In the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, which character is known for playing the piano?
And the answer: Schroeder.
In the Charlie Brown series of comic strips, Schroeder is a precocious piano player who loves classical music and the composer Ludwig van Beethoven. He's also the catcher on Charlie Brown's baseball team, and the object of Lucy's unrequited love.
The beloved cast of characters in the Peanuts comics may have started small, but it kept on growing. The comic strip made its debut in 1950 with only Charlie Brown, a girl named Patty, Shermy, and, shortly after, Snoopy, but began to expand with the help of television specials such as A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966). Perhaps even more adorably, many of the voices in A Charlie Brown Christmas were children that lived in the neighborhood with Charles Schulz. In fact, much of the content of Peanuts – and especially Charlie Brown's endeavors – were informed by Charles Schulz's own childhood experiences. Like Brown, Schulz's father was a barber (and, of course, they share a name).
Interestingly, though, there is a favorite amongst the gang of Peanuts characters. Can you guess who?
If your mind went to a lovable dog with a little red doghouse, you're right! It's Snoopy, of course. The Brown family beagle tops the list of favorite Peanuts characters, with 31% of voters polled picking him. Charlie Brown follows Snoopy with 26%. Linus, who is best known for toting a blue security blanket, is the claimed favorite of 13% of fans, while another 8% name Lucy as their favorite, followed by Pig Pen with 3%.
See baby Snoopy in all his glory below.