AppleTV+ will be releasing a new “Peanuts” cartoon later this month that centers on an African-American character who also happens to be a Military B.R.A.T..
“Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin” is the origin story of the first African-American character ever featured in a “Peanuts” cartoon. Franklin first appeared in the 1973 TV special “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” but the show caused controversy because he didn’t sit alongside the other white characters at the dinner table.
The new TV episode follows how Franklin approaches making new friends. Franklin’s family is always on the move with his dad’s military job, and everywhere he goes Franklin finds support in a notebook filled with his grandfather’s advice on friendship.
You know you’ve found your home when you’re surrounded by good friends.
But when Franklin tries his usual strategies with the Peanuts gang, he has trouble fitting in.
That’s until he learns about the neighborhood Soap Box Derby race. According to his grandfather, “everyone loves a winner!” He’s sure that winning the race will also mean winning over some new friends. All he needs is a partner, which he finds in Charlie Brown.
Franklin and Charlie Brown work together to build a car and in the process become good buddies. But as the race nears, the pressure mounts on whether their car and their newfound friendship can make it to the finish line.
“You know you’ve found your home when you’re surrounded by good friends,” Franklin says in the show’s trailer.
“Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin” premiers Feb. 16 on AppleTV+.
Check out the trailer below.