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Very few people will argue with you if you state that A Charlie Brown Christmas is one of the greatest holiday specials of all time. It manages to toe the line of being sweet but not saccharine, sentimental but not overly so, touching on the true meaning of Christmas without being too alienating. (Not to mention that its Vince Guaraldi score is iconic in its own right.) Its Halloween-focused counterpart, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, has also stood the test of time and become a holiday television classic. However, those two famous films do not mark the only times that the sad-sack, self-conscious and shy star of Charles Schultz’s long-running comic strip has come to life onscreen alongside his gang of eccentric friends and his goofy beagle, Snoopy.
- Lee Jutton
20th Century Fox has revealed four new character posters for The Peanuts Movie, featuring Snoopy, Charlie Brown (voiced by Noah Schnapp), Linus (Alexander Garfin) and Lucy (Hadley Belle Miller). The ensemble voice cast was announced back in November, and these four posters only scratch the surface of the numerous characters who will be featured in this 3D animated movie. Hopefully these one-sheets are just the start of a massive poster roll-out while we wait for a new full-length trailer.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved Peanuts gang make their big-screen debut, like they've never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world's most lovable beagle, and flying ace, embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination »
For those that don't know, Lee Mendelson has been with the crew of Peanuts/Charlie Brown since the 1960s when he executive produced the very first Charlie Brown TV short, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown hit earlier this week, which afforded me the opportunity to quiz Mendelson and find out how he got involved with not only the animated Peanuts specials, but also Garfield, which many of us grew up watching. Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown has been remastered and released on DVD for the first time ever and was written by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz. Q: Many of us grew up reading and watching Charlie Brown and Garfield, especially when Christmas and Halloween rolled around each year. Were you a Peanuts fan and how did you get involved with those two properties? A: I was always a fan of Charlie brown in the comics. »
Fox has released a new trailer for the animated “The Peanuts Movie,” due out Nov. 6.
The computer animated 3D movie, based on Charles Schulz’s iconic comic strip, opens with Woodstock the bird working on converting Snoopy’s doghouse to a World War I airplane with Vince Guaraldi’s classic “Linus and Lucy” theme playing. Snoopy then flies the doghouse to Paris as his World War I flying ace in pursuit of the Red Baron, whereupon he returns to the initial setting.
The trailer concludes with a brief scene of Charlie Brown coming into a movie theater to see the movie.
Fox acquired the feature film rights in 2012 to Schulz’s comic strip. “Ice Age: Continental Drift” helmer Steve Martino directs from a script by Schulz’s son and grandson, Craig and Bryan Schulz, with Cornelius Uliano. All three are producing along with Paul Feig.
The “Peanuts” comic strip has »
- Dave McNary
4 items from 2015
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