SNOOPY Biography - Fictional, Iconical & Mythological characters


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Name: Snoopy                                                                           
Snoopy is a fictional character in the long-running comic strip Peanuts, by             
Charles M. Schulz. He is Charlie Brown's pet beagle. Snoopy began his life in           
the strip as a fairly ordinary dog, but eventually evolved into perhaps the             
strip's most dynamic character and among the most recognizable comic                   
characters in the world. The original drawings of Snoopy were based on Schulz's         
childhood dogs, Snooky and Spike.                                                       
Snoopy, while born on October 2nd, first made his appearance on the strip on           
October 4, 1950, two days after the strip premiered and was identified by name         
on November 10. Schulz was originally going to call him "Sniffy" (as described         
in 25th anniversary book), until he discovered that name was used in a different       
comic strip. He changed it to "Snoopy" after remembering that his late mother           
Dena Schulz had commented that if their family were ever to acquire a third dog,       
it should be called Snoopi. In earlier strips it is not clear who Snoopy               
belongs to; for instance in the February 2, 1951 strip, Charlie Brown accuses           
Snoopy of following him, only to be told by Patty that Snoopy isn't following           
Charlie Brown but merely lives in the same direction. Indeed many early                 
strips show Snoopy interacting with Shermy and Patty without Charlie Brown,             
making Snoopy appear to belong to all of the neighborhood kids, similar to the         
dog Pete in the Our Gang comedies, who is everyone's dog.                               
Snoopy was a silent character for the first two years of his existence, but on         
May 27, 1952 he verbalized his thoughts to readers for the first time via a             
thought balloon; Schulz would utilize this device for nearly all of the                 
character's appearances in the strip thereafter. In addition to Snoopy's ability       
to "speak" his thoughts to the reader, many of the human characters in Peanuts         
have the uncanny knack of reading his thoughts and responding to them. In the           
animated Peanuts films and television specials, Snoopy's thoughts are not               
verbalized; his moods are instead conveyed through growls, sobs, laughter, etc.,       
as well as through pantomime. The only exceptions are in You're a Good Man,             
Charlie Brown and Snoopy!!! The Musical, in which Snoopy's thoughts are                 
verbalized through voiceovers (by Robert Towers and Cam Clarke, respectively).         
Animation producer Bill MelĂ©ndez voiced both Snoopy and (eventually) Woodstock         
in numerous television specials from 1965 to 2006.                                     
October 4, 1950 - Snoopy's first appearance.                                           
Oddly enough, the first time a beagle is mentioned in the strip (December 5,           
1960), Snoopy denied being one. As Snoopy dozed, Charlie Brown paraphrased             
Gertrude Stein: "Beagles on the grass, alas." To this, Snoopy replied, "I am not       
a beagle." (Years later, Snoopy would paraphrase the Stein                             
expression himself: "Birds in the grass, alas; beagle on the roof, aloof.")             
Many of Peanuts' memorable moments come in Snoopy's daydream as a writer: his           
eternal opener on the typewriter "It was a dark and stormy night..." is taken           
from Edward George Bulwer-Lytton's 1830 novel Paul Clifford. The contrast               
between Snoopy's existence in a dream world and Charlie Brown's in the real             
world is central to the humour and philosophy of Peanuts (e.g., the Peanuts book       
title Life's a dream, Charlie Brown).                                                   
Schulz summed up Snoopy's character in a 1997 interview: "He has to retreat into       
his fanciful world in order to survive. Otherwise, he leads kind of a dull,             
miserable life. I don't envy dogs the lives they have to live."