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The Peanuts Movie

Reviewed by: Raphael Vera

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Primary Audience:
Kids Family
Animation Adventure Family Comedy 3D
1 hr. 33 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
November 6, 2015 (wide—3,800+ theaters)
DVD: March 8, 2016
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Featuring: Francesca Capaldi … Little Red-Haired Girl (voice)
Madisyn Shipman … Violet Gray (voice)
Noah Schnapp … Charlie Brown (voice)
Venus Schultheis … Peppermint Patty (voice)
Mariel Sheets … Sally Brown (voice)
Alexander Garfin … Linus (voice)
Hadley Belle Miller … Lucy van Pelt (voice)
Bill Melendez … Snoopy / Woodstock
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Director: Steve Martino—“Ice Age: Continental Drift” (2012), “Horton Hears a Who!” (2008)
Producer: Blue Sky Studios
Peanuts Worldwide
Twentieth Century Fox Animation
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

“Dream big”

Charles Schulz’s beloved Peanuts gang is being reintroduced to a whole new generation of kids in the long anticipated, “The Peanuts Movie.” A part-tribute to the Peanuts cartoons of the past 50-years, this animated film brings back all the familiar characters we love (Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy, etc.), some of our favorite story lines (i.e., baseball, Snoopy’s novel, kite flying, the Red Baron) as well as the music made famous by Vince Guaraldi, mixed in with a little modern fare.

The movie begins with the kids enjoying an unexpected but very welcome day off from school due to snow. A new family arrives in the neighborhood that day, and life for Charlie Brown (Noah Schnapp) will never be the same, because that family includes the little red-haired girl (Francesca Capaldi) that will soon occupy his daydreams from that day forward.

The young crush Charlie Brown feels for his new classmate drives him to step out and try and impress her, while at the same time trying to avoid any direct contact with her and risk embarrassing himself. Poor old Charlie Brown.

However, soon after the school’s standardized test scores are released, and it is found out that Charlie Brown has its first perfect score ever, he becomes a minor celebrity and everyone’s opinion of him changes. Will his new found fame give him the courage to finally talk to the little red-haired girl? Can Snoopy teach Charlie Brown how to dance in time for the upcoming school social? Will his younger sister Sally be able to profit from his celebrity status before it fades? Can Snoopy, flying his imaginary Sopwith Camel (WWI plane), ever defeat the Red Baron? Or, will Charlie Brown’s bad luck spoil the day in the end?

“The Peanuts Movie” is a light-hearted and completely family-friendly film with barely any objectionable content to speak of. Rated “G” for all audiences the only violence shown is “comic violence,” as in Snoopy’s dogfights, imagined crash landings including some peril, and both punches and objects thrown at characters, but none of which caused any lasting harm.


Over the years, much has been made about the Christian symbolism that can be found throughout in Peanuts, perhaps none more notable than in the book The Gospel According to Peanuts, so it should come as no surprise that a movie faithful to Charles Schulz’s vision, as well as co-written by his son and grandson, should continue some of those lessons.

Charlie Brown has the chance to shine in front of the whole school, including the little red-haired girl, but it becomes more important that he help his little sister instead. Despite his “loss,” Sally’s “gain” makes him smile. Thinking of others first is something that comes naturally to him and is one of the instructions Jesus gave to us, as well.

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” —Luke 6:31

Charlie Brown reads that the first step to winning is to, “forget everything you know about yourself.” Considering that he has always thought of himself as a failure, this is good advice. As with Charlie Brown, many of us have been told by the world the things we must do in order to succeed, but, as the Bible tells us, these are lies. Likewise, many a wise sermon have centered on how Jesus’ one sacrifice for our sins has given us the pathway to put our “old ways” behind us and to experience the joy that comes with that.

“They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.” —Romans 1:25

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” —2 Corinthians 5:17

Charlie Brown tries to psych himself up for the task at hand when he says, “I am worthy, I can do this!” Past experience has shown that often he cannot, and, yet, one of his most admirable qualities is that his hopes never dim. Neither should we lose hope, and instead trust in our Lord that He can accomplish in us, what we cannot do.

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” —Matthew 19:26

The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians paints a picture of how Christians are to behave, and, in my opinion, this is a chief reason why we root for Charlie Brown, as he definitely exhibits these ideals.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” —Colossians 3:12

The original “Peanuts,” as penned by Charles Schulz, never talked down to children “at their level,” but instead took an intelligent approach that was able to appeal to both young and old alike. This is much less the case with “The Peanuts Movie.” Some exciting moments featuring Snoopy and Charlie Brown aside, the film focuses its attention on young audiences, and some of the film’s best lines happened to be ones that were written many years ago. I do recommend this sweet film, as it displays some rare but really honorable qualities that ought to be seen by today’s kids. However, to be properly enjoyed, “The Peanuts Movie” is best viewed alongside either your younger kids or grandkids so that you can share in their laughter, joy and wonder.

