Director: Steve Martino
Original Release: 2015
Choice: Purple Penguin's
My Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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The 3-D graphics are a considerable 21st century upgrade but the filmmakers sensibly resisted high tech updates within the story. The Brown family still has a rotary telephone and Snoopy still pounds away on a typewriter. No Twitter-speak, either. Lots of classic story elements are revived: the kite-eating tree, the psychiatric help booth, the Little Red Headed Girl, the World War I Flying Ace, etc. Our favorite characters are all well-preserved. Charlie Brown is still the lovable loser constantly outclassed by his own dog. Behind it all, sweetness lingers. It's a simpler life in Peanuts World. But even a simpler life can be frustrating and lonely.
So yes, spirit intact. The story's ending veers in a decidedly new age direction. I'm okay with it but I can certainly imagine that some purists might object.
The music was great. All of the Vince Guaraldi classics were revived. I'd have loved a rousing rendition of "Happiness" or "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" but it wasn't to be this time.
The opening weekend was a success: $44 million in gross revenue, coming in second behind Spectre. The two films have revived what had been a weak year and season for the industry. A sequel certainly seems in order and would be most welcome at our house but at the moment, Fox only owns the rights for one film. So if there is another, it could be a while.