Peanuts’ Linus is forever pictured carrying his beloved blanket. He and his ball of wonderful, soft, blue fluff go hand in hand, and he is perhaps the icon of all blanket carriers. Call it a security blanket, call it a woobie, it is a sense of comfort to young Linus. In Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Linus is paid a visit by Grandma, who wishes to rid him of his crutch. The Peanuts gang tries to aid and comfort him during this time, particularly Lucy, the resident “psychiatrist.” I have to ask, is his blanket perhaps the most famous blanket on TV?
Wait, woobie? Charles Schultz never referred to Linus’ blanket as a woobie. One might associate the term woobie more with young Kenny from the 1980s film Mr. Mom. Here the beloved blanket is yellow and ragged, tearing at the edges, as the toe-headed Kenny carries it with him everywhere. The woobie gets stapled together, and at one point is attacked by the household vacuum cleaner. It’s hardcore for Kenny. His father (played by Michael Keaton), just as Linus’ Grandma did, attempts to get his son to give up his woobie with these words…
“I understand that you little guys start out with your woobies and you think they're great... and they are, they are terrific. But pretty soon, a woobie isn't enough. You're out on the street trying to score an electric blanket, or maybe a quilt. And the next thing you know, you're strung out on bedspreads Ken. That's serious.”
This blog post is dedicated to all those woobie carriers out there. I know you’re out there.