Snoopy is EVERYWHERE promoting ‘Peanuts’

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Celebs and Their Kids Mingle with Snoopy on the Green Carpet for The Peanuts Movie.

LOS ANGELES, Nov 2, 2015 (AFP) – Snoopy now has his own star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, just in time for the release of “The Peanuts Movie” — starring him. The world’s best known beagle, known for lines such as “I’m allergic to mornings,” boasts star number 2,563 on Hollywood Boulevard, right next to that of his creator, Charles Schulz. It reads “Team Work.” I love it because in many ways, the Royals are Charlie Brown. “The Peanuts Movie,” opening Friday, has this great scene of Charlie Brown trying to perfect a pitch. When he was looking for his next project, he turned to the newspaper. “I was reading a Charlie Brown comic strip where he lost his 800th baseball game,” says Mendelson, 82. “I said, ‘We did the world’s greatest baseball player, I should try and do the worst.’” Mendelson called up Charles Schulz and pitched him a documentary about his work creating “Peanuts.” The comic-strip creator reluctantly agreed, and Mendelson shot footage before deciding he needed music for it.

In the 65 years since Charles Schulz introduced “Peanuts” to the world, Charlie Brown has never given up on trying to pitch that baseball or kick that football, no matter who doubts him. Mendelson tracked him down and asked him to score his documentary. “It’s both adult-like and kid-like,” Mendelson says of his first impressions of Guaraldi’s style. The couple’s kids (Finn, 3, Liam, 8, Hattie, 4, Stella, 7, and, Dean’s son from a previous relationship, Jack) all attended the family-centric festivities.

And that night, the boys in blue showed once again that there is no giving up, not in the ninth inning of the World Series when they tied the game nor in the 12th inning, when they scored five runs to, as Lucy would say, clobber the Mets. That documentary never aired, but two years later, Mendelson and Guaraldi again collaborated with Schulz on “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” the first animated TV special based on the comic strip.

Josh Gad – who is also an animated film star – brought along his older daughter Ava, and Tia Mowry-Hardrict came with husband Cory Hardrict and son Cree. For as long as I can remember, my big sister and I have loved the boy Lucy calls a blockhead, the kid who gets rocks for Halloween, who pines after the Little Red-Haired Girl. This fall, Guaraldi and Mendelson’s music can be heard once more, starting this Friday in the new “Peanuts” movie and then Nov. 30 on ABC’s “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown,” an all new one-hour special. The show is hosted by Kristen Bell and will feature musical performances by Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Morrison (“Glee”), Boyz II Men, Pentatonix and Sarah McLachlan.

The special will also include some footage from the documentary, according to Mendelson. “When he and I met, it wasn’t over the Christmas special. A week later, he said, ‘I gotta play this song for you.’ I said, ‘I don’t want to hear it over the phone.’ He said, ‘I got to play it for you before I forget it!’ And he played ‘Linus and Lucy.’ The first thought was “Oh, that’s perfect. That’s just what I need.” And then the strangest thought came to me: ‘Somehow that [song] is going to change my life.’” “What was interesting is Charles Schulz loved all kinds of music and was an avid reader. So while sitting in front of the Crown Center fountains (back when you could play in the water) I stared at her sad, wet face and asked, “Why the frown, Charlie Brown?” But I was happy to name her after one of my favorite characters.

We all felt that, without that music, ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ might not have obtained the success it had.” “Vince would just turn in the music for each show. We had this four decades together because we only saw each other once or twice a month.” “For the Christmas Show, [Vince] wrote an original melody that wasn’t in the documentary. I wrote all the words down, handed it to Vince, and said, ‘Find a choir of kids to sing this.’ He had been working with a choir to do a jazz mass in San Francisco. So that whole thing was written and recorded in about over a two-day period and then rushed into the final mix [of the special].” “Jazz is as American as Thanksgiving and baseball.

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