Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday American comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz that ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000, continuing in reruns afterward. Peanuts is among the most popular and influential in the history of comic strips, with 17,897 strips published in all, making it "arguably the longest story ever told by one human being". By the time of Schulz's death in 2000, Peanuts ran in over 2,600 newspapers, with a readership of around 355 million in 75 countries, and was translated into 21 languages. It helped to cement the four-panel gag strip as the standard in the United States, and together with its merchandise earned Schulz more than $1 billion.
Peanuts focuses entirely on a social circle of young children, where adults exist but are never seen and rarely heard. The main character, Charlie Brown, is meek, nervous, and lacks self-confidence. He is unable to fly a kite, win a baseball game, or kick a football held by his irascible friend Lucy, who always pulls it away at the last instant.
Peanuts is one of the literate strips with philosophical, psychological, and sociological overtones that flourished in the 1950s. Peanuts's humor is psychologically complex, and the characters' interactions formed a tangle of relationships that drove it.
Peanuts achieved considerable success with its television specials, several of which, including A Charlie Brown Christmas and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, won or were nominated for Emmy Awards. The Peanuts holiday specials remain popular and are broadcast on ABC in the U.S. during the appropriate seasons, since 2001. Peanuts also had successful adaptations in theatre, with the stage musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown an oft-performed production. In 2013, TV Guide ranked the Peanuts television specials the fourth-greatest TV cartoon of all time. A computer-animated feature film based on the comic strip, The Peanuts Movie, was released in 2015.
History with the Macy's Parade
Long before Snoopy's signature home had its own float in the parade, a large-scale version of the house appeared on the rear of the You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown float from 1967 to 1968. The float featured paper mache versions of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and Snoopy, in 1968, Snoopy was replaced by a "gone flying" since the new Aviator Snoopy balloon debuted that year, Additionally, his doghouse would appear atop the America's Comic Stars float from 1983 to 1984, with his best bird buddy, Woodstock.
In 1987, the Peanuts Ice Rink debuted, along with the Ice Skating Snoopy balloon. The float made two more appearances before retiring in 1989. The float was later reused for other parades.
The beloved beagle's famous doghouse was first turned into its own float for the Parade's 80th anniversary in 2006, alongside the Snoopy as the Flying Ace balloon. The float features Snoopy's iconic red doghouse, with Woodstock clearing a landing for the Flying Ace. Walk-around versions of Charlie Brown, Lucy Van Pelt, and Linus Van Pelt also appear on the float.
During the float's 2007 appearance, a flag became detached from the Woodstock figure's hand. In 2012, Charlie Brown was replaced by Snoopy, as Charlie Brown's balloon returned that same year. The float and Charlie Brown balloon would retire shortly after the 2012 Parade.
A new version of the Doghouse float debuted in 2015, to help celebrate the strip's 65th anniversary, as well as the 50th anniversary of the animated special A Charlie Brown Christmas and the release of The Peanuts Movie. The float features Snoopy's blue doghouse, decorated with lights, garland, bows, and bells, alongside a #1 ribbon from the Christmas Decor Contest. On the float, Charlie Brown, Linus and Lucy once again appeared on the float. Although, from 2016 to 2018, Charlie Brown was replaced by Snoopy when his second balloon appeared during that time span. Before the float made its parade debut, The float was shown at the unveiling of the 2015 Macy's holiday windows peanuts display, The float was retired after the 2018 Parade.
A brand-new version of Snoopy's Doghouse debuted in 2019, joining the new Astronaut Snoopy balloon en route to 34th Street. This float was recycled from the previous version, with the Christmas-themed decorations being eliminated from the float altogether, as well as the doghouse itself being changed back to its usual red color scheme. To help accompany the new Astronaut Snoopy balloon, a telescope will also be perched atop the doghouse with Woodstock looking through it, taking the place of the Christmas decorations, as well as Charlie Brown's Christmas tree being replaced with a satellite dish. Charlie Brown appeared on the float alongside 2 special guests - former NASA Astronauts Kay Hire and Dr. Janet Kavandi, As of 2020, The float only made one appearance and is temporarily retired
- The Broadway Cast of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (1967-1968)
- Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Linus (2006-2011, 2015)
- Snoopy, Lucy, and Linus (2012, 2016-2018)
- William H. Burland and Uno the Beagle (2008)
- Charlie Brown (2019)
- Former NASA Astronauts Kay Hire and Dr. Janet Kavandi (2019)
- Snoopy's Doghouse is one of the only floats in the current Parade that does not boast a musical performance during the NBC telecast. Other floats that follow this include Tom Turkey and Santa's Sleigh.