Tuesday, 2 December 2014

"Good grief!"

20th Century Fox have recently released their latest trailer and new one sheet for Steve Martino's (Ice Age: Continental Drift) Snoopy & Charlie Brown: A Peanuts Movie.

There's always a danger when cultural icons are fed into the CG vortex for a big screen update that some of their charm ends up sucked away in the pixelation process.

Given how beloved Charles M. Schulz's comic strip remains, the pressure is naturally on all involved to find some way to bring Charlie Brown, faithful, imaginative hound Snoopy and the rest of the gang back to screens in a way that honours their memory and yet keeps things fresh. No easy thing when your competition is a strip that was enjoyed every day by 355 million people and TV specials that have been with us for 50 years.

Director Martino and producer Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) are at pains to stress that this won't be a pop culture infused, social media aware version of the beloved Charles Schulz characters, just a simple tale of Charlie Brown on a quest to get something he's sure he requires, even if that turns out to be wrong.

But it will also still allow for his canine companion to have literal flights of fantasy, including a battle with old nemesis The Red Baron. "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, who, as you might guess from the name, is one of Schulz's sons.

From the looks of the imagery, they've certainly captured the feel of the classic cartoons with a coat of modern CG paint. "You love being back in that world," Feig tells USA Today. "And you immediately want to grab every kid you know and go, 'Oh, my God, you've got to watch this!'"

The Peanuts Movie will be out here on 21 December 2015, and currently bears the slightly unwieldy title Snoopy And Charlie Brown: A Peanuts Movie.

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