For the first time, this deluxe visual history treats Peanuts fans to an in-depth look at the art and making of the beloved animated Peanuts specials. From 1965's original classic A Charlie Brown Christmas through the 2011 release of Happiness is a Warm Blanket, animation historian Charles Solomon goes behind the scenes of all 45 films, exploring the process of bringing a much-loved comic strip to life.
The book showcases the creative development through the years with gorgeous, never-before-seen concept art, and weaves a rich history based on dozens of interviews with former Peanuts directors, animators, voice talent, and layout artists, as well as current industry folk. Filling a void in animation publishing—there is no other history or art book of the Peanuts specials—this volume celebrates five decades of the artistry and humour of Charles M. Schultz and the artists who re-imagined the comic for the screen.
About the Author
Charles Solomon is an animation historian and the author of several books, including The Art of Toy Story 3 and Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
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I have read Peanuts since I could read in the early sixties. I looked forward to the half hour specials on TV. Like most as I grew older I drifted away. Now in my later years I have learned to re enjoy peanuts and see the specials in another light. This book details the background in creating these productions, Schultz's efforts to keep the magic. With the new animation released last year this books gives the opportunity to relive the original animations. The illustrations and photos are amazing. the only down fall is that the publishers should consider an updated version to include the latest feature.
"Not only a visual delight - original cels, backgrounds, storyboards, animation drawings, Schulz model sheets and scripts, behind the scenes photos, television station publicity materials - but Solomon's text is goes deep into the making of these landmark specials (and theatrical features) with new information and interviews with noted participants, including Lee Mendelsohn, Phil Roman, the late Bill Melendez and Bill Littlejohn - and many others including the voice actors. The text is loaded with great inside information and I particularly appreciated how Solomon tied the influences of UPA and earlier animation to the Peanuts shows - and how these Charlie Brown specials have influenced important directors and creators of animation working today. The bottom line: the book is great fun and highly informative. I never thought a book about Peanuts specials could be so enlightening and entertaining. Bravo, Mr. Solomon, the Schulz estate and the editor/designers at Chronicle for a job well done. You've done Mr. Schulz and Mr. Brown proud."--CartoonBrew
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st November 2012
Publisher: CHRONICLE BOOKS
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 27.9 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 1.36
Edition Number: 1