Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Peanuts Movie


I've been watching Peanuts specials since I was 5. There are actually still a lot I haven't seen. It's mostly the holiday specials that air every year, though I do want to see more. In 2012, it was announced that 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios would be making a Peanuts movie. The movie was the idea of Charles Schulz's son Craig and Craig's son Bryan, who helped write and produce the film. This is the 5th Peanuts theatrical release, with the first 4 being A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969), Snoopy, Come Home (1972), Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown (1977), and Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!!). With that said, was this a good Peanuts Movie?

The main story of the movie revolves around Charlie Brown trying to impress the Little Red-Haired Girl, whose name is Heather (wasn't mentioned in the movie but in an old special). This takes place when she first came to town. Apparently, she lives across the street from Charlie Brown. She does things to try to impress her, like do the book report they were assigned to work on together while she was out of town (the book was War and Peace) and tries using getting a perfect score on a test. A subplot in this movie was Snoopy as the World War I flying ace trying to rescue his love interest Fifi from the Red Baron.

This movie was pretty good. Throughout he story, there were references to older Peanuts specials and comic strips, such as Charlie Brown reading War and Peace and Lucy pulling the football away from him. The characters were the same characters we know, tough it is a bit weird seeing so many people like Charlie Brown. The animation was great too. When I first that it would be CGI, I  got worried because I didn't think it would work for Peanuts. But the style of CGI they used still made the characters look flat, and that was a pretty cool style.

There were still some problems with this movie. The biggest one was probably the continuity errors. I assume this takes place before Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!, but in that, he acts like he never read War and Peace. I don't blame those involved in that special because that was almost 30 years ago and they couldn't have seen this coming, but the writers of the movie could've taken that into consideration. Another thing is that in the specials and comic strips, Heather acts like she does't know Charlie Brown exists, but in the movie, not only does she acknowledge his existence, but she talks to him a couple times.

Overall, this was a great movie. It's definitely a must watch for any Peanuts fan.

Final score: 4/5

Extra: Thought I'd give my thoughts on the short that was played before the movie, Cosmic Scrat-astrophe. Scrap from Ice Age was once again trying to get that acorn, and ended up on an abandoned UFO. It was funny and I laughed throughout. Nothing special but I liked it.

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