The ‘Peanuts’ cartoon gang will celebrate Earth Day on April 22 and Arbor Day on April 29 with two specials that will air on Apple TV+.
The Earth Day special celebrates the environment and highlights that even tiny changes can help the Earth. The name of the show is “It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown,” and it has an original new song by Ben Folds.
In the 40-minute film, Charlie Brown’s hope to finally win the neighborhood championship baseball game is derailed when his little sister, Sally, tries to protect a dandelion growing on the pitcher’s mound. Soon everyone is cleaning up the ballfield.
“Charlie Brown kind of represents probably 90% of the population and doesn’t really want to take on any challenges with the world. And here’s Sally, representing the new generation that really does care about the small things and realizes that small things can make a difference,” said Craig Schulz, son of the late “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schulz, and who co-wrote the teleplay and helped executive produce the new film.
“Peanuts” is also opening its vault to release one of its classic cartoons, 1976′s “It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown.” And a new original short video, “We Need Our Trees,” is at Peanuts’ YouTube channels in the U.S. and abroad, and at GoNoodle.com.
“The ‘Peanuts’ universe can integrate with what’s going on in the world,” Schulz said. “There’s obviously more to come and more great stories to tell. This cast is so rich and diverse that the stories almost seem endless.”