Charlie Brown is the central protagonist of the long-running comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz, which is syndicated in numerous newspapers all over the world. One of the great American archetypes, Charlie Brown is popular and recognized for being a "lovable loser": a kid who suffers a lot, is very nervous and lacks self-confidence, but sometimes hopes for the best and tries as much as he can to accomplish things. According to Schulz, he is "a caricature of the average person," who is much more acquainted with losing than winning. He, along with his dog Snoopy, was ranked by TV Guide as the eighth greatest cartoon character of all time.
History with the Macy's Parade
Charlie Brown has appeared as a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade since 2002, generally during the years when Snoopy has been absent.
Charlie Brown (2002)
Charlie Brown's first balloon portrayed him in a "chasing" stance, with a football balloon in front of him, referencing an annual recurring gag in Peanuts where he attempts to kick the ball before Lucy van Pelt pulls it away to make him feel miserable and powerless. This balloon led the parade in its first year and continued to appear until 2005. The balloon also appeared in a 2008 Coca-Cola commercial, in which he claims victory over a Coca-Cola bottle that Stewie Griffin and Underdog had previously fought over.
Charlie Brown returned in 2012 with the football when Snoopy's "Flying Ace" balloon was retired from the parade. This return was brief, though, as the balloon would be removed the next year because a new balloon of Snoopy was introduced, pairing him with Woodstock.
Charlie Brown has also appeared in walk-around form on the Snoopy's Doghouse float, along with Lucy and her brother Linus, except in 2012 when Snoopy took his place. This float was retired that same year, and a new doghouse float appeared in 2015 to promote the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas and the release of The Peanuts Movie. He only appeared on the new Snoopy's Doghouse float once in 2015, before being replaced by Snoopy for the following three years. In 2019, Charlie Brown rejoined Lucy and Linus, having given his spot as a balloon to the new Astronaut Snoopy.
Charlie Brown & His Kite (2016)
For the parade's 90th Anniversary in 2016, the lovable blockhead appeared in the form of a new balloon. This time, he appeared to be tangled up in his kite's string, which comes in at 80 feet long. As mentioned above, he was retired after the 2018 Parade, to help make way for the new Astronaut Snoopy balloon in the 2019 Parade.
- "Linus and Lucy" Marching Band remix (2002-2005; 2012)
- "Linus and Lucy" Remix (2016-2018)