There are so many more iconic Peanuts characters that we have grown to love throughout the many years the franchise has been around. You also have the never-seen adults whose dialogue was never distinguishable (mwah mwah mwah, mwah mwah mwah mwah). It was also delightful to see how the children were often too smart for their own good, how they seemed to be taking care of themselves with no or very little adult support. It was (and continues to be) unique in that way.
It has been 65 years since the Peanuts comic strip made its debut, and when the plan for a new feature-length film was announced, many might have worried that the original spirit of the original comic strip and series would be lost to a more modernized update. There is nothing to fear in that regard, as despite an updated look that is quite visually appealing, "The Peanuts Movie" is a delightful update for all ages that remains ever faithful to the original source.
After a really cute, although incredibly over-the-top, animated short featuring "Ice Age" favorite Scrat, the infamous "Peanuts" music begins and our favorite characters are quickly introduced, all gathering in front of our hero's house, shouting, "Come on, "Charlie Brown!" Here is where the adventure begins. A new girl, only referred to as "The Little Red-haired Girl," moves in, and Charlie Brown is instantly in love. Charlie Brown so desperately wants to stop messing everything up, instead becoming known as a success. If he does something that will earn him an award or positive recognition, he will win the heart of "The Little Red-haired Girl."
A side plot line involves a story Snoopy is typing where he needs to save another dog named Fefe.. This was cute, although I felt it dragged on a little longer than it needed to. Still, who doesn't love Snoopy and Woodstock up to shenanigans? I can't really complain about it.
While I would not call it an animated masterpiece, it is still an adorable film that is a must-see for all fans of Peanuts, no matter what age you are. I enjoyed it because of how faithful it is to the original comic strip and animated shorts/holiday specials. The nostalgia alone makes me love it. I love that I was able to take my daughter to see this. It's nice to see how a whole new generation will get to join in the fun and brilliance that is Peanuts.