Dog Day Car­toon

Char­lie Brown and his pals are com­ing to the big screen in The Peanuts Movie

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forget the avengers, charles Schultz was cre­at­ing a shared uni­verse of char­ac­ters when Tony Stark was still just a twin­kle in Stan Lee’s specs. The strip de­buted in 1950 (13 years be­fore Avengers), and each char­ac­ter – from Li­nus to Lucy, Pep­per­mint Patty to Pig-Pen – has their own army of ad­mir­ers. Did the film­mak­ers at Blue Sky Stu­dios (the out­fit be­hind Ice Age) feel like they were work­ing on an Avengers-style movie, try­ing to bal­ance all those iconic char­ac­ters?

“Yes, no doubt. It was prob­a­bly the great­est mo­ti­va­tor for my­self, and a lot of us work­ing on this movie, know­ing that th­ese char­ac­ters have been im­por­tant to peo­ple around the world in so many dif­fer­ent ways,” di­rec­tor Steve Martino says.

“We’re fans first and fore­most, so are our friends, and ev­ery­body’s got their favourite char­ac­ter. I’ve got a good friend who just loves Schroeder. He says, ‘There’s got to be more Schroeder! More pi­ano play­ing!’ But we’re ser­vic­ing the the­matic story, and its heart is Snoopy and Char­lie Brown.”

Se­nior an­i­ma­tor Nick Bruno agrees. “It’s funny, I’d never thought about those poor guys who had to do all of those Marvel char­ac­ters, think­ing of all the pain and an­guish we went through try­ing to make sure we got ev­ery­one right,” he says.

“You can so eas­ily say good and bad things about those movies, but they went through it too! As fans, you can’t help but say, ‘I’ve got to see Char­lie Brown try to kick that foot­ball.’ But our com­pass was al­ways that we had a story to tell. If those el­e­ments help the story along, then great. The story was the most im­por­tant thing.”

The Peanuts Movie opens on 21 De­cem­ber.

We’re also hear­ing that the movie has ma­jor fan­tas­ti­cal el­e­ments!

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