The Future of 'Peanuts'

Despite the death of “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schulz and his wish that his comic strip be discontinued, the cartoonist’s beloved characters will live on — off the newspaper page. Schulz, in fact, was involved in two “Peanuts” shows that will appear later this year: a home video called “It’s the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown” and a golden anniversary CBS special, “Here’s to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years,” scheduled to air in May. The special will combine animation with live action, which will allow for guest stars. These will include country star Faith Hill, who will sing “Poor Sweet Baby” to Charlie Brown. Future specials, however, are being looked at with eagle eyes by Schulz’s children, who fear that they might stray from the cartoonist’s original vision. (Although Schulz earned more than $30 million a year from his creations, he didn’t actually own the copyright to the “Peanuts” characters. That prize belongs to United Media.) As a concerned Monte Schulz, Charles’s son, told the Associated Press: “They’ll end up being like ‘South Park’ or something like that.”

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