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Woodstock is a fictional character in Charles M. Schulz's comic strip Peanuts. Snoopy began befriending birds in the early 1960s, when they started using his doghouse for various purposes: a rest stop during migrations, a nesting site, or a place to play cards. None of these birds were ever given names, or even used speech balloons, they simply looked at Snoopy and he understood them. The first bird that bore a resemblance to Woodstock visited Snoopy in 1967, and this is generally considered his debut, though Schulz didn't give him a name and establish him as a full-fledged character until June 22, 1970. Schulz acknowledged in several mid-70's print and TV interviews that he took Woodstock's name from the rock festival. Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000) was a 20th-century American cartoonist best known for his Peanuts comic strip. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Charlie Brown is the principal character of the Peanuts comic strip Peanuts was a syndicated daily comic strip written and drawn by American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, which ran from October 2, 1950 to February 13, 2000. ... USPS stamp featuring Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace This article is about a comic strip character. ... The 1960s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Woodstock redirects here. ...


Snoopy and Woodstock met when a momma bird built a nest on Snoopy's stomach. There were two birds in it, and the mom never came back. Snoopy, one day, got fed up with the two birds, and threw them into the world. Snoopy's first thought was that he was glad to be unburdened of the responsibility, yet the second he says this, here comes Woodstock, flying in his usual topsy-turvy way.


He's a little inept, his flying and logic are erratic, but he can type and take shorthand and usually is game for anything Snoopy wants to do. Although he's the butt of many of Snoopy's practical jokes, he's the beagle's closest friend and confidant- and has made attempts at retaliation. Because of his size and the company he keeps, Woodstock is an accident waiting to happen. Being a bird and tiny, he gets a little insecure around Thanksgiving and big moving objects. He's the only baseball player who gets an automatic walk if the ball rolls over him. Woodstock talks birdspeak only, and finds an alphabet made up entirely of exclamation points quite adequate to express such emotions as distress, frustration and a real temper.


The only character who can understand Woodstock's language is Snoopy. This is because his speech is rendered entirely in "chicken scratch" marks; Snoopy usually ends up translating them for the benefit of the reader. In the movies and TV specials, the chicken scratches are rendered audibly as a staccato series of honks and squawks, voiced by Snoopy voice Bill Melendez. Woodstock often works as Snoopy's secretary (most notably when the latter was appointed "Head Beagle"). Television is a telecommunication system for broadcasting and receiving moving pictures and sound over a distance. ... José Cuauhtemoc Melendez, commonly known as Bill Melendez (born November 15, 1916 in Mexico) is an Animator and Producer, known for his cartoons for Warner Brothers and the Charlie Brown series. ... A secretary is an office/administrative support position. ...


Woodstock is small but scrappy, taking Snoopy's gentle verbal digs at him and practical jokes in stride. For a little bird he has a great deal of pride, though, and doesn't hesitate to stand up to Snoopy if his friend goes too far. Once, he and Snoopy wouldn't speak to each other because of Snoopy's practice of reading "War and Peace" one word per day, but when told that Woodstock was being attacked by the cat next door, Snoopy immediately rushed to his aid, getting clobbered in the process (it ended up being a yellow glove). He also hates being mistaken for the wrong species of bird (though we are never told what species he actually is), and he is reluctant to eat thrown bread crumbs because he doesn't want anyone to think he's on welfare. He's a whiz at playing "trivia" too, and almost always manages to stump Snoopy. Pride logo PRIDE or PRIDE Fighting Championships is a mixed martial arts organization based in Japan. ... War and Peace (Война и мир [Voyna i mir], in original orthography Война и миръ) is an epic novel of Russian history and society by Leo Tolstoy, first published from 1865 to 1869, which tells the story of Russia during the Napoleonic Era. ... Welfare has four main meanings. ...


For all of Woodstock's mental acumen, however, he is physically a very poor flyer, which has been a character trait since he first appeared. He flitters around in erratic fashion, often upside down, and frequently crashes into things. He usually manages to get where he wants to go, though, as long as he doesn't have to fly too high. He is prone to beak-bleeds if he goes over ten feet in the air. During the winter he relaxes by either skating on top of the birdbath, or playing ice hockey on it, complete with his own Zamboni to keep the surface clean (except one year where Woodstock asks Snoopy to migrate with him, and the duo take the trip on foot). His one goal throughout the comic is to track down his mother so he can send her a Mother's Day card. An ice resurfacer lays down a layer of clean water, which will freeze to form a smooth ice surface. ... Mothers Day is a day for celebrating motherhood and thanking mothers. ...


Woodstock's nest is serviced by an invisible, but audible, elevator, although Woodstock flutters his wings as he rises and descends. When Snoopy bought Woodstock a birdhouse, Woodstock refused to use it and Snoopy forced the issue. Woodstock then set about renovating it into a leisure room; when the hammer and saw sounds stopped, Snoopy peeked in, got his nose stuck in the door and demolished it; Woodstock willingly accepted a second birdhouse.


Woodstock and his fellow yellow birds (named Bill, Harriet, Olivier, Raymond, Fred, Roy and Conrad) often join Snoopy in his guise as Scoutmaster, and attempt to get promoted to "Beagle Scout". Although they all look alike, Snoopy seems to be able tell them apart.


External links

  • Woodstock at Snoopy.com

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Woodstock is a fictional character in Charles M. Schulz's comic strip Peanuts.
The first bird that bore a resemblance to Woodstock visited Snoopy in 1967, and this is generally considered his debut, though Schulz didn't give him a name and establish him as a full-fledged character until June 22, 1970.
Woodstock and his fellow yellow birds (named Bill, Harriet, Olivier, Raymond, Fred, Roy and Conrad) often join Snoopy in his guise as Scoutmaster, and attempt to get promoted to "Beagle Scout." Since they all look alike, how Snoopy can tell them apart is anyone's guess.
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