Charles “Charlie” Brown is the protagonist in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.
Charlie Brown and his creator are both the sons of barbers, but whereas Schulz’s work is described as the “most shining example of the American success story”, Charlie Brown is an example of “the great American un-success story” in that he fails in almost everything he does.
Charlie Brown is a lovable loser, a child possessed of endless determination and hope, but who is ultimately dominated by his insecurities and a “permanent case of bad luck,” and is often taken advantage of by his peers. He and Lucy Van Pelt star in a running gag that recurs throughout the series: Lucy holds a football for Charlie Brown to kick, but pulls it away before he can kick it, causing Charlie Brown to fly into the air and fall on his back.
Schulz acknowledged that he created Charlie Brown as somewhat of a self-portrait, in that the character shares Schulz’s self-doubt and insecurities.
Music composed arranged and conducted by Fred Karlini.
Good Grief, Charlie Brown: A Tribute to Charles Schulz is a documentary television special that features a tribute to Charles M. Schulz and his creation Peanuts.