S4E15: Welcome Home Franklin Interview

Welcome Home Franklin Interview. Today we are talking with director Raymond S. Persi plus co-writers Craig Schulz and Robb Armstrong of the new Peanuts special Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home Franklin.

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Welcome Home Franklin Interview

Welcome Home Franklin Interview

To us, Franklin has always been a part of the Peanuts crew. It wasn’t until this special that we realized that wasn’t always the case. We also didn’t know Franklin had a namesake, which we feel is such a cool story and something a lot of people don’t know. Can you share a little bit about that?

Robb Armstrong: I met Sparky Schulz when I was very new…we were both with United Feature Syndicate back then. And I thought, this is gonna be great. I’m gonna get to meet, you know, Charles Schulz. So I told my editor…I said, Hey, Sarah, can you introduce me to Charles Schulz, please? She said, What? I said, I want to meet him. He’s my hero.

I sent him one of my first comic strips and I met him about a year and a half later…that comic strip is in a frame in his office above his desk. I thought I was seeing things…He said, Robb, Jumpstart has what Peanuts has– great characters.

One day he called in 1994 and he said, “You busy?..I need a favor. You know that Franklin’s got no last name? {…} How would you feel if I gave him your last name?” You guys that’s if you’re an actor or something, that’s like Spielberg leaning in “How would you feel…”

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On the Franklin origin story: “The final product is stunning, it’s exquisite…these guys, Craig and Raymond, Bryan, Schulz’s grandson and Neil Uliano, I’m so humbled to be a part of something this superb and exquisite honestly.”

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About Welcome Home Franklin

The origin story for one of Peanuts’ most beloved characters, Franklin, follows how he approaches making new friends. Franklin’s family is always on the move with his dad’s military job, and everywhere he goes Franklin finds support in a notebook filled with his grandfather’s advice on friendship. But when Franklin tries his usual strategies with the Peanuts gang, he has trouble fitting in. That’s until he learns about the neighborhood Soap Box Derby race – according to his grandfather, everyone loves a winner! He’s sure that winning the race will also mean winning over some new friends. All he needs is a partner, which he finds in Charlie Brown. Franklin and Charlie Brown work together to build a car and in the process become good buddies. But as the race nears, the pressure mounts – can their car and their newfound friendship make it to the finish line? 

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