Brand in the news - Peanuts
So Snoopy turns 60 this year? I've got to be honest, I never really 'got' Peanuts; it all seemed wrapped up in some deep-rooted expression of childhood angst. Besides, Snoopy was so blooming happy with himself.
My dad thought it was marvellous and most humorous. Maybe that's its charm: a comic strip written for children but enjoyed by adults. Whatever the reason, I know I'm in the minority and Peanuts is adored the world over.
No surprise then to see the licence-holders using Snoopy's 60th birthday as an opportunity to 'reconnect' him with fans while introducing him to some new ones.
Collectors can gorge themselves on a Snoopy in a display case, notebooks, mugs and all sorts of harmless and engaging paraphernalia. That's all good; the collector's market is massive and I can see the sense in celebration.
However, the announcement that the collection will include men's and women's nightwear, tissues and wet wipes comes as a bit of a shock to my Presbyterian sensibilities. I just can't get my head around who would be interested in such items.
This article was first published on marketingmagazine.co.uk
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