The Kite-Eating Tree is a non-human character in the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. As the name suggests, it is a large tree that eats kites. Charlie Brown began getting his kite caught in trees in the strip from April 12, 1956 but the Kite-Eating Tree was not named until March 14, 1965. It is often depicted with large teeth and grins when Charlie Brown approaches with a kite.
Charlie Brown constantly loses kites to the tree. He appears to be the only child who flies kites anywhere near it, therefore, as Charlie Brown notes in the Sunday strip from March 3, 1968, without him the tree would "starve to death." In a storyline from February to March of 1977, to take revenge on the tree, Charlie Brown takes a bite out of it. The tree later blows down in a storm. However, even after the tree blows down, it has made many more appearances, so there is most likely more than one Kite-Eating Tree.
The Kite-Eating tree is seen in the early parts of the movie A Boy Named Charlie Brown, and is briefly seen in the game, It's the Big Game, Charlie Brown. It was featured as a ride at the former Camp Snoopy theme park in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Amusement Park Appearances
A kiddie ride themed after the kite-eating tree is a small drop ride for children and a swing-style ride is located in Planet Snoopy and/or Camp Snoopy sections of King's Island, Cedar Point, California's Great America, Dorney Park, Valleyfair, and Worlds of Fun (all owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment).