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The Peanuts gang gets violent

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 17th 2006 11:58AM

charlie brown and snoopyI'm a huge admirer of Peanuts, both the comic strip and the television specials, but I also love to see them satirized. Mad Magazine always had funny parodies of the Peanuts gang, usually having them behave more "adult" than they did at the hand of Charles Schulz. The Simpsons also poked fun at Charlie Brown and his friends on more than one occasion. Matt Groening is actually a Peanuts fan, too, which always seemed to make those moments even funnier.

If you're wondering what Peanuts would be like if the gang had weapons and an insatiable urge to maim and kill one another, I invite you to check out "Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown." This is an old student film from Cal Arts, and I noticed that the name "Jeff Pidgeon" appears in the credits, which is also the name of someone who works at Pixar. I don't think it's a coincidence, but I sent Jeff an e-mail for verification and I'll update this post when I get confirmation, though I'm ninety-nine percent sure it is him. Also, somebody contacted Boing Boing, where I found this video, to inform them that the names of two Simpsons directors, Jim Reardon and Rich Moore, also appear in the credits.

Update: I received a message from Jeff Pidgeon, confirming his involvement with the project: "It is! Jim and I went to school together. I did the wah-wah voice of the Great Pumpkin."

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Jim Reardon mentioned this on a commentary track on one of the Simpsons dvd's...thanks for digging it up!

August 18 2006 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

FYI, this is a parody of: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (imdb).

August 17 2006 at 11:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

On a related note, here's a short mockumentary about the illegitimate son of "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz. Emmy-winning actor and comedian Rick Overton starts in the title role as "Billy Schulz".


August 17 2006 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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