“Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin” Explores Origin Story of Peanuts’ First Black Character

Welcome Home Franklin

Apple TV+ has unveiled the trailer for the upcoming Peanuts special, “Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin,” set to premiere globally on February 16, 2024. This special, produced by Peanuts and WildBrain, delves into the origin story of Franklin Armstrong, the first Black character introduced to the Peanuts comic strip in 1968.

Directed by Emmy Award winner Raymond S. Persi and co-written by Robb Armstrong, the special follows Franklin as he moves to a new town due to his father’s military job. Armed with a notebook filled with his grandfather’s friendship advice, Franklin faces the challenge of fitting in with the Peanuts gang. However, when he discovers the neighborhood Soap Box Derby race, Franklin sees an opportunity to win over new friends and enlists the help of Charlie Brown to build a race car.

The character Franklin holds historical significance in the “Peanuts” universe. Created in response to a letter from Los Angeles teacher Harriet Glickman, who suggested introducing a Black character to facilitate discussions on race during the Civil Rights Movement, Franklin made his debut in 1968. Despite initial resistance from Schultz’s distributor, Schultz stood firm, insisting on maintaining Franklin in the comic strip.

The special, “Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin,” explores the dynamics of Franklin meeting the Peanuts gang and navigating his way through new friendships. Franklin’s presence in “Peanuts” has sparked varied opinions among readers, with some viewing him as a token character and others appreciating the representation he brings to the comic.

Don’t miss the global premiere of “Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin” on Apple TV+ on February 16, 2024, as it uncovers the untold story of a beloved character in the world of Peanuts. Watch the trailer below.

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