Easter is just around the corner, which means Spring arrives in a matter of days! Soon, we’ll enjoy the arrival of daffodils, cherry blossoms—and the Easter Beagle! Yes, our favorite chameleon beagle will be happily hopping from yard to yard, beagle-ears flapping, delivering brightly colored Easter eggs (and a beagle kiss or two) from his Easter basket.
Here are a few fun facts about the history of the Easter Beagle:
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!).
- 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.
- 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).
- This year, It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown will air on ABC. (Date and time to be announced.)
And Now, for the Giveaway!
This year, we’re giving away a variety of goodies, courtesy of the Peanuts crew:
- An adorable Easter Beagle porch greeter, delivering joy to every household.
- A DVD of It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, offering holiday joy all year round.
- Candy! You’ll enjoy chocolate Easter eggs and delicious fruit sugar candies.
- As a bonus you’ll also receive a free digital download of The Peanuts Movie.
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*Disclaimer: Although I did not receive monetary compensation for sharing this article I did receive an Easter Gift Package for the sole purpose of this post. Tinseltown Mom is also the National Brand Ambassador for Peanut’s Worldwide.*