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

     November 17, 2014


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.

If you were wary about a Peanuts movie—a perfectly understandable sentiment considering how the sweetness of a comic can be twisted in a movie adaptation in an attempt to make it “cool” for modern audiences—it looks like Feig and director Steve Martino (Ice Age: Continental Drift) have a good handle on what made the comics special.  USA Today reports that they’re trying to focus on “the timeless quality of the 50-plus years of the beloved comic strips and TV specials.”

In addition to showing Charlie Brown’s optimism, the movie will also take us inside Snoopy’s imagination.  “We really get to go into his mind and see what this crazy dog is imagining every day of his life,” says producer and writer Craig Schulz, one of the Peanuts creator’s sons.

You also don’t have to worry about new introductions or anything that really strays from what you would expect from Peanuts.  Martino’s guiding principles for the movie were to make the world feel immersive while still staying true to the look and feel of the comics.  As these images show, it looks like Martino is definitely on the right path as there’s an updated quality to the visuals, but none of the style and charm has been removed.  Thankfully, it sounds like they’re taking that approach to the story and characters as well.

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