'Peanuts' Beguiles Brits in London Exhibitby Stephen Roth
Growing up in the good ol' U.S. of A., it's easy to take Peanuts for granted. For many of us, Charles Schulz's strip and its characters have been mainstays in newspapers, on television and in gift shops throughout our entire lives.
That's not the case in England, which is hosting a special exhibit of Schulz's work, "Good Grief, Charlie Brown!" at London's Somerset House from now through March 3. Reaction to the exhibit from venerable British outlets like the BBC, the Financial Times, and The Guardian provide some interesting perspectives from an audience that didn't necessarily grow up learning to play Vince Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy" on the family upright piano. As these articles and the London exhibit attest, Peanuts is as much about human pathos as it is about children and an imaginative beagle. It's more than just "a plain old comic strip," as its creator once described it.