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Plot: Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life. Runtime: 93 mins Release Date: 06 Nov 2015
Source of my comment: hitfix.com Review By Drew McWeeny.When we live in an age when everything, no matter how pure the intent of the creator, is simply IP to be farmed, it is right to be suspicious of a "Peanuts" movie. After all, Charlie Brown and the rest of the characters created by Charles Schulz have been huge business for decades, and it makes sense that they would put something together if for no other reason than to keep the characters active in pop culture.Thankfully, it appears that the people behind "The Peanuts Movie" take the legacy of these characters very <more>
seriously, and the result is a gentle, charming movie that seems far less frantic than much of what is created for young audiences these days. Blue Sky, one of the two major producers of CG animated films for Fox, has produced ten feature films now, and while the majority of their efforts have been originals, it was clear from "Horton Hears A Who" that when they adapt someone else's property, they try to do so from a position of authenticity and respect.One of the things that makes "Peanuts" such a broad target is all the different versions there have been. Even in our editorial meetings at HitFix, as we talk about the films or the specials that we think of when "Peanuts" is mentioned, we all have our own take on what that means. For me, the old school TV specials and the first few movies were the defining version. Louis Virtel told me he always thinks of "Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown!" first. My kids have been exposed to some of the specials, but Toshi took it upon himself to read the Fantagraphics collections of all of the strips that I have on my shelves. And to any of those people, I would say, "You'll recognize the 'Peanuts' you love in this movie, and you'll be happy." That could not have been an easy task, so for that alone, Blue Sky and Fox deserve some accolades.One of the most interesting choices they made in approaching the movie was how to design the characters. They are 3D CG objects, but the faces are "drawn" onto the heads in a way that always feels like there's a physical brush stroke, a pencil mark. I assume the entire thing is CG, but it connects the characters to the long hand-made tradition that started with the comic strip itself. It's a strong stylistic decision, and it makes sure the characters feel like the characters we already know. Steve Martino, working from a script by Bryan Schulz, Craig Schulz, and Cornelius Uliano, touches on any number of familiar jokes and scenes and set-ups, with a number of references to the long history of the characters. Snoopy spends most of the movie working on a book on his newly-discovered typewriter, the story of a flying ace and his battle against the infamous Red Baron. Sally's got her crush on her sweet baboo, Linus, who nurses his faith in the the Great Pumpkin. Lucy gives advice at her sidewalk psychiatric stand while making passes as Schroeder every chance she gets. Peppermint Patty and her assistant Marcie both play their familiar roles as well, with Charlie Brown at the center of everything, constantly put upon, constantly taking one on the chin. If this is going to be true to the original strip that Schulz created, then Charlie Brown has got to be suffering, a kid who can't catch a break.What surprised me was the way they took a quiet approach to finding something else to say about Charlie Brown. I was worried that this was going to be a film where they had to turn him into something he wasn't just to tick some demographic checklist, and instead, the film makes some very strong and interesting points about what is heroic when you're just a kid trying to define yourself. In this case, there's a new kid in school, the Little Red-Haired Girl, and Charlie Brown is determined to reinvent himself in a way that will win this girl's attention and approval. This being Charlie Brown, things are not that easy, but I thought the way they eventually bring it together was unexpectedly honest. At this point, these characters have been playing the same beats for so long that it is genuinely surprising to see them do something new that doesn't feel like a violation of the characters, but rather a natural extension of what we already know about them.The cast of young voice actors all seem appropriately chosen, and it's interesting to hear how they've gone out of their way to find kids who naturally sound like the voices that have been connected to the characters for over 40 years now. One of the reasons I don't ever want a "Calvin & Hobbes" adaptation to happen is because I don't want to hear anyone else's take on how Hobbes should sound, but with these characters, they've had the same voices for so long now that it's kind of like a magic trick. It's a cast of real kids here, but they sound like the "real" Charlie Brown, the "real" Lucy, the "real" Linus.Frequently very funny, undeniably aimed at younger audiences, and true to the source material, "The Peanuts Movie" is too mild-mannered to win over brand new audiences, but it's going to please people who were already fond of the underlying property, and it should be a big nostalgia-driven hit for the studio.
