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as­sis­tants, who led a team of around 100 an­i­ma­tors, stud­ied nearly 18,000 Peanuts strips and an­a­lyzed the lead char­ac­ters’ fa­cial and body char­ac­ter­is­tics through dif­fer­ent decades.

Com­puter anal­y­sis showed that a slew of mi­nor parts, such as Snoopy’s nose and Char­lie Brown’s hair­style, had evolved dur­ing the 50 years from 1950 to 2000. The fi­nal Snoopy model is built on a com­pos­ite of the 1980s and 1990s draw­ings.

When asked about Snoopy’s cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance, Martino notes that the dog is one of the old­est and largest bal­loons in the Macy’s Thanks­giv­ing Day Pa­rade in NewYork City.

“Snoopy is a very sim­ple and ap­peal­ing de­sign with a beau­ti­ful shape. Schulz put hu­man­ity into him and he said Snoopy was every­thing that he wanted to be,” says Martino, who be­lieves Snoopy in some sense rep­re­sents the US spirit of op­ti­mism and brav­ery.

Some crit­ics who at­tended a sneak pre­view of the film by 20th Cen­tury Fox in its Bei­jing of­fice in Oc­to­ber told China Daily that it was a “heart-warm­ing, happy” pro­duc­tion.

“It could be de­fined as an old-school tale with stereo­typed Hol­ly­wood hu­mor. For the boom­ing Chi­nese main­land mar­ket, it may not be at­trac­tive and charm­ing enough to gen­er­ate big box of­fice,” says one viewer who prefers to be anony­mous.

“But it’s worth buy­ing tick­ets for nos­tal­gia. Af­ter so many years, Snoopy is still a sin­cere and in­spir­ing dog, a friend dreamed of by ev­ery child.”

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