The Peanuts Movie is not meant to be innovative or ambitious, it is nothing more than a nostalgic throwback to the innocent jokes and imaginative adventures from the classic series. Because of this level of simplicity, The Peanuts Movie will resonate with the series fans, however, I doubt it will resonate with many others.
Director Steve Martino, who also brought you Ice Age: Continental Drift, manages to recreate the tone of the old series. It is difficult to write about a movie that has such a close resemblance to its origins; not much seems to have changed. In comparison to today’s children movies, The Peanuts Movie can seem quite dull at times. In an attempt to make it newer and appealing to the younger audience, the excessive use of mainstream songs throughout the movie becomes unbearable at times, the plot extends for a little too long and Snoopy’s separate adventure, while interesting at first, gives the impression of being just a filler to elongate the movie.
The animation however, is done beautifully. Watching these classic characters that once appeared in newspapers and old TV’s come to life give the viewer a sense of warmth. This feeling accompanies you from beginning to the end, when the film states the moral of the story clearer than any other children’s movie has ever done it.
While The Peanuts Movie manages to bring back old characters to life and most likely, meet the expectations of old fans, it does not go far beyond that.
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