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  • Award Snub:
    • A good number of people were quite disappointed that the film wasn't able to secure an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. Heck, neither of the two Meghan Trainor songs featured in the film were even nominated for Best Original Song. Even on the meta level, poor Charlie Brown can't ever catch a break.
    • The movie had five nominations at the VES Awards, meaning it had the highest number for an animated film that year. Despite that, it didn't win a single award.
  • Awesome Art:
    • The CGI is gorgeous, looking fresh and updated while still keeping true to the spirit and look of both the strips and the animated specials.
    • Of note is that this is perhaps the first time where all the characters are exactly on-model to their comic strip counterparts, with none of the warping of head shapes or bizarre facial disproportions that characterize the vast majority of previous Peanuts animations.note 
    • Also worth mentioning are the beautifully animated imagine spots done in the style of the comic strip.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The producers promised that Vince Guaraldi's music would be prominently used and referenced in the film. Indeed it was – "Skating" and "Christmas Time Is Here" feature within the first ten minutes, and "Linus & Lucy" plays at least twice.
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    • Christophe Beck's score isn't half bad either, most notably his two renditions of "Linus & Lucy": an upbeat, jazzy version used in the film's climax, and a slow, nostalgic piano version for the end credits.
    • Meghan Trainor's "Better When I'm Dancin'", which was used at least 3 times in the film.
    • "Good To Be Alive", the second song by Meghan Trainor for the film.
  • Broken Base: Opinions are split about the movie's ending. With a race against time to talk to the Little Red-Haired Girl, the universe as always conspires against Charlie Brown to make absolutely sure it doesn't happen. After one obstacle too many, Charlie Brown very nearly gives up hope and pleads for things to work out just this once. Sure enough, the universe decides to cut him a break and he makes it in time, and the movie ends with him receiving affirmation from the LRHG and his friends that he is indeed a good person. Some reviewers felt this totally violates Schulz's original comic, as Charlie Brown never wins. Others felt that having Chuck not lose is a nice change of pace, making the LRHG Charlie Brown's pen pal is a good compromise, and that some traditions are meant to be broken; there's also the opinion that the ending balances out the excessively cruel endings to some of the earlier specials. Plus, giving Charlie Brown a happy ending makes sense since Fox only had the rights to make one movie.
  • Critical Research Failure: Some of the movie's marketing claims that this is the first time the Peanuts characters have ever been on the big screen, despite the fact that there have been a total of four theatrical Peanuts movies released from the 1960s to the 1980s.
    • Screwed by the Lawyers might be in effect here – those four other films are owned by the various subdivisions of the Viacom conglomerate.note  The Peanuts Movie comes via 20th Century Fox, so they probably can't legally acknowledge the earlier movies. It is the first movie to use the "Peanuts" name, as well as the first all-CGI Peanuts movie.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Better When I'm Dancin". As with most Meghan Trainor songs, you'll be humming it to yourself for days.
    • A more insidious one: the Mister Softee jingle.
  • Moe: The Little Red-Haired Girl.
  • Nightmare Fuel: During the talent show, Shermy as a mime.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The movie's tie-in game Snoopy's Grand Adventure has been well received by gamers as an above-average platformer that can be played by both kids and adults. It also helps that the game isn't a re-telling of the movie.
  • Older Than They Think: Although it's a rarity, this isn't the first time Charlie Brown wins in the end.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Snoopy's siblings - his sister Belle and his brothers Spike, Olaf, Andy, and Marbles - are featured on the poster but only appear in the film in one of the mid-credits scenes, toasting Snoopy's successful rescue of Fifi with a round of root beers.
  • Padding: Snoopy's side-adventure against the Red Baron can be considered as Filler by some people.
  • Retroactive Recognition: This version's Charlie Brown is voiced by Noah Schnapp, aka. Will Byers from Stranger Things.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: The entire film, but especially these moments:
    • The song "Better When I'm Dancin" which can be heard throughout the film.
