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Good grief! 'Peanuts' celebrates 70th anniversary with art

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Am I the only person who has never found “Peanuts” or Charlie Brown to be remotely funny or interesting in any way? Its appeal is a mystery to me.

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Loved the exhibition in Tokyo, although it was a little cramped.

Still, have adored the strip for most of my life - especially the golden age in the 50s-60s. Schulz was forward thinking without being preachy and there was a genuine heart in the Peanuts story.

Less enamored by the various cartoon shows over the years, but they did give us the wonderful Vince Guaraldi soundtracks.

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Am I the only person who has never found “Peanuts” or Charlie Brown to be remotely funny or interesting in any way? Its appeal is a mystery to me.

Well, they are just classic and not everyone sees the appeal, we are all different and that's ok. My mom was a huge Elvis fan and for the life of me I could never understand the allure and the madness surrounding Elvis, so I do get your point.

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The "Peanuts"were a big part of my childhood and are still giving me laughs decades later. Cute but without the corny, phony feeling of Disney.

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Am I the only person who has never found “Peanuts” or Charlie Brown to be remotely funny or interesting in any way? Its appeal is a mystery to me.

Interesting. I am a huge fan. Find the first comic strip. It is not funny, it is mean. I have studied a lot about Mr. Schulz, and was basically a depressed guy who wrote the strip about his depression. Charlie Brown never wins, he never kicks the football. One of the interesting things is that if you read about the making of the Peanuts movie that was made a few years ago, they even had to TAKE OUT some of the jokes because they were too funny. Craig Schulz, the son of the founder was quoted as saying that Peanuts was never laugh out loud funny. The jokes are more deserving of a simple grin or a soft chuckle. It's easy to find the very first strip that was in the papers by doing a search. Check it out But, while I loved the strip, I understand your feelings. I give your comment a + for sure.

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When will you get back to Fujimino? 

according to ads, Mr Kipling made "exceedingly good cakes"

never liked them

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I heard Woodstock quit because he was tired of working for peanuts.

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Never found Peanuts funny.

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MocheakeOct. 4  01:48 pm JST

The "Peanuts"were a big part of my childhood and are still giving me laughs decades later. Cute but without the corny, phony feeling of Disney.

Peanuts is American in origin but like many things is universal now. i've even seen handmade Snoopy drawings in an underground Chinese Catholic hymn book smuggled into the USA. Religions are banned in Communist China so it's underground and somehow the 'corrupt Western' impact of Peanuts have been snuck into there as well.

That's the magic and appeal of this great American legacy.

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Am I the only person who has never found “Peanuts” or Charlie Brown to be remotely funny or interesting in any way? Its appeal is a mystery to me.

Same here..

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Why all the pans? Peanuts is an institution that spans generations and every other category. When I was in the Navy and in college we all huddled together in a TV parlor to watch the seasonal specials. The CBS logo with spinning words, Dolly Madison and McDonalds ads, and the soundtrack (I have a Peanuts Christmas CD w/ the Thanksgiving theme as a bonus track), everything. It's culture, something everyone can get into.

Good clean innocent fun w/o all the ickiness and pretensions of Partridge Family, Brady Bunch or the Hallmark Channel drivel.

Toasted HereticOct. 4  09:57 am JST

Still, have adored the strip for most of my life - especially the golden age in the 50s-60s. Schulz was forward thinking without being preachy and there was a genuine heart in the Peanuts story.

Less enamored by the various cartoon shows over the years, but they did give us the wonderful Vince Guaraldi soundtracks.

No moralistic bombastic preachiness. I was very sad when Schulz died in early 2000. That was a bad year for me anyway but he is an icon. This is culture like Elvis, Pac-Man, Beatles, Dr. Seuss, the Muppets, STAR WARS, and so much more.

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Mr Kipling - Am I the only person who has never found “Peanuts” or Charlie Brown to be remotely funny or interesting in any way? Its appeal is a mystery to me.

I'm guessing that Charles Schulz, and the Peanuts gang, have more fans than the average depressing person, because the Peanuts characters, and story lines, strikes a happy note in the lives of so many, many people.

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