Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Peanuts Movie

The first teaser trailer for The Peanuts Movie came out in March 2014 and the movie was originally scheduled to be released in January 2015, but somehow the release date got pushed back.  Here it is almost the end of 2015 and the movie is finally being released.  It was worth the wait.  I can't imagine a better way to bring Peanuts to the big screen.

The Little Red Headed Girl moves to town, and for Charlie Brown it is love at first sight.  He wants to impress her by figuring out how not to be such a loser.

The comic strip Peanuts is a bit dated, but The Peanuts Movie does three things really well:  It makes the transition to 3D while brilliantly maintaining some of the classic comic strip 2D look.  It appeals to older people like me who are nostalgic for Peanuts while also being fun (and funny) for the kids.  The kids in the audience were laughing at the slapstick, but so were the adults.  Finally, the movie pays homage to all the classic Peanuts material while being fresh enough for the 21st century. 

There is slightly too much emphasis on Snoopy's fantasy adventures, but only slightly.  The theme of the movie is Dream Big.

Rating:  * * * 1/2


The full trailer is here.

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