By Matt Zoller Seitz
One of the most famous Peanuts comic strips finds crabby fussbudget Lucy ruining her kid brother Linus's first viewing of Citizen Kane by telling him, "Rosebud was his sled." Linus's response: "Auughh!" American Masters' new biography of Charles Schulz, the creator of the seminal comic strip, may inspire similar reactions among fans. Titled "Good Ol' Charles Schulz," the program doesn't completely "explain" its subject, just as Kane director Orson Welles didn't entirely explain his protagonist by revealing, in a climactic shot of belongings being tossed into an incinerator, that Rosebud was the name of Charles Foster Kane's boyhood plaything. But it does illuminate the cartoonist's psyche in ways that may make it impossible to revisit the adventures of good old Charlie Brown without flashing back to this documentary.
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