A ton of heart
Director: Steve Martino Starring: Bill Melendez, Francesca Capaldi The Peanuts Movie is an ode to the work of Charles M Schulz, whose first Peanuts comic strip appeared in a newspaper in 1950. When the last comic strip ran in 2000, it reportedly had 350 million readers and was in 2 600 newspapers in 21 countries.
This is the first big screen movie to feature the Peanuts cast, though through the years there have been many TV specials and TV movies. Schulz’s family gave the rights for one film to be made by director Steve Martino, who adapted Dr Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who.
The last Peanuts cartoon ran 15 years ago, so I was surprised to find that my six-year-old instantly related to Snoopy. While adults will love the sweet nostalgia of Charlie Brown’s kite-flying and hankering after the mysterious Little Red-Haired Girl, the children will only have eyes for the world’s most famous drawn dog. Snoopy’s parallel story of fighting the infamous Red Baron and rescuing the poodle Fifi had all the children laughing, while the adults appreciated the truly spectacular animation.
This is a lovely film with a ton of heart that is about an ordinary boy trying to succeed at life’s challenges.
Children younger than five will probably squirm towards the end, but the rest will happily make it through. – Gayle Edmunds
DREAM BIG This is the first big screen movie to feature the Peanuts cast