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六本木ヒルズでスヌーピー展がやっていますね。1990年代後半のインタビューをYoutubeで簡単に見つけることができました。このインタビューはNHKテレビの『英会話上級』でも放映されていたようです。この手のインタビューはNHKの語学講座ではめっきりなくなってしまいましたが、何かを成し遂げた方々のインタビューに耳を傾けることはいろいろためになると思うのは自分だけでしょうか。。。



キャラクターについて聞かれてthe characters speak for themselves.とかっこよく返しているところとスヌーピーにも似た犬を子供のころに飼っていたことを話しているところです。この犬の写真については展覧会でも見ることができます。スヌーピーのようにかわいくはなかったですが。。。(苦笑)

2分30秒あたりから
Joseph: Would you
tell us something about the characters?
Schulz: I think the characters speak for themselves. I mean, that’s a lot like asking a poet to explain his poem; the poem should explain itself. Now the character... I suppose Charlie Brown would obviously be the main character. He’s the one around which all of the other characters revolve and this is the way it is with everything. There's always one

main character.
I think each of the characters could easily carry a comic
strip by himself or herself, but I think that s a bad idea too,
 so I think you have to have enough characters so that you
don't become boring. I always have a great ear of being
boring, but I have enough characters so it's like having a
theater repertory company, and I can go from one character
to another and make sure that I don't use the same ones over
and over and over.
Charlie Brown is a nice kid. I've always said that I think
I would like to have had Charlie Brown as a neighbor when I
was small because I think he and I would like the same things
and we would have played ball together and enjoyed each
other a lot.
I had a dog when I was about 13 who was a lot like
Snoopy at least in appearance, but he was kind of a wild dog and he had quite a vocabulary. I counted up once about 50 different words that I knew he understood, so in a way he was a little bit the inspiration for Snoopy. The other characters are just parts of myself. I think it would be impossible to create characters and give them personalities unless they were a little bit of myself.

"You can't do that for a job, get a real job.”(そんなことをしても稼げないよ。まともな職につきなさい)というような人はどんな社会にもいるとは思いますが、漫画家になるにあたってご両親は理解があったようです。there must have been a lot of people who thought I
would never make it, so... but you can't 'pay any attention
to that. You have to do what you want to do and don't listen
to anybody.と語っているところです。

6分20秒
Joseph: When you were growing up, and you wanted to
involved in this someday for a living, did you have people
around you saying, "You can't do that for a job, get a real job.”?
Schultz: Fortunately, I had a mother and father who didn’t ever say that. They didn't understand, of course, what it was I wanted to do. My dad loved reading the comics, but
they had no way of really helping me. My dad paid for the
correspondence course which I took and he was always
worried that I was going to be able to find out how to do this
and never get a job doing it, but they never discouraged me.
They never said, "Well, why don't you go off and try to
be an attorney or a barber," like he was, or something like
that. So I've always been grateful for the fact that they never
discouraged me from trying to do what I wanted to do,
although there must have been a lot of people who thought I
would never make it, so... but you can't 'pay any attention
to that. You have to do what you want to do and don't listen
to anybody.


1950—2000年まで50年も続いたなんて信じられないです。そういえば子供の頃映画もやっていたなと思い出しました。最後のメッセージが以下です。
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Dear Friends,

I have been fortunate to draw Charlie Brown and his friends for almost fifty years. It has been the fulfillment of my childhood ambition.

Unfortunately, I am no longer able to maintain the schedule demanded by a daily comic strip. My family does not wish "Peanuts" to be continued by anyone else, therefore I am announcing my retirement.

I have been grateful over the years for the loyalty of our editors and the wonderful support and love expressed to me by fans of the comic strip.

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy...how can I ever forget them...

— Charles M. Schulz


運よくブッ○○フで以下の伝記が売っていました。1000円と高めでしたが、Kindle版がなかったので思い切って買ってしまいました。今読んでいる本が読み終わったら取りかかろうと思います。


Schulz and Peanuts: A BiographySchulz and Peanuts: A Biography
(2008/10/07)
David Michaelis

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