If you’re like me, you’ve grown up watching various “Peanuts” specials on TV, from that holiday staple “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to the admittedly dated (but fun!) “Flashbeagle” to some of the newer cartoons. If you’re a fan of all things Charlie Brown animated, “The Art And Making Of Peanuts Animation” is the book for you.
Presented in a lush coffee-table format by Chronicle Books, the tome is written by animation historian Charles Solomon and amply illustrated with tons of colorful cels from the cartoons themselves. You can get behind-the-scenes of over “Peanuts” animated specials, including reproductions of original scripts, storyboards, and lovely gouache character sketches that look like pieces of art themselves.
The book not only interviews countless animators, voice talent, and other crew members, but really gives you insight as to what “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schultz felt about these TV and film adaptations of his beloved characters.
At $45, “The Art And making Of Peanuts Animation,” hitting stores December 1, makes a great holiday gift for yourself or the Snoopy fan in your life.