Aug. 10 is the birthday of the most famous beagle of them all… Snoopy!
Created by artist Charles M. Schultz, Snoopy is the beloved dog of Charlie Brown of the Peanuts gang. The Peanuts comic strip first appeared in seven newspapers on October 5, 1950. Snoopy’s first appearance happened in the third comic installment. Original strips were created all the way until 2000.
Schulz was careful in balancing Snoopy’s life between that of a real dog and a fictional character. Snoopy is a non-speaking role but he connects to the audience through having human thoughts.
He introduced fantasy elements to the strip by extending his identity through various alter egos. Many of these alter egos, such as a “World-Famous” attorney, surgeon or secret agent, were seen only once or twice.
Knott’s Berry Farm located in Southern California became the first theme park to license the Peanuts characters in 1983, and created the first Camp Snoopy area, making Snoopy the park’s mascot.
The first Peanuts feature film was released in 1969 and was called “A Boy Named Charlie Brown.” Followed by “Snoopy, Come Home” in 1972, “Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown” in 1977, “Bon Voyage Charlie Brown, (And Don’t Come Back!)” in 1980, and most recently the 2015 release of “The Peanuts Movie.”
Inarguably one of the most beloved Christmas specials to ever bring a family together is the 1965 special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” which is broadcasted annually. The Peanuts gang followed that up less than a year later with “Charlie Brown’s All Stars!” and the Halloween themed “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” both released in 1966.
There have been dozens more released over the years and in 2021, the world’s most iconic dog got his own show… “The Snoopy Show,” which follows the adventures of the happy-dancing, high-flying beagle streaming exclusively on Apple TV.
On the show, Snoopy is joined by his best friend Woodstock and the rest of the Peanuts gang.
Happy Birthday and best wishes sSnoopy! It’s time to party!
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