Thursday, 7 January 2016

The Peanuts Movie Review

I have been eagerly anticipating the release of The Peanuts Movie for months and finally went to see it on Boxing Day. The movie brings to life the beloved Charles M. Schulz comic strip, reintroducing us to Charlie Brown, his trusty pet beagle Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang.

The story focuses on loveable dork, Charlie Brown and his bid to "woo" his new neighbour and crush "The Little Red-Haired Girl", with Snoopy there to lend a hand along the way. We watch as Charlie learns to overcome everyday anxieties, fears and lack of self confidence to show The Little Red- Haired Girl, and himself, that he is worthy of her attention. As per usual for any Peanuts tale, we are also treated to another one of Snoopy's adventures in which he battles against the infamous Red Baron in order to save his love interest, Fifi.

I admire the fact the writers didn't try to change or alter the things we love about Peanuts, and incorporated a lot of the traditional elements that many long time fans will be familiar with. They even puts a new spin on the old "football" gag in which Charlie asks Lucy to hold the ball whilst he kicks it, but she moves it out of the way causing him to fall. The graphics also stay true to original Peanuts artwork, with set and colour design by Tyler Carter allowing it to feel simultaneously familiar but new.
Early concept art by Tyler Carter, exploring "the football gag"
The Peanuts Movie is directed at 7 year olds but I would categorize it as a "family film". It doesn't fully address complex issues like Inside Out does but still has a sense of maturity that not a lot of "kids animations" tend to have. One thing I've always loved about Peanuts is that the characters' use a complex vocabulary and don't dumb down the language they use, which is admirable in a children's film.

It follows a fairly simple storyline that can easily be understood by young children but still explores Charlie's everyday insecurities that people of any age can identify with - he's just an ordinary kid who wants to be the best version of himself. The movie sends a lot of positive messages to young children, encouraging them to always try hard and be honest.

Overall I found The Peanuts Movie to be a humorous, heart warming tale that is extremely nostalgic for old fans but equally as entertaining for first time viewers. Some of the old gag's may go over your head if you aren't familiar with Peanuts but overall I'd definitely say it's worth a watch.

The Peanuts Movie is available to watch in Cinemas across the UK in 2D and 3D.

Have you been to see The Peanuts Movie? What did you think of it?
Tell me in the comments below
- A x


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