Whenever Charles Schulz tackles the monotony of real life with his unique brand of humor, it always ends up being written gold. This is largely the case with this very simple comic featuring Schroder and Snoopy sleeping on his famous piano.
No matter what you do to wake them up, you can be sure that man’s best friend will be right back to sleep immediately.
One huge ongoing gag of the Peanuts comics is the fact that these little kids are acting like adults and are dumping adult-like social commentary during their children’s activities.
This was the subject of this comic featuring series headliner, Charlie Brown, writing a letter to one of his favorite cereal companies. In classic Peanuts fashion, he has to drop some big adult words and in real child fashion, he makes sure he includes he has no idea what he just said.
The best part is Charlie Brown’s slow realization and hilarious end reaction. One can tell that he’s watching Snoopy slowly processing what he just witnessed until he finally realizes how annoying his show-off dog is going to be with his new power
The continuation of the flying Snoopy comic strips makes it all the more hilarious with Charlie Brown’s prediction coming true and his nightmare featuring Snoopy coming true before his eyes.
Again, Charlie Brown’s reactions and expressions showcased in these panels make this gag what it is. The fact that no words are exchanged until the very last panel where Charlie finally reacts is nothing but comedy gold.
Much like the previous strips show, the Peanuts comics showcased Charles Schulz’s skills in comedic buildup and timing, which is a hard thing to accomplish in the world of comic books, especially in the four-panel format.
These four panels feature Linus, Charlie Brown, and Snoopy in a hilarious circumstance. Linus is just chilling until he’s greeted with a struggling Charlie Brown and his dog. Timing on Charlie Brown’s explanation and Linus’s end reaction are sure to crack anyone up
Charlie Brown tends to take things a bit too far and way too seriously no matter what it is. This is one reason that no one likes to elect him the leader of anything, as seen in the Peanuts Christmas special.
This longrunning character trait was shown in the golden age of the Peanuts, where Brown goes from simply checking up on his baseball team to acting as if he’s a drill sergeant. Thankfully, Lucy calls him out on it.
Another example of that classic Charlie Brown luck took place a while after his baseball escapades took off. However, this time that luck ended up hitting Linus more than Charlie Brown.
The most hilarious thing about this one is that, originally, Charlie Brown is the advocate to sit and wait out the rain. Of course, Linus ends up taking it to the next level and staying out longer than anyone else.
But Snoopy can be too much at times, and The Snoopy Show could be a test of viewer patience with the iconic dog. Apple TV+ acquired the film rights to nearly the entire Peanuts library, and while an ill-advised move to air those films solely on its streaming channel got squashed, it’s clear that the streamer still wants to mine a specific voice and symbol from the brand that can stand on its own. The most recent adaptation, The Peanuts Movie, feels like the main inspiration and standard bearer for this current version.
Peanuts’ earnest, off-beat black comedy core has, over the years, transitioned from a slightly quirky, somber satire in which life can suck (and how to work through the suckiness) to a more slight, cringe-based comedy offering, like The Office (U.S.) or Meet The Parents. Charlie Brown still gets the brunt of bitter nonsense thrown his way, but rarely are we sitting with him through the misery and embarrassment. Instead, his issues are presented as fodder for visual gags and hilarious asides, as The Snoopy Show sets out to make Snoopy the Peanuts representative, the connective figure of the various Peanuts characters and the brand as a whole.
It’s not necessarily bad thinking, but the approach is questionable. Snoopy was mostly silent in previous iterations, letting out the occasional high-pitched yelp when Funny Snoopy hurt or frustrated. The Snoopy Show has him chirping incessantly, along with his partner Woodstock, evoking the nonsensical noises of the infamous Minions.
Each episode is composed of three seven-minute shorts, so nothing goes overboard or too long. Each installment involves Snoopy getting into some kind of scrap or situation, elevating the wackiness a bit beyond even the sillier moments of Schulz’s original comic. The animation and visuals are beautiful and clean, but not so much that they look flat and computerized.
The characters designs are perhaps a bit too sharp, but the backgrounds and settings are delightfully evocative of that classic Bill Melendez look, the watercolors slightly seeping past the hand-drawn lines. Gags are propped up occasionally with comic strip-esque details, such as written-out onomatopoeia, blackened scratch-balls floating above angry faces, and dust clouds erupting when characters take a tumble. The voices are great (the casting of Lucy and Linus in recent Peanuts entertainment continue to be spot-on), and the music remains in harmony with Vince Guaraldi’s classic scores, although it is a bit more frantic, if only because some of the antics are.