THE PEANUTS MOVIE (transfer) review

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These “transfer” reviews are from when I only did reviews on my Facebook page back in 2015. Bare in mind when reading these, I didn’t have the same formula in my review writing that I do now, and my usual “who starred and who directed” information is completely absent, so everything “italicized” is new. With that said, enjoy this review from 2015.

Oh yeah, I was excited for this movie. I grew up with the Peanuts gang. Read the Sunday Funnys, watched the cartoons, you name it. This movie’s announcement was nostalgia overload. Sorta crept up on me too when it was released… right alongside [007] SPECTRE. Saw about one second of the movie at work and instantly fell in love with it. I bought my ticket the next morning, fought my way through a bunch of kids (because fuck those kids, I’ve been waiting for this movie since Schulz died), and prepped for what I was hoping to be a great movie.

Starring: Noah Schnapp (BRIDGE OF SPIES [2015], STRANGER THINGS [2016 – ongoing], and upcoming films INTENSIVE CARE [2018] and HALLOWIIAN [2018]), Bill Melendez (41 years of voicing Snoopy and Woodstock), Alexander Garfin (SALT [2010]), Venus Schultheis (unknown stuff), and Mariel Sheets (KUBO [2016])

Support: Kristin Chenoweth (THE STAR [2017] and MY LITTLE PONY [2017]), Francesca Capaldi (stuff I’ve never seen), Anastasia Bredikhina (stuff I’ve never seen), Rebecca Bloom (stuff I’ve never seen), and Noah Johnston (MONSTER’S UNIVERSITY [2013])

Director: Steve Martino (ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT [2012], HORTON HEARS A WHO! [2008], and the upcoming FOSTER [2021])
Writers: Craig and Bryan Schulz (feature film debuts; congrats, guys), and Cornelius Uliano (feature film debut; congrats, sir)
Composer: Christophe Beck (GRINGO [2018], AMERICAN MADE [2017], TROLLS [2016], ANT-MAN [2015], and upcoming films ANT-MAN AND THE WASP [2018] and HOLMES AND WATSON [2018])
Cinematographer: Renato Falcão (FERDINAND [2017] and ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE [2016])
Editors: Christopher Campbell (ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT) and Randy Trager (RIO 2 [2014])

This is my honest opinion of: THE PEANUTS MOVIE


Charlie Brown (voiced by Noah Schnapp) wants desperately to be liked by his peers, but his constant clumsiness sabotages all of his efforts. But when the new kid moves into the neighborhood, the Little Red-Haired Girl (voiced by Francesca Capaldi), and Charlie Brown becomes instantly infatuated with her, decides that this should be his one shot at showing her that he’s somebody worth paying attention to.


Fun fact: this movie is rated G. Let me say that again, rated G!!! What was the last movie you saw that was rated G? For me, MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (2013). It has been 2 years since I saw a G-rated movie

You better believe it, THE PEANUTS MOVIE is amazing. This comes as a kind of shock since the movies and the show itself are so mellow and low-key, it’s hard to see how a full-length theatrical movie could pull off something big. Turns out, it didn’t need to. It still keeps in with the spirit of the every character, but doesn’t have the characters go on any grand adventures other than basic kids stuff.

Fun stuff: without mentioning names, I do happen to know someone who didn’t grow up with the Peanuts. More precisely, he was aware of its existence, but never thought they were good (BLASPHEMER!!!). Perhaps he was a little too worried that the original material was too kid-oriented, so nothing there for adults… which is weird because the Peanuts comics have always been laced with adult humor and the kids have always talked more like adults than kids. Now, while this movie may not be marinated in adult humor, it has quite a few solid jokes for grown-ups. “ ‘Leo’s Toy Store’ by some guy called ‘Warren Peace’ ”. Gets me every time. So I think anyone who’s anyone should enjoy this movie no problem.

I suppose if there’s any real gripe to be had with the movie is that it suggests that it’s an origin story of sorts. Like, how Snoopy became obsessed with the Red Baron and how Charlie Brown got his crush on the little red-haired girl. But, if memory serves, the little red-haired girl never spoke in the Peanuts stories or even had a face. She was an iconic ambiguous crush that Charlie Brown had. While an argument could be made that this is a reboot or a reimagining of sorts, I honestly don’t have a huge problem with the revealed identity of the little red-haired girl as she is portrayed as a grounded girl who sees Charlie Brown for who he is. It’s just a shame that her personality isn’t revealed until the end. Possible arguments could also be said that she is just a plot device for Charlie Brown to open his mind to new things and possibilities, but I think that’s a plus. He is trying very hard to be impressive, but never gives up the lovable young man who always strives to do the right thing. So I’m okay with these changes. I just think there shouldn’t have been so many “here’s how this got started” things going on.

Over all, this movie is great and I might go see it a second time. Cute, adorable, great message for young kids, smart, and so full of heart like a Peanuts movie should.

My honest rating for THE PEANUTS MOVIE: 5/5


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