So, if you know anything about Peanuts, I don't have to go into too much detail about what the city is like. There are no visible parents; the only time they talk is in Blah-Blah-Blah's and we hear the response from the children to guess for ourselves what they really said. charlie Brown's beloved dog Snoopy, beloved to both him and the world now, is using his imagination on a type writer to make up stories sort of similar to his best friend's, or trying to sneak into school. What apparently made Peanuts such a beloved comic strip back in the day was it's ability to relate to the rest of your life rather than only being fun, which it still was. It gave off dialogue like, "I'm depressed...I'll never amount to anything..." and planted it on Charlie Brown, who's the Clumsy Smurf of his town. He has a friend named Linus and a tormentor named Lucy, and friends along the way, none of which only call him Charlie, and then one day, a new girl with the perfect everything; perfect fashion, perfect red hair, perfect dance moves, moves in on the opposite end of Charlie Brown's house, who decides this girl is his big chance to start fresh and make a friend who doesn't know of his past experiences. Can he do it?
Now, right away, I don't think I have to tell you that Blue Sky Studios, who was also in charge of the Ice Age and Rio movies, Robots and Epic worked hard to keep the characters looking the exact same as Schulz drew and animated them back when Charlie Brown was new. You'll get that right away. It was how they would use them that I was concerned about. And I am pleased to report that this is really good. It's sometimes partially predictable when Charlie Brown is always under someone's thumb, but often it's an enjoyable sort of predictable. This movie is also something I wasn't expecting it to be at all: Fast-paced. Like The Lego Movie, it has the sort of animation where in the face expressions, the animators have done their best to make them, well, expressive, and give a hint of stop-motion animation. I had mostly low expectations going into this film, and now I forget why. Charlie Brown's complete likability and innocence make him hard not to feel bad for and admire at the same time while Snoopy and that bird by his doghouse work very well together at playing pretend. Snoopy's daydreams are sometimes a little bland but they never go for flat-out stupid. I can also see similarities to Calvin and Hobbes in this sort of material; sometimes we are left to the dog or the spiky-haired kid's imagination, sometimes something doesn't go the right way and we get a remark about life, and other times we just get a fun slice of pie in the face.
The movie also has a hidden message that I think is excellent and even I related to a little bit; there are things that can bring you down in life and mistakes that you make that you may feel you'll never be able to walk away from, but actually, there's always something good that can come out of it. And the last five minutes of this movie are spectacular, not just in reiterating this famous picture Schulz drew but bringing a very big smile to my face. You also don't have to be a little kid or Charlie Brown fan to enjoy the sort of humour only animated movies can deliver. This is the movie that The Sponge out of Water should have been. Too bad during the end credits, there's something that sort of brought the movie down quite a lot for me, making it actually on the exact same level as Minions rather than Strange Magic. Oh, and one more thing; there's a plotline involving a very, very long book and I thought it was the most...respectable scene out of the entire movie.
So now that The Peanuts Movie has been released, there's bound to be a Calvin and Hobbes movie. I tried to make my own movie a long time ago when I was trying out 3D animation and I couldn't quite get it off the ground and instead made a 17 minute CGI movie on my YouTube channel. But that's another story. If the Calvin and Hobbes adaptation will be anything like this, I can't wait.