Chicago – They didn’t screw it up, and that is good. Eschewing modern conventions or typical animation pop culture jokes, “The Peanuts Movie
” honors its source (Charlie Brown and the gang) and its creator, Charles M. Schultz, in a joyous and nostalgic celebration.
The filmmakers – director Steve Martino
(“Horton Hears a Who”) and writers Craig Schultz (Charles’s son), Bryan Schultz
(grandson) and Cornelius Uliano
– kept a philosophy of “Wwcsd” (What would Charles Schultz
do?), and produced a animated feature that contains the best of what made “Peanuts” great. The look is as if the comic strip has sprung to life, especially in optional 3D, and the character voices and feel have the same warmth as the familiar TV specials (there are several references along the way to those treats as well). The story was incidental to the subplots that played like mini comic strips, featuring Good Ol’ Charlie Brown,