It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas were donated to the Museum by Schulz’s neighbor who recovered the cels from the studio after the fire.


Programming Events:

Saturday, December 1 at 1:00 pm

Join Lee Mendelson, executive producer of the classic Peanuts animated specials, and Charles Solomon, internationally respected animation historian and author of the new Chronicle book The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation, as they talk about the making of Peanuts animated specials.

Background on Classic Peanuts Animation
Given the critical and popular acclaim for A Charlie Brown Christmas after its first showing in 1965, it was only six short months later that the next Peanuts special, Charlie Brown’s All-Stars, hit the airwaves. From then on, and for the next several decades, Peanuts fans could look forward to a steady stream of animated prime time television specials and feature films.

A trio consisting of Charles Schulz, director/animator Bill Melendez, and producer Lee Mendelson produced six animated specials and one feature film in the 1960s; 12 specials and two films in the 1970s; 14 specials, one film, a Saturday morning cartoon program, The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (1983-1986), and an eight-part mini-series, This Is America, Charlie Brown (1988-1989) in the 1980s; and six specials in the 1990s.


IMAGES

If you would like any of the images from this press release on The Art of Peanuts Animation to print in a publication, contact Gina Huntsinger at gina@schulzmuseum.org or (707) 284-1268.

Copyright and image instructions:
Copyright for all Peanuts images should  appear as listed in each caption on this release. For example: A Charlie Brown Christmas animation cel’s copyright line is: Peanuts © 1965 Peanuts Worldwide LLC.

FOR USE OF ALL IMAGES IN THIS RELEASE. This art may not be altered in any way. You may not crop, flop, compress or squeeze the images. You may enlarge or reduce its size to fit your publication; and you must do so proportionately.

Fact Sheet and Animated Television Specials Lists: Available upon request

Fact Sheet—The Art of Peanuts Animation

List of Classic Peanuts Television Specials/Films

Rare animation cel from television special A Charlie Brown Christmas first broadcast on December 9, 1965. This cel survived Schulz’s 1966 studio fire. Copyright line: Peanuts © 1965 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

Rare animation cel from television special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, first broadcast on October 27, 1966. This cel survived Schulz’s 1966 studio fire. Copyright line: Peanuts © 1966 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

Animation cel from television special A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, first broadcast on November 20, 1973. Copyright line: Peanuts © 1973 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

Animation cel from television special Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, first broadcast on January 28, 1975. Copyright line: Peanuts © 1975 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

ABOUT THE CHARLES M. SCHULZ MUSEUM & RESEARCH CENTER

The Charles M. Schulz Museum opened in August 2002 to fulfill its mission of preserving, displaying, and interpreting the art of Charles M. Schulz. The museum carries out this mission through changing exhibitions and programming that: build an understanding of cartoonists and cartoon art; illustrate the scope of Schulz’s multi-faceted career; communicate the stories, inspirations and influences of Charles Schulz; and celebrate the life of Charles Schulz and the Peanuts characters.

LOCATION
The Charles M. Schulz Museum is located 50 minutes north of San Francisco by car on Highway 101. The Museum is located at 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, California, 95403.

HOURS
Weekdays Monday thru Friday (except Tuesdays*) 11am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm
Closed Tuesdays*
*Open everyday throughout the summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day)

ADMISSION FEES
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$5.00 – Children 4-18, college students with valid I.D. card, and Seniors 62+
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PRESS CONTACT
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Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center
(707) 579-4452 #268
gina@SchulzMuseum.org


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