New PEANUTS Documentary Honors Charlie Brown, Charles Schulz

You’re getting your own documentary, Charlie Brown! The beloved Peanuts character, his animated friends like Peppermint Patty and Lucy, and their creator Charles Schulz are all American icons. The Peanuts comic strip-turned-franchise is recognizable in every way. Who doesn’t know its catchphrases (“Good Grief!”) and iconic theme song? Now, Apple is set to honor the history of Schulz and Peanuts in the upcoming documentary Who Are You, Charlie Brown?

According to Deadline, the special is set to air on Apple TV+ on June 25. Who Are You, Charlie Brown? will include interviews from cartoonists, friends, and Peanuts fans to honor Schulz and his famous creation. Lupita Nyong’o will narrate throughout; plus, the documentary will include several big names like Drew Barrymore, Al Roker, Noah Schnapp, and Jean Schulz, the widow of Charles Schulz. There will also be a new story with none other than Charlie Brown himself going on a new adventure.

A trailer gives a little more insight into what to expect from the documentary. It starts off by showing us that poor Charlie Brown is still worrying about everything. He must write an essay about who he is and he doesn’t know. Honestly, we understand your frustration, Charlie. We are adults and sometimes we don’t know who we are. There’s also commentary from several actors talking about their favorite characters as well as a look back at Schulz’s childhood.

a photo of Peanuts character Charlie Brown sitting at a desk with a friend in front of him.

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Schulz’s wife reveals that the phrase “my sweet babboo” is her nickname for him. Aww. The Who Are You, Charlie Brown? clip also touches on Schulz’s “controversial” decision to add Franklin, a Black character, to his popular strip in 1968. Considering the time period, it’s big deal and, of course, Schulz didn’t listen to ridiculous criticism. The cartoonist and Peanuts creator died in 2000 but he certainly would be happy to see the continuous love for his creation.

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