Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang are back on the big screen, returning after a 36 year absence with the 1980 film ‘Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!!)’. However, this time they enter the realms of CGI, and while that may seem odd, the film mixes traditional animation and computer generated imagery together, which surprisingly fits nicely into the ‘Peanuts’ world.
‘Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie’, or the American title ‘The Peanuts Movie’, follows Charlie Brown trying to accomplish in flying a kite, but when the new girl moves in, Charlie Brown tries to have the courage to talk to her.
While the film’s plot is simplistic, it has enough material to fill in the gaps as Charlie Brown tries to believe in himself and gain courage, however the film does feel episodic, with the exception of Snoopy’s dream sequences, with that even falling on the Scrat segments of the ‘Ice Age’ films as it is enjoyable, more so than the Scrat segments of the ‘Ice Age’ series, on the other hand, at times it does derail the film from its story, but at moments it does influence the story. However, when the jokes and gags hit, they are very humorous and funny.
However, while the story is simplistic, what makes ‘Peanuts’ stand above other family films is that the characters are so well realized, you care about them and want Charlie Brown to succeed, with Snoopy being loyal to his best friend in helping to impress the Little Red-Haired Girl, as Charlie Brown tries to feel like as a winner.
The animation is visually impressive, and while it isn’t the realism from Pixar’s latest film ‘The Good Dinosaur’, it doesn’t need to be. The film’s simplistic art style and inventive use of CGI is impressive in its own right. The film looks like a CGI film mixed together with traditional animation, and only using CGI for its backdrops to guide the film’s story, which I commend Blue Sky Studios for its choice of animation style.
‘Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie’ is humorous and sweet, and staying faithful to the already built world of ‘Peanuts’ from previous works. ‘The Peanuts Movie’ is fun for the whole family, whether you are a fan or not.