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Ever since the early ’50s beginnings of “Peanuts,” creator Charles Schulz feathered his beloved comic strip with anonymous birds that popped in with mischievous, chirping whimsy. Yet it was two decades canada goose outlet until a winged “Peanuts” creature finally got a name, becoming a fully nested character.
Schulz was not particularly a fan of rock music his record collection leaned toward classical and country western yet Life magazine’s coverage of the event caught his eye. The Minnesota born cartoonist lived in the Bay Area, which had been the locus of canada goose outlet the “Summer of Love” a couple of years before, but the tumultuous decade was mostly reflected only glancingly in the strip, through the mostly warm and fuzzy filter of situational humor.
Yet something about that word, amid the generational rise of a new youth culture, rather fascinated Schulz.
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The June 1970 “Peanuts” strip that named Woodstock cheap canada goose montreal for the first time. (Charles M. Schulz/Peanuts Worldwide/Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center)
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Schulz, who served in the Army during World War II, began pulling back some on the war themed strips during the Woodstock era, including Snoopy’s dogfight scenes piloting his fantasy plane, the Sopwith Camel. (The Royal Guardsmen had released the hit novelty song “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron” in 1968; the tune can be heard in Quentin Tarantino’s new 1969 set film, “Once Upon a Time . in Hollywood.”)
Yet “Peanuts” did sometimes reflect the changing times, including nods to civil canada goose jacket outlet uk rights and the Vietnam War. In one story, Snoopy gets invited to give a commencement speech at Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, where there’s a tear gassed demonstration over the enlistment of dogs being sent to Vietnam.
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Beyond the symbolism, “Schulz didn’t really take a strong, definite stance on some issues, but you know he was thinking about it,” Clark says. “He couldn’t quite come out and be an antiwar protester.” Still, in “Peanuts” strips of the era, Schulz drew birds holding protesting signs that sported only perplexing punctuation marks. Snoopy, perhaps as the cartoonist’s avatar, observes the action with a wary but curious eye.
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The Schulz Museum cannot say for sure whether the cartoonist ever saw that poster. But the naming of Woodstock continued the evolution of this particular bird character, who at one point had been Snoopy’s female secretary.
“Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz wrote a letter in the ’90s replying to questions about the inspiration for his Woodstock character. (Laura Erickson/Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center)
Lee Mendelson, the Emmy winning producer of the classic “Peanuts” TV specials, including “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” says that as Woodstock emerged as a sidekick, he became especially useful on screen. “Woodstock gave the animators a chance for action, gave Snoopy someone new to get involved with and gave viewers a new friend.” At times, Snoopy and Woodstock became like a pantomiming comedy team.
Mendelson thinks the animated Woodstock reached a creative zenith in the Emmy nominated 1980 special “She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown,” in which the bird provides the impromptu musical accompaniment for Peppermint Patty’s competitive figure skating routine. Champion whistler Jason Victor Serinus provided the “voice” of Woodstock by recording Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro.”
Serinus thinks Charles “Sparky” Schulz found a sweet spot of appeal with Woodstock. The key ingredient, he says, is the character’s charm.
“Sparky had a way,” Serinus says, “of capturing the innocence and naivete, as well as in some ways the dark side, of humanity that speaks to people.” Schulz, for example, said that Woodstock wrestled with feeling small and inconsequential. (Serinus notes, too, that Schulz once told him he initially intended the character to be a baby bald eagle.)
“Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz displays a sketch of his beloved Snoopy in his office in Santa Rosa, Calif., in February 2000. By the 1970s, she says, Snoopy had become the rock star of the strip, necessitating a shift in character dynamics.
“Woodstock evokes two things at once,” says Boxer, a contributor to the forthcoming anthology “The Peanuts Papers.” “At his best, he reminds us of canada goose outlet paypal what Snoopy used to be in the strip the id, the sole being who communicates only with gestures, noises and thoughts.” Snoopy had spent the early canada goose factory outlet winnipeg years of the strip walking on all fours, behaving more like an actual dog, but he increasingly assumed human characteristics.
“But at his worst,” Boxer says, “he reminds us what a huge commercial success Snoopy came to be, and how all superstars need acolytes flitting around them” as Woodstock indulges Snoopy’s various guises of coolness and expanding sense of self.