The Peanuts Movie brought me back to my childhood.
The film (93 minutes, rated G) is a heartwarming story about Charlie Brown (voiced by Noah Schnapp) and his quest to finally talk to the Little Red-Haired girl (voiced by Francesca Capaldi).
Once again, the mishaps of Charlie Brown lead him through some tough times, including being ridiculed for not being able to fly a kite or throwing a baseball.
He also thinks he made a perfect score on a test, which had never been done by any student. The whole school gathers for an assembly to honor him, and as he is about to give a speech, he realizes that the test had actually belongs to Peppermint Patty. He tells the school it was a mistake, which causes his nobility to get recognized by the Little Red-Haired Girl.
Following alongside Charlie Brown’s quest, everyone’s favorite dog Snoopy (voiced by Bill Melendez) had a wild imagination that takes him on a love journey similar to Charlie Brown’s. Snoopy spends his time writing a love story based on Charlie Brown’s journey and pretends to fly his dog house like an airplane, chasing after a female dog in her plane.
The movie does a good job portraying the original Peanuts comics created by the late Charles Schulz, which I read as a child. The film brought back several childhood memories and made me fall in love with the Peanuts gang all over again.
The best part of the movie is when Charlie Brown finally gains his confidence to talk to the Little Red-Haired Girl, which made the audience’s heart melt.
It was a touching moment and an excellent way to end the movie.
The movie is very focused on Charlie Brown’s journey, and includes some of the little details from the comics. Lucy sets up her psychiatric booth, Schroeder plays the piano and Marcy still calls Peppermint Patty “sir.”
However, the animation kind of ruined some of the characters’ appearances, like Snoopy, Linus and the Little Red-Haired Girl.
While it was mainly accurate, some of the finer details seemed out of place. For instance, Snoopy’s eyes are further down his face and his ears look like they are pinned on his head.
The movie is a great tribute to the comics and is worth seeing. But don’t expect it to be like the 1960s and 1970s movies.
The cartoon movies are much better and hold more accuracy to the comics visually, but the story of The Peanuts Movie makes the movie worth it.