THE PEANUTS MOVIE

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK ON MOVIES -

Di­rec­tor: Steve Martino (Hor­ton Hears a Who!) Star­ring: Voices of Noah Sch­napp, Hadley Belle Miller, Mariel Sheets, Alex Garfin Ver­dict: Good grief, it’s quite good!

A FIT­TINGLY low-key, yet sin­cerely lov­able an­i­mated movie adap­ta­tion of the long-run­ning comic strips by writer-il­lus­tra­tor Charles M. Schulz.

All of the iconic char­ac­ters are present and ac­counted for. Just as im­por­tantly, their defin­ing traits have not been tin­kered with in the slight­est.

The script is largely episodic in struc­ture, al­low­ing a wide se­lec­tion of ev­ery­one’s favourite Peanuts mo­ments (Char­lie Brown fall­ing for the

Lit­tle Red-Haired Girl, Lucy offering psy­chi­atric anal­y­sis from her le­mon­ade stand, Snoopy’s fear­less air­borne du­els with his neme­sis The Red Baron) to be cov­ered more than sat­is­fac­to­rily.

Best of all, the uniquely poignant, bit­ter­sweet re­flec­tion as­so­ci­ated with Schulz’s work is al­ways to the fore. It is rare to see a chil­dren’s film that dares to speak to its au­di­ence so qui­etly, but so con­fi­dently.

Peanuts fans from ear­lier gen­er­a­tions will also ap­pre­ci­ate the time­less vibe that has been cap­tured here. There is no in­ter­net, no smart­phones, no self­ies, no so­cial me­dia. Just kids making friends, making mis­takes and making the most of their play­time in an en­vi­ron­ment which leaves them no op­tion but to be them­selves.

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