From Blue Sky Studios, the timeless comics strip characters created by the legendary Charles M. Schulz make the jump to the big screen courtesy of director Steve Martino. In the delightful animated adventure The Peanuts Movie, the gang is all here: Lucy, Schroeder, Linus, Sally, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Violet, Franklin Pig Pen, Woodstock, Snoopy and yes, Charlie Brown too.
Charlie Brown is still the lovable, persistent, courageous little dreamer he’s ever been, even though his endeavors never seem to go his way. One day, his eye notices a new presence in his classroom, a presence in the form of a character who is just called The Little Red-Haired Girl, and he is quite smitten by too shy to introduce himself, and desperate to get her attention.
He goes to great lengths to get her to notice him, talent shows, dances, and book reports but everything blows up in Charlie Brown’s face (typical). Meanwhile the most famous beagle in the world has his hands full with his own exploits, such as defeating his nemesis the Red Baron and rescuing a damsel named Fifi, so both boy and hound are busy with their own respective girl troubles.
I won’t sugarcoat this: The Peanuts Movie is an adorable animated adventure that is fun for all ages.
I definitely believe that no matter if you read the comic strips, saw the television specials or regardless of whether you were a fan of the Peanuts series or not, you will love this movie. In fact, I think Inside Out may finally have some competition for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars this year.
The Peanuts Movie definitely plays on the strengths of how lovable these characters have always been and I think Charles M. Schulz would be proud of the finished product of this movie and be grateful for Steve Martino has accomplished and the writing courtesy of Brian and Craig Schulz and Cornelius Uliano.
I especially liked how tied together the two plots were, Charlie Brown and Snoopy’s, how they intersected with each other while they are always bound together which truly ties the film together. This is wholesome movie, with laughs and wit and abundant charm from start to finish.
The animation is especially solid. Whether Charlie Brown is trying to fly a kite or The Flying Ace is tearing through the sky in a bout with his blasted nemesis the Red Baron, The Peanuts Movie is pretty to look at.
The voices of Noah Schnapp, Alexander Garfin, Mariel Sheets, Venus Schultheis, Hadley Belle Miller, Francesca Capaldi, Kristen Chenoweth, Bill Melendez and Noah Johnston, brought the personas of these characters to life and you couldn’t ask for more than that.
When it comes to the music. Christophe Beck did his job. If this iconic tune wasn’t part of the film it should be considered a crime!
Thankfully it is and there is also a few surprises in the film as well in terms of music and sound effects.
Anyway, what’s not to like about The Peanuts Movie? This movie will draw in audiences of all shapes and sizes and it will not disappoint you.
Charlie Brown is the ultimate underdog, he’s a character that you root for and The Peanuts Movie is a movie that you root for! The Peanuts Movie is one of the year’s best animated adventures.