When I saw that, it just made me the happiest dude alive. I loved Peanuts as a kid. Charlie Brown's Christmas always made me cry. They have a certain level of innocence, and it was nice to have that reference come completely from left field.
I think it's more the latter than the former - I'm not 100% sure, didn't even Google it, but it struck me as a little odd that they're pretty much the single studio doing American adaptations. I'd guess at the latter because I imagine they'd have to pay for the rights if they didn't have some kind of hook-up overseas, you know? But I'm just talking right out of my ass and have no knowledge about this whatsoever.
But a Peanuts anime. That's really awesome. I'm extremely curious as to how they're going to execute it.