Charles Schulz's family not thrilled with PBS doc - VIDEO
I'll say right up front that I am a huge Charles Schulz fan. I think Peanuts is one of the most important things in the history of pop culture (not just comics, but in all of pop culture - film, literature, TV, music and art). It's the type of comic that's entertaining and fun for all of the obvious reasons but something that can also show you a little bit about how to live your life too. I mean, who doesn't like Snoopy or A Charlie Brown Christmas?
So I've been a little antsy about a new biography of Schulz that is coming out next week, Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography, by David Michaelis. It's a bio that supposedly gives a fuller picture of Schulz, including the sad, unhappy parts of his life. Now I see that I'm not the only one who is a little antsy about the book and a new American Masters that will profile Schulz too.
Monte Schulz, one of Charles Schulz's sons, says he liked parts of the documentary but found too much of it "dreary and depressing" and didn't show enough of the fun side of his dad. He even called the director to air his frustrations.
Schulz died in 2000, just as the final Peanuts strip was published. The book will hit bookstores next Tuesday and the American Masters doc will debut on October 29. Below is a video of Schulz being interviewed by Charlie Rose in 1997. Bill Richardson is interviewed first. The Schulz interview kicks in around 20 min, 20 secs (tried to get it straight from Rose's site but it wasn't working for some reason).