Charles Monroe "Sparky" Schulz (; November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000) was an American cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Peanuts (which featured the characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy, among others). He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, cited by cartoonists including Jim Davis, Bill Watterson, Matt Groening, Dav Pilkey and Stephan Pastis.
In April 1951, Schulz married Joyce Halverson (no relation to Schulz's mother Dena Halverson Schulz), and Schulz adopted Halverson's daughter, Meredith. Later the same year, they moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Their son, Monte, was born in February 1952, and three more children were born later, in Minnesota.Schulz and his family returned to Minneapolis and stayed until 1958. They then moved to Sebastopol, California, where Schulz built his first studio. (Until then, he'd worked at home or in a small rented office room.) It was there that Schulz was interviewed for the unaired television documentary A Boy Named Charlie Brown. Some of the footage was eventually used in a later documentary, Charlie Brown and Charles Schulz. Schulz's father died while visiting him in 1966, the same year Schulz's Sebastopol studio burned down. By 1969, Schulz had moved to Santa Rosa, California, where he lived and worked until his death. While briefly living in Colorado Springs, Schulz painted a mural on the bedroom wall of his daughter Meredith, featuring Patty with a balloon, Charlie Brown jumping over a candlestick, and Snoopy playing on all fours. The wall was removed in 2001, donated and relocated to the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa.By Thanksgiving 1970, it was clear that Schulz's marriage was in trouble. He was having an affair with a 25-year-old woman named Tracey Claudius. The Schulzes divorced in 1972, and in September 1973 he married Jean Forsyth Clyde, whom he had first met when she brought her daughter to his hockey rink. They were married for 27 years, until Schulz's death in 2000.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Charles Monroe Schulz grew up in Saint Paul. He was the only child of Carl Schulz and Dena Halverson. He was of German and Norwegian descent. His uncle called him "Sparky" after the horse Spark Plug in Billy DeBeck's comic strip, Barney Google, which Schulz enjoyed reading.Schulz loved drawing and sometimes drew his family dog, Spike, who ate unusual things, such as pins and tacks. In 1937, Schulz drew a picture of Spike and sent it to Ripley's Believe It or Not!; his drawing appeared in Robert Ripley's syndicated panel, captioned, "A hunting dog that eats pins, tacks, and razor blades is owned by C. F. Schulz, St. Paul, Minn." and "Drawn by 'Sparky'" (C.F. was his father, Carl Fred Schulz).Schulz attended Richards Gordon Elementary School in Saint Paul, where he skipped two half-grades. He became a shy, timid teenager, perhaps as a result of being the youngest in his class at Central High School. One well-known episode in his high school life was the rejection of his drawings by his high school yearbook, which he referred to in Peanuts years later, when he had Lucy ask Charlie Brown to sign a picture he drew of a horse, only to then say it was a prank. A five-foot-tall statue of Snoopy was placed in the school's main office 60 years later.
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The Snoopy Show
The world's most famous dog is ready for his close-up. Woodstock and the rest of the Peanuts gang are with the happy-dancing, high-flying, big-dreaming beagle.
Who Are You, Charlie Brown?
Charles M is the creator of Peanuts. There is a person named Schulz. A new animated story finds Charlie Brown on a quest, thanks to the influence of famous fans including Drew Barrymore, Kevin Smith, ...
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Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, this documentary tries to solve the mystery of who was Snoopy.
Snoopy in Space
He fulfilled his dream to become a NASA Astronaut. Joined by Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang, Snoopy takes command of the International Space Station and explores the moon and beyond.
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Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown
He is forced to give up his childish security blanket when he learns that his grandma is coming.
Happiness Is...Peanuts: Snow Days
The newest collection of Peanuts stories celebrates everyone's favorite thing about a long, chilly winter: snow days! Peppermint Patty trains for a figure-skating competition and Snoopy is her tough c...
Good Ol' Charles Schulz
For 50 years, Charles M. PEANUTS was an innovative daily chronicle of hope, pain, and hope for the younger set. His own Charlie-Brown-style doubts were not silenced by worldwide success. Instead, the ...
He's a Bully, Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown and a few of his friends attend a camp, and there they meet Joe Aggit, a lying bully who offers to teach kids the game of Marbles without telling them it's for keep. Then he takes their ...
Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown
Angst-ridden Charlie Brown attempts to motivate his team, while Lucy in right field nettles poor Chuck into a nervous wreck. With their losses mounting, Charlie Brown tries every remedy to score a win...