    • The Little Red-Haired Girl's words of encouragement to Charlie Brown near the end.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Despite Blue Sky's best efforts to emulate Schulz's and Melendez's styles, some people still dismiss the movie for being CGI.
    • Some fans are critical of the movie's soundtrack for mixing in orchestral music and pop songs with the franchise's classic themes, rather than having purely smooth jazz in the style of Vince Guaraldi. Those fans clearly ignore or forget Snoopy, Come Home, which had a very eclectic score (with no jazz) courtesy of the Sherman Brothers... and that movie came out while Guaraldi was still alive!
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Let's be honest, how many of you assumed that Snoopy would give his story to Charlie Brown after his book report got destroyed?
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • To some people, the CGI animation. The Blu-ray and DVD (under the "Snoopy Snippets" option) feature a little animation of Snoopy and Charlie Brown on the frozen lake, skating and playing hockey, respectively. However, it appears to be an early animation test, as when Snoopy skates, he is lit differently, making him look more three-dimensional than in the movie, despite still having a 2.5-D appearance similar to how he appears in the final product.
    • The human characters have normally animated faces, but characters with a snout, like Snoopy and Woodstock, always keep their heads turned to the side, while their nose and eyes move around to suggest them turning their heads, similar to the comics. This doesn't look too strange on a still, flat image, but on a moving, three dimensional model, it looks really off.
  • Unexpected Character: Snoopy's love interest Fifi, who only made one previous appearance in the animated special Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown. But here she seems to be wholly imaginary.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: To others, however, the CGI is gorgeous in just how well it captures the style of the original comic and generally feels like a 2-D feature when it's actually 3-D.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!:
    • The official trailer used "That's What I Like" by Flo Rida in Snoopy's Imagine Spot, which caused some fans to worry that the film would not be using Guaraldi-style smooth jazz scores exclusively. While the score is dominated with Guaraldi's work and orchestral themes, the Flo Rida song in question was during the montage where Charlie Brown becomes the most popular kid in school thanks to getting a "perfect" test score. On the other hand, only the chorus is played.
    • Also, two Meghan Trainor songs were produced for the film. In all fairness, however, they both have a breezy feel to them unlike the rest of her work and jibe well with the movie's tone.
    • Zigzagged with a trailer that has "Baba O'Riley" by The Who playing, but has a few modern songs playing in between (but only for a few seconds per song). The Who's song might be an inversion, because it could be trying to appeal to people who read the strip during their childhood, given that that was when The Who was popular. The most infamous of the modern songs appearing in the trailer is the DJ Khaled song "All I Do Is Win" during the clip of Charlie Brown taking part in the school's dancing contest. Thankfully, that was a trailer placeholder, with "Better When I'm Dancin" being used during the actual scene in the film.
    • In one of the promos, Charlie Brown says, "Is there an emoji for 'good grief'?" Thank Sparky it doesn't appear in the movie.
    • Largely a Defied Trope in the actual movie, however. Aside from Flo Rida and Trainor's musical contributions, the movie makes practically no concessions to contemporary pop culture and strives for a timeless feel, thanks in part to the creators making a point of excluding any sort of technology or references that wouldn't have turned up in the original comic strip.
  • Win the Crowd:
    • The announcement that Peanuts would be adapted into a CGI film had plenty of diehard fans disowning it immediately. Then the trailer came out and the Internet exploded!!
    • Furthermore, there was some concern that Peanuts could not appeal to modern kids, given that it was around when their grandparents were young. When the film came out, however, it got a A+ on Cinemascore from polled audiences 18 and younger.
    • On the flip side, older audiences were worried that the movie might do like many of Blue Sky's other works and try too hard to appeal to modern kids with loads of social media references and pop star cameos. These fans were put at ease by the news that the Schulz estate was working closely with the studio to make sure they stayed faithful to Sparky's original work.
  • The Woobie: Charlie Brown gets nothing right through the first half of the film and yet we feel sorry for him.


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