Anorak News | Charlie Brown and Snoopy to be ruined in new film

Charlie Brown and Snoopy to be ruined in new film

by | 10th, October 2012

HOW do you improve on perfection? Simple answer is that you can’t. So, when dealing with something that is absolutely perfect in every way, you’d better tread carefully around it right?

This is the problem facing 20th Century Fox who are going to make a new feature length animation of Peanuts, the strip that gave us Charles Schulz’s Charlie Brown and Snoopy (and all the other brilliant characters of course. Fight amongst yourselves in your bid to decide who is best).

The feature will hit the big screen in November 2015, which just so happens to be the 65th anniversary of Peanuts and the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.

And here’s the really bad news: Steve Martino of the Ice Age films has been brought in to direct. That’s right. One of the most galling animations in history is about to get its hands on Peanuts.

In a statement, Peanuts creator’s son Craig Schulz said: “We have been working on this project for years. We finally felt the time was right and the technology is where we need it to be to create this film.”

We suspect celebrity cameos, adults voicing the children, 3D characters and a tremendous lack of pathos and world-weariness. Basically, it’ll be a caper, rather than the beautiful, slow-burning, junior philosophy of heartache that made the original strips and shows so unswervingly perfect.

Good grief.

Photo: Charles M. Schulz, creator of the “Peanuts” gang, poses with Snoopy in front of a birthday cake at a party in San Francisco, Ca. on Sunday, May 26, 1985. The celebration is in honor of Charlie Brown’s 35th birthday. 

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