Happiness sold more copies than any other hardcover book in 1963
January 20, 2023 1:50 PM   Subscribe

The past as viewed from the past when the past was the present but the past was still the past. A Boy Named Charlie Brown [26m] is an unaired 1963 documentary [Wikipedia] about the comic strip and publishing phenomenon Peanuts, created by Charles Schultz.

BONUS: Vice Guaraldi Trio - Jazz Impressions Of A Boy Named Charlie Brown [42m], an album that actually WAS released, unlike this short documentary.
posted by hippybear (9 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
Happiness is ... a warm documentary
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:55 PM on January 20 [1 favorite]

whomp ba whomp wha whomp, 1963!
posted by clavdivs at 3:10 PM on January 20

What an opening sentence that is!
posted by Calvin and the Duplicators at 6:15 PM on January 20

an unaired 1963 documentary

and yet it did get around. I distinctly remember seeing at school in maybe Grade Three (1968?) and being somewhat disappointed that it was mostly informational as opposed to being another fun Charlie Brown movie like the Christmas one. You sometimes get tired of being educated when you're eight.
posted by philip-random at 6:20 PM on January 20 [2 favorites]

Wonderful -‌- thanks so much hippybear!
posted by Rash at 7:01 PM on January 20

CB plays the piano, badly, and gets a haymaker from Lucy, seque immediately to better piano playing and smiling happy singing about what a loser is CB. That's cold.
posted by BWA at 6:29 AM on January 21

And this is apparently the first Peanuts animated work in a feature, although Melendez previously had the gang shilling for Ford.
posted by credulous at 7:45 AM on January 22

That's cold.

But part and parcel of early Peanuts. Later Schulz regretted the negative tone of a lot of his early work, gradually replacing the put-downs among the human characters with Woodstock and Snoopy-centrique animal hi-jinx. Which type is more interesting, amusing, and fondly recalled?
posted by Rash at 10:09 AM on January 22

Thanks for posting this. I recently fell down a Vince Guaraldi/Peanuts wikipedia rabbit hole after finding out that Vince Guaraldi is one of the people on the back cover of the Grateful Dead's album Aoxoamoxoa and also reportedly sat in with the Dead and/or Jerry Garcia in the late 60s/early 70s.

Wikipedia says that the Charlie Brown documentary is only available on DVD from the Charles Schultz Foundation. I should have known to check youtube.
posted by fogovonslack at 12:27 PM on January 22

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