Written by guest contributor Cameron Gallagher
The Peanuts movie is hands down one of the greatest animated films I have ever seen. After seeing the initial trailer with the new “3D” animation look, and feeling that horrible “Here we go. Let's ruin another classic” I was not interested. But after agreeing to see the movie with family, it was the best decision I made!
The Peanuts movie follows the oh so loved Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang in their adventures from, day to day but especially when a new girl comes to school! Now, one of the things I loved long ago about the Peanuts films, was they truly captured the feeling of being a kid. Not just in a literal sense because they are kids, but the questions and feelings we have that now is only a fragment of nostalgia. Playing in the snow, a new kid in school, fear of being laughed at. All of these things are things we went through as kids.
This movie was amazing in every aspect. The story was so riveting in that it told the story of “real” kids. Kids who think and feel! Kids that play outside and socialize with one another. One of the greatest things this film did was make itself timeless. Not an ounce of technology was involved and it felt like a movie that could have happened in 1950 or 2015. They stuck to the roots of not only the Peanuts but being a kid. Playing outside and talking with friends and I think this is a wonderful message and example for young kids to see!
Speaking of the message let's talk about that. The message is so great in this movie, without spoiling it, Charlie Brown feels very down on himself, but no matter what stays true to who he is and to be a kind person! This my friends is what makes a beautiful script! One that sends a playful and great message to viewers of any age.
This is an incredible deep and emotional movie. Not in a boring way, but really explores the emotions that kids face day to day. We forget as adults that kids feel too. They have emotions just as we do, because we are just older versions of kids. Charlie Brown has so much dimension to his character and I'm this film we really care about him. Not just because he is a classic icon, but because of the emotion the filmmakers have instilled in him.
But of course what about Snoopy and Woodstock? A riot! With a mixture of 3D style and Cartoon like animations, the dynamic duo was brought back to life in a truly comical and classic way! With a compelling side story and hilarious antics, these two are seriously a riot! One of the things I loved to is they used the original voice overs, and worked them into this film, due to the actors passing!
I don't want to say too much because the script is very tight around a certain subject, but this story has a wonderful ending that gave me joy like no other film before. The Peanuts is seriously a cinema treat for ANYONE! Adults, kids, parents, grandparents, friends, this movie is truly amazing! I don't usually believe in a perfect movie, but there is NOTHING bad I can say about it! An absolute must see movie! Make sure to go check it out and tell me what you thought of the Peanuts!
The Peanuts Movie (2015) Director: Steve Martino Writers: Bryna Schulz, Charles M. Schulz, Craig Schulz, Cornelius Uliano Studio: Blue Sky Media Run Time: 88min