The Peanuts Movie is a grand family getaway during the holiday season. You’re in good hands Charlie Brown.
After 65 years of comic strips and endless TV specials, Charlie Brown finally got his first full-length CGI treat. This could have been a recipe for disaster, given Hollywood’s recent history of classic cartoon characters gone bad (The Smurfs, Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo, Garfield and Alvin and the Chipmunks).
Fear no more, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Animations produced a colorful and worthy tribute to the world we know as Charlie Brown. These beloved “Peanuts” came out in 1950 and have since ran in over 2,600 newspapers and have been in several TV acclaimed specials (A Charlie Brown Christmas, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown). Faithful to the source of material, America’s favorite "blockhead" is done right … Charles M. Schulz would be proud.
So Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Pig-Pen, Woodstock, Snoopy and the rest of the gang bring back familiar laughs, memories and old-school friendship. In a day and age where technology rules the world, there’s not a computer or cell phone in sight. Instead, typewriters, landlines and pencils rule the day. Plenty of treats are sprinkled in throughout the film that will send adults back down memory lane.
Yes, these beloved characters are transformed from comic strips to CGI but they still retain the classic drawings from the artist himself … Schulz. Snoopy’s red dog house, flying kites, and “Wah-Wah” all make their sweet appearance into the film as well. In a world where classic cartoons are being destroyed, Fox paved a new direction and got it right. The Peanuts Movie is warm and a genuine all-ages movie with timeless messages.
The Peanuts Movie is rated G (General Audiences).