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With Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox's THE PEANUTS MOVIE currently in theaters and delighting audiences (read my review), generations new and old are thinking about Charlie Brown and the PEANUTS Gang. The PEANUTS are classic, and very soon many will agree that "Christmastime is Here" (well, almost). In getting into the spirit of the season, Concord Music Group and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine are presenting a Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway for the A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS 50th Anniversary GIft Pack. Available as a Walmart Exclusive this holiday season, this fantastic collection features the timeless music of The Vince Guaraldi Trio, with the A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS CD (with its original 1965 tracklist and cover art) and the PEANUTS PORTRAITS CD packaged alongside 4 double-sided postcards featuring PEANUTS characters, and reproduction of the 1965 children’s book A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS! Check out some music, and enter for your chance to win below!

Growing up a fan of Charles M. Schulz' beloved PEANUTS series, I've written at length about Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the whole PEANUTS Gang as it relates to being an grownup - my wife and I raising two young daughters of our own. When Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox announced THE PEANUTS MOVIE (which I first wrote about back in October of 2012), what concerned me wasn't that the PEANUTS would be presented in CGI (and in 3D!) for the very first time, but how the filmmakers would approach what would be 65 years of storied history - and if, in 2015, there would be an audience for it. While we've introduced the world of PEANUTS to our children, Charlie Brown and Co. just haven't seemed as prevalent with their little friends - not like it was when we were kids and everyone loved Snoopy. Keeping the PEANUTS tradition alive is what really appealed to me when I joined PEANUTS Worldwide as a Brand Ambassador earlier this year, but like most audiences and critics, I did not get a look at THE PEANUTS MOVIE until it had its premiere screenings this past Sunday. Seeing it with an audience - in a packed theater - was the perfect way to see if Director Steve Martino (HORTON HEARS A WHO!, ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT) had successfully translated the iconic characters into a new realm of filmmaking that would resonate with younger audiences.

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When it comes to the Holiday season, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS is one of the most iconic seasonal specials - one that's a tradition here at Rock Father HQ, just as it is for millions of families around the world. This year, the folks at Just Play are bringing some of that magic into the toy aisles with a Deluxe Set of PEANUTS Holiday Figures, arriving in stores this November, following the theatrical release of THE PEANUTS MOVIE. This eight-piece set features Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, two versions of Snoopy (one that includes Woodstock!), a Christmas Tree and a Snowman. The PEANUTS Holiday Figures Deluxe Set is a featured pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!

SnoopyWhen it comes to being fashionable, Snoopy's always been a pretty dapper guy. As "Joe Cool," he certainly captured that rugged leading man type of vibe - but the beagle has been known to rock a tux, or the runway, from time to time. What a lot of people don't know is that Snoopy's sister, Belle, is a world-famous fashionista, and that together their "Snoopy and Belle in Fashion" line has been a Global hit that's led to a touring fashion show with some of the World's top designers. As a PEANUTS Worldwide Brand Ambassador, I'm pleased to give readers a shot at winning a stylish prize pack that includes a ladies t-shirt (size medium only), tote bag and makeup bag. Ready for your chance?

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PEANUTS Worldwide Brand AmbassadorI can remember a few occasions as a kid where I participated with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF back in the 80s, but truth be told, I haven't seen those iconic orange boxes hitting the streets here locally in quite awhile. Hopefully, that will change this year,  as the iconic Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign is celebrating its 65th anniversary by joining forces with another American classic: PEANUTS, which also turns 65 this Fall.  Blue Sky Studios' THE PEANUTS MOVIE will team up with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF to encourage children to raise funds for UNICEF’s lifesaving programs. The original Kids Helping Kids® campaign—is one of the longest-running youth volunteer initiatives in America that encourages children to go door-to-door on Halloween and collect coins in support of UNICEF’s work. Since 1950, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has raised more than $175 million for UNICEF to provide children around the world with medicine, nutrition, clean water, emergency relief and education.

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Monday, August 10 2015 13:21

It's Snoopy's Birthday, Charlie Brown!

PEANUTS WorldwideBefore the word "Snoop" went hand-in-hand with the D-O Double-G, there was simply Snoopy - a loveable beagle created by Charles M. Schulz way back in 1950. While we knew the first year that the dog hit the scene, it wasn't until the late 1960s that we knew that Snoopy's birthday was actually August 10th. While he'd be 65 years old in human years, Snoopy turns 273 today (according to the Dog Years Converter) and he looks absolutely fabulous as we look forward to the release of THE PEANUTS MOVIE from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios on November 6th. With celebrations taking place around the 'net, here's a few of the best...

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