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PR: Schulz Museum Celebrates the Holiday Season with “The Art of Peanuts Animation”

by on October 29, 2012

Exhibition of Rare Animation Cels
Schulz Museum Celebrates the Holiday Season with
The Art of Peanuts Animation

(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 now 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 animatedPeanuts classics: A Charlie Brown ChristmasIt’s the Great PumpkinCharlie Brown; and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Visitors will also see cels from numerous other animated specials from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, and 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 a childhood friend of Schulz’s son, Craig, 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.

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 andcartoon 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.

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.

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

Free – Museum Members, Children 3 and under
$5.00 – Children 4-18, college students with valid I.D. card, and Seniors 62+
$10.00 – Adults

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