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Beloved ‘Peanuts’ characters get a CGI makeover in new film

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Beloved ‘Peanuts’ characters get a CGI makeover in new film

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Mar 24, 2014

Stars of the classic “Peanuts” cartoon are coming to the big screen, but they’ve had a radical makeover since you last saw them. Charles M. Schulz’s characters, beloved worldwide not just from the comic strip but also a series of decades old holiday specials that still air annually, will make their return to the big screen next year with the help of computer-generated imagery (CGI) and 3-D production.

The new look is startling in the minute-long trailer (watch it above), featuring Charlie Brown and his energetic dog, Snoopy.
 
According to The Wall Street Journal, “It is no surprise the trailer looks slick and polished compared with the decades-old television cartoon specials and comic strips familiar to people in their 40s, 50s and 60s. It is also unclear whether the revamped imagery will resonate with audiences. The brief clip parodies the 1968 sci-fi film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’—a movie that’s more familiar to people in their 40s, 50s and 60s, than today’s tots, tweens and teens.”
 
The 3-D film, also titled “Peanuts,” is due in theaters Nov. 6, 2015. The screenwriter is Craig Schulz, one of the sons of Charles M. Schulz, who died in 2000 after a 50-year career drawing the strip.
 
"It's long overdue," Craig Schulz tells USA Today. "The fans have been asking for a long time, but we held off until the time was right."
 
“The last time Peanuts characters saw feature-length screen time was with 1980's ‘Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!!),’” according to USA Today.
 
“The filmmakers are keeping ‘Peanuts’’ plot details under wraps (‘It's about a round-headed kid and his dog, and that's about as far as I'm willing to go,’ says Craig Schulz). But the story will bring together the entire cast from the strips and Bill Melendez's famous television specials, from Pig-Pen to Peppermint Patty,” reports USA Today. “Additions include the unveiling of Charlie Brown's lifelong crush, known only as the Little Red-Haired Girl.’”