dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Woodstock: the breakout character....

There's another way in which Peanuts started to resemble a sitcom as time went on; not only did cast members fade from view, background characters started to be promoted to lead performers to replace them. The best example is Snoopy's sidekick, Woodstock. As we sort of know, Schulz had started to have a flock of local birds land on Snoopy's doghouse in order to avoid the cat next door; eventually, one of them started to develop a personality and was given a name ripped from the headlines. The rest would be history were it not for how divisive characters like him are; most people, having noticed a slow decline in quality, blame it on an over-focus on a little yellow bird when it isn't quite that simple. Since Schulz found it harder to keep his edge when he wasn't as depressed as he used to be, we'd have shook our heads and said that Shermy took the bite with him when he left had Woodstock remained an extra.
Tags: the children of the void.

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