Well, it’s been a long time – 1980, in fact – since Charlie Brown and Snoopy were on the big screen but with Peanuts turning 65 next year, we’re set for an all-new big screen outing…
The first images (below) were released earlier this week, but now we have more info on the movie itself. (continues after pics)
The movie will be directed by Ice Age: Continental Drift and Horton Hears a Who! director Steve Martino and is written by Bryan Schulz – Charles’ grandson – and Cornelius Uliano. So far, all that’s really known about it is that according to producer Craig Schulz: “it’s about a round-headed kid and his dog, and that’s about as far as I’m willing to go.”
USA Today, who revealed the pics, also have some details about what fans can expect from the CGI take on one boy and his dog:
– Snoopy won’t talk. He’ll communicate via pantomime, as seen in some of the cartoon specials.
– Strangely, the late Bill Melendez, who directed A Charlie Brown Christmas and many other Charlie Brown animations, will essentially voice Snoopy and Woodstock. His original voice recordings were sampled to create dialogue for this film.
– Other recognizable Peanuts locations will show up: Charlie Brown’s skating pond, his house and the wall. They will not be updated, and will be presented essentially as Schulz originally designed them. Even the sign on Lucy’s psychiatrist booth will still say five cents.
– Along with that fact, there won’t be modern details to place the film in the now.
Producer Paul Feig says: “Snoopy will not be rapping, no one will be twerking, we’re in good hands”. Director Steve Martino added: “We’re going to fly with Snoopy in his fantasy world. We have a bigger canvas. Bill Melendez got Snoopy off the ground in the TV specials. We’re going to take it a step further.”
Producer Craig Schulz says: “we handle it very respectfully. We knew we wanted this movie to be bigger than any kind of TV special. To do that, we had to kind of go to the boundaries of where I would ever let anyone go in the Peanuts world.”
Peanuts opens on November 6, 2015.
Enjoy the teaser: