A cartoon creator has control over many aspects of their creation, but there’s one thing that no creator can ever control: how their legacy will be handled after their death. Even those creators who craft careful plans ultimately have to rely on the trustees of their estate, oftentimes a spouse or child, to execute said plans.
In some cases, it works out, like Charles Schulz, whose name and legacy continues to be upheld and honored by his family with every new Peanuts project. The most visible outward expression of that on the upcoming Peanuts Movie is the huge credit that Schulz receives on every piece of advertising related to the film. Make no mistake, this isn’t just Peanuts: this is Charles Schulz’s Peanuts:
On the other end of the spectrum, you have the caretakers of Ross Bagdasarian Sr.’s inspired creation Alvin and the Chipmunks, who happen to be his son, Ross Bagdasarian Jr., and daughter-in-law Janice Karman. Here’s the title card for the new ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks series that debuts on Nickelodeon tomorrow: