First ‘Peanuts’ Trailer and Images: Charlie Brown and Friends in 3D

Published 6 months ago by , Updated March 21st, 2014 at 3:15 pm,

Jim Henson’s Muppets will return to the big screen this week with Muppets Most Wanted, but they look to bring with them the first look at Peanuts – another cherished property that holds a special place in the hearts of many adults, who grew up either reading the late Charles Schulz’ comic strip and/or watching the various TV specials (and occasional animated feature) that brought characters like Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty, and many more to cartoon life.

Co-producers on the Peanuts reboot include Paul Feig (director of Bridesmaids and The Heat), along with Charles Schulz’ son Craig Schulz and Craig’s son Bryan Schulz. The latter is co-penning the script with fellow producer Cornelius Uliano.

However, as you can see from the above teaser trailer, Peanuts will break away from tradition, by realizing the world of Charlie Brown and his peers via CGI-animation (read: 3D) techniques. The Peanuts gang have crossed over into the real-world before (case in point, this Super Bowl ad), but always in two-dimensional form – meaning, this is a comparatively radical change of pace for the franchise.

That said, judging by the initial footage from the 2015 reboot, the Peanuts gang looks to land smoothly after having made the jump to three dimensions. Schulz’ minimalist physical designs for the characters appear to translate well into 3D on their own, while additional, yet nonintrusive details have been incorporated to provide the characters with more texture (see Charlie Brown’s curly hair or Snoopy’s fur) – without removing their cartoony essence in the process, that is.

If nothing else, the results here seem less awkward (and easier to adjust to) than when other nostalgic 2D cartoon players – like the Looney Tunes crowd or certain iconic Disney ‘toons (see the Sleeping Beauty fairies in Maleficent) – have been re-envisioned for the age of computer-animation.

For more, check out the following screenshots from the Peanuts teaser, courtesy of USA Today:

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Peanuts director Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Continental Drift) told USA Today that the “bigger canvas” offered by 3D animation will be put to good use, in order to do things like bring Snoopy’s fantasy world – where he famously envisions himself as a fighter pilot in WWI – to life in a more expressive fashion that was possible before. Indeed, as films like How to Train your Dragon have shown, flying/action sequences can be something to behold in 3D – if done right, of course.

More importantly, Feig promises there will be no ill-advised attempts to make the Peanuts brand “cool” in this movie – as he put it, “Snoopy will not be rapping, no one will be twerking, we’re in good hands.” Indeed, some of the past Peanuts films and cartoons have offered moments of real poignance and (for lack of a better term) powerful childhood existentialism. So, hopefully, Feig’s comments – and those of his collaborators – is a sign that the reboot will have an equal amount of heart.

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Peanuts opens in 2D and 3D theaters in the U.S. on November 6th, 2015.

Source: USA Today

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  1. That style looks horrible.

    • YOU’RE A DUMMY!

      Looks like we’re all making subjective comments today.

    • @motoko
      Good grief. [ rolls eye]

  2. Are you serious? That looks amazing! Like cell shaded or something.
    The first animated film since…. damn I can’t even remember! but the first animated film in a long time that I’ve actually been excited for.

    • Yes, I’m serious. It’s not cel shaded. It has graduated shading. It looks like airbrushed packaging artwork that looks a little off. The lack of outlines and yet having lineart faces looks odd. It just jars with me. It looks off compared to the original inked artwork and unlike how they usually adapt a drawn character. The photo real sky trees and grass just don’t mesh for me either. It all looks too sterile for my tastes, but that’s the thing with aesthetics, what works for one person, doesn’t for another. It’s just personal taste.

      • Well, I just watched the teaser trailer and it does come across much better in motion and they seem to have Charlie Brown’s voice right. I’d just prefer a more hand-made look is all.

  3. Just thought it should be mentioned; his name was Charles Schulz not Schultz.

    • I wish you were around each time someone spells my surname wrong. (Which is every flipping time!) (^-^)

      • No worries motoko, I got ya back from now on. :)

        • Phew! What a relief. No more seething at them spelling my name wrong, but being too polite to say anything.

    • Ack, my bad, that error’s been corrected.

      Thanks for the catch!

  4. Huh…Love the Peanuts, but…I dunno. I need to see more before deciding on whether or not I’m going to hate this pre-release.

    • It could work in motion, and when the story and voices are added (If they do them well). If this was a new show with new original characters I wouldn’t mind it. It’s just that it is based on something that already has a visual style going on.

  5. Dang, that looks unbelievable. I was one of the few people that embraced a CG version, and I’m pleased to say they look to have hit it out of the ballpark.

    If this is a success, perhaps this will become Blue Sky’s third film franchise? I’d love to see more of this.

  6. I was really nervous about this, but the CGI in this trailer ACTUALLY works! Also, the voice of Charlie Brown sounds perfect, so there’s no problem there. I’m a little more optimistic about this movie.

  7. I cant wait for this to release and glad to hear that they wont cram the Peanuts gang with contemporary pop culture references so they seem fresher. Snoopy and Woodstock are already the two of the smoothest mofos in history just the way they are!

  8. My childhood pals have returned! Yay !
    Linus is still my favorite.

  9. When I first saw the headline was about “Peanuts”, I thought it was my payday at the Wal-Mart where I work!

    I first started collecting Peanuts comics in paperback book form when I was a little kid, and had tons of them. Also Dennis the Menace. I think I identified with Charlie Brown and Dennis (I was somewhat of a clone of the pair). Later as I got a little older, I branched out into BC, Andy Capp, Wizard of ID, Beetle Bailey, Hagar The Horrible, Mr. Magoo, Dagwood and Blondie, and a host of others until I reached my intellectual peak with Doonesbury and Calvin and Hobbes. I had a bit of most of these characters in me as well. Ah, my journey to become one of the “intelligentsia” through comics!!

  10. Does anyone else remember the Viewmaster 3D versions of Peanuts? Probably not. You can google it and get an idea. 3D Peanuts is not without precedent.

    Anyway, I kind of like it. It doesn’t take away from the strip too much. Not overdone. It even looks innovative.

    Now the 2001 reference is extremely stale. But at least they haven’t had Snoopy dancing to some pop-rap song.

    • i had many a view master reels. peanuts to spiderman to land of the lost to…you get the point

  11. LMAO. Love reading comments by people who clearly don’t know art or why it was done this way. Clearly Motoko needs to go back and watch more Peanut videos. This artwork and animation is awesome. That choppy-ness is done on purpose. If you don’t get that please don’t remark on it LMAO. The voice for Charlie Brown was spot on as well and I liked it. The only REAL deterrence is the use of the natural, bright, colorful artwork and background. I can understand why they chose to use this as it is meant to modernize the setting somewhat. But I am glad they left the animation intact and upgraded the artwork visuals slightly.

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