Violence: Minor / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: None

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Positive—Although IMHO this movie had nothing in it that was morally offensive, neither did it contain any of the modern progressive propaganda we must endure in so many kids movies these days, I felt that The Peanuts Movie was kind of a let down. Albeit, I am pushing 50. So I guess I was not the intended audience. I’m just used to movies being enjoyable for both kids and adults. This one however is just mildly entertaining, even for kids. The laughter in the theater was rather tepid. I only remember having a mild chuckle one time. The story line was simply a hodge podge of all the familiar Peanuts themes (The little red haired girl, The Red Baron, etc.), and to me there was nothing in the movie that would transform my 7 year old into the Peanuts fan that I am (or used to be). This movie is in desperate need of the creative genius of Charles Schulz. Unfortunately, since he’s gone, we are just left with a hollow shell of what should have been a great family movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 3
Frank, age 47 (USA)
Positive—This is an excellent film that is very faithful to Schulz’s comic strip. Some of the jokes are familiar to us from other Peanuts specials and of course the strip, but they managed to take it in a new fresh direction as well to put a new spin on it. It also has very good messages about being honest and kind, and never giving up whatever the obstacles. Charlie becomes popular for something he does, but ultimately why he “wins” is because of what kind of person he is and how he treats others. The movie shows two stories that interweave with one another: Charlie Brown’s crush on the Little Red Haired Girl and his struggle to be noticed by her, and Snoopy fighting the Red Baron and how he saves his girlfriend Fifi in his imagination. There is nothing offensive in the film and Charlie Brown even prays. Lucy is really the only one who is mean and I appreciated how Pig Pen was not as ostracized by the other children as he sometime is in the strip. Although it may appeal mostly to younger children, people who are familiar and love the strip will enjoy it as well. The special effects are very good and at the end of the credits it stated that it involved over a million hours of work. The 3D version is worth seeing. It really is super cute and I’d recommend it. Sparky would be proud!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
Kathy Pj, age 55 (Canada)
Positive—I’m in my 50’s. I grow up with Peanuts comic strip. This was good movie. We all need to never give up.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 3
Thomas Dickensheets, age 54 (USA)
Positive—Having grown up reading the Peanuts comic strip, and a Peanuts coloring book, and seeing the classic Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas specials, the one question on my mind was, would “The Peanuts Movie” be faithful to the comic strip? When I read that the film was made in collaboration with the estate of Charles Schultz (his son and grandson wrote the screenplay), I was relieved, and looked forward to it. The movie earned its sweet G-rating. There is nothing offensive in it whatsoever, and the animation is exactly what we have grown up reading and seeing, and the story is absolutely heartwarming.

Charles Schultz would be immensely proud of this motion picture. See this film with your entire family, and stay for a mid-credits scene. Trust me… it’s worth it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
D, age 29 (USA)
Positive—Wonderful movie! We’re big classic Peanuts fans, so I was worried that a “new” movie wouldn’t be very good, but this movie was great for young and old alike!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
Chrystal, age 39 (USA)
Positive—Hello all. I was very excited when I saw the trailer for “The Peanuts Movie.” Charlie Brown in updated animation looked awesome. I couldn’t wait. I took my 10 year old son to see this on opening weekend, and I left the theater more than satisfied. The Peanuts are the last form of clean entertainment available. ALL Disney/Pixar films contain a minimum of at least one “this is supposed to be a family, kid-friendly film, so why did they put that line in there!” moment.

Case and point, “Inside Out” with anger promoting curse words (twice!) Also, something that is even more dangerous are the subliminal messages these “kid” friendly movies contain. Like the all seeing eye in Spongebob or the pyramid symbolism. However, “The Peanuts Movie” contained none of that. There was not one “wait a minute” moment of any kind. The jokes were clean, there is no bad guy (i.e good versus evil). See all »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
Troy Compton, age 43 (USA)
Positive— I have always loved the “Peanuts” comic strip and characters, growing up—Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole gang. My mother joked that growing up I was just like Linus van Pelt, because I had a security blanket I would carry around with me everywhere until I was about 5 years old, so I personally felt the 2015 film “The Peanuts Movie” was a Masterpiece, very well done, excellent CGI and for people of all ages, excellent writing and plot/story, good moral values are presented in the film, very enjoyable movie, the film does a superb job re-creating the look and feel of the Peanuts comic strip and TV specials
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
Jeffrey Andrew Winters, age 37 (USA)

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