No matter if you’re 5 or 55, you’ve probably been affected by Peanuts cartoon artist, Charles Schulz. Peanuts made its first appearance on October 2, 1950, in seven newspapers. The weekly Sunday-page debuted on January 6, 1952 and ran for 50 years!
Since that time we’ve grown to love Peanuts classics like It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as a number of other films starring Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Franklin, and the rest of the Peanuts gang. And as of November 6, 2015 the Schulz legacy continues with its debut of the new Peanuts Movie. And what a delightful and wonderful movie it is.
The whole gang is back in this precious and true to form Peanuts Movie. A few new characters are added here and there, which is worked into different scenes throughout the movie without missing a beat, or compromising the charm from the original characters.
The story centers around our hero Charlie Brown and how he’s smitten with a new girl who moved in across the street (we know her as the Little Red Headed Girl). In an attempt to get noticed by the new neighbor, Charlie Brown sets out on a list of tasks that are sure to impress his new crush. But as you and I know, nothing is ever easy for dear ol’ Chuck.
Most of the scenes are within the school that all the children attend, even younger sister Sally. And these turn out to be some of the most fun and precious parts of the movie as we follow Charlie Brown in some of the most excruciating circumstance that comes with having a crush at school.
Part of the reason why this movie resonated with me so deeply is that despite the new characters, and school location, we still get to see plenty of familiar scenes that harken back to popular skits from the past. Case in point, Lucy is more than willing to give Charlie Brown advice about how to get a girl’s attention, because – OF COURSE SHE DOES.
There are also plenty of times that Charlie Brown ponders his experiences, whether they be successes or failures. We also get to see memorable scenes, like Charlie Brown flying a kite, ice skating on the local pond, and a bunch more that you will recognize in an instant! The snippets of memorable images really hit home with nostalgia.
The main reason I like this movie so much is that it breathes new life into a story we thought we knew so well. This round, we get to see a Charlie Brown who is compassionate for his sister, is brave in front of his classmates, and ultimately considered one of the most thoughtful and gracious of all the characters. Sure, good ol’ Chuck is still goofy and awkward, but that’s what makes him, him.
Despite all the attention given to our main hero, we can’t forget Snoopy or Woodstock. In a very clever way to explain why Snoopy was always on top of his dog house with a typewriter, The Peanuts Movie shows the heart and soul of our favorite hound dog & faithful bird-friend. We get to see multiple members of Snoopy’s family, and of course the infamous Red Baron in a series of Snoopy side-stories, which are a nice break between the main story that follows Charlie Brown.
All in all, this movie hits you right in the feels. All of the feels – ALL OF THEM. Truth be told I probably cried through more of this movie than I should have, due to the fact that I transformed into a little girl again. Never mind the fact that I’m a full-fledged adult, but the fantastic story telling and homage to Schulz’s original vision, truly reminded me of all the good and wonder I felt when I first fell in love with the Peanuts.
Grab your dog, your friends, your kids – grab everyone you can along the way and go see this movie. Good grief, if nothing else, remind yourself what it’s like to be innocent, and then tell me you didn’t fall in love with the Peanuts all over again.
I give this movie 9 Squeezable Snoopy Snuggles out of 10.