Friday, March 6, 2015

Tom Whalen A Boy Named Charlie Brown Poster Release from Dark Hall Mansion

Dark Hall Mansion & Tom Whalen are honored to finally share their first ever officially licensed print release for the 1969 full-length theatrical Peanuts film, "A Boy Named Charlie Brown." And how exciting is it to have invited artist, Tom Whalen, helming this Charles M. Schulz masterpiece!

Dark Hall Mansion, under license from Peanuts Worldwide, will release Tom Whalen's beautiful take on the original Peanuts theatrical film that incorporated so much of Charles M. Schulz's legendary strip work, and which, for the first time ever, brought his beloved Peanuts gang to movie theaters everywhere for all to enjoy on the big screen. DHM has waited a long time to release an edition for this most special Peanuts classic, and both it, and "Snoopy Come Home," are very dear to us, so it is indeed most fitting to hand artist Tom Whalen the reins. Having created several beautiful and sold-out Peanuts editions for DHM, it really says something when Tom related he felt this his best Peanuts piece.

From its central anchor imagery of Charlie, Lucy and Linus quietly waxing philosophical atop a dandelion covered Spring pitcher's mound, courtesy the film's beautiful opening moments, to Schulz's classic kite-eating tree teasingly poised not too far off, Tom's composition captures not only "A Boy Named Charlie Brown's" key moments and elements but its eloquent emotional tone as well. Charlie's classroom spelling triumph, Snoopy's "i before e" mouth-harped tune, Springtime baseball dreams with a classic Schulz visual gag inset within sandlot baseball diamonds, Tom then elegantly transitions the film's arc from small town to big city via his emotional rendering of the Spelling Special bus-after Linus's emotional handoff of his precious blanket to Charlie for luck-with a singular silhouette of Charlie en route to the nation's big spelling bee tournament. Of course, we'd never leave off credits for Bill Melendez's pitch perfect direction and Vince Guaraldi's jazzy Peanuts musical scoring. All this against a palette of Tom's colors that are at once lovely and inviting, you simply want to join Charlie and friends, stretch out, and let the clouds and your imagination drift by.

DHM's officially licensed Tom Whalen "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" editions will be available in Standard, Variant, and extremely select Wood editions of just 10 pieces, based on Standard and Variant colorways.

All "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" editions measure 18" x 24," are strictly numbered and screen printed, and go on sale NEXT THURSDAY, March 12th, on Dark Hall Mansion's dedicated store page here: at 9:30 AM PST

"A Boy Named Charlie Brown" Standard screen print, edition of 280 $65
"A Boy Named Charlie Brown" Variant screen print, edition of 50 $100
"A Boy Named Charlie Brown" Wood screen print, edition of 10 $250
(based on Standard edition colorway)
"A Boy Named Charlie Brown" Wood screen print, edition of 10 $250
(based on Variant edition colorway)

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