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Easter Beagle Celebration + Giveaway

Spring will be here in a few more days which means the flowers will start blooming and the Easter Beagle will be here! Yes, our favorite beagle will be bringing the joys of Easter from the classic It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown to Peanuts themed candy.

Easter Beagle celebration

If you don’t know about the Easter Beagle, here is a little history about him.

A Hopping Debut

• Snoopy first appeared as “the Easter Bunny” on April 14, 1968, but Charles Schulz did not give the character the name “the Easter Beagle” until three years later.

• In that first 1968 strip, Linus was the only one to witness “the Easter Bunny” dancing around the front yard and hiding eggs in the bushes—Lucy was too busy watching television to notice.

• On Sunday, April 11, 1971, the Easter Beagle made his official comic-strip debut. Again, Linus was the first one to interact with him (although it’s Lucy who gets the Beagle kiss!).

• As with the Great Pumpkin, Linus is often the Easter Beagle’s messenger in the comic strips, alerting the other characters to the upcoming appearance of the Easter Beagle.

• During his April 2, 1972 appearance, the Easter Beagle delivers eggs to the members of the Peanuts gang…but discovers his basket is empty when he gets to Charlie Brown. This idea was adapted into the animated television special.

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• Fortunately, the following year, on April 22, 1973, Charlie Brown does receive an Easter egg—this time from the Easter Beagle’s assistant: Woodstock!

• After two more Easter Beagle strips in 1975 and 1976, the character made his last appearance on April 7, 1985—when Sally got the Charlie Brown treatment.

• Charles Schulz once said in an interview that the Easter Beagle was his favorite of all of Snoopy’s alter egos.

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A TV Star Is Born

• The Easter Beagle made his television debut on April 9, 1974, when CBS first aired It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.

• This was the 12th animated special to be based on the Peanuts comic strip, and the fourth to be associated with a holiday (the others are A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving).

• Much of the special concerns Peppermint Patty’s disastrous (and hilarious) attempts to make Easter eggs—she tries roasting them, toasting them, and putting them in a waffle maker before trying to boil them (and making egg soup!).

• Linus sounds the alert, letting everyone know that the Easter Beagle is coming. Sally, however, is a little suspicious, since the last time she believed Linus’s reports on a famous holiday character, she missed all the trick or treating while waiting with Linus in a pumpkin patch for the non-arrival of the Great Pumpkin.

Be on the lookout for It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown airing on ABC. (Date and time to be announced.)

snoopy easter

It’s A Giveaway!

Thanks to my friends at Peanuts they are offering one lucky reader a chance to win a Peanuts Prize Pack including the following items listed below. All you have to do is fill out the form by 3/21 at 5PM EST for a chance to win. One winner will be notified on 3/21 and will have 24 hours to respond. This will ensure that you get your prize pack before Easter. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Good Luck!

• An irresistible Easter Beagle porch greeter, delivering happiness to every household
• A DVD of It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, offering holiday joy all year round
• Candy! (What Easter basket would be complete without it?) You’ll enjoy chocolate Easter eggs and delicious fruit sugar candies.

Disclosure: I was given the product featured in this post as part of being a Peanuts Ambassador.  All opinions are 100% my own.

 

20 Comments

  • Sylvia Brown
    March 20, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Charlie Brown!

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  • Kristin M.
    March 20, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Snoopy!

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  • Rebecca H.
    March 20, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Snoopy is my fav!

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  • Anne Hanson
    March 20, 2016 at 12:27 am

    My fav character is Linus.

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  • Yona Williams
    March 20, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Snoopy is my favorite character…I am a dog lover!

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  • Julie Wood
    March 20, 2016 at 8:07 am

    I like Snoopy the best! He is funny and so cute!

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  • Keri Justice
    March 20, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Linus is my favorite. He’s always reminded me of my son who used to carry his blankie around with him.

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  • Kaye Newman
    March 20, 2016 at 9:37 am

    My all time favorite is Lucy. She is just so sassy.

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  • Mami2jcn
    March 20, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I love Snoopy. He’s so cute.

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  • Kelly D
    March 20, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Linus is my favorite character.

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  • DEBIJOT
    March 20, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Charlie Brown is my favorite character.

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  • Leigh Anne Borders
    March 20, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Woodstock has always been my favorite. I just love that sweet little bird!

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  • Michele Behlen
    March 20, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    My favorite character is Peppermint Patty.

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  • Dawn Monroe
    March 20, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I like Lucy and Woodstock.

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  • Austin Baroudi
    March 20, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    We love Snoopy!

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  • DJ
    March 20, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Woodstock is awesome!

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  • bernie wallace
    March 20, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    My favorite peanuts charachter is Snoopy. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win.

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  • Soha Molina
    March 20, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I like Charlie Brown.

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  • Sarah Sobocinski
    March 20, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Snoopy.

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  • ReggieMann
    March 21, 2016 at 6:12 am

    My favorite is Woodstock

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