The Peanuts Movie
I’ve been a fan of Peanuts since I was a kid. I always identified with the Charlie Brown, the perpetual screw-up. However, I was skeptical about the idea of a modern Peanuts movie being released in 2015 with CGI animation. As it turns out the football was pulled out from under me and my skepticism was misplaced.
The Peanuts movie does a great job of capturing the essence of our lovable blockhead Charlie Brown, a good-natured kid who just never has things go his way. The movie really centers around that idea, which I believe was a great choice and has an obvious yet satisfying pay-off at the end.
The animation really looks great. They managed to keep everything in Schultz’s original style yet give it a modern, updated look at the same time. Its struck a great balance.
The humour was definitely for kids, but it matched the humour of the comic and was charming in that innocent way, and comfortable like Linus’ blanket. And the story that matched it was simple but worthy of a feature film. The only real issue I had with the movie is that the imaginary sequences with Snoopy as the Flying Ace felt like distractions from the overall story.
I felt that the Peanuts Movie did a great job of capturing what made the original Peanuts cartoons so great. No one seems to be talking about this movie, but it is an excellent family film that should be getting more buzz. Good grief!