Charlie Brown loses his kite-flying mojo in this character layout drawing from The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.
Much of the love for Charlie Brown and his kite-flying adventures come from his challenges with the kite-eating tree.
The Kite-Eating Tree is a fictional tree in the Peanuts comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz. In the comics, when Charlie Brown attempts kite-flying, the kite always ends up tangled in the tree. In an editorial from 1964, the U.S. Catholic stated that Charlie Brown's encounters with the Kite-Eating Tree represent "defeat, but not capitulation" because Charlie Brown "refuses to concede that the impossible won’t someday happen—that he will manage to get the kite in the sky, where it belongs."
Schulz considered the tree one of the series' 12 major set pieces. He created the tree in response to his experiences with kites getting caught in trees, both as a child and when flying kites with his children. He stated that the kite "usually disappears over a period of several weeks. Now obviously the kite had to go someplace, so it seemed to me that the tree must be eating it."
One of the series featuring the Kite-Eating Tree in which Charlie Brown holds onto the string of his kite in the tree for eight days, before having to let go when it begins raining, was cited as demonstrating that the "humor of Peanuts lies in the extremity of bad luck the characters" face. In another series, Charlie Brown bit the tree, after which he had to flee from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Kite-Eating Tree has played a part in adaptations of the comic strip including the musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1967), The Peanuts Movie (2015) and as a ride at the Peanuts-themed Knott's Berry Farm. At the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, a tree in the courtyard is designated as a representation of the Kite-Eating Tree.
Read about the kite-eating tree HERE.
The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show is an American animated television series featuring characters and storylines from the Charles M. Schulz comic strip Peanuts. It aired Saturday mornings on the CBS network from 1983 to 1985.
The first season's theme was a Vince Guaraldi styled piano-based instrumental written and produced for this series, which was composed by Desiree Goyette and Ed Bogas. The song was given lyrics and released in 1984 as "Let's Have a Party with Charlie Brown and Snoopy" on the album Flashbeagle, the soundtrack to the special It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown. On the second season, a shortened version with the lyrics that appeared on the Flashbeagle album was used.
The Chinese-Cantonese version and the Japanese version were written by Seeyan Wong, Charles M. Schulz Hong Kong Fan Club in 2019 and 2020 respectively.