What’s the story:
Good old Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang are once again experiencing their own, beloved, coming-of-age situations. Charlie Brown just can’t get a break! The Little Red-Haired Girl moves in across the street, and it turns Charlie’s world upside-down. He tries desperately to get her attention, but everything fails…or so he thinks!
What parents may like about this movie:
It’s nostalgic and sweet! The Peanuts Movie a Rated-G sweet comedy is packed with so many Charles M. Schulz classic moments. You hear Vince music score once more. We hear Sally call one-and-only Linus the infamous pet name “Sweet Baboo”. Plus all “Wah wah wah wahs” from the never seen adults. One especially memorable new moment is a dance scene in the school auditorium when the unusually coordinated Charlie Brown tries to impress his crush. I could go on and on. As the snow falls in this little sunburn town, you are instantly taken back to your childhood.
I thought the CGI and 3D animation was incredible! The movie artists stayed true to the art of Schulz, and there was a lot of emotion in those little eyes of the characters! I also think there are positive messages in the film (see below). I was worried about the voices sounding not quite like the original, but everything was truly perfect. The voiceover actors did a wonderful job!
What kids will like:
The characters! Kids can relate to many of the dilemmas and circumstances the Peanut charters are experiencing- the genius, the awkward kid, having a crush, being overlooked, wanting to be liked. My daughter laughed a lot during the first part of the movie, especially when Snoopy tries his hardest to go to school with the kids! He’s always up to something with loyal Woodstock by his side.
Also, there’s a story within a story. Snoopy takes on the Red-Baron, while attempting to rescue the love of his life, FiFi! Snoopy retreats into his imaginary world of soaring planes. This looked spectacular in 3D. My daughter enjoyed the adventure and mystery. I think these scenes were her favorites. During one of the flight scenes I did get a bit queasy for a few seconds from the amazing action.
Charlie Brown is frequently teased by Lucy, and is usually the brunt of her jokes. Will she ever let him kick that football? You’ll have to see. Unfortunately, kids often tease one another and say hurtful things. This scene allows you to creates further dialogue in regards to how your actions affect others. How should we treat someone? Lucy would only focus on Charlie Brown’s shortcomings or failures.
Positive themes: 4/5
In this film, friendship and doing the right thing are positive themes among others. We get to see the caring side of Charlie Brown throughout this film. He is a gentleman. He’s shy and he tries his best to impress the Little Red-Haired Girl, even though he can’t muster up the courage to talk to her. As soon as Charlie Brown discovers that his book report partner just happens to be the Little Red-Haired Girl, he decides to do a good deed. She has to help a sick family member over the weekend, so Charlie Brown writes the report for the two of them. He’s very sweet. Throughout the film, there’s other messages- bravery, sacrificing your needs for others and loyalty. Charlie Brown does luck out in the friend department. Linus believes in him and is always encouraging Charlie Brown plus Chuck has his loyal, four-legged canine companion Snoopy!
Violence/scare factor: 1/5
There wasn’t anything scary. There is a war scene during Snoopy’s day dreams where the Red Baron shoots at other planes.
None. There are a ton of crushes but that’s to be expected and part of the charm.
Bad language: 1.5/5
No cursing. Lucy still yells a lot at Charlie Brown and the movie follows the classic comic strip with some name calling (“blockhead”). Again, this makes a perfect conversation starter- name calling isn’t nice, right?
A former Charles M. Schulz co-worker was the inspiration for The Little Red-Haired Girl. Schulz asked her hand in marriage but she turned him down. Ouch! How sad. I guess The Little Red-Haired Girl is the symbol of rejection! There’s not a whole lot of education value but this movie is pure fun with good morals.
What I love the most is being able to share this adorable movie with my daughter. I highly recommend seeing it with the entire family. The Peanuts Movie is like a love-story and homage to Charles M. Shulz. It runs 1 hr 33 minutes, so I would definitely see this at matinee prices!
Stay until after the ending credits to see what happens to that red toy plane!
I like the feisty Lucy!
Snoopy because he’s cute
My fave is Snoopy
I love Charlie Brown
I love him because things never go his way at first.. Kind of like my life.. But then seem to work out.
My favorite is Frieda. It’s so cute how she loves her curly hair!
