Good Grief: Get a First Look at New, CGI-Heavy ‘Peanuts’ Film

By March 18, 2014
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Were you the one who asked for a CGI Peanuts movie? No? Perhaps it was someone you know? A friend of a friend? Because somebody out there wanted this, and it seems important to find out who they are, and maybe have a serious chat with them.

Over at USA Today, the paper has a first look at the new feature-length Peanuts film, and although it’s exciting to see Charlie Brown and Snoopy (and the rest of the gang) back on the big screen, the CGI style of it all is a bit iffy.

Skepticism aside, the film does have a solid, ahem, pedigree (dog joke!), as it is being produced by Craig Schulz, one of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz’s sons, and he seems nothing short of ecstatic about the new production. “It’s long overdue,” Schulz told the outlet. “The fans have been asking for a long time, but we held off until the time was right.” He also tried to put some fan fears at rest, saying “I’m way more protective than my father would have been…Our No. 1 goal was always to be authentic to his work and legacy.”

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Craig also shared that he believes his father would have loved the CGI style, saying “It would have been absolutely logical for him to have come onboard…And it brings you closer into the comic strip.”

The involvement of another Schulz family member should also put fans at ease, as the film’s script was written by Craig’s son Brian, along with his screenwriting partner Cornelius Uliano.

Director Steve Martino may not be a member of the Schulz clan, but he’s got plenty of experience with animated outings, including Ice Age: Continental Drift and Horton Hears a Who! Listen, we’re not sold on this CGI thing just yet, but these are some nice names to hear attached.

Little is known about the film’s actual plot, but we do know that all of the original comic strip’s classic characters will be present and it will dive into Snoopy’s rich fantasy world, in which he casts himself as a World War I fighter pilot. Check out the trailer below:

 

Peanuts arrives on November 6, 2015.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.
  • Kristin T Medina

    I love this. I have always enjoyed the Peanuts movies. Who doesn’t like Snoopy? This is long overdue.

  • Timothy W Williams

    Way Cool. I so dig Peanuts. The holiday specials were my absolute faves! I can’t wait to see this!

  • Michael I Payton

    The kids are gonna freak! I’m kinda excited myself. Personal fave: The Great Pumpkin.

  • Carter J Hock

    Always up for a good Peanuts cartoon. The last bastion of true innocence in children’s cartoons.