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After 31 Years, MetLife Is Dumping Snoopy

MetLife spinning off much of its individual life insurance business in the US

(Newser) - You've probably gotten pretty used to seeing the Peanuts characters on MetLife sales and marketing materials, in its commercials and other ads, and prominently displayed on its blimp. But after 31 years of using Snoopy & Co. in its advertising, the life insurance business is parting ways with the... More »

'Snoopy' Emerges From Japan's New Island

Island created by volcano expands, takes shape of Charlie Brown's pal

(Newser) - From the volcanic ash of Japan's newest island , the shape of a beloved cartoon figure is rising. When volcanic activity birthed a new island off the coast of Nishinoshima island in November, Japan waited to name it lest it disappear. But to the contrary, the island, since named Niijima... More »

Peanuts Animator Dies

Bill Melendez was also 'voice' of Snoopy

(Newser) - The creator of the Charlie Brown TV specials and movies, one of the most popular animation franchises in entertainment history, has died at the age of 91 in Santa Monica, reports the Los Angeles Times. Jose Cuautemoc "Bill" Melendez brought the Peanuts characters to the screen and was the... More »

Good Grief! Peanuts Writer Was Depressive

New biography depicts buried rage of comic artist

(Newser) - Charles Shulz hid his dark side amid tales of Charlie, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy, according to a new biography. Snoopy's romance was secretly Shulz's extramarital affair, and Charlie Brown was victim to the very buried rage that Shulz took out on others. An old pal confirmed this dark portrayal, writing... More »

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