After a six-year hiatus, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang are back in a direct-to-DVD movie, Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (Warner Home Video). Like all Peanuts cartoons produced since Peanuts creator Charles Schulz’ death, the story is based on classic Peanuts comic strips and the animation based on the classic character designs. This is the first special made without the involvement of Lee Mendelson Productions and Bill Melendez Productions, directed instead by Andy Beall (Up, Ratatouille) and Frank Molieri (SpongeBob SquarePants Movie). The story also appears in a new comic book adaptation from Kaboom Studios, plus a picture book from Running Press Kids.

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Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000) launched his landmark newspaper strip Peanuts in October 1950 and, over the next 50 years, it ran in more than 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries. Schulz died in his sleep Feb. 12, 2000 -- just hours before the last original Peanuts strip was published. All told, Schulz completed 17,897 daily and Sunday strips, each one written, drawn, and lettered by his own hand—an unmatched achievement in comics.