The Peanuts Movie review

Director:
Steve Martino
Cast:
Noah Schnapp
Hadley Belle Miller
Francesca Capaldi
Alexander Garfin
Rated: G

It’s a full length feature Charlie Brown!

In this computer animated film based off the classic Schulz comic, Charlie Brown (Schnapp) has a goal of winning the affections of a young girl who just moved to the neighborhood and is in his class.

As usual, though, Charlie runs into troubles, whether they be of his own or other people’s doing.

Starting this off on a positive note, “The Peanuts Movie” does capture the spirit of the original comics as well as the specials we are all accustomed to. It doesn’t try to add in pop culture references or other types of humor that might cheapen the experience.

The film is pure “Peanuts” through and through, and is filled with the type of humor and interactions that one would expect from the property. For the most part, it is a really charming film.

With that being said, though, there’s a reason many of the old “Peanuts” specials were only about a half hour long. It’s because the property doesn’t really fit the mold of a feature length story. While “The Peanuts Movie” was a cute, enjoyable experience, the film did feel like it was getting stretched thin to fit the hour and a half run time.

A definite bright spot of this incarnation of the “Peanuts” was the voice acting, which was actually well done across the board. Every voice was provided by a young actor and it went a long way to authenticating the characters.

Blue Sky Animation should get credit for recreating the look of the “Peanuts,” too. It doesn’t try to alter anything, it simply takes the simple designs of the franchise and puts it into a 3D format. It’s clear that the filmmakers took great care in recreating the world Charlie Brown lives in.

“The Peanuts Movie” is an adorable time at the movies that captures the spirit of the original, however, it does get clear that the franchise simply isn’t made to be a full length feature. See it at a matinee. 3 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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