Friday, August 22, 2014

Celebrate 50 Years on Television for A Charlie Brown Christmas special! Jill Schulz, daughter of Charles M. Schulz Interview #Giveaway

I am very excited to announce, I am a 50 Years on Television for A Charlie Brown Christmas Brand Ambassador! With this exciting ambassadorship I will be bringing you,  exclusive inside stories on the making of the special from the people who know it best!  With the position I will be interviewing some of the very people who helped make this iconic special happen. Bringing some great facts fun and giveaways to help celebrate, the 50 Years on Television for A Charlie Brown Christmas special.


I grew up watching, a Charlie Brown Christmas special.  Year after year, right around Christmas I would look forward to seeing this beloved special. From my favorite characters, to the iconic music, when I saw this special on TV I knew it was the holidays.  I love being able to share this special with my daughter each year, she seems to love A Charlie Brown Christmas as much as I do. Did you know that Coca-Cola, a CBS sponsor, was the company who commissioned A Charlie Brown Christmas? And that CBS hated it. Yes it is true! I don’t know who could hate this wonderful family show, but they were not fans.
Well my family and I are hug fans of the special, and since this is the 50th year of the special I see that many many others all over the world love the special as well.  What would you ask the daughter of the creator of such a part of the holidays as A Charlie Brown Christmas? Well I was very fortunate to be able to chat with Jill Schulz, daughter of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz!
Jill Schulz , as the daughter of PEANUTS creator Charles Schulz, Jill Schulz grew up with Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, and Snoopy as much as with her own four brothers and sisters! Jill’s professional path also involved entertaining audiences: She spent more than 20 years competing and performing as a figure skater, including touring nationally and internationally in shows such as Ice Follies and Holiday on Ice, as well as in performances at Radio City Music Hall. While training and working in Los Angeles, Jill spent several years working in film, stage, television, and dance.
 A photo of Jill Schulz with her family (she’s the one on the right.)

During this time she was recruited by Rollerblade, Inc., to perform as the premiere national Rollerblade spokesperson, as well as the lead performer and choreographer for Team Rollerblade. Building on her diverse athletic and performance background, Jill and her husband Aaron Transki decided to create the first-ever "All Wheels Extreme" show, combining BMX bikers, skateboarders, in line skaters, pro scooters, dancers, aerialists, trampoline artists, and more in full-scale theatrical productions for audiences of all ages. All Wheel Sports productions have since expanded into such major venues as Cedar Point, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Orlando, and Walt Disney World, among other high-profile locations.

 There were so many great questions asked by myself and my fellow ambassadors. Here is some of the fun interview with Jill Schluz:


(Q)  What was it like to celebrate Christmas in the Schulz family?
(A) “I always had great memories of it, but to us, that’s just how our Christmas was.” “Back then, there was not as much merchandise, publicity, worldwide status for Peanuts and Snoopy.”  “We had a pretty typical Christmas, except that we opened our gifts on Christmas Eve.... “In the morning, we’d get a special present... “Once the TV show came out, that became a tradition: both Christmas and Halloween, they became something we’d gather around TV to watch. But to me, it just seemed like a normal family Christmas.”

(Q) Was there anything in the special that was similar to your childhood?(A) “There are elements that are supposed to come from my family. Like Lucy’s crabbiness came from Meredith. I’m told that Linus has a blanket because I always had a blanket.” But I can’t say there’s anything specific in the special.” “Dad was active in Sunday school when we were much younger, he taught there on Sundays for many years. So the Linus speech was something very important to him.” “Lee Mendelson tells the story of meeting with the top guys at CBS—they said they loved the special, ‘But you need to take the Linus’ speech out.’ When Lee told Dad that he said, ‘Tell them to just forget it then.’ Now it’s become the most iconic part of the entire TV special. It’s one of my favorite parts because I know how important it was to my father.”
                                   
             
(Q)  Why do you suppose after 50 years, it’s still resonating with people?
(A) “Because the characters, the experiences they have, in the strip and the TV show are things that every generation has, does, and will continue to experience in life. Football with Charlie Brown. Everyone experiences losing. Everyone comments on commercialism. It’s been happening for years, will continue to happen. Siblings teasing each other, fighting, even if they love each other.” “All of these things are extensions of his own personality or things he would observe in others. He was always observing everybody, whether in the coffee shop at the ice rink, or on trips. He was a great observer of human nature. Like many of us, he hung onto and had a clear vision of his feelings as a child. That comes across in the strip and the special.”


(Q) Where do you see the franchise in 10 years?
(A) “We’d like to see it grow, to continue the legacy of my dad and keep the characters out there. But there’s a careful line between keeping the integrity of my dad’s characters and creating enough new material to keep it fresh for new generations.” New movie in fall of 2015. Brother Craig Schulz and his son worked on the script with Fox Studios and director Steve Martino. “This movie, with the new technology of 4D, mixed with 3D and 2D, is fun and new, done with a lot of class. Hoping it will generate interest from new generations. We have to keep up with where the kids are  today—social media, apps, movies. You can’t expect to introduce kids to it without all that.”


