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Rerun van Pelt
Peanuts character
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First appearance May 23, 1972 (born and first mention)
March 26, 1973 (official debut)
Created by Charles M. Schulz
Voiced by Vinnie Dow (1976)
Jason Mendelson (1983-1986) (credited as Jason Muller)
Tim Deters (2002) (as Timmy Deters)
Jimmy Bennett (2003-2006) (credited as James Bennett)
Finn Carr (2016)
Daniel Thornton (2016, as a baby)
Milo Toriel-McGibbon (2019)
Information
Gender Male
Family Linus van Pelt (older brother)
Lucy van Pelt (older sister)
Blanket-hating grandmother
Marion (aunt)
Felix van Pelt (grandfather)

Rerun van Pelt is Linus and Lucy's younger fictional brother in Charles M. Schulz's comic strip Peanuts. He is named when Lucy van Pelt, his sister, disparingly calls the situation a "rerun" of the birth of her brother Linus, Linus nicknames the child "Rerun". Despite Lucy's disappointment, she becomes a warm and protective older sister.

Rerun was a minor character in the strip when he was introduced in 1972, and in the 1980s he mostly appeared in sequences riding on the back of his mother's bicycle. However, in the late 1990s — the final years of the strip — he became a major presence, as Schulz felt that his main cast was "too old" for some of the themes he wanted to explore.

Rerun made his first appearance in animation in the 1976 special It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown, voiced by Vinnie Dow. He returned in the 1983 special It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown and the 1983-1986 series The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, voiced by Jason Mendelson, the four-year-old son of producer Bill Mendelson. Rerun was the main character in the 2003 special I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown, with a storyline drawn from the strip's Rerun-heavy final years. He also has an important role in the final Peanuts special, 2006's He's a Bully, Charlie Brown.

Description

Rerun bears a strong physical resemblance to Linus. In appearances from the 1970s and 1980s, Rerun is virtually identical to Linus, though he is smaller, wore a plain T-shirt (it appears that he got many hand-me-downs from Linus, as he wore a long-sleeved shirt with Linus's shirt design), and his hair sprang up. Rerun's appearance evolved in the 1990s, as he aged beyond infancy. Rerun was mostly shown wearing overalls, and his hair was shown as shorter and flatter. While he continued to share Linus' facial features, Rerun's head also grew rounder and larger in proportion to his body. In his early TV appearances, he wears a green or white shirt with black shorts and saddle shoes. In I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown, he wears an orange striped shirt under light blue overalls.

Development

Rerun started as a minor character in the Peanuts universe, only becoming a main character in the last decade of the comic strip. Rerun was first mentioned in the strip on May 23, 1972, during a storyline in which Lucy throws her younger brother Linus out of the house, only to relent when she learns that yet another little brother had just been born.

Initially, toddler Rerun was shown playing cards with an equally confused Snoopy, and learning to tie his shoes from Lucy. For many years, Rerun was only seen perched in a seat on the back of his mother's bicycle, wryly commenting on his mother's riding skills and habits.

In 1976, Rerun made his first animated appearance in the special It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown, in a sequence on the back of his mother's bicycle. He was rarely used in the 1980s; by that time, Schulz had run out of ideas about how to use him.

In the 1990s, Schulz began using Rerun as an opportunity to explore the grandparent/grandchild relationship. Rerun attends his first day of school on September 11, 1996, having spent the previous week hiding under the bed. Rerun ages to 5 years old at this point, still younger than most of the strip's other characters.

In adaptations

Television

Rerun's animated debut is in the animated television special It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown, and his first major appearance in the strip was adapted in the first produced episode of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show. Rerun only made one other appearance in a television special before 2000, Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! from 1986, where his attempts to blow up balloons for the New Year's party ended in failure, as he blew them up as cubes rather than spheres (a scenario adapted from a comic strip story involving Linus from December 1954, when Linus was roughly the same age).

Rerun was mentioned, but not seen, in the 1985 special "Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown" when Charlie Brown informed Snoopy that he could not back out of his wedding because Rerun had already been chosen as ring-bearer. Rerun was given speaking roles in Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales, and the 2003 special I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown. This special uses Rerun as its primary character. Rerun's most recent animated appearance is in the 2006 television special He's a Bully, Charlie Brown. He was also not seen or even mentioned in the 2015 film The Peanuts Movie.

Various actors have voiced the animated Rerun since 1976, including Vinny Dow, Jason Mendelson, Timmy Deters, and Jimmy Bennett.

Voiced by

  • Vinnie Dow (1976)
  • Jason Mendelson (1983–1986) (as Jason Muller)
  • Tim Deters (2002) (as Timmy Deters)
  • Jimmy Bennett (2003, 2006) (as James Bennett)
  • Finn Carr (2016)
  • Daniel Thornton (2016) as a baby.
  • Milo Toriel-McGibbon (2019)