The Peanuts Movie is about Charlie Brown and all his friends that have somehow endured in popular culture for over 65 years now. Charlie Brown is the perpetual failure, he can't fly a kite, he can't pitch a ball, it's a wonder how he even manages to get dressed in the morning, even with his beloved pet dog Snoopy trying to help Charlie break his losing streak, it's no good. When a new red-haired girl moves into the neighborhood, Charlie is immediately infatuated with her, but is worried that his immutably embarrassing and painfully timid personality will fail to attract the attention of the little red-haired girl.
With a renewed determination to change how people see him, and how he sees himself, Charlie Brown embarks on a mission of self-improvement, with the help of Snoopy. As Snoopy is trying to help Charlie Brown reinvent himself in the public eye, he's also locked in a purely fictitious battle with his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. Snoopy must fight for the affections of Fifi and rescue her when the nefarious Red Baron kidnaps her.
Meanwhile Charlie Brown is concocting all sorts of schemes to win the heart of the little red-haired girl, Charlie enlists in a talent show with Snoopy, a dance competition, succeeding academically, writing 'the book report of all book reports' and by finally getting that kite in the air. Along the way we are reintroduced to all of Charlie's friends and classmates, and even though I hadn't read or seen any Peanuts in decades, it was kind of like seeing old friends again after a long, long time.
The animation was amazingly well done, they really managed to capture the warmth, the simplicity and the ardor of the original newspaper strip and characters. Not only did the animation feel fluffy and tender, but the juxtaposition with the fantasy world of Snoopy, which took on a slightly more edgy animation style and there was the occasional inclusion of some of the old school animation as well, all the components came together extremely well. The characteristics of all the characters were exactly as I remembered them and I loved the decision not to modernize it, or update it in any way. The voice actors were all terrific and I loved the trombone voice of the adults as well.
You can just feel that The Peanuts Movie is a labor of love. This wasn't an attempt at relaunching Peanuts or reinvigorating the franchise somehow. This was a tribute to Charles M. Schulz who sadly passed away in 2000. One that was written by his son and grandson as a tribute to him and his legacy. The message of the story is a simple and predictable one, be confident and never give up, but it's delivered with such care, love, and creativity, that the simplicity of it didn't bother me at all. The Peanuts Movie was an undeniably fun and enjoyable movie to watch.
Written by - The Sentry - 21/12/2015