Let’s have a party with Charlie Brown and Snoopy, we can go dancing with Linus and Lucy, put on a smile and stay a while, come on and dance around with Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Or you know, don’t.
From Steve Martino, the director of Horton Hears a Who! and Ice Age: Continental Drift, comes Peanuts based on the popular comic strips and cartoons by Charles M. Schulz. 17,897 strips were published between 1950 and 2000 and the characters remain in the public consciousness through syndication in newspapers and the traditional US screening of A Charlie Brown Christmas every holiday season.
There’s clear affection for the source material, with the theme music from the early Charlie Brown shorts incorporated into the trailers and although it’s computer animation, they’ve retained the beautiful 2D aesthetic of Schulz’s work. The screenplay was also kept in the family with Charles’ son Craig and Grandson Bryan having worked on the script along with Cornelius Uliano. The film is to be released 6 November 2015, marking 65 years since the publication of the first comic and 50 years since A Charlie Brown Christmas was first screened on television.
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