Western Animation: The Peanuts Movie

aka: Peanuts
The Peanuts Movie (initially promoted in the teaser trailer as just Peanuts) is a 2015 CGI animated feature film produced by Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, based on the popular comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. It is the fifth big-screen adaptation of the strip, and the first since Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown in 1980.

Three of Schulz's grandchildren are producing it, and one is co-writer. Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks) also serves as a producer. Chuck's estate has 100% overseen and approved everything having to do with the movie, and the CGI technology has been altered to preserve his design work, and Bill Mendelez's animation style.

Have a look at the teaser trailer and the official trailer and the second full trailer.

The Peanuts Movie provides examples of:

  • 3-D Movie
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Actually undoes this for a number of characters, specifically Frieda and the original Patty, which has caused no small amount of confusion for folks more familiar with animated versions of the characters than the comics. Marcie's gotten a subtle one, too—her hair in the comics is black, but in animation it's usually light brown, so this film's found a shade in-between.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: This is the first all-computer-generated Peanuts film in the franchise. It's designed to look like a literal translation from the Bill Mendelez-produced TV specials and shows, complete with animation playing on 2s, and flat perspective, giving off an almost stop-motion feel.
  • Butt Monkey: Charlie Brown, by tradition. While trying to find a seat in a theater full of the cast, he drops his popcorn and everyone laughs at him. "Good grief", indeed.
  • The Faceless: The Little Red-Haired Girl's face always stays out of frame or hidden by something.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The Moving Truck says "Mendelson & Melendez Moving Co." as a tribute to Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez.
    • If you go frame-by-frame, you can see the Little Red-Haired Girl's face in some scenes.
  • Imagine Spot: Snoopy fighting the Red Baron, naturally.
  • Informed Attractiveness: The Little Red-Haired Girl is said to be beautiful, but on merchandise and frames where her face can be seen, she's shown to have almost the same standard face most of the kids have, except with a smaller nose.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The trailer released in June alone features nearly every major character in the strip during the 1960s and 1970s. Notably, because the series has such a huge cast of characters, the film won't be introducing any new ones.
  • Market-Based Title: The film is called Snoopy and Charlie Brown: A Peanuts Movie in some parts of Europe.
    • In France, the title is Snoopy and the Peanuts: The Movie.
    • In Japan, the title is I Love Snoopy: The Peanuts Movie.
  • "Mission: Impossible" Cable Drop: It's how Snoopy sneaks into the kids' classroom at school. It doesn't go well, as he immediately gets his paw caught in a binder, and Lucy throws him out of the building into a trash bin.
  • Retool: Certain minor details are being tweaked to simplify things. In the original strip, Peppermint Patty, Franklin, and Marcie lived "across town" and attended a different elementary school than the other characters, but in the film live in the same neighborhood and share the same class.
  • Retraux: This film is directly inspired by, and looks like a lush 3D version of, the 1960s and 1970s specials.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Per usual, Snoopy steals all attention from Charlie Brown in the teaser.
  • Stock Footage: Snoopy's and Woodstock's sounds are recycled audio from earlier works.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In the teaser, Charlie Brown gets to share a hug with Snoopy after the latter was annoying the former.
  • Unexpected Character: Snoopy's love interest Fifi, who only made one previous appearance in the animated special Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Fifi looks very different from her previous appearance.

Alternative Title(s):

Peanuts