7 Things You May Not Know About Charlie Brown Snoopy
1. Snoopy's Family
Snoopy's parents names are Missy (mom) and Baxter (dad) and although you would have thought parents are characters worthy of mention, both Snoopy parents were in fact each only featured once in the Peanuts comic strips. Baxter was featured on the comic strip on Father's Day, June 18, 1989, in which he received a Father's Day card signed (or rather paw printed) by all his children. Snoopy's mom Missy on the other hand, was featured on 26 July 1996 arriving in a troopship to visit Spike who was ill.
Snoopy has 7 siblings; 2 sisters and 5 brothers. His sisters are Belle and Molly and his brothers are Spike, Marbles, Andy, Olaf and Rover. Snoopy and all his siblings are from Daisy Hill Puppy Farm and went their separate ways when they were young.
Of all his siblings, Spike was featured the most in the Peanuts comic strip. Spike lives in a hollow catus in a desert Needles, California. He is very skinny, and is always seen wearing a hat. Sometimes, he has shoes on and according to Spike, the shoes were a gift from his friend, Mickey Mouse.
Snoopy's Family Tree
2. Snoopy's Original Owner
Charlie Brown is not the original owner of Snoopy. Snoopy's original owner was a little girl name Lila, who bought Snoopy at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm. Lila adores Snoopy but had to return him to the puppy farm because her family decided it was not suitable to have a dog around in their apartment building home. Subsequently, Snoopy was bought by Charlie Brown from Daisy Hill Puppy Farm.
Like Snoopy's parents, Lila was also only featured once in the comic strip. In the strip, Snoopy was visiting Lila after having received a letter informing him that she was hospitalized.
Only comic strip appearance of Snoopy's previous owner Lila
3. Snoopy's Many 'Firsts'
The comic strip made its first appearance on 02 October 1950 and of course, there were many 'firsts' for Snoopy in the comics, as shown below:
Snoopy's first appearance in the comic
First time Snoopy appeared with Charlie Brown
First time Snoopy's name was mentioned
First appearance of Snoopy doghouse
Snoopy's first time walking on two legs
First appearance of Snoopy's thought bubble
First appearance of Snoopy's best friend Woodstock
Woodstock is given a name
4. Snoopy's Love Life
Believe it or not, Snoopy was almost married to a poodle named Genevieve. Fortunately (as least I like to think so), Genevieve did not show up for the wedding.
In the comic strip, Genevieve disappearance was because she had fallen in love with Snoopy's brother Spike. However, it was not long before she went off with a coyote. In the animated version, instead of going off with Spike, Genevieve ran off with a golden retriever. Either way, she ran off with someone else and did not marry Snoopy.
In the animated version, Snoopy was suffering from wedding jitters and had doubts about ending his single life - so I guess he was quite relieved that he can continue his bachelor life and keep doing his favorite thing (which is to lie down on his doghouse).
If you are curious about the full story, you can watch the episode on Snoopy's (almost) wedding below. The video shows how Snoopy met Genevieve and up till the subsequent break off of the wedding.
In the Peanuts comic, Snoopy was also depicted to have a crush on another poodle named Fifi. Fifi was working in the circus with her owner Polly and Snoopy had tried to help her to escape. However, before they could leave the circus for good, Fifi decided to return to the circus and broke Snoopy's heart.
Snoopy's (almost) wedding!
5. Evolution of Snoopy's Looks
Snoopy's looks have changed quite abit over each decade - from a simple ordinary looking puppy with big black ears, and walking on all fours in the 1950s, to the chubby 2 legged dog that most of us are familiar with today.
Personally, I think he looked the most horrible in the 1960s and the cutest in the 1980s.
Which Snoopy look do you like the most?
6. Snoopy's Imagination
In the comic, Snoopy is depicted as a dog with a wild imagination. He is a painter, an attorney, a Easter Beagle, his alter-ego Joe Cool, an astronaut and most widely known (and loved) characters - a writer and the flying ace.
Snoopy loves his typewriter and dreams of becoming a novelist. However, despite his multiple attempts, he never had a novel published.
Snoopy as a writer
Ever wondered how Snoopy became the flying ace? According to Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Snoopy, his son Mante had a great interest in making World War 1 model airplanes.
One day, when he was at his drawing board, his son came to him with his latest model plane. While the father and son were talking about planes, Charles drew a little helmet on Snoopy and suddenly had the idea to put him on the doghouse. He eventually got the idea to turn Snoopy's doghouse into Sopwith Camel the fighter plane when he was flipping through his son's book on World War 1 planes.
In Snoopy's imagination as the flying ace, he is always fighting with The Red Baron. Battle with The Red Baron started in October 1965 and lasted for decades in the comic strips. Red Baron was actually based on a real figure Manfred Freiherr Von Richthofen, a German who was considered the best combat pilot in World War 1.
Much of the research in this article comes from this book celebrating the history of the Peanuts cartoon. If you are a Snoopy fan and love to see how this cartoon has progressed from the very first strip till the last one, this book is definitely a must have!
7. The Last Appearance of Snoopy in The Comic Strip
Charles Schulz passed away in Santa Rosa on 12 February 2000, due to complications from colon cancer. Snoopy's last appearance in his final original strip was on 13 February 2000, one day after Charles's passing.
In this special last strip, Snoopy was on his typewriter conveying Charles's last message:
I have been fortunate to draw Charlie Brown and his friends for almost fifty years. It has been the fulfillment of my childhood ambition.
Unfortunately, I am no longer able to maintain the schedule demanded by a daily comic strip. My family does not wish "Peanuts" to be continued by anyone else, therefore I am announcing my retirement.
I have been grateful over the years for the loyalty of our editors and the wonderful support and love expressed to me by fans of the comic strip.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy... how can I ever forget them...
— Charles M. Schulz"
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