RELEASE DATE: November 6, 2015
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox
DIRECTOR: Steve Martino
MPAA RATING: G
SCREENWRITER: Craig Schulz
STARRING: Noah Schnapp, Hadley Belle Miller, AJ Tecce, Noah Johnston, Venus Schultheis, Alexander Garfin, Francesca Capaldi, Mar Mar, Mariel Sheets, Rebecca Bloom, William Alexander Wunsch, Anastasia Bredikhina, Madisyn Shipman
GENRE: Animation, Family
Reviewed by David Dawson
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the Peanuts gang are back and they are bigger than ever! The Peanuts movie is a delightful and engaging film that appeals to all ages. Based on the works of Charles Schulz the film manages to both update the animation style of the loveable Peanuts gang while also remaining faithful to the source material and TV specials’ artistic style and morality.
Charlie Brown is faced with a dilemma as a new girl moves in across the street. With his trusty companion Snoopy at his side Charlie Brown sets out to make a great first impression. Charlie Brown is sure that the new girl is his one chance to make a friend who doesn’t see him as a ‘blockhead’ or loser. Of course he puts so much pressure on himself, he can’t help but fall short of his goal, time and time again. Snoopy steals the show with his own side-story where his imaginative exploits as a World War I flying ace come to life in glorious 3D animation as he battles the infamous Red Baron. This is the part of the film that benefits the most from the modern animation techniques.
Young viewers will enjoy the adventures of Snoopy and Woodstock, while older kids will also enjoy the interactions of the entire Peanuts gang. Adults who have grown up with the comics and TV specials will appreciate the film’s homages to the Christmas Special and the Great Pumpkin, as well as a series of loving tributes to the original black and white comics.