My son Muhammad wanted to see this great movie again. (by muslimbellydancer)
When the Little Red-Haired Girl moves into his neighborhood, Charlie Brown develops a crush on her, but is frustrated that his long-running streak of bad luck will prevent him from ever getting noticed. Lucy tells Charlie that he should try being more confident. Charlie Brown decides to embark upon a series of new activities in hope of finding one that will get the Little Red-Haired Girl to notice him. His first attempt is to participate in the school's talent show with a magic act. However, when his sister Sally's act goes wrong, Charlie Brown sacrifices his time for her and then <more>
with Snoopy's help, rescues his sister and her act, only to humiliate himself in return. Learning that the Little Red-Haired Girl likes dancing, Charlie signs up for the school dance and gets Snoopy to teach him all his best moves. At the dance, Charlie Brown starts to attract praise for his skills until he slips and sets off the sprinkler system, which causes the dance to be cut short. All the other students forget his success and blame him for ruining their fun.Later, Charlie Brown is partnered with the Little Red-Haired Girl to write a book report. At first, he is excited to have a chance to be with her, but she is called away for a week to deal with a family illness, leaving Charlie Brown to write the report all by himself. Hoping to impress both the Little Red-Haired Girl and his teacher, Charlie Brown writes his report on the collegiate-level novel War and Peace. At the same time, Charlie Brown finds he is the only student to get a perfect score on a standardized test. The other children congratulate him, and his popularity begins to climb. However, when he goes to accept a medal at a school assembly, he learns that the test papers were accidentally mixed up and that the perfect score actually belongs to Peppermint Patty. Charlie Brown declines the medal, losing all his new-found popularity. He feels worse when his book report is destroyed, and admits to the Little Red-Haired Girl that he has caused them to both fail the assignment.At the end of the school year, Charlie Brown is surprised when the Little Red-Haired Girl chooses him for a pen pal. Linus convinces Charlie Brown that he needs to tell the Little Red-Haired Girl how he feels about her before she leaves for the summer. Racing to her house, he discovers that she is about to leave on a bus for summer camp. He tries to chase the bus, but is prevented from reaching it. Just as he is about to give up, Charlie Brown sees a kite fall from the Kite-Eating Tree, and the string becomes entangled around his waist and sails away with him, quickly bringing him up to the bus's window. Amazed to see Charlie Brown successfully flying a kite, the other children follow.Upon reaching the bus, Charlie Brown finally asks the Little Red-Haired Girl why she chose him in spite of his failures. The Little Red-Haired Girl explains she admires his selflessness and praises him as an honest, caring, and compassionate person. The two promise to write to one another. The other children catch up to Charlie Brown and crowd around to congratulate him before picking him up on their shoulders and carrying him away.In a side story, Snoopy, upon discovering a typewriter in a dumpster, decides to write a novel about his alter-ego, the World War I Flying Ace, trying to save his lover Fifi from the Red Baron. He ends up acting out his adventure, coming across the Peanuts gang several times along the way. He successfully defeats the Red Baron and rescues Fifi. However, as he is celebrating his victory with Fifi and his siblings, he learns that the Red Baron has survived, causing him to furiously declare revenge.Both me and my only son Muhammad enjoyed this movie and honestly my son wanted to see this great movie again. Well Done.
