Franklin Finally Gets the Spotlight in New Peanuts Special on Apple TV+
Charlie Brown’s buddy, Franklin, is finally getting the lead in a new animated Peanuts special dropping to Apple TV+ on February 16.
When Charles Schulz launched the “Peanuts” comic in 1950, all the kids were white, however, that changed on July 31, 1968 when Schulz penned a chance meeting on the beach between Charlie Brown and Franklin Armstrong.
This was a big move for that time in history and Schulz faced opposition from his distributor who was afraid the addition of little Franklin would offend “pro-segregation southerners”. In a truly baller move, Charles Schulz responded “Either you print it just the way I draw it or I quit. How’s that?”
The new story is adding a new layer to the backstory from Franklin, who grew up in a military family, and has had trouble making friends.
“The origin story for one of Peanuts’ most beloved characters, the special follows Franklin as he moves to a new town and navigates new friendships,” a news release from Apple said. “Franklin’s family is always on the move with his dad’s military job, and everywhere he goes Franklin finds support in a notebook filled with his grandfather’s advice on friendship. But when Franklin tries his usual strategies with the Peanuts gang, he has trouble fitting in.”
And for those savvy enough to remember Franklin in the classic Peanuts Thanksgiving episode, the new Apple TV+ trailer rights a classic wrong. Watch closely, as in the Thanksgiving classic, Franklin is the only one of the group sitting on his table. In the new trailer, well, we won’t spoil it. Just watch for it at the end.
Check out this super cute trailer: