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Movie Critique #326: The Peanuts Movie

Stars:  3 / 5
Recommendation: Amusing and at the same teaching some much needed life's lessons all along. A must watch.

The Peanuts Movies is a 2015 American animated film based on Charles M. Schulz's comic strip Peanuts. I have always loved the comic strip and wanted to watch this. Unfortunately could not watch on big screen, but finally made it when it was playing on the small screen. Charles M. Schulz's son Craig Schulz and grandson Bryan Schulz contributed a lot towards the script. The movie was released by 20th Century Fox commemorating the 65th anniversary of the comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas, and was released on November 6, 2015. This is the first feature film based on this comic strip in 35 years.



The basic plot revolves around Charlie Brown trying to impress the new girl - Little Red-Haired Girl - and get her attention. While Snoopy is writing a book about World War I Flying Ace in which he imagines being a super hero saving his love interest Fifi from the Red Baron and his army. But the movie opens with Charlie Brown trying to fly a kite in the middle of the winter as the kite-eating tree is sleeping. A hilarious concept to open with.

An imperfectionist by nature yet tries very hard, Charlie Brown, is  such adorable and lovable. Schroeder as always plays his piano timely. Introduces us to how Snoopy comes by his famous typewriter. And not mention watching the rest of the gang - Lucy, Pigpen, Pepperment Patty, Marcie, Sally, Woodstock and Franking - come alive is simply bliss. I liked that they retained the characters to look like comic strip ones rather than actual animated characters on film.

The film definitely has the same elements of the original comic strip, without boring the viewer and leaving one with a strong message like always. As the comic strip was well done all those years, so did the movie reflected that success. No wonder it had been nominated for so many awards.

Thoroughly enjoyed it and I wish I had seen it on big screen.

Spoiler Alerts:

1) The last original Peanuts strip was published on February 13, 2000, a day after Charles M. Schulz.
2) Loved the end credits especially the background song Better When I'm Dancing sung by Meghan Trainor. Such an up beat song.

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