‘Peanuts’ celebrates Earth Day and Arbor Day with fresh programs

NEW YORK (AP) – Everyone knows Charlie Brown’s nemesis is a dragon-eating tree. But the “Peanuts” hero hopes to cool that kind of rivalry as we enter Earth Day and Arbor Day.

A new special “Peanuts” debut on Apple TV + on Friday pays tribute to the environment and highlights that even small changes can help the Earth. “It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown” also features an original new song by Ben Folds. Earth Day is April 22nd.

In the 40-minute-long film, Charlie Brown’s hopes of finally winning the neighborhood’s championship baseball game are derailed as his little sister, Sally, tries to protect a dandelion growing on the pitcher’s mound. Soon everyone is cleaning up the ball field.

“Charlie Brown probably represents 90% of the population and does not really want to take on any challenges with the world. And here’s Sally, who represents the new generation who really cares about the little things and realizes that little things can make a difference, “said Craig Schulz, son of the late” Peanuts “creator Charles M. Schulz, and who helped write teleplay and helped produce the new film.

It’s one of several ways the cartoon band celebrates Earth this year. “Peanuts” also opens its vault to release one of its classic cartoons, 1976’s “It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown,” on Apple TV + April 29 – Arbor Day. And a new original short video, “We Need Our Trees,” is on Peanuts’ YouTube channels in the US and abroad, and GoNoodle.com.

“The Peanuts universe can be integrated with what’s going on in the world,” Schulz said. “Obviously there is more to come and more great stories to tell. This cast is so rich and diverse that the stories seem almost endless.”

The project is part of Peanuts Worldwide’s latest “Take Care With Peanuts” initiative that encourages global citizenship through three key initiatives: Take care of yourself, take care of each other and take care of the Earth.

The company also continues with its global tree planting project, which includes everything from a community-based city garden in Chicago to the restoration of forests around Nepal’s Chitwan National Park. Lesson plans for K – 2 and 3–6 students exploring the importance of trees are available for free download at Peanuts.com.

All of the “Peanuts” content comes from the 18,000 strips left by Charles M. Schulz, whom Melissa Menta, Peanuts Worldwide Marketing Manager, calls “the brand’s Bible.” In it are stories of failure and frustration, but also friendship and kindness, both towards people and the planet.

“It’s just very real, so you don’t get hit over the head – yes, maybe one of the characters hits someone in the head – but the messages are really subtle and smart,” Menta said. “I always say that every generation should feel that ‘Peanuts’ are their generation.”

Other TV and streaming programs celebrating Earth Day include two Disney + / National Geographic documentaries: “Explorer: The Last Tepui,” featuring climbers climbing a 1,000-foot (304-meter) clean cliff, and “The Biggest Little Farm: The Return, “which revisits John and Molly Chester on their 10-year journey to breathe life back into a parched yard. (Both at Disney + April 22.)

Paramount + launches a special new carousel titled “Earth Through Different Lenses” on its website on Monday filled with documentaries highlighting the work done by environmentalists around the world.

And discovery + has a documentary told by Ryan Reynolds that outlines 10 things we can do right now to remove carbon dioxide from our lives, including eating less meat, planting more trees and washing less clothes. “Curb Your Carbon” is available on the streaming site on April 21st.

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