I really enjoy The Peanuts Movie. It reminds me of the classic Charlie Brown movies, but even better! Even though the Peanuts creator, Charles M. Schulz passed away in 2000, this movie is a tribute to his memory and the legacy that he left behind.While the members of the Peanuts Gang look and act like their lovable selves, there are many updates to this film. The animation is much more detailed than the previous movies and viewers are able to watch it in 3D. There are many new upbeat songs in addition to the much loved tunes. "Better When I'm Dancin'" by Meghan Trainor is a <more>
great addition to the original songs. The Peanuts Movie is about Charlie Brown trying to break his losing streak so the little Red Haired Girl voiced by Disney's Francesca Capaldi will view him differently than his friends do. He tries to change his luck in a dance contest, a talent show, flying a kite and writing a book report. Also, Snoopy tries to defeat the Red Baron in order to win the love of his life Fi Fi, voiced by Kristen Chenoweth. My favorite character is Snoopy because he is very funny. His story is well written and filled with love, comedy and adventure. Some of the funniest characters are Lucy, Sally, Snoopy and Woodstock. They got great laughs from the audience including kids as young as three. All the voice talent perfectly suits their characters. Fans of Linus, Schroeder, Pig Pen, Peppermint Patty and all the others will not be disappointed. The moral to this film is, "if you see yourself as a winner or a loser in life, you are probably going to act like one. If you think you are a winner, act like one and others might think so too."I rate The Peanuts Movie 5 out of 5 stars because of the colorful animation and it being true to the original Peanuts Gang. I recommend this movie for ages 3 to 15 or any people who have enjoyed the other Peanuts movies. At the end of this film there is a 3 second clip. The credits are very long so be sure to stick around until the end. Reviewed by Mia A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.
35 Years Later: Charlie Brown's Big Screen Return (by valen060)
Not having released a new Peanuts movie since 1980's Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown And Don't Come Back! . For Blue Sky Studios, their most successful movie franchises Ice Age and Rio, and even tackling Dr. Seuss' whimsical work Horton Hears A Who! proved that the studio can compete alongside the big-name animation studios continuing to thrive in the movie industry today. Now as for them taking on the beloved comic strip Peanuts, I'd say the studio has definitely outdone itself by pulling out a great movie from the mind of Charles Schulz. Over the past six decades, Peanuts had <more>
leapt from its comic strip medium and into the form of animated TV shows, holiday specials, and even a few movies, but rendering these well-known characters into CGI in this new animated feature turned out to be unique in its own right because it's basically channeling the essence of Schulz's original designs and humor that the older generation had gotten to know so well.For the littler crowd who are just getting to know Charlie Brown himself, his beloved dog Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang, they're in for a story that focuses on the insecurities of the former and how he manages to overcome it on a life-changing adventure with his friends along the way.The Peanuts Movie serves as a fitting comeback for the characters who have long been absent from the big screen. I appreciated how the studio consulted the Schulz family to preserve all the gags and themes used in their beloved patriarch's past specials. I even noticed throughout the film that modern day conveniences and current events like today's electronic devices, music save for one , and even trends are completely absent. This is to keep the story timeless and to avoid violating what Peanuts actually stood for, which I found both appropriate and nostalgic since I too grew up watching these characters on TV. Another thing to take note of are the scenarios and nods to past Peanuts-related segments and specials, which adds a nice touch to some scenes. To keep true to tradition that's been done many years prior, having several new child actors to voice these characters remains intact making them sound vibrant and full of energy. And as an homage to the late Bill Melendez, his voice as Snoopy and Woodstock was used via archival recordings. To conclude, although Charles Schulz had passed on since 2000 - and therefore no longer around to see his work still live on for future generations - this movie serves as a reminder that the studio wasn't trying to make his work relevant again. Instead, it's more of a personal tribute to him that shows how these characters may remind you of yourself at that age or the kids of this current decade personality-wise. Now it makes sense on how this became the studio's most critically-acclaimed film compared to their previous projects. A robust effort and appropriate for the holiday season.
