Sixty-five years after the first Peanuts comic strip appeared in newspapers, featuring Charlie Brown, his friends Linus, Peppermint Patty, Lucy, dog Snoopy and bird Woodstock, the gang get their own 3D movie that should charm little kids who have never heard of them while warming the hearts of adults pleased to see the return of old friends from their childhood.
The animation is slicker, of course, than the TV specials of the 1960s and 1970s, but the charm of the cute kids remains the same. There are still no adults to be seen as Charlie Brown and his pals welcome a new red-haired girl to the neighbourhood and Charlie develops a crush on her that leads him to show off his dance moves (taught by Snoopy, of course), help her with a book report and impress her at the school talent show – all with disastrous results. Meanwhile, our favourite beagle, Snoopy, is writing a novel about his alter-ego, the World War I flying ace, trying to save his love Fifi from the hands of the evil Red Baron.
Enjoyably nostalgic for grown-ups and fun, bright and sweet for young kids, this is a lovely little movie that remains true to the creations of cartoonist Charles Schulz. Adorable stuff.
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