Welcome Home, Franklin special gives backstory on beloved Peanuts character [Updated]


'Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin' on Apple TV+.
Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin races onto Apple TV+ in February.
Photo: Apple TV+

Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin shows how Franklin joined the Peanuts gang. The special will debut on Apple TV+ in mid-February.

Apple released the trailer on Friday so fans can take an early look.

Also this winter, Apple’s streaming service will release season two of Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock from the Jim Henson Company. The second season of Sago Mini Friends came out, too.

Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin premieres soon on Apple TV+

The Peanuts character Franklin is about to get an origin story. Instead of simply appearing, as he did in the comic strip in 1968, the upcoming Apple TV+ special will flesh out the boy’s background.

In Welcome Home, Franklin, he’s always on the move because his dad is in the military. He’s had to become skilled at making new friends. But “when Franklin tries his usual strategies with the Peanuts gang, he has trouble fitting in,” Apple explains. “That’s until he learns about the neighborhood Soap Box Derby race. He’s sure that winning the race will also mean winning over some new friends.”

Long-time Peanuts fans should know the actual backstory. As Wikipedia explains:

“A Los Angeles schoolteacher named Harriet Glickman wrote to Schulz on April 15, 1968 (eleven days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.), urging him to introduce a black character into Peanuts.”

Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin will premiere on Apple TV+ on February 16.

Watch the trailer

More children’s programming from Apple

Apple offers a wide array of programs aimed at kids, and there are fresh episodes this winter.

Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock season two will bring big changes to the Rock. The Fraggles, Doozers and Gorgs will be forced to confront their past and celebrate their interdependence. But they’ll overcome their challenges together with hope, silliness and brand-new songs.

Watch on Apple TV

The new episodes of the Emmy-winning series are set to appear Friday, March 29. In the meantime, season one is ready to stream now.

And Sago Mini Friends season two arrived Friday, January 26. This children’s series features friends who play, explore, imagine and celebrate daily.

Watch on Apple TV

Watching any or all of these comes with a $9.99-per-month subscription to Apple TV+. That’s a lower price than all of its larger rivals for a service with no commercial interruptions.

Source: Apple

This article was originally published January 11. It was updated Feb. 2 with the release of the trailer. 


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