There are about three story arcs from the classic Charles Schulz strip Peanuts that have always stayed with me and that I remember fondly from my youth. One was when Snoopy went to the moon and the other was when Snoopy’s doghouse was threatened by freeway construction. The final one I refer to is one I read in a paperback collection when I was young and recently visited again via the Peanuts website, which is running all the classic strips pretty much in chronological order.
It is the story of when sister Lucy steals Linus’ security blanket forcing the lad to go “cold turkey” from his steady supply of banky. It was a funny story and had a happy ending, depending on whether you think recidivism was a good thing or not. As a kid I loved the story arc for what it was but as an adult I read a lot of different things into the Schulz story, which makes me think that the recent biography that got the Schulz Family so upset could be partially correct in being able to peer into the mind of the creator through the content of his strips.
The original story ran from 2nd to the 21st of January 1961 and you can read the entire arc through these links to the official website. I’d just link to the first part of the story and tell you to have at it but the website employs a sliding time line and in a few weeks will no longer make January available to readers.
A Japanese company is selling “Rice Babies” as birth announcements. Sold as gifts, a bag of rice that weighs the exact same amount as the newborn is imprinted with the baby’s face and vital statistics.
Makes me wonder how many parents are going to understate the actual weight of the baby so their friends are not horrified at receiving a 15 pound bag of rice as a birth announcement.
Undead or Alive is a recent DVD comedy release about zombies in the old West. Not a great film but it isn’t bad either and it is full of familiar faces like Brian Posehn, Chris Kattan and Navi Rawat. The script and directing is a bit thin in places, some of the acting is definitely B-Movie caliber but that’s okay and the budget is what you expect. But the creators gave it a good try and seemed to have pulled it off in making a fun little film.
The highlight of the movie for me was this exchange between Elmer, Luke and Sue. It was pretty funny if a bit familiar.
Some language not safe for work.
If you have ever seen or read A Boy and his Dog then Undead or Alive won’t hold many surprises for you but this premise could actually be a nice direct-to-DVD franchise for the lead characters.