The Peanuts Movie (2015)
Starring: Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez, Hadley Belle Miller, Noah Johnston, Anastasia Bredikhina, Venus Schultheis
Directed By: Steve Martino
Written By: Bryan Schulz, Craig Schulz, Cornelius Uliano
Rating: G (US) Running Time: 1 hr 33 min
This was one of my most anticipated movies of 2015, ever since I saw the first trailer back in January. And despite getting myself all hyped up for this event (even watching it ahead of the new James Bond flick), this film did not disappoint.
I loved how the style of animation updated the characters and settings, yet moved in a way authentic to the original cartoon TV shows. Successfully updating Charles M. Schulz’s creation for a new generation, while still delivering a charming story both old and new fans of these characters can appreciate and enjoy. This film honors honesty and family, and Charlie Brown (voiced by Noah Schnapp) is a superb role model for everyone by showing us nice guys occasionally finish first.
There are essentially two stories playing out here in this delightful film. The first is Chuck’s unrequited love of the new girl in school, and the second explores Snoopy’s ongoing adventures in imagination as he fights the Red Baron and rescues his lady-love. Both are entertaining but perhaps a touch too simplistic in order to squeeze in reworked classic moments from the animated specials. The mix of old and new content however, is nicely balanced. Pitting Snoopy’s slapstick craziness with Charlie Brown’s romantic misadventures, while also making sure we get to spend some quality time with the other characters in this universe.
If you are a fan of the original comics and cartoons, I think you’ll enjoy this film despite the way it has rearranged the characters so that they all attend the same school. This movie is rated G – and is suitable for everyone!
This is really nicely animated, but doesn’t necessarily need the big screen treatment. A family trip to the theater for a 2D screening would be nice, but this film would also work just fine as a HD rental at home to watch with the kids on your nice big TV.
I really enjoyed Snoopy’s Red Baron adventures. The highlight for me being his brave trek through imaginary elements to get back to his base, as the film cuts between the fantasy and reality. At one point using a pair of binoculars, only to find they’re actually Marcie’s glasses.