Turner Broadcasting Buys 500 French Peanuts Cartoons; To Air Later In The Fall

peanutsAccording to Variety, Turner Broadcasting has obtained 500 animated Peanuts shorts from Francetv distribution, a commercial offshoot of France's public France Télévisions.

The shorts were originally produced by French studio Normaal and Peanuts Worldwide last year and have yet to be seen in the States, but will air on Turner's Boomerang to coincide with the release of The Peanuts Movie later this fall.

As with the film, the shorts were produced with modern computer techniques, but intend to recreate the experience of reading one of the daily Peanuts newspaper strips created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and the look of the Bill Melendez-produced animated specials and films of the 1960s,'70s and '80s.

Peanuts and television still go hand-in-hand with the recent of airing of the classic It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown earning respectable ratings when it aired earlier this week on ABC.

The Peanuts Movie opens on Novemeber 6th.