A ton of heart

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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

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