It’s a Complicated Life, Charlie Brown

Did any of you happen to catch the American Masters episode on Charles Schulz last night on PBS?
I had heard that there was some controversy about this documentary because it showed Charles as too much of a downer, and focused too much on the negative aspects of his life.


Well, that may be so, but I found it to be incredibly moving and well done. He was a complex guy; like most artists I know who are truly involved in their art, it’s not always a bed of roses. I applaud the series for “going there”, so to speak.

Charles Schulz had a big impact on my childhood; I remember diligently cutting out comics every day and pasting them into my own scrapbook, so they would stay in order and tell the whole continuing story. There has probably never been another comic that was so driven by one person as Peanuts.

Catch this show if you can…and if you did, what did you think?

One comment on “It’s a Complicated Life, Charlie Brown

  • on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 8:46 am, Jennifer VanSchoyck said:

    i saw it too. I also thought it was very moving. Have you read the biography yet? The guy that wrote it was the main fellow that was talking on the PBS show. I thought it was very cool that Lynn Johnston was on there as well.

    I’m still on the fence about reading the book, but after watching the PBS show I think I might pick it up.

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