Charlie Brown returns for a 3D Adventure
There have been several attempts to breath new life into old franchises. Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Smurfs, Scooby-Doo, Jem and the Holograms, just to name a few. The Peanuts Movie wisely avoided the traps of some of those other franchises previously mentioned. There was no attempt to modernize the material to make it more hip like Alvin and the Chipmunks or the Smurfs attempted to do. The film didn’t try to re-imagine the concept of characters and who they are like Jem and the Holograms apparently did. What the Peanuts Movie did do was stay true to itself…isn’t that so Charles Schulz.
In The Peanuts Movie, Charlie Brown finds himself smitten by the arrival of a new student. Desperate to garner her attention, Charlie Brown stumbles into a series of trials. Along the way your favorite familiar characters join into the fun in various ways.
If The Peanuts Movie can be summed up in one word it would be nostalgia. Old fans will feel right at home with this film. These characters are the same that generations have grown up with. The 3D animation is weaved and angled in a clever manner to display the illusion of 2D while providing the benefits of a 3 dimensional world.
The film shares characterizations with the old animations. Snoopy is still up to his old tricks with the red baron. Those interactions are seamlessly interwoven into the story. Also seamlessly interwoven into the plot are nods to past works and traditional images associated with the franchise. For example, a certain tune with dancing makes an appearance.
This movie is easily classified as family friendly. However, Charlie Brown and Peanuts are dated material. There’s a chance that not all children will recognize or identify with the characters. The plot is a slow build, and like all Peanuts animations it is an acquired taste. But with that said, the film is a wholesome family flick about a boy who likes a girl. I’m sure we can all return to our pre-teen years and recall some memories of when we felt the same.