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Fox has unveiled plans to release a Charlie Brown movie.
The studio will debut the 3D animation in 2015.
Fox formally announced plans for a movie starring the iconic Peanuts character during a panel discussion on Thursday (April 18) at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
Upon showing attendees the first picture from the film, Fox Chairman Jim Gianopulos said: "This will forever change the face of animation. Prepare to have your minds blown."
Fox and Blue Sky were granted permission by creator Charles M Schulz's family to produce the Charlie Brown animation.
Watch the Peanuts TV special 'You're The Greatest, Charlie Brown' below: »
Charlie Brown in 3-D? Good grief!
In an unexpected move, it turns out the big-screen "Charlie Brown" adaptation that was announced in October is the latest to join the never-ending slate of 3-D movies on tap. Everyone's favorite yellow and black-clad comic-book character is slated for a 2015 theatrical release.
Twentieth Century Fox announced the news Thursday at CinemaCon. Very few details were revealed about the production, and the announcement came only with a 3-D image of Charlie Brown projected onto the screen at the convention, according to The Wrap. Blue Sky Studios, the Fox animation company responsible for "Horton Hears a Who!" and the "Ice Age" series, will create the movie.
Steve Martino ("Horton," "Ice Age: Continental Drift") has been recruited to direct. It took two years to obtain the rights to the beloved story, as creator Charles Schultz, who died in 2000, has kept a tight lock on his material. »
- Matthew Jacobs
The previously announced big-screen adaptation of Charles Schulz's beloved “Peanuts” comic is already getting a facelift: 20th Century Fox announced that the animated film will be released in 3D. Fox chairman Jim Gianopulos made the announcement at CinemaCon on Thursday, unveiling a 3D image of Charlie Brown's blockhead face. “This will forever change the face of animation,” Gianopulos said. “Prepare to have your minds blown.” That pronouncement is sure to rouse excitement among the iconic comic's diehard fans, who've gone more than three decades without a “Peanuts” feature in theaters. (The last movie outing for the Peanuts gang was 1980's “Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!!)”) Schulz, who died in 2000, was notoriously hesitant to release the film rights to the long-running comic, but his heirs believe that his vision can now be properly carried out. “We have been working on this project for years,” said Craig Schulz, »
- Katie Roberts
Chicago – It ain’t over until the fat mammoth sings, and that’s precisely what happens—more or less—in “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” the fourth installment of Blue Sky Studios’ increasingly tedious, decade-old franchise. Why can’t any of Pixar’s rival animation studios come up with a marketable formula better than Celebrities Voicing Animals Delivering Tired Sitcom Dialogue?
Whereas “Madagascar 3” represented this formula operating at its finest, “Ice Age 4” represents its nadir. With 3D visuals on the level of a pop-up book and bored actors mugging their way toward their next easy paycheck, this picture is dead on arrival, yet its particularly brand of badness is more peculiar than one might expect. Just how many kiddie movies have attempted to merge DeMille-level spectacle with booger jokes? Thankfully, not that many.
Blu-ray Rating: 1.5/5.0
In this cheery “Ice Age” entry, our heroes are running for their lives as they find »
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