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Review: The Peanuts Movie

20th Century Fox's THE PEANUTS MOVIE

The Peanuts Movie represents one of those occurrences where parents can be just as interested in a movie as the kids that they’re bringing to the theaters. Since it’s based on something many of us grew up with, it’s something that we adults may be able to relate to while introducing a new generation to it at the same time. If it’s successful, that’s certainly a cool thing where everybody has a chance to win.

After a long wait, Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the “Peanuts” gang finally make their debut on the big-screen. Taking up the familiar role of underdog, Charlie Brown hopes to survive a hectic school year that’s presenting him with new challenges. As he fights his way through the craziness that is grade school, his dog Snoopy is just as busy battling it out with the Red Baron, his arch nemesis.

With The Peanuts Movie, there’s fun to be had for people of all ages. While you know they could have slacked off and turned this into the all too typical grab for money, there’s a genuine effort put into it in order for it to find success. Because of this, there’s plenty being offered to keep your attention. This is especially true for kids since they tend to have short attention spans. Add to the fact that it’s very short, this seems like something where kids and adults will be satisfied with.

There’s a handful of stories that go on throughout the course of The Peanuts Movie. This helps stretch things out while also keeping kids into it. When you think about it, it’s weird how a movie like this works as well as it does. It’s clear that the people behind this and other movies like it seem to know their audience and can constantly give them what they’re looking for. It makes you wonder why more mature films can’t do the same thing.

Even though it’s primarily for younger audiences, there’s plenty here for people who grew up watching Charlie Brown get into all of his hijinx over the years. Although much of this is relatively new, they make sure to include a large chunk of familiar features that we all remember. So, if you’re one of the people who have fond memories of this cartoon from yesteryear, you’ll have no problems bonding with the characters in The Peanuts Movie.

Rating: G

Director: Steve Martino

Cast:
Noah Schnapp
Bill Melendez
Hadley Belle Miller
Alexander Garfin
Venus Schultheis
Marlier Mar Mar Walker
Anastasia Bredikhina
A.J. Tecce

Film Length: 93 minutes

Release Date: November 6, 2015

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

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