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By Maddy Marcus
Since the 1950’s, “The Peanuts” has been entertaining us and touching our hearts. Now, the Peanuts kids bring their charm to the big screen for the first time. The movie’s release coincides with the comic strip’s 65th birthday.
And I have to say, it was very well done.
The movie follows Charlie Brown and all his memorable friends as he tries to impress the new girl in town. There’s also a quirky B-story that follows another classic character, Flying Ace Snoopy, as he takes on his greatest enemy, the Red Baron. The two sides of the movie coincide seamlessly with each other, never leaving the audience bored with the plot.
Another mentionable success: including all the classic Peanuts moments we know and love. Lucy was running her psychiatric help booth, Linus was clutching his blanket and Snoopy and Woodstock were going back and forth as always. And what would a Peanuts movie without Charlie Brown’s mess-ups?
For a majority of the film, Charlie Brown was trying to master new skills, like dancing and flying a kite, in order to make the new girl his girl. But, much like in the comic and TV specials, Charlie Brown failed almost every attempt.
There wasn’t really much novelty in the movie, however. Since the Peanuts are a classic group of characters, there was no need for any forced interaction or development.
However, the movie was in no way a remake. It was an original story and plot, which was great to see play out.
But what won the night was the animation.
Being an artist myself, I tend to really only watch cartoon-y movies for the sole purpose of the art. Since “Peanuts” wasn’t produced by Disney, I had my doubts on the production value. But honestly, the animation was unique and did not disrupt the characters original design one bit.
Since CGI animation is the new norm with kids movies, I think it’s safe to say the era of 2-D animated films has come to a close. But “Peanuts” kept a 2-D, hand-drawn feel. The animators mixed a bit of sketch-like drawings into the film in little spurts, which gave a sprinkle of Charles Schultz’s original artwork.
All in all, the art was just simply amazing and unique. There was still depth to each of the characters, even though their looks seemed relatively flat. Way to go, animators, for keeping the simplistic, classic Peanuts design.
In all seriousness, I saw absolutely nothing wrong with this movie. From the little artistic details to the whole big picture, there was no holes in the plot, no dull moments and not once did I feel like the producers could have done something better.
If you’re looking to awaken your inner child and have a few chuckles, then definitely head to theaters and see “The Peanuts Movie.” You won’t be disappointed.