The characters of Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip, Peanuts, are iconic. Sixty-five years after their first appearance in line-drawn form, Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang are set to appear on the big screen in The Peanuts Movie, which will be released on November 6, 2015.
The latest trailer for The Peanuts Movie has arrived, and gives a good hint at the plot of the movie as well as an extensive look at the film, including the 3D animation used.
The film features the voice talents of Bill Melendez as Snoopy and Woodstock from archival recordings, as well as Noah Schnapp (Charlie Brown), Hadley Belle Miller (Lucy van Pelt), AJ Tecce (Pig-Pen), Noah Johnston (Schroder), Venus Schultheis (Peppermint Patty), Alexander Garfin (Linus van Pelt), Francesca Capaldi (Little Red-Haired Girl), Mar Mar (Franklin), Mariel Sheets (Sally Brown) and Rebecca Bloom (Marcie).
Directed by Steve Martino, the film is written and produced by Charles M. Schulz’s son, Craig Schulz, his grandson Brian Schulz and Cornelius Uliano.
The Peanuts Movie will essentially revolve around two plotlines, one being Charlie Brown trying to win the affections of the Little Red-Haired Girl who is new in town, and the other being Snoopy going up against his arch-rival, the Red Baron.
It is always a risk, when such well-loved hand-drawn characters are animated for film that they end up ruining the look and feel of the original, and they end up seeming like new characters rather than the originals. This is not the case here. Keeping The Peanuts Movie in the Schulz family has paid off, and the loving attention to detail has resulted in a trailer that is a real joy to behold.
The 3D animation has only served to lift the film and make it just as appealing to a new, younger audience as it will be to those familiar with the comics. There will always be purists, who prefer to keep franchises as they once were, but Charlie Brown and Snoopy deserve to become known to the younger generation simply because they are such fun and their story is an enduring tale of faithful friendship.
It is a testament to the original Schulz creations that no new characters needed to be introduced for The Peanuts Movie, and audiences will no doubt enjoy seeing their old favourites up to their usual antics once more. Expect The Peanuts Movie to be a big hit in theaters this Fall.
The Peanuts Movie will be released November 6, 2015
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