'Peanuts' Hosts Look-alike Character Contest

By: E&P Staff To begin the celebration of the 60th anniversary of "Peanuts" next year, the strip has announced the launch of the "Peanuts 60th Anniversary Photo Look-A-Like Contest."

The promotion will give fans the opportunity to submit pictures of themselves or their children resembling these classic "Peanuts" characters: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder, Franklin, Peppermint Patty, Marcie or Pigpen, or one of Snoopy?s well-known alter-egos, Joe Cool or the World War I Flying Ace.

Photos will be accepted through Nov. 3, and finalists will be selected by a celebrity panel of judges including Charles M. Schulz?s daughter Jill Schulz, country singers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, TV?s ?Supernanny? Jo Frost and ?America?s Next Top Model? judge and fashion photographer Nigel Barker, and Victoria Reca?o, co-anchor of KTLA 5 News at 6 and KTLA 5 News at 10.

The finalists will be announced on the "Peanuts" Web site on Nov. 11, and until Nov. 30 the public will be able to vote for their favorite lookalike. Winners will be announced in December. The contest, as well as the rest of the 60th anniversary celebrations, will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

The grand prize winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for four to Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, which includes the "Planet Snoopy" attraction. Five second-place winners will win a set of ?Peanuts? DVDs, and 10 third-place finalists will receive a mini holiday tree and ?Peanuts? ornament collection from Hallmark.

?I know my Dad would have loved this project,? said Jill Schulz in a statement. ?Growing up, I would always hear fans ask him, ?Which character are you most like???

In addition to the photo contest, the Peanuts team has created a celebrity look-a-like gallery on their Web site. The celebrities, chosen for their resemblance to the classic characters, are:

Charlie Brown: Simon Pegg, chosen for his delightful comic befuddlement.

Snoopy: Will Ferrell, chosen for his Snoopy-like mastery of disguise and his ability to make millions laugh.

Lucy: Debi Mazar, chosen for her outspoken, opinionated charm.

Linus: Michael Cera, chosen for his sweetly innocent philosophical humor.

Sally: Kristin Chenoweth, chosen for her Sally-like perkability and adorable self-confidence.

Peppermint Patty: Shawn Johnson, chosen for her fun and funny attitude, and her fearlessness on the field of play.

Marcie: Tina Fey, chosen for her smarts, her humor, and her great look in glasses.

Pigpen: Mike Rowe, chosen for being completely at ease while surrounded by dirt.

Schroeder: Harry Connick Jr., chosen for being a heartthrob at the keyboard.

Franklin: Usher, chosen for his gentlemanly ways.

World War I Flying Ace: Chesley Sullenberger III, chosen for his high-flying style.

Joe Cool: Seth Green, chosen for representing a new form of 21st-century cool.

Woodstock: Whoopi Goldberg, chosen for her distinctive hairstyle, flashing dark eyes, and chirpy personality.


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