I never thought I'd live to see a big screen version of this beloved comic strip but now that it's here, it exists, I love it even more. THE PEANUTS MOVIE is fun, it's hilarious, it's adorable, it's computer animated 3D but it also honors Charles Schulz's drawing and his legacy. Kids and adults alike will enjoy THE PEANUTS MOVIE.One of the things that's brilliant about THE PEANUTS MOVIE is the casting of actual children to voice these character, the filmmakers didn't set out to hire A-listers or grown ups pretending to sound like a kid. These are actual little <more>
kids. So the result is perfect, because they capture the innocence of these characters, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Peppermint Patty and the rest. Their voices sound more genuine.The plot is very simple, there's new girl in town, she's mysterious and has red hair, Charlie thinks she's the prettiest girl he's ever seen but there's one problem, Charlie has the same disease that I do in that both he and I are not able to talk properly to a girl that we have a crush on. So Charlie goes to Lucy for advice because as we all know, Lucy claims to be the best psychiatrist in town, and she tells him that women loves a champion, not a nobody. So begins Charlie's effort, from magic tricks to dancing to getting good grades, to all kinds of new skills, in order to show this new girl that he's not a loser, that he's a somebody. With the help of his dog, Snoopy, who has an active imagination, Charlie eventually learns that you don't have to try too hard, because just being yourself pays off.Snoopy is ridiculously hilarious in this film, he's like Mr sneaky sneaky, he comes out of nowhere at any moment, catches you by surprise and pranks you, his imagination runs wild and serves some of the film's most thrilling 3D action sequences. THE PEANUTS MOVIE wants to remind us that this is the dog that everybody would like to have, the ultimate man's best friend.As I said earlier, even though it's 3D CG animation, the film retains the essence of Charles Schulz's drawing-sale, this is not a re-imagining, it's an homage, and I think Schulz would be proud of how this film also conveys the good and moral things that his comic strip promoted all those years, because deep in the heart of its humor is the honesty, the courage, and the solidarity of Charlie Brown and his friends. Kids today may not have grown up reading Schulz's comic strip, there's a gazillion other options and distractions out there, but I guarantee one viewing of THE PEANUTS MOVIE and they'll become a fan instantly.
Peanuts: A sweet stroll down Memory Lane. (by claire-17320)
Took my 11 year old to the 2D version. It was wonderful. It was sweet and nostalgic. Charles would be pleased! Plan to go back and see it in 3D. Truly an all ages film and for those over 40, a wonderful stroll down memory lane. My 11 year old really enjoyed it and even shed a tear! Has great lessons on the virtues of good character. I was hesitant to see the film as I grew up with the original Peanuts gang. The movie did not disappoint. Yes, its predictable but so what. The inclusion of original Peanuts comics really worked and helped bring back a myriad of memories. They really stayed true <more>
to the original characters. The red baron scenes are tons of fun! Only improvement is I didn't like the semi-poodle look of Fifi.
A Really Enjoyable Film from Blue Sky (by nikosafer)
This Review Will Have A lot of Spoilers! I need to tell you something very important,I haven't read any of the comics and didn't see any of the episodes of Peanuts.In fact i didn't know this cartoon existed until now with the movie.But i really enjoy this movie.This movie has to be Blue Sky's Best Film.This is one of the best movies based on cartoon and that come from a guy like me who didn't watch the cartoon and read any of the comics.So let's see how this movie is great? 1 Story : The Plot every simple ,are main character tried forget he's past life as a loser <more>
and tried to a winner to impress the new girl who came in the neighborhood.At first i thought it was going to be cliché , stupid and predictable but when movie goes on and on it wasn't cliché , stupid and predictable at all ,not the ever a little.It was How to Train your Dragon formula they take all those cliché by making them in a way that there really work for a story ever we hear and see the cliché before.The Message for this movie we hear of it before Never Give Up ,but i didn't came forced and it has a purpose in the story. there also the a little side story with Snoopy embarks on his own adventure in a fantasy world. As a World War I flying ace, the lovable beagle pursues his nemesis, the Red Baron, while also trying to win the heart of a beautiful pilot named Fifi. 10/10 2 Characters : Story isn't enough to make a great movie you also need lot's of great characters.Almost every single one of them are very likable,my favorites is Charlie Brown and Snoopy.There are some characters i didn't like but this is really nitpicking. a lot of your favorite characters are here 8/10 3 Animation/CGI/3D : What can i say about it?It looks perfect.They transform the hand-drawn animation to CGI 3D Animation Perfect. there also hand-drawn scenes 10/104 Music : The music score it is really good not one of my favorites but still good .Christophe Beck & David Benoit who are the makers of the music did a good job and no stupid pop songs. well there are some pop songs but there are short and there are not for long 8/10 5 Humor : Most of the humor and jokes were really funny.Most of them they don't come forced. there are some part when the humor doesn't work but there are very few of them 8/10 Overall The Peanuts Movie is a great movie.8/10 4/5 80/100 A
Blue Sky Does The Peanuts Justice (by charliesonnyray)
Blue Sky hasn't had a great track record. The Ice Age movies and the Rio films are okay at best but somehow they managed to really shine with The Peanuts and bring the strip justice. That probably has something to do with the fact that this film was actually written by Charles Schulz's son Craig. All the characters are here with their personalities intact and voiced by some really good kid actors. I didn't once think to myself that these kids don't sound like The Peanuts. The parts involving Snoopy's adventures against The Red Baron are also quite engaging almost like <more>
something out of Duck Tales or Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. I think this is a good film any fan of Charlie Brown will love and those of you unfamiliar with the material, this is probably a great place to jump onto.