I love Snoopy because he has a lot of confidence.
I like Sally. She so darn cute and innocent.
We love snoopy because he is loyal and a great friend
snoopy is my favorite because he is so cute
Oh we love Snoopy! He always makes us laugh!
charlie brown as he was messed with by his sister and I could relate when I was a kid. 35 years and still same thing
Snoopy because he makes me laugh
I love dogs a lot, and ever since I was a small child I love Snoopy the best. I think he is a fascinating dog!
My favorite is Charlie Brown because is the underdog & you gotta root for him 🙂
My favorite is Woodstock. I just think he is cute and I love how cute he is even when he is mad.
I have always liked snoopy. He has fun and still the responsible one.
I always liked Charlie Brown. He just seems nice.
Woodstock is my favorite – he’s super chill.
My favorite character is Lucy because she is sassy and spunky!
Snoopy he’s funny
I like Snoopy because he is fun.
Snoopy is my favorite Peanuts character because he is cute and funny. 😉
I love snoopy
I like Lucy because she has a bit of a dark side and Woodstock because he is so darn cute.
I like woodstock he is such an adorable sidekick
i like woodstock because hes cute.
We like snoopy because he is just so cute.
I love snoopy
love Charile Brown he is a loveable sad sack
I like Snoopy because he rules!!
Our favorites are Snoopy & Charlie Brown.
Linus is my favorite because I like the way he carries his blanket around.
My favorite character is Snoopy because he is always up to something.
I have always loved Snoopy… I think that is where my love of dogs and specifically beagles started!
Snoopy, of course!! Because he’s such a cute dog!!
I like Charlie Brown, he always wants to do good and be a good friend to everyone
I like snoppy because he is laid back
I like Charlie Brown because he is nice and sweet to everyone even when they are mean to him!
I love the cuteness of Snoopy.
I like Schroeder. He’s calm & cool in every situation. Just playing some great tunes.
I like snoopy, he is so cute!
Definitely Snoopy because of his adorable laugh
I like Woodstock because he’s a cutie.
My favorite Peanuts character is Snoopy. He has been my favorite since I was a child as my great grandfather always loved him and would draw the best pictures of him. He is just that cool cat sly dog with his own simple style about him. He;s always the one that in the end takes care of Charlie Brown.
I like Snoopy because he’s adorable and fun.
I love Snoopy. How can anyone not love Snoopy? He’s the cutest character!
We like Charlie because he is so optimistic
I love Snoopy and Woodstock – they’re both cute and funny
I like linus cause I like underdogs
My favorite Peanuts character has always been Lucy. She is a bit of a smarty pants but makes me laugh!
My favorite peanuts character is woodstock because i used to have the stuffed animal when I was a kid
I like Snoopy because I like dogs!
I love Lucy! It cracks me up every time she is so ornery to Charlie Brown!
I love Snoop!
Snoopy, because I love animals, especially dogs.
My fave is Snoopyhe is so funny and smart
I love Snoopy because he lifts up Charlie’s mood.
I love Charlie Brown, I feel so bad for the poor guy!
we love snoopy because he’s so funny and that laugh!
I love snoopy.
I love snoopy.
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I love Snoopy because he is the most adventerous Peanuts character.
I have always like snoopy . He is so cute my also very smart and human like.
I love Linus he’s just the real type of friend
I like Linus because he’s a pint sized philosopher.
Pig Pen was always my favorite because he is messy.
My favorite is Lucy because she’s so bossy.
I love Charlie Brown because no matter the odds that are stacked against him, he keeps trying.
Snoopy is my favorite, he is fun and cute.
I love Charlie Brown because he always tries so hard in everything he does. 🙂
I’ve always loved Snoopy because he is so fun! I love Woodstock, too!
My favorite is Charlie Brown because he is such a trooper.
I like Linus, he’s the strong and silent type 🙂
I always liked Lucy because she is sassy and independent.
I like Linus because he has faith.
I love Schroeder. The brainy types are the most interesting.
Lucy is my fav cause she’s just so fiesty !!!
Linus is my favorite!
Charlie is my fave. Notated what life hands him, he gets thru it. And he has an amazing group of friends. That speaks volumes about who he is.