‘The Peanuts Movie’ is Sure to Make Anyone Smile. A review of the 2015 animated feature based on the comic strip. © Rissi JC

‘The Peanuts Movie’ is Sure to Make Anyone Smile

January 7, 2021 No Comments

This film has been out a number of years, but I only just watched it. Why I skipped out on it, I cannot say, but here we are.

The Peanuts Movie (2015) Film Review

Ordinary is the best Charlie Brown can hope for. At least that’s what he thinks. He has friends, but none of them really pay him much mind, especially Lucy, the girl who calls him a “blockhead” and things his kite-flying attempts are ridiculous. Despite this, Charlie persists and goes about his days with only his dog Snoopy as his most loyal companion.

‘The Peanuts Movie’ is Sure to Make Anyone Smile. A review of the 2015 animated feature based on the comic strip. © Rissi JC

Things change, when a new kid moves across the street. Determined to have a fresh start with someone who doesn’t know about his clumsy, ordinary past, Charlie hopes to make a new friend. But during school, Charlie and his friends are in for a surprise! The new kid ends up being the most beautiful girl Charlie has seen, a girl with red hair. This inspires Charlie Brown to impress the little red-haired girl, and hopefully find a way to gain some confidence.

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Based on the Peanuts comic strip by Shultz, the production of this film is really quite interesting. I don’t know any kind of technical term, but the animation is more like hand-drawn than anything. They add little “bursts” or thought clouds, edging to emphasize movement and the like, all of which feels like a nod to the comic strip. It makes things fun and adds a kind of whimsical look to the animation.

‘The Peanuts Movie’ is Sure to Make Anyone Smile. A review of the 2015 animated feature based on the comic strip. © Rissi JC

The vocal talents are made up of names I don’t recognize with exception to Kristin Chenoweth. Not sure that her name can be considered “vocal” since her character doesn’t speak, but on the other hand, her character has a cute little subplot with the wanna-be writer Snoopy, and so we don’t mind. All of the other characters are familiar for those of us who read the strip, and there’s plenty of Easter eggs for those who like the iconic moments or scenes. Some of which I probably didn’t even recognize.

If you like animated films, you might enjoy The Peanuts Movie. I don’t think it’s a personal favorite of mine (in the genre), but it’s cute and features a character who is so very easy to champion.

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You can find The Peanuts Movie digitally on Amazon Video

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