S4E15: Welcome Home Franklin Interview

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? 

S4E13: Director Raymond Persi Interview

Director Raymond Persi Interview

Director Raymond Persi Interview! We recently had the chance to sit down with director, animator, and all-around great person Raymond Persi to learn more about his latest– Snoopy Presents: One-of-a-Kind Marci. It along with other great Peanuts content is now streaming on Apple TV+.

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Director Raymond Persi Interview

Director Raymond Persi Interview

What was it about Marci that made you sign on? Did you relate to her or do you just really love the character?

Raymond: I got really excited when I saw this script. First of all, because she’s such an interesting character. I think it’s easy to think she’s just sort of this quiet little kid that doesn’t say much. But if you look at the strips, she may not say much, but sometimes when she does, it can be kind of biting. So she’s got a little bit of snark to her, which I thought was fun. The other thing I thought was exciting was to write a story and make your main character someone who doesn’t want to be the main character.

You worked with an introvert expert for this special. How did that process work?

Raymond: [Our specialist] pointed out first of all that there’s many different kinds of introverts. Certain traits that we maybe attribute to introverts is not really part of being an introvert, like being afraid of crowds and things like that. He made us also think about the positives of being an introvert. When you’re someone who’s an introvert, it means that you want to take time to think before you act. So you might have a better solution than someone that just wants to jump in. It helped us kind of start to shape the script a little bit more to show how those aspects of Marci are really good things too.

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If Raymond sounds familiar it’s because he is also the voice of everyone’s favorite Sloth. That’s right he is Flash from Zootopia! Naturally, we talked about that DMV scene for a second because after all it lives rent-free in all of our minds.

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About One-of-a-Kind Marci

In “Snoopy Presents: One-of-a-Kind Marcie,” fans can see how Marcie, makes a monumental difference from behind the scenes both for her friends and her community. Marcie has many brilliant ideas to help those around her, but she would rather help without any spotlight. When she’s unexpectedly elected class president, sharing those ideas becomes a challenge.

S3E30: Interview With Uncle Travelling Matt, Dave Goelz

Interview With Uncle Travelling Matt

The Fraggles are back in an all-new holiday special debuting on on Apple TV+ November 18! We had the chance to sit down for an interview with Uncle Travelling Matt to learn more about The Night of the Lights. It went about as fraggily as you would expect.

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Interview With Uncle Travelling Matt

Interview With Uncle Travelling Matt

When someone asks you if you want to talk with Uncle Travelling Matt, the answer is yes. We are no strangers to interviewing Fraggles but that didn’t prepare us for this. Uncle Matt (aka the legendary Dave Goelz) had questions for us. Questions we weren’t quite sure how to answer. I mean how would YOU explain Thursday. See what we mean?

But, that didn’t take away from all the fun we had speaking with him. We shared our views on holidays, fruit cake (root cake for Fraggles), and more. At the end of the day, the holidays are not about Thursday, but spending time with your loved ones.

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About Fraggle Rock: The Night Of The Lights

It’s the Night of the Lights, the most Fraggily holiday of the year. The Rock is filled with songs and cheer. When Jamdolin (voiced by Daveed Diggs) encourages Wembley to make a special wish, the Fraggles head out on an adventure to find the brightest light. And along the way, they, might find the true meaning of the holiday. 

S3E24: Interview with Simon Pegg for Luck

Interview with Simon Pegg for Luck

Apple TV Plus’ newest animated film, Luck, is coming to the streaming platform August 5. To learn more about and the adorable Bob the Cat, we sat down for an interview with Simon Pegg.

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Interview with Simon Pegg for Luck

Interview with Simon Pegg for Luck

Luck follows Sam Greenfield (Eva Noblezada), the unluckiest person in the world who desperately wants to help her friend. One day she meets a black cat named Bob (Simon Pegg) who leaves behind a lucky penny. Sam is excited and cannot wait to give it to her friend. But when it gets lost, she finds Bob again and follows him into the never-before-seen Land of Luck in hopes of tracking down a new penny. Nothing goes as planned and she is going to need more than luck if she wants to help her friend, the inhabitants of the Land of Luck, and herself. 

Ashley, born on Friday the 13th, loved how this movie turned superstitions on their heads. It was refreshing to see black cats get some much needed love. Because as you know, she is also a cat fan.

We asked Simon about what excited him most about Luck, how he related to Bob, as well as working on voice acting gigs versus live action.

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 Luck comes to Apple TV Plus August 5, 2022.

S3E11: Interview With Mokey and Wembley For Fraggle Rock

Interview With Mokey and Wembley For Fraggle Rock

We had a chance to sit down for an interview with Mokey and Wembley for Fraggle Rock Back to the Rock. Yes, that Fraggle Rock! Their new show Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock is now streaming on Apple TV +.

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Dance your cares away, and come on down to Fraggle Rock!

Interview With Mokey and Wembley For Fraggle Rock

Interview With Fraggles Mokey and Wembley For Fraggle Rock Back to the Rock

Although Mokey and Wembley have no idea what a TV show is or that we can actually see their adventures, they were excited to talk with us silly space creatures. Not sure who was more excited, us or them. It’s not every day you get to talk to a Fraggle!

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Since we couldn’t ask them about their show we did talk to them about their latest adventures, what they do for fun, and more. They even asked us questions and invited us to live with them down in Fraggle Rock. With a 30-minute workweek that sounds absolutely divine.

About Fraggle Rock Back to the Rock

Jim Henson’s fun-loving, musical Fraggles are back! Join Gobo, Red, Wembley, Mokey, Boober, and new Fraggle friends on hilarious, epic adventures about the magic that happens when we celebrate and care for our interconnected world.

Fraggle Rock Back to the Rock season 1 is available on Apple TV+ starting January 21, 2022.

Fraggle Rock Back to the Rock