Hello, fellow moviegoers!
Peanuts from the mind of Charles M. Schulz is one of those rare things that transcends generations. No matter how young or old you are, you have read a Peanuts comic strip in the Sunday paper or watched one of the TV movies with family on a holiday. It’s irrefutable. When they announced that a 3-D animated version of Charlie Brown and his group of friends was heading to the big screen, it was met with mixed reactions.
This brand is so close to the hearts of such an insane amount of people, that making a movie like this is a slippery slope. If they make a great film then everybody is going to welcome it with open arms. If not, well, they better brace themselves for one collective “Good Grief” that will last for decades. So which is it? Here’s what I thought…
You can breathe a sigh of relief as Blue Sky Studios and director Steve Martino have managed to grasp that classic Peanuts vibe that we have all grown so fond of. While they simultaneously add their own flare into the mix! The Peanuts Movie is a great film!
The thing that had me hesitant going in was the new animation style. I was afraid that the new three-dimensional animation would take away a little bit of the magic from this traditionally two-dimensionally drawn cartoon. At first, it was a little weird. After about 5 minutes or so I got used to it. From that point on this film was classic Peanuts!
The humor in this film was spot on for a family film. Almost all of the jokes are equally enjoyable by kids and adults alike. I was afraid that a lot of the humor was going to be the potty-humor that seems to have reached its peak in popularity lately. That’s just not what Peanuts is or will ever be (hopefully). Thankfully, I don’t believe there were any of those gags in this film. There was also plenty of wittiness that only the parents will laugh at. Nothing inappropriate, but the kids definitely aren’t going to catch it. The bits with Snoopy and Woodstock will be particularly enjoyable for kids.
The kids that they brought in to voice these iconic characters did a magnificent job. If I didn’t know better, I would say these were the same people that voiced the original characters. They were very convincing as the voices of these beloved children.
There is a subplot that involves Snoopy writing a story that seemed to slow the film down a little bit every time it continued. I know that this film wasn’t supposed to be the next Godfather or anything, and the Snoopy bits were there for a few well-earned laughs and to stay loyal to the original source material; however, I do feel like it could have been handled a little better.
I am glad to say that this is most-wholeheartedly a Peanuts movie in all senses; its heart, its humor, its cuteness, and its overall enjoyable experience. It wouldn’t surprise me if this film goes down in history as one of those must-see Peanuts stories. I would highly recommend you see this movie, especially with a group of friends or family. You'd have to be a blockhead not to! It’s such an amusing film! It looks like Inside Out has met its first real competitor for the Best Animated Feature Oscar.
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