The Peanuts Movie (Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie in the United Kingdom and Australia) is an American 3D CGI animated comedy film based on Peanuts that was released on November 6, 2015, around the sixty-fifth anniversary of the debut of the comic strip and the fiftieth anniversary of the first Peanuts television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Written and produced by Charles M. Schulz's son, Craig, his grandson, Bryan, and Cornelius Uliano, it was animated by 20th Century Fox's Blue Sky Studios, and directed by Steve Martino, the director of Horton Hears a Who! and Ice Age: Continental Drift.
The teaser trailer for the movie was released on March 18, 2014, along with the official website and logo for the movie.
The full trailer was released online on November 18, 2014 and the trailer hit theatres on Thanksgiving Day 2014.
The Peanuts Movie was rated G by the Motion Picture Association of America and U by the British Board of Film Classification.
The film received largely positive reviews from critics and grossed $246 million worldwide against its $99 million budget, making it a box office success. It was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and won an award from the African-American Film Critics Association for Best Animated Feature.
Due to the film's critical and commercial success, Fox has been reportedly interested in making a sequel and turning The Peanuts Movie into a franchise.
Charlie Brown is now fed up with the fact that his life keeps going wrong. He soon gets his chance when the Little Red-Haired Girl moves into the neighborhood that winter. After an incident with her moving boxes, he decides to go see Lucy, who helps him become more confident in himself. Charlie Brown decides to see Snoopy for help with his school magic act, in hopes of impressing the Little Red-Haired Girl. Unfortunately, Sally needs help when her act goes wrong during the talent show (She is pretending to be a cowboy.) and she gets ridiculed, and Charlie Brown decides to use all of his time to help her and she wins first prize at the talent show. Later, Snoopy teaches him to dance, so he can go to the school dance and impress the Little Red-Haired Girl. Things begin to bright up; he dances well, and he is complemented. However, the train soon comes off the rails, as he accidentally sets off the school sprinkler system, ending the dance early.
Charlie Brown's future is soon turning, as he is assigned partners with the Little Red-Haired Girl on a book report. Upon hearing she will be gone for a few days to visit her sick grandmother, Charlie Brown decides to do the report by himself. Ignoring Marcie's advice, he writes his report on "War and Peace". It is during this time that he finds he got a perfect score on the test earlier in the film. He gets the report done in time for his award ceremony, but upon his horror, the test is Peppermint Patty's, as the two accidentally mixed up their papers and wrote their names on the wrong submissions. Dejected, Charlie Brown admits his failure and that Peppermint Patty is the real genius (although she was just lucky), much to the kids' dismay. His mood worsens when the report is destroyed and he is forced to admit this to the Little Red-Haired Girl.
Spring soon arrives, and Charlie Brown spots a boy who can't fly a kite. He decides to teach the boy, and to his shock, the boy is successful. On the last day of school, everyone chooses pen-pals to write to over the summer. Charlie Brown is upset when the Little Red-Haired Girl chooses him, thinking it was just out of pity since no one chose him. After some encouragement from Linus, however, he decides to talk to her face-to-face. He races to find her, only to discover that she is leaving to summer camp. Thinking he will not make it, the Kite-Eating Tree spits out a kite, and the kite drags Charlie Brown to her, much to the amazement of the others.
He finds her, and asks why she chose him, despite his failures. The Little Red-Haired Girl says it is because he is caring and honest. They promise to write to each other, and as she drives away, the others accept Charlie Brown as their new friend.
In a side story, after finding a typewriter in the school dumpster, Snoopy decides to write a novel about the World War I Flying Ace. Here, he is trying to save Fifi from the Red Baron with Woodstock and his friends' help, using the key events and situations surrounding Charlie Brown throughout the film as inspiration to develop his story. He ends up acting out his adventure physically, pulling himself across a line of lights and imagining it as a rope across a broken bridge, and he comes across Charlie Brown and the gang several times along the way. Snoopy defeats the Red Baron and rescues Fifi from a destroyed zeppelin. When Lucy finishes reading, she calls it the dumbest story she has ever read, so Snoopy throws the typewriter at her in retaliation and kisses her nose, causing her to run away in disgust yelling that she has "dog germs".
The first post scene that appears during the credits is Lucy and Charlie Brown performing the football gag. In the second scene that appears during the credits, Snoopy, Fifi, Woodstock, the Beagle Scouts, and Snoopy's siblings celebrate Snoopy's victory over the Red Baron with root beer, that is until the Red Baron shows up again and knocks Snoopy into the root beer causing him to shout "Curse you, Red Baron!" (via thought bubble). After the credits are over, Linus' model tri-plane, the runaway flying of which is a running gag throughout the film, finally sputters to a stop over the pond and falls straight in.
