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'The Peanuts Movie' Synopsis, Voice Cast & New Poster Revealed

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One of the ways that many people celebrate the fall and winter season festivities is to re-watch the classic Charlie Brown animated holiday specials; next year, though, we'll be getting a brand new movie featuring Chuck and pals, in the form of The Peanuts Movie (known as Peanuts for short). Charles M. Schulz' original comic strip universe will be brought to life via computer-animation in the 2015 film, and so far the general reaction to its trailer footage has been a positive one.

Peanuts isn't just emulating the look from old-school Charlie Brown cartoons (with its cell-shading animation style), but also the practice of casting young newcomers to voice such precocious icons as Linus, Lucy, and Peppermint Pattie on the big screen. Producer Paul Feig (director of Bridesmaids and The Heat) unveiled the Peanuts voice cast on the Today Show on Thanksgiving morning, but the related press release from 20th Century Fox includes additional information on the project.

Here is the official Peanuts Movie plot synopsis, via Fox:

In the film, Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest.

"Epic" might be a bit of a stretch, as far as proper adjectives for the film's narrative go. The Peanuts Movie screenplay is penned by Bryan and Craig Schulz, and director Steven Martino (Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Continental Drift) has indicated that the storyline will embrace the same simple, yet timeless, philosophical outlook and moral lessons featured in Peanuts comics, TV shows, and features produced in the 20th century. Then again, Snoopy's high-flying fantasies promise to be "Epic" in their own way, so maybe the term is appropriate enough, as used here.

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Moving along - pictured below, we have Feig alongside the Peanuts Movie voice cast:

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