When I first heard that this film was in production I was hesitant to the point of having zero desire to see it. My apprehension was that Hollywood would get its filthy hands mingled into another childhood favorite and pervert it. Peppermint Patty would be a lesbian, a new gay character would join the group, bathroom humor, sexual innuendo and so on. Those worries seemed false as I started to read reviews of the movie. The ones that had liberals smashing it was the icing on the cake and I decided we would go as a family. Was it worth it?
Charlie Brown (voiced by Noah Schnapp) isn’t the most popular kid in school. Despite all of his best efforts, he never seems to get anything right but fails miserably. Yet he never gives up his desire to get things done, whether it is keeping his kite away from the kite eating tree or impressing other kids with the skills he does have. When a little red-haired girl comes to the neighborhood, Charlie focuses on ways he can impress her with the help of his trusty dog Snoopy. Yet it seems, the harder he tries, the harder it is he will ever get the chance to talk with her, let alone impress her.
What an extremely impressive movie. It impresses on every aspect, from voice acting to direction. If Charles M. Schulz were alive today I believe he would be extremely happy with the end product his family was able to transfer to the big screen. The animation is nostalgic and brings back many memories for those of us who grew up on the movies and holiday specials. It is flawless and a welcome addition to what we have now, as it keeps the simplicity of what came before and it still affects the audience. Each voice actor is downright perfect and brings a little something special to each character. The addition to little nods here and there from past movies, specials and comic strips were fun to catch and I expect to find even more when I rewatch it on its initial home release.
The biggest and strongest aspect of the movie is its simple theme and general desire to be wholesome and very family oriented. You will not regret bringing your kid to this film. My wife and I both agreed that we had not seen a movie this inoffensive and wholesome for years. Charlie Browns actions throughout the movie are admirable and ones that should be applauded. He is a perseverant character that never seems to give up. When he is knocked down he gets right back up and still has the optimism to think that next time will be better. From helping family over doing what you practiced and practiced doing to telling the truth when it will hurt you the most, this movie is wall to wall morally upright. I can’t think of a better movie out there that would satisfy the entire family like The Peanuts Movie will.
This is the movie to see this holiday weekend.
4 stars out of 4