Posted Tuesday, January 10, 2006 12:25 PM | Contributed by TopWeb01
The 13-year-long partnership between Mall of America and the "Peanuts" gang is about to come to an end. Mall officials said Monday that several months of negotiations with United Media over the Peanuts brand ended without an agreement -- which means that as of Jan. 19, the mall's indoor amusement park, the largest of its kind in the United States, will no longer be called Camp Snoopy.
I think that's pretty nuts. That place is SO heavily themed. The little kids I know who go there and love it really associate it with Snoopy and the gang. It's not just attended by mall goers either, I know a family who added a 2 day stay at the mall just for the park (for their kids).
While the Peanuts may not be the best choice to woo today's kids they do still run the comic strip and have books full of comics.
And don't forget the trifecta of holiday specials. (Halloween, Thanksgiving, X-mas) That alone, I imagine, still reaches far and wide among the kids.
Yes, there are better replacements, but there are worse ones too.
In comparison, the only reason my kids know the Looney Tunes in any capacity is because I got the DVD's. It's impossible to find Looney Tunes cartoons on TV or just about anywhere anymore. (Which is really a shame - and an entirely different rant)
Charles Schulz's characters - Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, and so many more - have become American icons. A poll in 2002 found Peanuts to be one of the most recognizable cartoon properties in the world, recognized by 94 percent of the total U.S. consumer market and a close second only to Mickey Mouse (96 percent), and higher than other familiar cartoon properties like Spider-Man (75 percent) or the Simpsons (87 percent).
*** This post was edited by Brian Noble 1/10/2006 3:00:25 PM ***
Gonch: Boomerang (a Cartnoon Network channel carried mostly on digital cable/satellite) apears to have exclusive US broadcast rights to most of the WB and HB catalog. I've searched, and haven't found these shows anywhere else. (Josie and the Pussycats, anyone?)
I didn't know Boomerang actually showed the Looney Tunes. I thought they were sitting on them.
Comcast doesn't give us Boomerang, so may I ask someone who does get it - are these shown unedited or have they removed all of the "un-PC" bits as they did when Cartoon Network (and before that, TBS) had them?
*** This post was edited by Lord Gonchar 1/10/2006 3:19:30 PM ***
Even though I'm only 16, Loony Toons, Charlie Brown, and Mickey Mouse cartoons were always my favorite. The kids now have shows that just don't seems to be classics anymore. It was great to watch cartoons with my parents and know they saw the same characters when they were younger. The past 7 years really changed the way cartoons are. *** This post was edited by gomez 1/10/2006 10:00:51 PM ***
Camp Snoopy was big here since Schultz is one of our local "heros". The other is Prince but I hope they don't theme it to him, lol. The unoffical word going around that I have heard is that Schultz's heirs demanded more money, the mall offerered more but not all that was requested, and they could not reach agreement. I wonder if CF is going to be asked to pay more for their Camp Snoopys too?*** This post was edited by RavenTTD 1/11/2006 11:46:18 AM ***