6 facts about Snoopy that proves he's one of the coolest cartoon animals

Not only could he play the piano, but he was also a college student!

When you think of famous cartoon animals, which is the first that comes to mind? With so many options to choose from, it could be Mickey Mouse, Tweety Bird, or even Bugs Bunny. Yet, the one that many refer to as the coolest, famous cartoon animal is the one and only, Snoopy.

Snoopy isn't a regular dog. He goes on adventures and tries to fulfill his wildest dreams. Created by cartoonist Charles Schulz, Snoopy is one of Charlie Brown's best buds, and the Peanuts universe just wouldn't be the same without him.

Here are six facts about the dog that prove he is one of the coolest cartoon animals in history!

1. Snoopy was used to fulfill Charles Schulz's fantasies


In a dream world, one moment, you could be surfing on the moon, and the next, flying across town in a paper airplane. In reality, it's not possible, but this is why Charles Schulz used his illustration talents to make Snoopy. If Schulz wanted the dog to swim in the ocean with sharks, he would!

He is one of the first cartoon animals to be adventurous in this way.

2. He had many alter egos


For Snoopy, being a regular dog that went for walks and only barked wasn't his style. He had many alter egos throughout the Peanuts universe. He was known as flying ace and as cool joe, a college student. How cool is that?

3. Snoopy made it his mission to protect Charlie Brown


Dogs are known for their protective nature. They become family and make sure their relatives are safe. Snoopy protected Charlie Brown from many things, including his bullies.

4. He was the first cartoon to land on the moon


Imagine being the first cartoon animal to land on the moon. For Snoopy, it happened! Schulz gave this historical achievement to Snoopy in one of his artworks, and he was one proud dog!

5. Snoopy had a lot of musical talent


Snoopy, the artist, has a nice ring to it, right? The cartoon character often played the piano to showcase his talents and love for the form of expression.

6. He had a human appetite


Why eat dog food when you can enjoy things like steak or even a burger? This might not be possible for animals in real life, but that's the beauty of cartoons. Snoopy loved to eat, and he enjoyed food like pizza, too!

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Coldnorth 17 months ago
Snoopy always drank root beer when he was the flying ace
Coldnorth Coldnorth 17 months ago
Also loved it when Snoopy would try to steal Linus blanket
epickett 18 months ago
I hate to be "that guy", but Snoopy wasn't the first cartoon character to land on the moon. Bugs Bunny may not have been the first, but he did it before Snoopy in the short "Haredevil Hare"(1948). Bugs and Snoopy are both my favorite cartoon characters!
Pacificsun 18 months ago
After reading a tiny bit about Charles Schultz, this article rings true. And it certainly does sound like Snoopy is CS's alter ego. Sort of the ultimate observer of life and the resident philosopher. It's almost as if he could've built the Strip based on the dog, alone. And I wonder if he ever considered doing that. Because, in a way, Snoopy stands independently of the other characters. Being a "dog" gives him that privilege. And gives Charles Schultz that privilege too, masked in the comfort of "man's best friend" offering both comfort and wisdom. Ironic, isn't it.
bagandwallyfan52 18 months ago
Does anyone know why Charles
Schulz comic strip is called Peanuts ?
It's in the Wikipedia article:


Michael LoveMETV22 18 months ago
I think it was also explained in one of the recent stories here
LoveMETV22 Michael 18 months ago
Yes 100% correct:


It explains the " Peanuts " name in #7 of that story.
jabba 18 months ago
Respectfully, Snoopy was never known as "cool joe." He is "Joe Cool."
daDoctah jabba 18 months ago
Maybe that was the French Canadian version. (I used to do a riddle about having two boxes. The larger one had two five-letter words on the front, and the same two words in reverse order on the back, because Canada. The smaller one had the same two words, but on the front they were in the order on the back of the larger package, and vice versa. The contents of the two boxes were used together. What were the two words?)
BrittReid 18 months ago
Loved Snoopy as Joe Cool and his shades.
Michael 18 months ago
We're getting overloaded with Charlie Brown, it's like that annoying cat next door.
Pacificsun 18 months ago
Separating the success of a characterization (meaning Charlie Brown and his universe, namely the world of "Peanuts") from reality, is of a debatable purpose. And should not interfere with the pleasure of imagination and entertainment being offered to us this holiday season by MeTV. With gratitude and appreciation given to MeTV's very thoughtful programing, thank you.

So I'm not going to include the hyperlink here.

But to those who are curious about what sparks the talent of a cartoonist's genius, it's interesting to research. I'll summarize by saying Charles Schultz was a complex individual, who's vast imagination was the main reason for what his fans have enjoyed for decades. CS was native to our Bay Area and received local press, but also a man who contributed much to his community!

The point to be made, is that Charlie Brown himself is not a personal portrait of the cartoonist himself. And someone researching his background would be surprised to find that out. Because I was curious in the beginning, I did so. Actually with a simple question which I'd heard as rumor.

His copyright empire was also immaculately designed and controlled initially. Image, very much guarded and protected. So some of what's been read is related to that purpose as well. Regarding what he created from scratch, he was certainly a genius. And maybe for that reason itself, we can appreciate the philosophy behind what fuels either "Charlie Brown's" 𝓦𝓲𝓼𝓱𝓯𝓾𝓵 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓷𝓴𝓲𝓷𝓰, 𝓸𝓻 𝓻𝓮𝓶𝓸𝓻𝓼𝓮 𝔀𝓮'𝓵𝓵 𝓷𝓮𝓿𝓮𝓻 𝓴𝓷𝓸𝔀.
Moody 18 months ago
Snoopy was one Cool Joe! Our kids had a dog years ago that they named Snoopy. He wasn't a beagle just a mutt we brought home from the animal shelter. He was a really good dog for a family of 5 kids. And he kept our big German Shepherd named Bruno in line! Bruno could've had him for lunch but for some reason he was always leery of Snoopy. But they learned to get along & both were great dogs. Miss them both!
Pacificsun Moody 18 months ago
Yes, in the day, it was a very popular name for a dog. My guess is there were quite a few black and white Beagles with that name, though it's not necessarily the breed's primary coloration! No doubt a fond connection for many!
LoveMETV22 18 months ago
Snoopy was one of the coolest and funniest cartoon animals. Always enjoy Snoopy's laugh.
Moody LoveMETV22 18 months ago
Funny clip, thanks for sharing. I always got a laugh from Snoopy's interactions with Woodstock.
LoveMETV22 Moody 18 months ago
Yes, the two of them are hilarious together. You had Joe Cool as your avatar long before the two Peanuts specials were even a thought here on MeTV. Like your Italian Wolf though.
Moody LoveMETV22 18 months ago
I've been thinking of changing my avatar but I do like the wolf picture. We actually saw a small pack of them several years ago while on a hike when I was stationed there. Wolves & dogs are among my favorite animals. They are magnificent creatures!
Pacificsun Moody 18 months ago
Oh keep the Wolf avatar! They are majestic canines to be celebrated with respect!
Bricat2001 LoveMETV22 18 months ago
Nice to see some rerun and spike clips mixed in :)
MrsPhilHarris Moody 18 months ago
Yes they are. We have a species of wolves called sea wolves. They live on the upper coast of Vancouver Island and in the Great Bear Rainforest. They eat clams and barnacles amongst other seafood and know how to eat salmon without chocking on bones. Pretty amazing animals.
LoveMETV22 MrsPhilHarris 18 months ago
Interesting. I see from googling it, that they swim between islands. What a beautiful animal.
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