“Clear away the insurance commercials, billboards, dolls, apparel, stickers, soap dishes and the rest, and we’re left with the real thing: the Peanuts comic strip itself, Charles Schulz’s brilliant, angst-ridden, truly funny, 50-year-long masterpiece of joy and heartbreak.”
The Simpson creator
This little off-screen section is for giving quotes that aren’t on screenwriting or filmmaking. Today’s quote is a little encouragement that was written many years ago and more recently has been kicking around Facebook as a testament to its enduring popularity and timelessness. Technically, the quote wasn’t written by Charlie Brown but by the great Minneapolis/St. Paul cartoonist Charles Schulz.
“Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don’t worry…I’m here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you.”
Charlie Brown to Snoopy
I’m not sure where that first appeared or the context, but I know that’s what we all long to hear. That despite all our problems—the sun will come up tomorrow. That’s the theme of many a great movie.
The Simpsons creator Matt Groening wrote an introduction (Oh Boy, Charlie Brown) to The Complete Peanuts 1955 To 1956 and mentioned the influence the Peanuts gang had on his life and work. He closed the piece writing:
“I got to meet Schulz once, in May 1998. I was holed up on the Fox lot in Century City, working on some Simpsons nonsense, when I received word that the great man was eating lunch nearby. I dropped everything and raced across town, stumbling into the restaurant where the affable Schulz held court before a group of fans and friends. I told him of my all-time favourite Peanuts comic strip, which I hadn’t seen in 40 years. The strip shows Lucy methodically making a series of tiny snowmen, then stomping on them, as Charlie Brown looks on. Lucy explains matter-of-factly: “I’m torn between the desire to create and the desire to destroy.”
“Thank you for that strip,” I said. “In one sentence you summed up my life.”
Schulz smiled politely. Do you hear me? He smiled politely! I made Charles Schulz smile politely! I just now realise I’m more like Charlie Brown than I’ve ever admitted to myself.”
Who knows how many writers Schulz influenced?