November 5, 2015
Not sure what I expected when I sat down to watch the new Peanuts movie. Guess I wanted to get a little piece of the joy I used to feel while viewing one of the holiday specials as a kid. That’s a hard feeling to duplicate, childlike joy, after you’ve been through the ups and downs of adulthood. Although, I did get a sense of it as I sat in the screening surrounded by children who couldn’t contain themselves as we waited for the movie to begin.
Almost on cue, good ol’ Charlie Brown lumbers into frame, his mind set on achieving some mundane task that always proves more difficult for him to realize. He gripes and laments, but always remains optimistic that maybe it’ll work out next time. Charlie Brown is a classic everyman harkening back to a time when children’s imaginations took priority over blinking screens.
Of course, Charlie Brown has to have his disapproving public support group, and that’s where we meet the rest of the gang: best friend, Linus, little sister, Sally, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder, Franklin, Pig Pen, man’s best friend Snoopy, dog’s best friend Woodstock, and arch-nemesis, Lucy. There are others as well, including a kid with no name who refers to Charlie Brown as “sir” and of course, his crush, the Little Red-Haired Girl (and she speaks!).
If only real dogs could do half of the things Snoopy can, we might be able to win over those “crazy cat” people. This dog pushes you to go after the girl of your dreams while moonlighting as a flying ace in the war. He knows how to start a dance and never lets you feel like there isn’t at least one pooch always in your corner.
You could tell that someone who knew Charles Schulz was involved in this production. Even through the 3-D format, Peanuts kept the look and feel of his originals. Mr. Schulz’s son Craig and his grandson, Bryan, did a fantastic job of honoring his timeless creations. I highly recommend The Peanuts Movie to anyone looking for lots of good-natured laughter and a fun afternoon with the kids.
Star Rating: 4 out of 5