Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole gang are headed to the big screen next year. A trailer showing Charlie and his beloved pup Snoopy in CGI form has given long time fans their first glimpse of these animated characters. The upcoming Peanuts movie is set to hit theaters November 2015.
This imagery will differ from the traditional animation that people have come to know and love. However the producer of the project, Charles Schulz’s son, Craig says they need not worry because he is way more protective of his father’s work than Schultz himself would have been. Craig said his ultimate goal was always to retain the authenticity of his father’s work and legacy.
Although this will not be The Peanuts’ first time in movie form the characters will appear slightly different from their normal cartoonish facet. The first movie the gang starred in was A Boy Named Charlie Brown in 1969. This was followed by Snoopy, Come Home in 1972 and Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown in 1977. The last time they were featured in a movie was Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!!); which was as far back as 1980.
ABC never fails to give fans the holiday classics which have even drawn the appeal of the newer generation such as: A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Charlie Brown Valentine, It’s the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and several others.
If Charlie Brown had to be described in one word is would definitely be resilient. He never gives up. Although he often finds himself in a state of depression he always rebounds as a boy with unfounded dignity and unruffled courage. In the midst of all of Charlie’s “good grief” he remains loyal to his friends, dedicated to his favorite canine and patient with his little sister. Charlie is the eternal fall guy many have grown to love.
The plot of the movie has not been revealed but Charlie and his faithful, almost human dog Snoopy will be joined with the usual supporting friends such as Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Pig-Pen and hopefully some of the other non-regular players.
Craig said this project is long overdue. The fans have been inquiring for a long while but they wanted to wait until it was the right time. Craig said since his father died in 2000 the Schulz family has been very careful about retaining the authenticity and integrity that was given to the original characters. Craig said three Schulz generations are involved in this film; Bryan, his son, is contributing the screenplay.
When discussing the upcoming 3-D movie Craig said he is excited to partner with Blue Sky/Fox in the creation of a Peanuts movie which will be true to the strip. This will be a movie that will continue to honor the legacy of his father. Charles Schulz’s characters are known and loved all around the globe, with the new 3-D technology this will invite a newer generation to do the same.
Some critics have frowned at the idea of a 3-D film with computer-generated similes as opposed to the classic styled animation but Craig has no doubt that his father would have embraced the advancements of technology. He believes for his father to come on-board would have been the only logical thing to do; it brings you closer into the comic strip.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole gang are headed to the big screen November 2015. A trailer showing Charlie Brown and Snoopy in CGI form has given long time fans their first glimpse of what is to come – a new Peanuts movie.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)