Franklin is an African-American boy with black hair wearing a blue shirt, lighter blue pants and brown shoes. [12] However, it does seem clear that Schulz chose the name, Armstrong, naming Franklin after Robb Armstrong, the African-American creator of the comic strip Jump Start. Crochet Franklin, Franklin Amigurumi, Handmade Franklin, Peanuts Amigurumi, Collectible Item, Peanuts Collection, Good Gift 2hands4hope. Franklin also seems to possess some musical ability as he is shown playing instruments from time to time. I didn't even answer him. [10] Franklin and Charlie Brown also enjoyed sharing stories about their grandfathers. : A closer look at allegations of racism in the comic strip 'Peanuts'", "Charles M. Schulz, 'Peanuts' Creator, Dies at 77", Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Charles Schulz and his Peanuts cartoon strip, ART & DESIGN 'Peanuts' First Black Character Franklin Turns 50 Weekend Edition Sunday July 29, 2018, Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!! Franklin made his debut in July 31, 1968 and has appeared in versus Peanuts specials and comics since his debut. [11] In another Saturday Night Live cold opening in February 2000, the Saturday after Schulz's death, Tim Meadows portrayed a grown-up Franklin (with facial appliances to make his head look as round as the comic strip), eulogizing Schulz on Nightline, saying, "Charles Schulz understood regardless of race, we're all the same; we have heads as large as our bodies, and our mouths disappear when we turn sideways. [1] He goes to school with Peppermint Patty and Marcie. "[10] Franklin quoted the Old Testament, and had no anxieties or obsessions. Schulz said of Franklin's first appearance, July 31, 1968, when he met Charlie Brown at the beach, "They'd never met before because they went to different schools," adding, "but they had fun playing ball so Charlie Brown invited Franklin to visit him. In the comic, Charlie Brown meets Franklin … As a permanent character of the comic strip, Franklin is also a frequent character in the animated Peanuts television specials and movies. Schulz did not consider the animations canonical. True to word, on that date the country was introduced to Franklin, the first black character to meet Charlie Brown and the rest of the “Peanuts” gang. Facebook. Unlike most characters, however, he did not appear in animation until the 1970s with his debut being a silent role in the 1972 movie Snoopy, Come Home at Snoopy's farewell party. "[8] Franklin's skin color was mentioned in The Charlie Brown Dictionary, a picture dictionary using the Peanuts characters; he was referred to in the definition of "black" in showing a picture of him talking on the telephone, where the color of the telephone is black. Franklin Armstrong is a fictional character in the long-running comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz.Introduced on July 31, 1968, Franklin was the first African American character in the strip. In his first story arc, he met Charlie Brown when they were both at the beach. His last appearance was in 1999, the year before Schulz's death. Introduced on July 31, 1968, Franklin was the first African American character in the strip. His first speaking role is in the 1973 special There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown, in which he is voiced by Todd Barbee. "[5] This began a correspondence between Schulz and Glickman that led to Schulz's creation of Franklin. He recounts that in the 1990s Schulz phoned him because a video was coming out for which all the characters needed a last name and he suddenly realized that Franklin did not have one. In a Weekend Update commentary on a 1992 episode of Saturday Night Live, Chris Rock, who hyperbolically stated that Franklin had not said a single word for 25 years, related his own childhood experience as the only black student in his grade school class. In the animated films and television specials, Franklin is shown to be a skilled dancer. 5 out of 5 stars (64) 64 reviews $ 13.00 … He would attend at the same school as Peppermint Patty and Marcie. Franklin is a main character in the Peanuts comic strips. Schulz asked if he could make "Armstrong" Franklin's last name and Robb Armstrong gave his permission.[13]. [6][7], In an interview in 1997, Schulz discussed receiving a letter from a Southern editor "who said something about, 'I don't mind you having a black character, but please don't show them in school together.' [3], A Los Angeles schoolteacher named Harriet Glickman wrote to Schulz on April 15, 1968 (eleven days after the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.), urging him to introduce a black character into Peanuts. [4] On April 26, Schulz wrote back, saying that he had thought about this, but was afraid of "patronizing our Negro friends. ), The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy's Grand Adventure, Jazz Impressions of A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown's Super Book of Questions and Answers, Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center,, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 5 October 2020, at 01:15. He also appeared in The Peanuts … Thus, as this surname is never mentioned in the comic strip (nor any other special), it is considered apocryphal. Though much younger, Armstrong knew Schulz professionally. He … From shop 2hands4hope. In his initial appearances, Franklin seemed confused by all the strange things in Charlie Brown's neighborhood, especially Linus and his obsession with the Great Pumpkin. The description also says that "black may also refer to Franklin's skin tone, which is also known as a Negro person."[9]. Franklin reappeared as a supporting character in 2015's The Peanuts Movie. Franklin Armstrong is a He leads Marcie in a waltz in Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, performs an elaborate break-dancing routine in It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown, and performs another break-dancing number (while also rapping) in It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown. Franklin later paid Charlie Brown a visit and found some of Charlie Brown's other friends to be quite odd. "The World According to Charles M. Schulz", "Peanuts: Harriet Glickman, Who Inspired Franklin's Creation, Passes Away", "The sweet story behind Peanuts' groundbreaking first black character", "Crossing the Color Line (in Black and White): Franklin in "Peanuts" | Hogan's Alley", "You're a Racist, Charlie Brown? ", According to the 1994 animated television special You're in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown, Franklin's family name is Armstrong, making his full name Franklin Armstrong. How Franklin, The Black 'Peanuts' Character, Was Born : Code Switch Until a teacher convinced Charles Schulz to create Franklin, all of Charlie Brown's friends were white. In the holiday special Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!, he is shown playing the guitar at Peppermint Patty's New Year's party. [2] Franklin's father was a soldier fighting in Vietnam, to which Charlie Brown replied "My dad's a barber... he was in a war too, but I don't know which one." fictional character in the long-running comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz.