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

3.4.3 (2017-11-30) Kite-eating Tree

Reference: Peanuts February 19, 1967

Peter Dalgaard made a gif to commemorate the momentous occasion!


Source catawiki auctions

3.4.4 (2018-03-15) Someone to Lean On

Reference: Peanuts Figurine (1971). There are a couple of different versions of this, some with Charlie Brown and Snoopy, one with Linus and Snoopy, and one with Woodstock and Snoopy. Many of them were Hallmark cards, but there was also a badge and this figurine. The oldest (dated) one I could find was this one from 1971, so we went with that!

3.5.0 (2018-04-23) Joy in Playing

Reference: Peanuts January 27, 1973

3.5.1 (2018-07-02) Feather Spray

Reference: Peanuts March 9, 1972


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


Lucy D'Agostino McGowan image
Lucy D'Agostino McGowan

Currently excited about: observational study methods, translational research, BB-8

comments powered by Disqus