The Peanuts Movie (2015)
Charlie Brown is the worlds most beloved goof. He is an underdog in every sense of the word and always manages to find himself in the most awkward situations. The Peanuts Movie consists of 2 main stories. One of them surround Charlie Brown and his desire to be liked by the new red-haired girl in class. The other story surrounds Snoopy and his latest encounter with his nemesis, the Red Baron. Both stories prove that even the underdog can have his day!
I have to start out by saying that I didn’t “grow up” reading the Peanuts comics. I know the characters and know most of the major plot lines, but I don’t know the relationships between the characters nor any of the running jokes. Having said that, I really enjoyed this movie. It is quirky, funny and charming. I can tell they fit plenty of situations and interactions in the story to keep true to the comics. The animation is smooth and clean, and the characters are represented quite well. Besides Charlie Brown and Snoopy, the rest of the characters have about the same amount of screen time. Perhaps Linus, Lucy and Sally have more time than Schroeder, Pigpen, Patty and Marcie, but they are all there and no one feels pushed aside.
As far as a story goes, there isn’t anything new from the Charlie Brown side of things, however I did find it interesting that there are 2 main plots; the one with Charlie Brown and the one with Snoopy. I didn’t find the Red Baron story to be that great and always wish it would switch back to the gang. It’s not that the Snoopy story wasn’t good, I just wanted to see more of the group. Basically, if you are hoping for a story to sweep you off your feet, you will be disappointed since the story is simply ok.
The Peanuts Movie isn’t about “new.” It is about entertainment for kids and nostalgia for adults, and it succeeds on pretty much every level. I think the characters are fun, the story is touching and the animation is clean. Their isn’t much to dislike about this movie and taking your family to see it for the holidays is a good safe bet!
8/10 Stars – The story might not be revolutionary, but the characters, animation and quirky laughs it provides will keep audiences happy this holiday season.