- Noah Schnapp – Charlie Brown
- Hadley Belle Miller – Lucy
- Mariel Sheets – Sally Brown
- Alexander Garfin – Linus
- Bill Melendez – Snoopy and Woodstock (archival recordings)
- Francesca Angelucci Capaldi – the Little Red-Haired Girl and Frieda
- Venus "Omega" Schultheis – Peppermint Patty
- Rebecca Bloom – Marcie
- Marleik "Mar Mar" Walker – Franklin
- Noah Johnston – Schroeder
- Anastasia Bredikhina – Patty
- Madisyn Shipman – Violet
- A.J. Tecce – "Pig-Pen"
- Micah Revelli – Little Kid
- William "Alex" Wunsch – Shermy
- Kristin Chenoweth – Fifi
- Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews – Miss Othmar and Mrs. Little Red-Haired Girl. Andrews' trombone provided their "wah-wah" voices, along with the voices for other adult characters in the film.
- Frank Welker – The Red Baron (uncredited)
Blu-ray and DVD versions of the film were released on March 8, 2016. The film was also made available for digital streaming.
Special Features include:
- Six Snoopy Snippets
- "Better When I'm Dancing" Meghan Trainor music and lyric videos
- You Never Grow Up Charlie Brown (three behind the scenes features)
- Snoopy's Sibling Salute
- "Learn to Draw Snoopy, Woodstock and Charlie Brown"
- "Get Down with Snoopy and Woodstock" music video
- Behind the Scenes of "Better When I'm Dancin'"
- Snoopy's Playlist
- Concepts gallery
- Five trailers of The Peanuts Movie
Special Features (On Target Blu Ray):
- The Voices of the Peanuts Movie
- Nickelodeon "Orange Carpet"
- Art of Dreaming Big:
- How to Make a Joe Cool
- How to Make a Snoopy Puppet
- How to Make a Red Baron Clothespin Plane
A video game based on the film, The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy's Grand Adventure, was announced on July 8, 2015 and was released on November 3, 2015, just three days before the movie was released.
The book The Art and Making of The Peanuts Movie (ISBN 1783293241) was published by Titan Books on October 27, 2015.
Notes and trivia
- This is the first Peanuts production to be CGI.
- This is the first Peanuts animation to not have either Charlie Brown or Snoopy in the title.
- After over 60 years of misery and failure, Charlie Brown finally gets a well deserved victory.
- Archival recordings of Bill Melendez as Snoopy and Woodstock are used in the film.
- This is the Little Red Haired Girl's first speaking role.
- This is the first theatrical full-length Peanuts film since 1980's Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!!).
- The movie was originally going to be titled simply Peanuts, as seen in the teaser trailer.
- This is the longest Peanuts theatrical film to date, surpassing A Boy Named Charlie Brown by one minute.
- In the 20th Century Fox logo, Schroeder plays the fanfare.
- A few seconds later, Scrat, the saber-toothed squirrel from Ice Age appears in the Blue Sky Studios logo sequence to this film.
- This movie has received the most positive reviews that a Blue Sky film has received so far.
- Snoopy's siblings make an appearance at the end of the film.
- A reference to It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is made when the children are looking over the fence.
- Except for Rerun van Pelt, Lydia and Eudora all of the main characters (Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy van Pelt, Sally Brown, Linus van Pelt, Schroeder, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Franklin, Pig-Pen, Shermy, Woodstock, Violet Gray, Patty, Frieda and Spike) appeared in the movie.
- The moving van at the beginning of the film is from a firm named "Mendelson and Melendez", after Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez respectively.
- Micah Revelli who voices "Little Kid" in the movie is Charles Schulz's great-grandson from his granddaughter Stephanie.
- Charlie Brown says that he can only cook toast, referencing A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.
- When the movie airs on Fox, it is titled Snoopy: The Peanuts Movie.
Although The Peanuts Movie has been described as a success and Fox was reportedly interested in making a sequel and turning The Peanuts Movie into a franchise, Fox only had the rights to make one Peanuts film. Schulz's widow, Jean, has indicated that a sequel is not imminent, stating, "This one took eight years, so maybe we'll talk again then."
- ↑ ComingSoon.net
- ↑ Official trailer, added to YouTube by Fox Family Entertainment on November 18, 2014
- ↑ Todd Cunningham, "‘Peanuts Movie’ Is a Hit – Why a Sequel Isn’t Already in the Works",TheWrap, November 10, 2015
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- Article on Wikipedia
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