Charlie Brown tries to reinvent himself and impress
the new girl that has moved in across the street.
The Peanuts Movie (2015)
Directed by Steve Martino
Written by Bryan Schulz, Craig Schulz, Cornelius Uliano
Starring Noah Schnapp, Alexander Garmin,
Hadley Belle Miller, Mariel Sheets, Venus Schultheis,
Rebecca Bloom, Francesca Capaldi, Bill Melendez
Based on characters created by Charles M. Schulz
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, Linus, and the many other characters that inhabit the world originally created by Charles M. Schulz have endured for many years. First appearing in comic strip form and then television specials, The Peanuts gang has now made their way to the big screen. Luckily, the movie adaptation does a wonderful job of bringing these popular characters to life and retaining the charm of the original cartoons.
As someone who grew up around the exploits of Charlie Brown, it was a great experience seeing it in a theater. The characters both look and act exactly like their original versions. Linus still sucks his thumb and carries a blanket around. Lucy is still rude. Snoopy is still goofy. And, most importantly, Charlie Brown is still his same old self. The voice actors do a wonderful job with the characters, sounding exactly like the original voice actors. I also appreciated how the movie kept many of the recurring gags from the original show intact. From Lucy' help to Snoopy's fantasy adventures, old fans will be quite happy to find many of the original gags put into the movie.
The Peanuts Movie does a stellar job of honoring the original cartoons and what made the exploits of Charlie Brown so endearing in the first place. Fans of the original will find a lot to love about this current adaptation that should help bring in new fans as well. I really enjoyed this movie and consider it to be one of the better animated films of the year. Let's hope a sequel will happen sooner rather than later.