Sunday, November 20, 2011

Good Ol' Charles Schulz

For half a century, Charles Schulz Peanuts comics strips were cherished by millions for their humorous simplicity and sage wisdom. Born in Minnesota to Norwegian immigrants, he was deeply affected by the loss of his mother when he entered the military. Studying drawing at an art institute, Schulz's early Peanuts concoctions, with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the lot based on himself and figures in his own life, were not thought to be inspired nor successful. Soon, his creation would take off and become an international success, though Schulz would always seem to maintain his humble, stoic persona. "Good Ol' Charles Schulz" is a loving and simple portrait of the great cartoonist and philosopher, with interviews from friends, family, and colleagues as well as some great stock footage of Schulz himself, and slides from the classic strip.