R release names

I always love discussions about R release names and their origin. I have been working on this list for a while – with the release of “Short Summer” today, I thought it’d be a good time to post!

All of the release names are references to Peanuts strips/films. I think this is just so delightful! A few months ago, I attempted to get permission to embed the strips on our blog, but unfortunately it was denied (unless with a limited audience and password protection 🤷‍♀️), so I’ve just linked to the comics – Enjoy!

r-devel (unreleased development version) Unsuffered Consequences

Reference: Peanuts August 17, 1967

2.14.0 (2011-10-31) Great Pumpkin

Reference: Peanuts October 29, 1973

2.14.1 (2011-12-22) December Snowflakes

Reference: A Charlie Brown Christmas

This is very close to the Peanuts January 5, 1960, however they mention January snowflakes rather than December. The “December Snowflakes” quote is from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

2.14.2 (2012-02-29) Gift-Getting Season

Reference: This is a line Lucy says in the short film It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown! – referring to Easter as the “gift-getting season”.

2.15.0 (2012-03-30) Easter Beagle

Reference: Peanuts April 11, 1971

This also likely references the It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown!.

2.15.1 (2012-06-22) Roasted Marshmallows

Reference: Peanuts June 6, 1987

2.15.2 (2012-10-26) Trick or Treat

Reference: Peanuts October 31, 1969

2.15.3 (2013-03-01) Security Blanket

Reference: Peanuts October 23, 1965

3.0.0 (2013-04-03) Masked Marvel

Reference: Peanuts June 23, 1981

Edit: Got some insider info from the source himself that this is from Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show!


Source MoviesAfterMidnight

3.0.1 (2013-05-16) Good Sport

Reference: You’re a Good Sport, Charlie Brown

This is likely from the film You’re a Good Sport Charlie Brown, however there Peanuts November 22, 1953 does refer to being a “Good Sport” as well!

3.0.2 (2013-09-25) Frisbee Sailing

Reference: Peanuts September 3, 1971

3.0.3 (2014-03-06) Warm Puppy

There is also a book titled Happiness is a Warm Puppy. Reference: Peanuts January 11, 1965

3.1.0 (2014-04-10) Spring Dance

Reference: Peanuts March 22, 1971

Sock it to me Source ebay

3.1.1 (2014-07-10) Sock it to Me

Reference: This seems to be referring to a mini jigsaw puzzle, available on ebay!


Source MoviesAfterMidnight

3.1.2 (2014-10-31) Pumpkin Helmet

Reference: You’re a Good Sport, Charlie Brown

It’s a bit later in the clip, around 16:45.


Source Something to be Found

3.1.3 (2015-03-09) Smooth Sidewalk

Reference: This is a page from the Happiness is a Warm Puppy book.

3.2.0 (2015-04-16) Full of Ingredients

Reference: Peanuts April 7, 1966

3.2.1 (2015-06-18) World-Famous Astronaut

Reference: Peanuts March 10, 1969


Source Business Wire

3.2.2 (2015-08-14) Fire Safety

Reference: It seems that MetLife created a Peanuts themed Fire Saftey Brochure coloring and activity book.

3.2.3 (2015-12-10) Wooden Christmas-Tree

Reference: This is a line from A Charlie Brown Christmas – Linus says “Gee, I didn’t know they still made wooden Christmas trees”.

3.2.4 (2016-03-11) Very Secure Dishes

Reference: Peanuts February 20, 1964

3.2.5 (2016-04-11) Very, Very Secure Dishes (a rebadged 3.2.4-revised)

I assume this is still a reference to Peanuts February 20, 1964

3.3.0 (2016-05-03) Supposedly Educational

Reference: Peanuts May 7, 1971

3.3.1 (2016-06-21) Bug in Your Hair

Reference: Peanuts June 15, 1967

3.3.2 (2016-10-31) Sincere Pumpkin Patch

Reference: Peanuts Oct 30, 1968

3.3.3 (2017-03-06) Another Canoe

Reference: Peanuts June 29, 1966

3.4.0 (2017-04-21) You Stupid Darkness

Reference: Peanuts September 9, 1965

3.4.1 (2017-06-30) Single Candle

Reference: Peanuts September 9, 1965

3.4.2 (2017-09-28) Short Summer

Reference: It was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown

Looks like we have some validation (thanks Peter!) – I’ve updated the Masked Marvel accordingly 🎉.


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