The Peanuts Movie
“Good grief!” Why did it take so long for us to have another Peanuts movie? Maybe because the world wanted a classic to remain a classic and not have any new flashy up-to-date animated catastrophe? Maybe we were all worried that a re-make of Charlie Brown for Hollywood to make their quick buck would severely damage our inner child psyche? Well I’m here to tell you: breathe easy. It was good. Really good. As a matter of fact, I loved it.
The Peanuts Movie brings back the well-known characters of Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally, Lucy, Schroeder, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Franklin, Pig Pen and of course Snoopy! Wonderfully voiced by, Noah Schnapp (Bridge of Spies), Alexander Garfin, Mariel Sheets, Hadley Belle Miller, Noah Johnston (Monsters University), Anastasia Bredikhina, Rebecca Bloom, Marleik Mar Mar Walker (Guys with Kids *Series), A.J. Tecce and the late Bill Melendez (Every Charlie Brown movie!). And for the sake of time that’s only the tip of the ice-berg but trust me everyone you grew up with is there.
The movie begins in the middle of the school year with Charlie Brown attempting (and failing) to fly a kite in the middle of winter. But his failure and the other kids winter fun is paused for a moment when they realize they have a new neighbor moving in. The mysterious red-haired girl! And Charlie Brown is instantly smitten! It’s at this time he decides he shall no longer play the failure! Because according to his longtime psychiatrist, Lucy, no girl want’s to be with a failure. So before the school year is over Charlie Brown is going to become a new man! Out with the old, in with the new and all that jazz and it might not be as hopeless as you think; not with his good buddy Snoopy by his side! Oh, and speaking of; our favorite beagle has his own side story pitting him against the Red Barron in hopes of saving his true love.
So there you have it. Simple and fun just like the rest of the Peanuts movies. It was actually very interesting to see the characters come to life in the form of computer animation and in doing so I’m glad they stayed true to the original creators form. From the millions of directions they could have gone with returning Charlie Brown to the big screen (the idea of live-action comes to mind…huh…try and wrap your mind around it) they stayed true to classic form. Name all you’re favorite character’s quirks and it was in the movie; The naturally curly-haired girl complimenting her hair, Schroeder plays his piano at any chance given, Lucy screams about dog germs, Peppermint Patty still teases Chuck for his “crush” on her, and all of them doing those crazy little dances they do. Remember that? Yeah, you do! The movie moves relatively fast in a tight nit 93 minutes, but it’s just where it needs to be for a kids movie you. You can only do so much with such short attention spans.
Rated G. Everybody in!
Rotten Tomatoes has this throwback at an 86% fresh! Yaaaay!!
I have every bit of confidence to say go into the theater with great expectations. With everything you ever knew and loved from the Peanuts classic this movie has hit the mark. Mr. Charles Schulz would have adored it. And finally the new generation gets to see what all the hype is about!