It’s been many years since we last saw Charlie Brown and Snoopy on the big screen but it’s with great joy that I tell you the duo have made their return pretty much intact with director Steve Martino teaming up with original cartoonist Charles Munroe Schultz’s son and grandson to make sure that Peanuts retains all of its unique qualities.
The story is exactly what you’d expect from a big screen outing for Peanuts- lovable clutz Charlie Brown has become infatuated with a new red headed girl who lives across the street and the movie sees him go through all sorts of humiliating situations in order to impress her. Snoopy is writing a love story of his very own as well- where he imagines himself as a World War 1 pilot fighting the evil Red Baron to release his captured love Fifi.
The Peanuts Movie has just about enough charm and humour in it to satisfy both children and their parents. Sure you won’t remember the plot in a day’s time and the whole thing is pretty inconsequential but over the festive period it may just provide the perfect family outing to the cinema.
The film’s animation is nothing short of beautiful and brings to life Schultz’s original works in a way that was not possible during its original run. Breathing new life into characters we all know and love, all of which are present and correct here.
Perhaps one of the best things about The Peanuts Movie is that it hasn’t tried to change itself to adapt to a modern audience, other than perhaps the inclusion of Meghon Trainer and a few questionable soundtrack choices. This is still the same old goofy Charlie Brown and Snoopy we’ve always known.
Whilst it won’t have any lasting impact The Peanuts Movie is a charming and affable affair- one which will entertain both children and parents over the Christmas period.
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