They’re back ladies and gentlemen. The lovable insecure Charlie Brown and his loyal beagle, Snoopy, along with the rest of the famous peanuts gang stole our hearts yet again.
Charlie Brown is back in all of his glory — or should we say failures. In The Peanuts Movie, this historical character proves that he is not too old-fashioned for contemporary audiences. This tribute film — written by son Craig Schulz and grandson Bryan Schulz of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, proves it deserves it’s rightful spot in pop culture.
The Peanuts Movie revolves around the lovable loser Charlie Brown (voiced by Noah Schnapp) as he attempts to woo the new girl at school, longtime fans will know the reoccurring character. He tries to impress her with a false self, but fails miserably — and not to mention it’s always in front of the whole school. “Good grief!” Again and again he tries to get the courage to get the attention of the “Little Red-Haired Girl”, but winds up learning more about his honest, loving and pure heart.
While Charlie is trying to win the love of his life, his trusty sidekick, Snoopy, is off dreaming up a high-flying fairytale of his own. The pup has found his alter-ego, the WWI Flying Ace, and brings along his yellow-feather pal, Woodstock. The dog sets out to pursue his greatest nemesis, the Red Baron, and win the heart of his very own love interest — the French poodle, Fifi (Kristin Chenoweth).
In a day and age where doctor bills can run you a pretty penny, it’s nice to see that Lucy (Hadley Belle Miller) still dishes out psychobabble for only a nickel — yes, only five cents folks. Or the fact that Peppermint Patty and her assistant Marcie continue to be quite the odd pairing of besties. It was also refreshing to know that the bubbly little Sally still crushing hard on her sweet baboo, Linus, and that Snoopy never lost his groove.
This nostalgic and faithful rendition of the beloved Peanuts gang offers plenty for older fans to enjoy, I just know if it will be about the same feelings for the younger generations. I personally love these adorable characters and all they stand for, but sitting in the screening surrounded by almost 30 school children decked out in Peanuts apparel, I realized this didn’t bring the laughs I had expected. Children remained silent during scenes that should have brought about a round of chuckles. It may have to do with the pace of the film and the subtle jokes — a trip and fall just doesn’t do it for kids anymore. As for the technical aspects, the animators nailed it. They successfully brought the newsprint drawings to 3D life with colorful and creative scenes. All in all, I give this movie the credit it deserves, 4 stars out of 5. It’s a feel good movie for anyone who tried and failed, but tried again. I just hope that the new generations come to appreciate the lovable characters that we all have come to know and love for so many years.
The Peanuts Movie opens on Nov. 6, 2015.
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— Brittany King