Check out the full Movie Bears Podcast review of ‘The Peanuts Movie’ embedded below and read on for our mini-review!
When it comes to animated cartoons, many of us grew up with Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Snoopy, Peppermint Patty, Linus, Marcy – they all played their part in the shaping of our childhoods in some degree or another. And their presence continues to be felt around the holidays, when the Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas specials are still shown on television some 50 years after their original airing. But as beloved as Peanuts remains to so many, is the time right for a new feature film?
‘The Peanuts Movie’ sets out to re-introduce Charlie Brown and the Peanuts crew to a new generation of children, while – at the same time – sparking the nostalgia so many of us feel for our childhood TV pals. Updated in wondrous CGI with a story that’s sure to touch your heart, ‘The Peanuts Movie’ both immediately feels familiar (in a good way) while giving us something brand new. The visuals are phenomenal and the plot (mostly) hits the beats we’ve come to expect: awkward Charlie Brown bumbling through life, Snoopy dogfighting in the clouds, and Lucy (ever the misunderstood misanthrope) pulling away the football. But is it fresh enough to enjoy without being a retread? Most definitely yes!
As good as ‘The Peanuts Movie’ is, though, there are some kinks. The voice work in some places is very different from the voices you may have grown up with. Snoopy is also entirely too walled off in his own little (dream) world. And, at times, it does feel as if the movie tries to stuff too much of that Peanuts-y goodness into too little of a package. Even so, the film is worth your time and money, especially if you’re looking for something fun to see this holiday season.