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Good grief! Peanuts documentary Who Are You, Charlie Brown heads to Apple TV+

Peanuts creator Charles M. Shultz surrounded by his characters, including Charlie Brown and Snoopy

The true story of Charles M. Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip, will be told in a new documentary heading to Apple TV+. Who Are You, Charlie Brown?, narrated by Lupita Nyong’o and executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, will make its global debut on June 25 on Apple TV+.  

The film features interviews with friends, family, cartoonists and celebrity fans of the comic strip, and its creator, Charles ‘Sparky’ Schulz.

Who Are You, Charlie Brown? celebrates the impact and global popularity of the comic strip and its iconic artistry. 

Featuring interviews with Jean Schulz, the widow of Charles Schulz, along with Drew Barrymore, Al Roker, Kevin Smith, Billie Jean King, Paul Feig, Ira Glass, Noah Schnapp, Miya Cech, Keith L. Williams, Chip Kidd, Lynn Johnston, Robb Armstrong, and more, the documentary interweaves a new animated story that follows Charlie Brown on a quest to discover himself.

The documentary special is part of a Peanuts renaissance on the streaming platform, joining other Peanuts titles, including The Snoopy Show, classic Peanuts specials, the Daytime Emmy-nominated series Snoopy in Space, and the Daytime Emmy Award-winning Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10.

Who Are You, Charlie Brown? celebrates the impact and global popularity of the comic strip and its iconic artistry…

The Peanuts syndicated comic strip, written and illustrated by Schulz, ran from 1950 to 2000, during which time its cast of characters became pop culture staples.

Charlie Brown’s beagle Snoopy, and his pal Woodstock, have appeared on everything from kitchenware to clothing, but blanket-carrying Linus and his sister Lucy van Pelt (psychiatric help 5 cents), plus Peppermint Patty, Pig-Pen and Marcie are equally beloved. 

The Peanuts gang have starred in a number of oft repeated TV specials, including A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966). A CGI movie reboot of the strip, The Peanuts Movie, was released in 2015.

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