Good Grief! Charles M. Schulz brought Peanuts to life through comic strips beginning in 1950. The strips featured the characters Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Pig Pen, and many others, all of which are still beloved today.
The Peanuts Movie, which was released on Nov. 6, 2015, follows Charlie Brown, a young boy who can’t fly a kite, play baseball or do anything else right in the eyes of himself or others. When a new girl moves to town, Charlie is smitten, and decides to make every attempt to make her see him for who he really is; a boy who can succeed and is worthy of her attention. He does not want her to see him as the failure that everyone thinks he is.
In real life Charles M. Schulz was in love with a woman who married another man. She became immortalized in the Peanuts comic strips as Charlie Brown’s love “the Little Red-Haired Girl.” The movie shows how hard Charlie Brown must work in order to overcome the issues a young boy can have when peer pressure and stereotyping have become a way of life. Charlie Brown must decide if he wants to be the boy everyone thinks he is or the boy he wants to be.
Snoopy and Woodstock also have their own story. Snoopy spends the entire movie attempting to write a story about the Red Baron, which takes him and Woodstock on an epic adventure. They have adventures that always engage the audience and win the love of everyone who know them.
The animation in the new movie is quite different than in previous Peanuts shows. I was not impressed with the animation. The hair on Linus was too harsh and stuck up too high. That would be the biggest complaint. Any time you take a movie or show that is older and remake or make a new movie you lose part of the originality that you as the viewer fell in love with. The animation of The Peanuts Movie is good; I personally as a Peanuts fan prefer the older hand drawn animation of old.
If you are looking for a good family movie over the holidays, The Peanuts Movie would be a great choice. There is action and adventure for the young and old alike.