clichéd to say but true: absolute fun for the whole family (by Quinoa1984)
A worry going in to The Peanuts Movie was simply this: in 2015, in a time where animation is all computer-animated and with super-sophistication but also lacking the sort of approach that came with the simple, quirky, edgy-but-cute style of the Peanuts cartoons from the past half century, how do you bring that world out and make it feel right? And there was an element of the story that made me raise an eyebrow, and reminded me of an issue I had with the recent 2011 return of The Muppets - a new character comes to the universe of the Peanuts. Would this character fit in? Would it be <more>
distracting if he or she looks different or acts un-Peanuts-like? And what does Peanuts-like mean, you might ask, by the way? It's that thing where, simply, kids think like kids, but with an extra level of sophistication in the writing. Let me put it this way: The Peanuts Movie is the only movie that kids will see which has a reference to Tolstoy's War and Peace though it's not initially called that by Peppermint Patty .But fears are assuaged as I return from seeing the movie and find the movie is very successful at what it aims to be. In short, this is at its best... just another Peanuts movie, but that's a sincere compliment. You watch some of those movies and specials, which have stood the test of time due to the wit of the writing and the beautiful yes, beautiful animation that does simply to bring Charles Schulz's comic to life, and those shows and movies i.e. the best, A Boy Named Charlie Brown, but also Snoopy Come Home and Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown with issues that kids deal with, whether or not they directly relate to the hero. In this story it's all about this new girl coming to school we never learn her name, there's really no need to , and how good old Chuck can barely deal with his ridiculously nervous reaction. How can he even say hello to her, much less carry a conversation? What can he do to build up his confidence? Can Lucy with her Nickel-store advice and 10-step book help? Can he become a success in some way? Whether you're coming to this as someone who has been watching Peanuts all your life, or if you have a little kid or are one and have never seen one of these and it's your introduction, it is a wholly delightful experience. Schulz's kids were co-screenwriters, which could have been great or not-so-great one never knows if the purity will work or become too stifling, or if there are too many attempts to make it "hip" and "Modern", which means it won't age so well years down the line . All of the Peanuts characters we know and like are here - I couldn't find one major one who wasn't, and everyone gets a moment or two I even forgot for a moment Lucy's crush for Schroeder, but it's here too . And of course Snoopy as the super rascal/charmer/adventurer of the lot who tries to do things like sneak into school as a teacher "No dogs allowed!" duh and spends his part time writing stories about being an ace pilot with the "Red Baron" plane.With the exception of a couple of elements that, frankly, I could've taken or left, like some of the Red Baron bits some are OK, some may drag unless you're a kid into the action-loaded visuals , and the inclusion of a couple of pop songs not annoying ones, but they are of this time period and a lack not completely, but not enough of Vince Guaraldi's irreplaceable jazz score, the movie really works. I cared about Charlie Brown on his journey through building up his confidence, through ups and downs that were not, and occasionally were, his fault. And along the whole way, there's that special thing that made Peanuts work, has always made it work, and will continue for many years to come: you want to see this guy win, and yet it's funnier/more realistic when he falls on his face. But maybe every Charlie Brown has his day in this case? Between the talent show, school dance, book report, summer pen-pal deal, can Charlie Brown say ONE word to this girl? Who knows.They're all here and its spirit is pure. What else do you need to know? The Peanuts Movie is a blast of family entertainment in the young and old sense of the word, full of clever lines and visual-eye-pleasing slapstick and, happy surprise pathos.