First, I’m going to say I’ve always loved ‘Peanuts’. Though I had a hard time openly admitting it at some points in my youth. Not because of shame, but I was a kid named Charles in the 80’s. So people that wanted to irk me would either go with ‘Charles in Charge’ or ‘Charlie Brown’. As a kid, you don’t realize that you should probably be proud of the connection. Mostly because Snoopy was the big one and that’s the character you want to be associated with.
Well, we took the kid to see ‘The Peanuts Movie’ and he brought Snoopy along. His review is simply this:
I liked it. It was good. Why won’t McDonald’s give me Charlie Brown? (Seriously we have Woodstock, Sally/Snoopy on a sled, and 2 Lucys.)
My review might not be better than that. If you loved the comics and old cartoon movies then you’ll love this. They didn’t overdo the nostalgia, but small things were seamlessly put in here and there. Ice skating on the lake, Snoopy taking Linus’s blanket, Snoopy’s typewriter, Charlie Brown pitching, the kite-eating tree, and Lucy’s psychiatrist stand complete with a nickle charge. Love that there was no inflation there. Also don’t let the hip-hop in the trailers fool you. Opens with the classic music. They also did something interesting where characters thinking takes the form of thought bubbles that show the old comics.
The story is simple and revolves around Charlie Brown trying to get the attention of the ‘little red-haired girl’. Here is where I get back to my earlier paragraph. Charlie Brown is fantastic. He isn’t as flashy as Snoopy, Lucy, Sally, or even Pigpen. The thing that makes him stand out is that he’s nice in a way that you don’t really see in modern stuff. I can’t really explain why without spoilers. The best I can say is that he came off such a genuine character that one could easily see why he had so many friends. Even though he sometimes felt like he didn’t.
Everything built up to an ending that did have me tearing up. It was sweet. Though I will say that you have to stay for part of the credits to get the scene that many of us would be waiting for. There really wasn’t any other place to put that classic.
I’d recommend this movie for all ages. It’s just so nice to see a movie on a classic franchise that shows so much respect and love for the source material. I’m so buying this when it comes out on DVD.