There are a handful of animated feature films slated for theatrical release over the remaining months of 2015. Sony Pictures Animation has the comedy/sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 arriving this week (at the time of writing this); Disney/Pixar will release its second original ‘toon of 2015, The Good Dinosaur, over the Thanksgiving holiday frame; and 20th Century Fox is bringing Charlie Brown and friends back to the big screen with the studio’s own November release, The Peanuts Movie.
Peanuts Movies was written by the late Peanuts comic strip creator Charles Schulz’s son and grandson (Craig and Bryan Schulz) and newcomer Cornelius Uliano, as well as directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Continental Drift) and produced by Paul Feig (director of Bridesmaids and Spy). The last theatrical trailer for the film has now been released online, and can be watched, above.
The filmmakers behind The Peanuts Movie have crafted a Peanuts film that might yet please the older fans of the franchise, while at the same time leading a younger generation to fall in love with ‘Chuck’ (voiced by Noah Schnapp), Snoopy, and the rest of the gang – if the Peanuts Movie footage released so far is any indication, anyway.
The new Peanuts Movie trailer only further supports that argument, with its mix of bright and pleasant computer-animated visuals (as designed to resemble the 2D aesthetic of the original Peanuts cartoons and comics) and humor, as well as comedy/drama centered around Charlie Brown’s relatable existential woes – which, in his case, largely revolve around his hopes of impressing his peers, in particular ‘the new kid’ a.k.a. the Little Red-Haired Girl (Francesca Capaldi).
For those who are interested, you can even create your own likeness in the Peanuts animated universe by heading over to the official “Peanutize Me!” site – as illustrated by the video, below:
Part of what’s refreshing about The Peanuts Movie is that the project isn’t taking drastic steps to “update” or “modernize” either the themes or style of the Peanuts franchise; involving members of the Schulz family (who have all the more reason to do right by the series) no doubt helped in that regard. Similarly, the film was informed by the idea that Charlie Brown’s story/struggles are as relevant today as they were when the Peanuts comic strip began, back in the 1950s – no big changes were needed for a modern Peanuts Movie to work, in other words.
Naturally, there is a risk that the Peanuts characters and their world just won’t be of interest to the juice box crowd, be it due to the old-fashioned (and simplistic) design of this 65-year old property… or another reason altogether. Nonetheless, right now there seems to be fair reason to believe this is one trip down nostalgia lane that kids should enjoy taking with their parents (and vice versa) when the film arrives on the scene later this fall.
The Peanuts Movie opens in U.S. theaters on November 6th, 2015.
Source: 20th Century Fox