Manny P. here…
Animated beagle Snoopy has been honored with his own Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. He joins fellow cartoon icons, such as Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny, as well as famous dogs Lassie and Rin Tin Tin in receiving the accolade. Snoopy’s star lies next to his creator’s star, Charles M. Schulz.
The original drawings of Snoopy were inspired by Spike, one of Schulz’s childhood dogs. The pooch first appeared on the October 4th, 1950, two days after the initial strip. On March 16th, 1952, his thoughts were first shown in a thought balloon. Snoopy first appeared upright on his hind legs on January 9th, 1956, when he was shown ice-skating across a frozen lake.
Snoopy and Charlie Brown were ranked by TV Guide as the 8th greatest cartoon characters of all time, especially after the strip’s Golden Age in the 1960s. Their popularity spawned holiday animated television specials during Halloween and Christmas, and even a Top 10 tune sung by The Royal Guardsmen. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown was a popular Broadway play that brought the comic strip to life. The characters are currently the official mascots of Knott’s Berry Farm.
Snoopy often imagines himself as a World War I flying ace that fights the Red Baron, while imagining his doghouse as a Sopwith Camel. He is perhaps best known in his alternate persona, wearing an aviator’s helmet, goggles, and a scarf. To honor the boy and his pet, the Apollo 10 lunar module was named Snoopy; and command module, Charlie Brown. Snoopy also became the official mascot of aerospace safety. The Silver Snoopy Award is a special NASA sterling silver pin with an engraving of Snoopy in a spacesuit helmet. It’s given by an astronaut to someone who works in the space program that has gone above and beyond the call of duty in pursuit of quality and safety. MetLife has employed Snoopy as their corporate mascot since the 1980s. Three huge airships are owned and operated by the insurance company that provides aerial video coverage of sporting events, and the blimps feature Snoopy as a World War I pilot on their fuselage.
The pup also looks very cool in sunglasses. His best friend is a little bird named Woodstock. The Peanuts Movie, set for release later this month, was promoted during the ceremony. Snoopy and Woodstock will be on the 20th Century Fox logo.
Until next time> “never forget”