Steve Martino

Peanuts Movie 2015

Pushing the cynicism way, way down, there’s a sweet promise in the Peanuts teaser trailer. First of all, the look of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Woodstock isn’t atrocious — evoking a classic feel even with the CGI paintbrush (no Pixarification!). Second of all, director Steve Martino has done honest service by a bygone children’s story with Horton Hears a Who! and a modern tale with the not-terrible Ice Age: Continental Drift. That’s not a rousing endorsement, and it’s unclear how Charles Schulz‘s dynasty will be honored in the hands of Bryan and Craig Shulz, but there’s also producer Paul Feig’s involvement to keep in mind. With any luck, Feig will be more than an In Name Only producer. At the very least, the movie will probably be more like children’s Tylenol then an all-out assault on peoples’ childhoods. That is, if a million MetLife commercials haven’t done the trick already. There’s not a story to be found in the teaser trailer, but it is an excellent first look at the CGI characters in motion:

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I suppose if one has to make a Peanuts movie (and according to the laws of Hollywood, yes – one has to make a Peanuts movie), putting Paul Feig in a leadership role is a step in the right direction. According to Deadline Hollywood, the man behind Bridesmaids, The Heat, and all other things Melissa McCarthy will “produce and oversee” the newest animated feature based on Charles Schulz‘ classic comic strip. For those of you expecting Feig’s involvement to usher in a slew of pooping-in-sink gags and a sequence where Lucy attempts to seduce Linus outside an airplane bathroom, think again. Feig may have been the mastermind behind Bridesmaids, but he was just as mastermind-y with Freaks and Geeks, which remains one of the better portrayals of the high school experience to ever hit the small screen. Feig may have a gross-out sense of humor, but he understands younger characters as well. The latter might mean great things for Peanuts.

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At 65 years of age, you would think that lovable loser Charlie Brown and his not-so-loyal pup Snoopy would be looking a bit long in the tooth, but the truth is that these two kids couldn’t possibly look any more spry, so what better way to celebrate their 65th birthday than by having them star in their own big screen feature? It was announced in a press release today [via ComingSoon] that Blue Sky Studios (the studio behind Ice Age and Rio) is going to be making another Peanuts movie. This will be Charlie’s fifth chance to get put down by Lucy on the big screen, as creator Charles Schulz’s characters have previously appeared in films called A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Come Home, Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown, and Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!!). Seeing as how Charles Schulz passed in 2000, you might be wondering who would be willing to step into his legendary shoes and make a new Peanuts feature. As it turns out, Schulz’s son, Craig Schulz, his grandson, Bryan Schulz, and a writer named Cornelius Uliano have all collaborated on the script, and Ice Age: Continental Drift director Steve Martino is set to helm. Sounds like as qualified a team to carry on a legacy as any…but there still isn’t any word on who will be providing the melancholy jazz music.

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