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
Spike is the dog that Rerun wants for Christmas.
A Charlie Brown Valentine
Lovesick Charlie Brown hopes – still – to get a valentine from the Little Red-Haired Girl, as does Sally from Linus, Lucy from Schroeder and Peppermint Patty from Charlie Brown.
Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales
Tis the season for the cheer and charm of the Peanuts kids - and this delight special offers five segments full of unforgettable moments. Snoopy works as a bell-ringer to raise money and tries making ...
The Making of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
Now, years later, fans can get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this Christmas favorite. Hosted by comedienne Whoopi Goldberg, this program includes interviews with some of the actors who bro...
It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown!
A birthday party is planned by Linus. While trying out his new in-line skates, he meets a nice little girl with a beautiful singing voice. A new friend is invited to the party. The party will be great...
It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown
The usual task of getting in shape for the new season is being performed by Charlie Brown's team. If the team wins the first game of the season, Charlie Brown will find a potential team sponsor who wi...
You're in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown
The Peanuts Gang competed in punt, kick and contest. The winner will get a new bicycle and a trip to the Super Bowl. The Birds football team, made up of a bunch of Woodstock-like birds, are going to t...
It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown
The Peanuts gang is getting ready for the holiday season. Whether it be Charlie Brown struggling to raise money for his girlfriend or Sally and Peppermint Patty struggling to rehearse and memorize the...
In this animated special based on the Charles M. Kaufman novel, Charlie Brown organizes a Daisy Hill Puppy Farm reunion for Snoopy and his seven siblings because his canine companion is a bit down in ...
Why, Charlie Brown, Why?
Linus is in love with a new girl at the school. She develops leukemia and has to go to the hospital for treatment. While Charlie Brown plays at being the world's greatest doctor, Linus and Charlie Bro...
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The Mayflower Voyagers
In order to celebrate the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims join the Peanuts gang. A short cartoon full of historical facts and inspiring faith in God will remind your children of our rich heritage.
This Is America, Charlie Brown
The gang goes to important events.
It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown
The highlight of Spike's day is when he waves to a young woman driving a red pickup truck through the desert of Needles, California. Jenny is an aerobics instructor who wants to be a jazz dancer. They...
Snoopy: The Musical
The second stage musical based on the "Peanuts" comics strip is an animated adaption.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
The Peanuts gang are performing. The comedy sketches of the play are performed by Charlie Brown and his friends.
Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown
After Snoopy displays his usual level of courage and runs away from his sentry duty, he runs into a beautiful female. He decides to marry her. Spike wants to help in an affair that has the usual probl...
It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown
The story begins at a big football game where Snoopy wins a game from Peppermint Patty's team. That night, Snoopy gets out a radio, learns some 80's dance moves, and becomes Flashbeagle
It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown
There is a rash on the back of Charlie Brown's head that looks like the stitchings of a baseball. He went to camp to take his mind off of baseball with a paper sack on his head and was elected camp pr...
Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?
His father has a new job and he has to relocate his family. Charlie Brown and the gang prepare for Lucy's departure.
What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown?
Charlie Brown and the gang are on their way home after a student exchange term. They pass by several monuments to World Wars I and II. They learn about the events of the wars and the sacrifice of the ...
The Big Stuffed Dog
A large stuffed toy goes astray at an airport and gets involved with travelers.
It's Magic, Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown suggests Snoopy go down to the library and take out some books. Snoopy gets there and finds only one book he likes; a book on magic. Upon learning enough, he builds a stage, and puts on ...
Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown
After Charlie Brown spots a girl briefly shown in a sports event broadcasting, he is so enamored with her that he goes to search for her with the help of Linus. He has his usual amount of luck in his ...
She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown is the 19th prime-time animated TV specials based on the popular comic strip. There is a person named Schulz. On February 25, 1980 it was aired on the CBS network.
Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!)
Charlie Brown and his friends travel to France as foreign exchange students. Woodstock and Peanuts are also with them. While everyone is excited about the chance to travel to a foreign country, Charli...
Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown
The circus comes to town. There is a beautiful poodle performing. He runs away to join it. While he quickly becomes a star performer, Charlie Brown is distraught by Snoopy's decision and has to face s...
It's Dental Flossophy, Charlie Brown
Lucy van Pelt instructs Charlie Brown and Snoopy in the finer points of proper flossing technique for healthy teeth and gums.
