Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directed by: Steve Martino
Starring: Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez, Hadley Belle Miller, Rebecca Bloom
Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz’s all conquering comic strip turned multi-media empire, might not have the same impact this side of the Atlantic, but the people of the old world are hardly unaware of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and co. The strip which ran for nearly half a century from 1950 to 2000, and the animated TV spin-offs, have delighted people of all ages even if the US-specific social nuances might get lost in translation.
The same applies to The Peanuts Movie, rebranded with Snoopy and Charlie Brown’s names in front for us less discerning Brits. The small-town, white picket fence and baseball mound idyll presented in the film might not be the same dream shared over here, but Charlie Brown’s furtive steps into the dating game are packed full of too many good jokes not to enjoy.
A lot of the film’s success is built on its look. The modern CGI merges with the original four panel-gag strip approach to feel both fresh and respectful. There’s a flat aesthetic at times, characters shuffling across the screen in jolts of action, while speech bubbles occasionally pop up, a final ho