Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios to Adapt Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS for November 25, 2015 Release

     October 9, 2012


It was bound to happen sooner or later.  Deadline is reporting that Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios are adapting Charles Schulz‘ beloved comic strip Peanuts into a feature film.  Before you start bemoaning the adaptation of everything that has ever existed in any other medium, keep in mind that at least this won’t be live-action or CGI/live-action, so we won’t have to worry about what kid actors should play Charlie Brown, although we’ll probably have a CGI Snoopy in our future.  Furthermore, the script will be by Craig Schulz and Bryan Schulz, who are Schulz’s son and grandson.  There’s a genuine sweetness, innocence, and simplicity to Peanuts, and I hope that the Schulzes and director Steve Martino (Ice Age: Continental Drift) will find a way to translate it to the big screen.  However, I will say that it is times like these where I’m glad that Bill Waterson has gone out of his way to never license Calvin and Hobbes.

Fox plans to release Peanuts on November 25, 2015, which is the comic strip’s 65th anniversary, and the 50th anniversary of the TV special, A Charlie Brown ChristmasPeanuts is read daily by 355 million people in 75 countries, and has previously been adapted into TV episodes and specials.

  • sense 11

    as long as its not Michael Bay’s Peanuts, it should be OK

  • Mars

    Calvin & Hobbes was my favorite comic growing up, but Peanuts wasn’t far behind. I do not mind this news at all.

  • Sugreev2001

    Calvin & Hobbes deserves a movie,Peanuts has always been insanely boring and overrated.

    • Bryce Forestieri

      Whats Calvin and Hobbes?

  • Brian Black

    It already happened “sooner. “There have been four theatrical PEANUTS movies since the 1960s.

  • Pocketses

    I can handle this news IF they don’t do this in CG. There’s no damned reason to do it in CG. Give me hand animation, keep it as similar as you can to the original look of the strip and the old specials/movies.

    And yes, I really would love for something new from Calvin and Hobbes…I respect Waterson for never compromising himself or his characters with licensing, and the story of him seeing those stupid Calvin peeing on a logo is heart breaking. (“Calvin, my boy, what have they done to you?”) But man, Spaceman Spiff movie, anyone?

  • Anonymous

    “However, I will say that it is times like these where I’m glad that Bill Waterson has gone out of his way to never license Calvin and Hobbes.”

    Why do you care if someone makes a shitty Calvin and Hobbes movie? I read comments like this all the time, like with the new robocop movie. People act like if someone makes a shitty remake of something that it hurts the original. Its a separate thing and you dont have to see it. If they made 7000 shitty robocop movies who cares? They arent destroying all copies of the original and replacing them with the new remake, so I cant understand why anyone would ever care.

  • Collin V.

    What I would love to see done is a re-invisioning of Peanuts, where the kids are preteens growing up in the ’60s or ’70s and dealing with different issues and hardships brought on by the events of their generation.

    • Scott

      That sounds horrible.

  • Sam

    The end is nigh!
    Thankfully Bill Waterston will never consent to having someone make a movie out of C&H.

  • 2d animation outsourcing

    Looks like we definitely can’t expect familiar voices from the old peanuts cartoons. The only voice actor from the old specials that’s still working is Pamelyn Ferdin and she’s always getting arrested at animal rights protests.
    2d animation outsourcing

  • Anthonyhopkins

    The Peanuts Gang has always been a big part of my family life. I wish that they would put them back on TV for the long run. I think that the visual media and the film content would make it a great Classic Cartoon movie.

  • Jerry Beck

    Boy, imagine a new Peanuts spin off film centering around Lucy and Snoopy in the Calvin and Hoobes roles would have been a interesting idea, not only to have a good decent script – but to make sure not to have them look insanely boring and overrated.