‘Snoopy 4-Movie Collection’ Coming to Blu-ray May 18

Four movies starring the Peanuts gang arrive together on Blu-ray for the first time on May 18 in the Snoopy 4-Movie Collection from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The collection includes the debut classic A Boy Named Charlie Brown, the on-screen debut of Woodstock in Snoopy Come Home, the outdoor adventure Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown, and the globe-trotting Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!). A Boy Named Charlie Brown follows Charlie Brown to the Spelling Bee finals. In Snoopy Come Home, when Snoopy gets a letter from a girl in the hospital, he leaves with Woodstock to see her. Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown  follows the Peanuts gang to summer camp, where they participate in a river race. In Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown, the gang travels to Europe as exchange students.

The collection also includes access to digital copies of each of the films, all of which were written by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz.

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Apple TV+ Bowing 72-Hours of Exclusive ‘Charlie Brown’ Holiday Specials; Social Media Not Happy

Apple TV+ is set to stream 72 hours of classic Charlie Brown-themed animated holiday specials, including favorites It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas, for free beginning Oct. 30. This is the first year the venerable holiday classics will not air on broadcast television — a reality that didn’t sit well on social media.

Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts crew, which features characters Peppermint Patty, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and Woodstock, among others, were created by Charles M. Schulz in 1950. The animated holiday specials first launched in the 1960s on CBS, and had been airing on ABC TV since 2000. Apple acquired the rights in 2018.

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“The point of having them on network TV is the country coming together and watching at the same time. That’s being taken from us,” one Twitter user wrote. “The Peanuts specials are one of the very FEW things that brings US together.”

“Peanuts should be broadcast on network TV!!,” Tweeted another user. “What a horrible idea to stream beloved iconic Peanuts specials on Apple+! These specials have part of everybody’s holiday lives for decades; I’m both disappointed & disgusted by this. RETURN PEANUTS TO NATIONAL TV!!!!”

“How can you put a price tag on wholesome decades long traditions?!,” said another. “I have Peanuts DVDs, but there’s just something about sitting in front of the TV with your family, like you’ve done since you were little, & watching it at the same time with America. Another reason 2020 sucks!”

“How COULD you?,” posted another. “So sick of the greed. Give us our Charlie Brown specials back.”

Apple Inks ‘Peanuts’ Streaming Video Content Deal

Apple’s measured entrance into streaming video and original programming took another step forward after the tech giant inked a deal with DHX Media, the Canadian distributor of children’s content, including “Charlie Brown,” “Snoopy” and related “Peanuts.”

Under the agreement (first reported by Variety), DHX and unit Peanuts Worldwide will produce original branded content for Apple’s pending 2019 subscription streaming video service.

DHX acquired the rights to the late Charles Schulz’s iconic “Peanuts” brand in 2017 for $345 million — a deal that included the “Strawberry Shortcake” franchise.

Publicly-owned DHX, which also owns the “Teletubbies,” “Degrassi,” “Caillou,” “Inspector Gadget,” and “Yo Gabba Gabba!” brands, has generated about $436 million in revenue this year.

Apple, through iTunes, the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, has long embraced digital distribution of third-party movies and TV shows. Emulating Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu into the SVOD market, however, has proven to be more complicated.

Despite free cash reserves exceeding $200 billion, Apple sat on the sidelines as Disney bought Marvel and Lucasfilm, and Netflix and Amazon embarked on global expansion strategies underscored by original content production.

Following the short-lived “Planet of the Apps” online reality show in 2016, Apple in 2017 launched “Carpool Karaoke: The Series,” produced by James Corden, who originated the concept on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

That same year, Apple hired TV executives Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to spearhead original content production. Armed with a reported $1 billion operating budget, the pair inked Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon for an original series based on morning TV, in addition to a planned reboot of “Amazing Stories.”

Apple now has more than 20 projects in development, including series from directors Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash) and M. Night Shyamalan (Split, Devil, The Village, upcoming Glass). It reportedly is projected to spend upwards of $4 billion on original content by 2022.