Charlie Brown

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Charlie Brown
Peanuts character
Charlie Brown.png
First appearance1947 (in Li'l Folks)
October 2, 1950 (comic strip)
Last appearanceFebruary 13, 2000 (comic strip)
Voiced byPeter Robbins (1963–1969)
Chris Inglis (1971)
Chad Webber (1972–1973)
Todd Barbee (1973–1974)
Duncan Watson (1975–1976, 1977)
Dylan Beach (1976)
Arrin Skelley (1977–1980)
Liam Martin (1978)
Michael Mandy (1980–1982)
Grant Wehr (1981)
Brad Kesten (1983, 1984, 1985, 2000)
Michael Catalano (1983)
Brett Johnson (1984–1986)
Kevin Brando (1984, 1985)
Chad Allen (1986)
Sean Collins (1986, 1988)
Erin Chase (1988–1989)
Kaleb Henley (1989, 1990)
Phil Sanfran (1991)
Jamie E. Smith (1992)
Jimmy Guardino (1994)
Justin Shenkarow (1996)
Steven Hartman (1995, 1997)
Christopher Ryan Johnson (2000)
Quinn Beswick (2000)
Wesley Singerman (2002–2003)
Adam Taylor Gordon (2003)
Spencer Robert Scott (2006)
Alex Ferris (2008)
Trenton Rogers (2011)
Information
GenderMale
FamilySally Brown (sister)
Unnamed parents
Unnamed grandparents
Unnamed uncle
 
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Charlie Brown
Peanuts character
Charlie Brown.png
First appearance1947 (in Li'l Folks)
October 2, 1950 (comic strip)
Last appearanceFebruary 13, 2000 (comic strip)
Voiced byPeter Robbins (1963–1969)
Chris Inglis (1971)
Chad Webber (1972–1973)
Todd Barbee (1973–1974)
Duncan Watson (1975–1976, 1977)
Dylan Beach (1976)
Arrin Skelley (1977–1980)
Liam Martin (1978)
Michael Mandy (1980–1982)
Grant Wehr (1981)
Brad Kesten (1983, 1984, 1985, 2000)
Michael Catalano (1983)
Brett Johnson (1984–1986)
Kevin Brando (1984, 1985)
Chad Allen (1986)
Sean Collins (1986, 1988)
Erin Chase (1988–1989)
Kaleb Henley (1989, 1990)
Phil Sanfran (1991)
Jamie E. Smith (1992)
Jimmy Guardino (1994)
Justin Shenkarow (1996)
Steven Hartman (1995, 1997)
Christopher Ryan Johnson (2000)
Quinn Beswick (2000)
Wesley Singerman (2002–2003)
Adam Taylor Gordon (2003)
Spencer Robert Scott (2006)
Alex Ferris (2008)
Trenton Rogers (2011)
Information
GenderMale
FamilySally Brown (sister)
Unnamed parents
Unnamed grandparents
Unnamed uncle

Charlie Brown is the bald protagonist of the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.

Like Schulz, Charlie Brown is the son of a barber; but whereas Schulz's work is described as the "most shining example of the American success story", Charlie Brown is an example of "the great American un-success story" in that he fails in almost everything he does.[1]

History[edit]

First Peanuts strip, October 2, 1950. From left-to-right: Charlie Brown, Shermy, (original) Patty.

Charlie Brown is a "lovable loser",[2] a child possessed of endless determination and hope, but who is ultimately dominated by his insecurities.[3]

He first appeared in 1947, three years before Peanuts started, in a comic strip by Charles M. Schulz called Li'l Folks. He later appeared in the first Peanuts comic strip, on October 2, 1950. He is one of the best-known characters in Peanuts and is considered to be the main character in the strip. Charlie Brown is always referred to by his full name (with the exception of Peppermint Patty who calls him 'Chuck,' and Marcie who calls him 'Charles') and his usual catchphrase is "good grief".

Despite the frequent abuse and belittling at the hands of other kids, Charlie Brown has many friends from school and on his baseball team. His best friend, however, is Linus van Pelt. One of the running gags in the strip is when his friend Lucy holds a football for Charlie Brown to kick, she pulls it away from the ground, making Charlie Brown go flying, and landing on the ground, usually replying "good grief".

Charlie Brown stated in an early strip (November 3, 1950[4]) that he was "only four years old", but he aged over the next two decades, being six years old as of November 17, 1957 and "eight-and-a-half years old" by July 11, 1979. Later references continue to peg Charlie Brown as being approximately eight years old.[5] Another early strip, on October 30, 1950, has Patty and Shermy wishing Charlie Brown a happy birthday on that day, although they are not sure they have the date right.[5]

Personality[edit]

Relationship with Lucy[edit]

Charlie Brown's relationship with Lucy is almost dislike. Charlie Brown can get fairly annoyed by Lucy's sly comments. Whenever they go out to kick the football, Charlie Brown always misses because Lucy keeps pulling the football away.

Reception[edit]

Along with Snoopy, he was ranked eighth on TV Guide's 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The World Encyclopedia of Comics edited by Maurice Horn, ISBN 0-7910-4854-3, ISBN 978-0-7910-4854-2
  2. ^ Mendelson, Lee (1970). Charlie Brown & Charlie Schulz. New York: World Publishing Company. LCCN 75107642  The dust jacket describes the book as "The warmhearted biography of a wonderful man (real) and a wonderful boy (almost-as-real) who proved that being a loser could be the biggest success story of all."
  3. ^ Furness, Adrienne (2008). "Peanuts". St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture, BNET. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 30 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "Peanuts Cartoon 3 November 1950". 3 November 1950. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Bang, Derrick (11 March 2011). "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Charles Schulz and his Peanuts cartoon strip" (text). FiveCentsPlease.org. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "TV Guide's 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters". 30 July 2002. Retrieved 17 September 2013.