***Review written by my husband, the biggest Peanuts fan you will meet. When I saw how much the movie meant to him I knew he should be the one to tell you about it. P.S. My entire family loved it as well, that includes 12 and 17 year old boys to give you the idea of the appeal of this movie.
Sunday mornings when I was a kid were dominated by the comics in the newspaper and the first strip I always read was Peanuts. Then there was the Holidays and all the specials and I couldn’t wait for my favorites, The Peanuts specials.
Now, as an adult, I still find that I have Peanuts in my life, from listening to the various Peanuts music albums, to still watching the specials when they come on TV. Peanuts characters have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and with that I was worried that the movie might mar those memories. I was worried that they would change the look and feel of my childhood.
When my wife received tickets to screen The Peanuts Movie I was excited as a child but also nervous about how it would turn out because again, I felt like they could really mess up these iconic characters if they weren’t careful. I’m sure Peanuts fans everywhere had these very same thoughts. It’s a huge task to bring to life childhood memories and keep them authentic.
As I sat in the theater with my wife and two boys, and the movie started, I saw the Peanuts gang begin appearing on the screen and then the music started and an uncontrollable smile from ear to ear emerged on my face. I was immediately taken back to my childhood when I first watched those Peanuts specials. Pure joy!
The movie is very true to the comic strip, and most importantly, does not mess with the integrity of the beloved characters we all know and love. Every single thing that you love about the Peanuts gang was touched on to tug at your heartstrings and evoke those memories. Lucy and the football, Lucy doling out advice, Snoopy and the Red Baron, Sweet Baboo and so on, it was all there just like you would hoped it would be.
It was like watching the comic strip come to life in incredibly well done, and completely true to the original style and storytelling, CGI. This is not a modern version of Peanuts, it is simply Peanuts as it should be…. Classic, wholesome and entertaining.
Charles Schulz would be very proud.
The Peanuts Movie opens this Friday, November 6th, take the whole family!
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