THE PEANUTS MOVIE Voice Cast Revealed

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Fittingly, 20th Century Fox chose today to reveal The Peanuts Movie voice cast.  The CG-animated feature comes from producer Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), director Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who!), and writer Craig Schulz, the son of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz.  The footage we’ve seen thus far has been surprisingly promising, with the CG animation being done in a stylistic fashion.  But when it comes to the voice cast, you won’t find any big movie stars here (though it’d be kind of great if someone like Will Ferrell or Tina Fey provided the “wah wa-wah”’s of the adults).  The voice cast for the Peanuts Movie is mostly made up of young actors with experience in voiceover work, commercials, and kid-centric programming on The Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.  Noah Schnapp, who just wrapped a role in Steven Spielberg’s untitled Cold War thriller, takes the lead role of Charlie Brown, while Sofia the First voice actress Hadley Belle Miller plays Lucy.

Check out the full list of The Peanuts Movie voice cast after the jump, which provides a bit more information on their roles.  Yes, all your favorites from the beloved comic strip appear.  The Peanuts Movie opens in 3D on November 6, 2015.


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We’ve got a collection of posters for some family films coming our way over the following year.  Briefly:

  • The Peanuts Movie – Snoopy rests peacefully in a new poster that continues to make the film look like it could be quite charming.  The animated film opens in 3D on November 6, 2015.
  • Paddington – The lesson of this poster: If you adopt a talking bear, he will ruin your home.  Most home insurance policies do not cover water damage caused by bears.  The film opens in the U.K. on November 28th and in the U.S. on January 16, and stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, and Peter Capaldi, and Nicole Kidman with Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington Bear.
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water – The upcoming sequel takes the animated characters into the live-action realm and turns them into superheroes, and these posters provide the names of their alter-egos.  The film opens in 3D on February 6, 2015, and features the voices of Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, and Douglas Lawrence.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

Snoopy Flies through the CG-Animated Skies in First Full-Length THE PEANUTS MOVIE Trailer

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20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios have released the first full-length The Peanuts Movie trailer for the CG-animated adaptation of the beloved, iconic characters created by the late Charles Schulz.  Directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who!) and produced by Paul Feig, the story follows “the little round-headed boy with the indomitable optimism on a quest to get something he’s sure he needs, even though he discovers he’s pretty OK just as he is.”  Even though the trailer uses a pop song, it’s clear that it’s part of the trailer and not part of the movie.  The movie looks not only charming, but more importantly, that it’s keeping the tone of the comic and TV specials.  That’s the real challenge, and I’m very encouraged by this new trailer.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The Peanuts Movie opens in 3D on November 6, 2015

New PEANUTS Movie Images Show a Refreshing Reverence for Charles Schulz’ Iconic Comic Strip

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20th Century Fox and Blue Sky have released new images from the animated adaptation of Charles Schulz‘ classic comic strip Peanuts.  The movie is a little under a year away, and producer Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Freaks and Geeks) tells USA Today that if the film had a title closer to other Peanuts adaptations, he would probably call it “Don’t Give Up, Charlie Brown!“.  According to USA Today, “The story follows the little round-headed boy with the indomitable optimism on a quest to get something he’s sure he needs, even though he discovers he’s pretty OK just as he is.”  I assume he needs a trustworthy football holder.

Hit the jump to see the new Peanuts movie images and to learn more about the film.  Peanuts opens November 6, 2015.  A cast has yet to be announced, but it’s suspected that the adult characters will be voiced by Muffled Trombone.

First Teaser Trailer for CG-Animated PEANUTS Movie

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Fresh off last night’s debut image unveiling, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios have released the first trailer for the CG-animated Peanuts.  Based on the beloved, iconic characters created by the late Charles Schulz, the film is directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who!) and boasts Paul Feig as its producer.  While many were (rightfully) wary of a CG iteration of the Peanuts characters, this first teaser is pleasantly surprising.  Instead of a smooth, Ice Age-style animation, Peanuts maintains some of the hand-drawn charm of Schulz’s original work.  Since the film is over a year from release, this teaser doesn’t give us any hint of the plot (which will delve into Snoopy’s fantasy world), but for now I’m quite pleased with the animation style and cautiously optimistic for the full feature film.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer.  Peanuts opens in 3D on November 6, 2015

First Look at PEANUTS Movie; Filmmakers Comment on Protecting the Legacy, Embracing 3D, and Visiting Snoopy’s Fantasy World

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20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios are teaming up for a Peanuts movie due November 2015.  Craig Schulz, son of the late Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, remarked, “It’s long overdue.  The fans have been asking for a long time, but we held off until the time was right.”  Schulz will produce the first Peanuts feature adaptation since 1980 with son Bryan Schulz, Paul Feig (The Heat), Michael J. Travers (Epic), and Cornelius UlianoSteve Martino (Ice Age: Continental Drift) will direct from a script by Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, and Uliano.

Check out the first two images from the production after the jump plus comments from the filmmakers on protecting the legacy, embracing 3D CGI, and visiting Snoopy’s fantasy world.

Paul Feig to Produce Animated PEANUTS Movie, Due November 6, 2015

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It’s the time of year to play the Peanuts holiday classic, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and in no coincidence, today also brings news that Paul Feig will produce and oversee the animated Peanuts feature for Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios.  Directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who!), the Peanuts feature will be based on the iconic characters created by the late Charles Schulz.  The script was written by Craig Schulz and the writing team of Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano.  Now due out November 6, 2015, Peanuts will mark Feig’s first animated feature and he couldn’t be happier.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Fox Animation Picks Up Guillermo del Toro’s Day of the Dead Movie BOOK OF LIFE for Release in October 2014

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We learned in February that Guillermo del Toro signed on to produce an animated movie about the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead directed by Jorge R. Guiterrez.  THR reports that Fox Animation has acquired the picture, now titled Book of Life, and plans to release it on October 10, 2014.  Fox and the filmmakers aren’t ready to release the full logline just yet, but we heard back in February that Book of Life tells “a Romeo and Juliet-style love story set against a Mexican Day of the Dead backdrop.”

Fox Animation has a decade-long partnership with Blue Sky Studios (the guys behind the Ice Age series) that will continue with Epic, Rio 2, and the Peanuts movie everyone wants.  But their upcoming slate adds a few more in-house productions like Book of Life, Walking with Dinosaurs, and Welcome to the Jungle.  Del Toro has his own partnership with Dreamworks Animation, so I’m surprised they didn’t grab Book of Life.  I am happy to see the project find any studio home, since a quick search on Google images pretty much guarantees an animated Day of the Dead film will pop on screen.

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

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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.

PEANUTS 1960′s Collection DVD Review

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So many heady concepts had finally worked their way into mainstream American culture when Charles Schulz hit his stride with the Peanuts comic strip.  Introspection was growing, and psychotherapy along with it.  A questioning of the meaning of existence began to permeate a post WWII, post-McCarthy climate, and a simmering distrust of consumerism was also on the back burner.  Comedy, as is well known, comes from pain, and there are few more striking ways to depict adult inner turmoil than through the glib, deadpan worldview of elementary school children.  Schulz clearly had adults in mind when he wrote his strip, and his challenge with the cartoon TV specials was to tap into that laughable grown-up insecurity while still painting a canvas that kids would want to watch. Continued after the jump:

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