Happy Birthday, Charlie Brown
A television special celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip and the 15th anniversary of animated Peanuts specials on CBS.
Charlie Brown Clears the Air
Another baseball season is ruined for Charlie Brown and his gang - but this time by pollution!
You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown
One of Charlie Brown's competitors is a masked beagle.
Charlie Brown leaves his appointment with his dentist armed with an instructional pamphlet on proper tooth brushing technique. He endeavors to practice toothbrushing with Linus and his dog Snoopy.
What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown
The 17th animated TV specials based on the popular comic strip Peanuts are called What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown! There is a person named Schulz. Jack London's Call of the Wild has a similar plot.
Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown
The Peanuts gang, including Woodstock, have left for summer camp. After a few days of summer camp activities, they all take part in a rafting race. The teams make their way down the river to the finis...
It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown
At the school homecoming, Charlie Brown learns that he is be the escort at the banquet for the red headed girl that he has pined for all his life. With that added pressure, he hopes to put in a good s...
It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown
The gang decided to do a gardening project for Charlie Brown. Charlie Brown learns that they did it in his baseball diamond and turned it into a garden. With no other choice, he is forced to play in t...
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown dreams of receiving a love letter from someone. All the while, the rest of the gang have their own trials, whether it be Lucy trying to get a card for her teacher or Snoopy and Woodstock...
You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown
A motorcross, a race of motorbikes through a series of obstacles, provides the occasion for Charlie Brown's latest attempt to win. He had to settle for a small, run-down putt-putt when he went to buy ...
It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
The Peanuts gang is CarRentalsing for an Easter egg hunt. They think they've seen the Easter Bunny, but he looks a lot like a beagle. Is it the Easter Bunny, or is it the lovable beagle playing tricks...
It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown
Woodstock's fancy new nest disappears one afternoon, he turns to Snoopy for help. The beagles pretended to be a fictional detective named "Snoopy and Woodstock" in order to find the missing nest.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
There is a dessert. They were going to share them with the Peanuts gang. The greatest Thanksgiving ever will begin when Peppermint Patty invites her friends to Charlie Brown's house for a big turkey p...
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts.
There's No Time For Love, Charlie Brown
Most of the Peanuts gang is having trouble at school, but not Charlie Brown. He was told that if he didn't get an "A" on the field trip report he would fail his grade. Charlie Brown and his sister mis...
Snoopy, Come Home
When Snoopy receives a letter from his original owner Lila, he goes to visit her in the hospital while Charlie Brown and the gang are on the lookout for him. Suddenly, Snoopy feels that he must go liv...
You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown
The school election is coming up, and Linus is being considered to be the school president. With Lucy and Charlie Brown as his campaign managers, he has a good chance of victory. He learns the hard wa...
Play It Again, Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown is the seventh prime-time animated TV special based on a comic strip. There is a person named Schulz. Lucy's willingness to do anything to win his affections is the focus of this non-hol...
A Boy Named Charlie Brown
Poor Charlie Brown. He always loses in baseball because he can't fly a kite. His faults are projected onto a screen by Lucy. Against the advice of the girls in his class, he volunteers for the spellin...
It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown
When school is out for the summer, Charlie Brown and his friends are going to read every comic book, watch television, practice ballplay, and have clean thoughts. Lucy told them that she signed them u...
He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown
When the gang loses patience with Snoopy's mischief, he suddenly finds himself back in obedience training. With a vengeance, Snoopy decides it's time to run away to Peppermint Patty's house, but soon ...
You're in Love, Charlie Brown
With the school year coming to a close, Charlie Brown is trying to work up the courage to meet his dream girl, whom he only knows as "The Little Red Haired Girl." However, he's too nervous to go meet ...
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
This classic "Peanuts" tale focuses on the thumb-sucking, blanket-holding Linus, and his touching faith in the "Great Pumpkin." When Linus discovers that no one else believes in the creature, he sets ...
Charlie Brown's All-Stars
After losing their first game of the season, Charlie Brown's team throws down their caps in disgust. Frustrated and depressed, Charlie Brown wanders around aimlessly. The operator of a hardware store ...
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Lucy suggests that Charlie Brown become the director of the school Christmas pageant when he complains about the excess that he sees during the Christmas season. Charlie Brown accepts but is having a ...
A Boy Named Charlie Brown
This documentary goes behind-the-scenes with Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz. This film paved the way for the future success of the Peanuts animated television specials, bringing together for the fi...
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