There’s little in my life that more influential to me or beloved by me than Charles Schulz’s Peanuts (see here, here, or here), so the news of a new 3D-styled (and 3D-projected) Peanuts movie had my finger hovering over the trigger of the doomsday device. Thanks only to my restraint, the first trailer debuted today, and it’s… not bad!
The Snoopy/Woodstock stuff is adorable, and the World War I flying ace sequence captures the right tone. 1Though it of course can’t compete with the classic scenes of Snoopy behind enemy lines in It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. The closing movie-theater bit wrongly turns Charlie Brown into a stereotypical buffoon — we can argue whether Chuck’s a schlemiel or a schlimazel (or their Lutheran equivalents), but he’s not a klutz. I’m hoping that sequence was a rush job to fill out the trailer in time for Christmas release. We have to wait until Christmas next year to find out.
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