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LA Times on Bringing “Peanuts” Back to the Big Screen in CGI


The Los Angeles Times covers Blue Sky Studios’ resurrection of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts for a big-screen, CGI feature film, set to be released on November 6, 2015. The article notes that 75% of the movie is finished, and portions of it will screen at this week’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas, NV.

Several of the principals involved are quoted in the article, including Charles Schulz’s widow Jeannie, his son Craig (whose discussions about a feature film storyline with his son Bryan eventually led to this film), and the movie’s director Steve Martino. Among other topics, the article discusses the careful approach the team took to updating the property without losing its inherent charm (with explicit comparisons to the failures of the Rocky and Bullwinkle and Garfield feature films), the continuing strength of the Peanuts brand internationally, and the many things that CGI will not change about a Peanuts adaptation (such as children actors playing the main characters instead of celebrities, Snoopy and Woodstock’s voices coming from archival recordings of the late Bill Melendez, and the wah-wah trombone sound of all the adults’ voices in the film).

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