Unless you’re a recent visitor from another planet, you’ve likely at least heard of the Peanuts comic strip. In it, creator Charles M. Schulz created a masterpiece. However, since Schulz’s death in 2000, the Peanuts gang have lived largely in retrospect.
The Peanuts Movie (2015) gives the world a fresh opportunity to spend a little more time with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, and the rest of the kids.
The film has an impressive pedigree.
The script was written by Schulz’s son and grandson, Craig and Bryan. And those crazy sounds (I hesitate to use the word “voices” were taken from the original recordings made by the original cartoons’ producer, Bill Melendez – which would explain why they sounded so spot-on.
I found this film to be an experience of pure joy. While giving the look a face-lift for the new millennium, the creators kept the original’s heart and soul intact.
And, happily, the film didn’t bow to any “PC” pressure to sanitize these kids. The kids in the original comic were, in many regards, downright mean – and failure lurks around every corner. In 2015, they still are – and it still does. Now how can this equate to the “pure joy” I alluded to earlier? It’s because Schulz, as well as the filmmakers, make us so eager to route for these kids – especially good ol’ Charlie Brown – that the experience is both hysterical and touching.
Happiness is… The Peanuts Movie!
Don’t read the following until after you’ve seen the movie:
There is one glaring flaw in this film. I expect it had Charles M. Schulz rolling over in his grave; however, I actually didn’t mind it. I won’t go into any details here (just in case anyone failed to heed my warning above). Instead, I’ll add it as a comment.