best known for the Ice Age and Rio movies- wouldn't be your first choice to adapt the work of Charles Schulz for the big screen. But every trailer we've seen so far suggests that they are treating Charlie Brown, Snoopy and co right. And the latest trailer does nothing to change that.
This latest trailer sets up the fact that the plot will revolve around one of the strip's long-running storylines- Chuck's apparently unrequited love for the Little Red-Headed Girl. The new movie will see the apple of Charlie's eye move to town, and follow his attempts to talk to her. The film has a rather wonderful look, that perfectly captures the original feel. It might be CG, but never before have you seen CG animation that works so hard to look like it isn't. Rather than the usual smooth animation you expect from a high-end CG-production, it goes for a slightly jerky style that lends it an old-school charm. Rather pleasingly, it even works in some of Schulz's original black-and white art.
In terms of tone too, this is looking pretty spot on. As with earlier trailers, there's only one area of slight concern, and that's the use of some slightly jarring musical cues. There's a very strong possibility that these are only being used in the marketing- which is common practice in trailers- so we're not too worried.
Overall though, this is looking like a really respectful and true to the original adaptation, that should hopefully please fans of the classic cartoons and newspaper strips. Whether this will appeal to a new generation of fans remains to be seen- but we're pretty confident that it will.
The Peanuts Movie will be released in the US on November 6th 2015, and will be released in the UK (as Snoopy & Charlie Brown: A Peanuts Movie) on December 21st. Watch the new trailer below.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
The New 'Peanuts Movie' Trailer Hits a Home Run
Posted by Chris Perkins
Chris writes about movies, games, TV and other stuff you love, and has written for places including MyM magazine, Rant Gaming, KillStreakMedia and Anime UK News. He particularly specialises in the field of animation and spends far too much time watching cartoons for a grown up. He regrets nothing. Follow him at @misterchristor.