Comic fans are certainly no stranger to Snoopy, a white Beagle, who always accompanies a group of playing children and has been nicknamed “The Peanuts Gang” by its creator, Charles M. Schulz. Not long ago, the cartoonist’s wife told the background of Snoopy’s story.
President of the Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center in the city of Santa Rosa, California, Jean Schulz, recently shared everything related to “The Peanuts Gang” in order to promote the new animated series that is now broadcasting through the streaming television service Apple TV +.
Jean Schulz is the wife of the late cartoonist Charles Schulz, who created the story “Peanuts.” She shared that her late husband’s nickname was “Sparky” and the character “Snoopy” was actually created based on her pet dog when she was a child.
Jean said that Sparky’s mother suggested that if they were going to raise a dog, it should be named “Snoop” a word that comes from Norwegian. But in fact, the character was built on the basis of a pet dog named Spike, when he was 14 to 16 years old. And the story used to be that the dog was fierce towards the residents of the residential area where they lived. At home he is quite tame, but when someone comes, he turns into a very fierce guard dog.
Jean also explained how important it is for Snoopy not to make a sound, even though in the comic series his behavior resembles that of other children in the group of friends.
According to Jean, if Snoopy spoke, it would ruin the abstractness of the story. He will change into another character and will not be Snoopy again. A dog will stay next to us, or sit on our lap, a pet that has a life of its own, but loves us. And that’s what makes us love our pet dogs.
You can now access the animated series “The Snoopy Show” by subscribing to the Apple TV + television streaming service. [aa/ka]