(Q) Who’s your favorite Peanuts character and why?
(A) “My absolute favorite is Snoopy because I like his imagination and his free spirit, how he imagines whatever he wants to be. I had a pretend friend as a kid that everyone teased me about. And because he’s a dog and I love rescue animals. Then it would be Linus, because I like how calm he remains, how philosophical he is.”

 (Q) When was the first time you realized who your dad was, did it affect you? Aha moment?
 (A) “He was my dad first, but I can’t deny there were lots of opportunities that have come out of the fact that Charles Schulz was my dad. Things I’ve learned. He was successful with what he did, but I never wanted to feel like I wanted to use that, or that I’m any more special than anyone else because my dad was well- known. I’ve always wanted to carve my own path – such as the shows I produce that have nothing to do with Snoopy. It helps that none of us could draw at all!”

Jill Schulz, was very personable, and seemed like such a sweet person. She was open to any question, and really cares and adores the Peanuts characters her father created.   Be sure to say tuned with us, there are many more exciting interviews , including Sally Dryer, voice of Violet in A Charlie Brown Christmas and David Benoit, contemporary jazz pianist and composer and the musical heir to original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi. There are even more interviews that will be announced at a later date.
One of Susan’s Disney Family readers will win A Charlie Brown Christmas prize pack! Prize pack will include a stuffed Snoopy and  Be Joyful book to enjoy! Would you like to win?  Please let me know what you love about the A Charlie Brown Christmas special. Do you have a favorite scene, or character? My most favorite scene is with the little Christmas tree, when they add the ornament and the tree sags, it just makes me feel for that tree! There are also other ways to enter, please enter below.
 
Win it:

One winner will win A Charlie Brown Christmas prize pack!

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47 comments:

  1. I have always loved Linus telling the true meaning of Christmas

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  2. The book looks like it would be a great way to remember Snoopy and Charles Schultz

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  3. I like that it reminds me of my childhood. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
    Reneewalters3@yahoo.com

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  4. I grew up watching it, and I want my son to grow up watching it as well. My favorite part is also the Christmas tree and Snoopy is my favorite character.

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  5. I grew up with this movie and I look forward to introducing it to my son on his first Christmas. I too love the poor Christmas tree, and Snoopy is always my favorite character.

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  6. I like it when they fix Charlie Brown's tree at the end.

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  7. I love this movie and have been watching it for over 40 years probably. I love when they are all around the piano singing.

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  8. I love the Christmas tree
    sonflower277 at gmaild dor com

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  9. We grew up watching Charlie, love the Xmas tree!!!

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  10. I too love the linus tell the true meaning of Christmas and holding his blanket

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  11. I love the tradition of watching this every year. I adore the sad little Christmas tree, too! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  12. I love Lucy and Schroeder and Jingle Bells!

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  13. Contest ends on my birthday. Would be nice to win. I love Snoopy and has a nephew that does also.

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  14. for my 2 granddaughters

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  15. It brings back memories from my childhood and watching Charlie Brown with my father

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  16. i love the innocence and good manners. children need to watch this these days!
    caseyeve_003 at yahoo dot com

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  17. I like when they all sing together at the end of the Christmas special.

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  18. We watch it every year. I love everything about it!!

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  19. I have always loved the holiday specials from Charlie Brown. I think linus sharing the true meaning of christmas is so sweet.

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  20. I grew up watching this show I love how Snoopy decorates his dog house always cracked me up.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  21. I love the Christmas tree

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  22. I like when the whole cast of the Christmas show dances together.

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  23. I like that it reminds me of growing up and watching this as a child.

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  24. I like when Charlie Brown picks out his little twig Christmas tree.

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  25. I do like that I saw this many times when I was young and my children like it also. Charlie Brown was always my favorite.
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  26. I love Linus's speech about the birth of Jesus. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. I have always loved the show, I grew up watching it and now watch it with my grand daughter, it has become part of our Christmas tradition to see it every year.

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  28. My favorite part of the Christmas Show is how Snoopy even decorates his house. Of course them singing at the end all tofether is sweet too.

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  29. My brother's family is IN LOVE with Charlie Brown and Charlie Brown Christmas. He has a carved wooden peanuts theme that comes out every Christmas. Just yesterday I heard the kids ask him to carve Charlie Brown's tree this year!!

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  30. we still watch this every holiday season, I love the Xmas tree!

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  31. the interaction of all the characters - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  32. I love that there isn't any violence. It brings back childhood memories and builds memories each year with my family.

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  33. I love that it emphasizes the true meaning of Christmas. It also brings back many memories as a kid!

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  34. I love that it has been a tradition for me to watch every year and now I get to share it with my children!

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  35. I love watching it every year it takes me back :)

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  36. I heart the Vince G. music!

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  37. I love the Vince Guaraldi music. I bought the cd years ago and my almost grown children insist it be played every year! Thanks

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  38. I love the special, it makes me feel so Christmassy. I love the snoopy doll.
    Julie Hawkins

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  39. of course the little wimpy christmas tree is memorable for our family when we watch it. thanks so much for the chances to win.

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  40. I really like the charlie brown christmas tree! it is so adorable i actually bought a replica for my office desk lol.

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  41. I love Snoopy and the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.

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  42. The Christmas tree is definitely the best part! sleveene@hotmail.com

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  43. I enjoy the coming together at the end of all came for CHRISTMAS!

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