Some old favorites are coming back for some new fun.
A trailer for the Apple TV+ series, “The Snoopy Show,” came out Jan. 25 and features everyone’s favorite animated beagle em-“bark”-ing on all sorts of exploits. The “Peanuts” gang is also front and center, including Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Franklin, Schroeder, Peppermint Patty and, of course, Snoopy’s best bird pal, Woodstock.
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The trailer also teases how Charlie Brown and Snoopy may have first met, giving fans a little backstory about their relationship, before showing clips of the pup climbing mountains, dressing as a pilot and dodging Frisbees, among other things.
“’The Snoopy Show’ is a new animated series for kids and families that stars the internationally beloved beagle and his feathered best friend Woodstock as they tackle all-new adventures,” Apple TV+ said in a statement.
“Snoopy may seem like just a happy-dancin’, bone-lovin’, doghouse-sittin’ pup, but he’s much more than that. He’s Joe Cool: hippest kid in school. He's surfer king and famed arm wrestler Masked Marvel. He’s a World War I flying ace who battles the Red Baron. All of his bold, beloved personas are on full display in this brand-new animated comedy.”
Al Roker sat down with Jean Schulz, the wife of the late "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz, on the 3rd hour of TODAY Friday to talk about the new show and the beloved comic strip series.
"They will have shows that mark things like Valentine's Day, like Mother's Day, but I'm sure there'll be the same Snoopy having fights with the cat, going off and dreaming his way into the stratosphere, that those will all be parts of the shows they're doing because that's what people love to see," Schulz explained.
Cartoonist Charles "Sparky" Schulz drew an estimated 18,000 comic strips over the course of five decades and his "Peanuts" gang has since lived on in TV shows, movies, theme parks and a museum in California. His wife told Al, "Sparky always said, 'Don't forget the drawing, don't forget the art,' and the subtlety of Sparky's art that you can't forget when you try to translate it, and it's the same with all the characters."
Although the "Peanuts" series is over 50 years old, Schulz is confident the beloved characters will still resonate with audiences today. "The humor can be the same, the subtlety, the tricks, the jokes, the pantomime, everything can be the same because that's timeless but you don't want to make them pander to cell phones and Zoom meetings and all of that. You want to keep them in their world that Sparky created."
Apple TV+ is also home to other “Peanuts” properties, including “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown" and "Snoopy in Space."
Each episode of “The Snoopy Show” will feature a trio of 7-minute stories based on the popular cartoon, reports Deadline. The new series is available for streaming starting Feb. 5.