Thursday, October 28, 2004 :::
Peanuts creator Charles Schulz made $35 million dollars last year, even though he's dead. He was the second highest dead money earner, second only to Elvis. I was trying to figure out where all that money is coming from because I didn't think that the Peanuts were all that famous. Must be the DVDs and stuff, because I can't think of any Peanut's product endorsements that have really taken off. Snoopy is no Tickle-Me-Elmo fer chrissakes. You can't go to Burger King and get a Peanut's Happy Meal, for instance.
It's funny that you can judge the quality of a fast food restaurant by the popularity of their cartoon character endorsements. I remember being like 7 years old and feeling really sorry for Dairy Queen because the only cartoon character endorsement they could afford was Dennis the Menace. His ugly mug was always on the side of my Blizzard. And his dog and that hideous girl in the pigtails, whose name was Margaret if I remember correctly. Yuck, to this day it makes me feel like I'm slumming when I go to the DQ.
Anyway, dead people can make lots of money. Oh, and those Dennis the Menace DQ cups are collector's items now.
::: posted by dan at 1:31 PM :: [ link ] :: (9) comments
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I have no desire to own and DQ toys, but they are so cheap that I feel like I should pick up one or two just so I can maybe throw them away and rid the world of them. I think the most expensive thing that person was selling was going for a whopping $6.
There's going to be an Elvis Broadway musical? Should I be scared, because I am...
By Maggie, at 2:42 PM
Poor Wedy's they had some cheap linking letters that Michael rejected immediately.
we love charlie Brown.I think I have watched the great pumpkin 300 times this season.Michael would be happy with his money making.
Also,camp snoopy is pretty big.thats our big hang out lately anyhow.
By Stacy, at 3:07 PM
Hey, love the Peanuts gang...its just not the holidays without hearing Lucy yell "You Blockhead!" at Charlie Brown at least once.
As for Snoopy being no Tickle Me Elmo...I can't really see Elmo doing the whole World-War-Flying-Ace shooting the Red Baron down and all that...
The idea of Elvis on Broadway scares me as well...
By pixelala, at 3:08 PM
When I think of Dennis the Mennace I think of that awful Walter Matthau movie I used to have to watch at the club all the time.
By Stacy, at 3:11 PM
I must be a heartless wretch because I've never really loved the Peanuts gang. I usually do end up watching the Charlie Brown x-mas out of tradition but I think I secretly despise it.
And I hate the Great Pumpkin.
By lynne, at 3:56 PM
Dennis the Mennace at DQ has nothing on the bad toys Arby's had in the mid to late 80's. You know, the charachters based on those books you could by for a quarter at church? I don't remember their names but each one was basically a different colored shape with annoying attributes they had to overcome by the end of 12 pages. It was bad enough you had to eat at Arby's when you were a kid, but then they stuck you with some lame, plastic triangle man with googlie eyes and a bowler hat. Jerks.
By , at 1:33 PM
Peanuts characters are quite popular in Japan. Sanrio got their start making Peanuts licensed products. So, perhaps it's $3,000 jeweled snoopy purses that are bringing in all the money.
By , at 3:44 PM
"Felt sorry" for Dairy Queen?! Hahaha - that sounds like something out of my childhood thoughts. I remember those cups, by the way. And yes, it was Margaret. But, I used to "feel sorry" for some of my stuffed animals that my Mom always put in the back row of stuffed animals on my bed, behind the other stuffed animals...so sometimes I'd let the uglier ones get the spotlight in the front row. Poor 'Brown Bear' and 'White Fuzzy Thing'....
By Kiddo78, at 10:15 PM
Not only is he printed in nearly every city/county/state/national newspaper around the world, but about a year ago Fantagraphics has started releasing compilations of the Peanuts strips. Starting from the very beginning and not missing a beat. I believe it'll be about a twelve year endeavor for them to release all of them. Check it out at fantagraphics.com. I personally have the first one. I believe this and constantly being publishedin newspapers everyday to be a big slice of his profits from last year.
By , at 3:11 PM
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