If the weeks following the Oscars make you glum at the movies, check out a recent visit from Charlie Brown that you may have missed in theaters. While The Peanuts Movie doesn’t share anything new about our favorite animated children, it reminds us why we have followed this group for so many years. This family movie is now available on DVD, online and on demand.
With a narrative that pays homage to the off-Broadway musical You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and a visual style that feels more at home in today’s computer world than the pen-and-ink days of cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, The Peanuts Movie picks up as if we had just watched a Peanuts holidays special.
Not much has changed in this magical world where adults may be (slightly) heard but not seen. Charlie Brown, wearing the same look each day, still finds himself the target of misunderstanding and criticism while his faithful dog, Snoopy, continues to imagine himself a World War I flying ace. The opinionated Lucy criticizes our hero while offering counseling for a nickel at her sidewalk stand as Linus holds on to his blanket, Schroeder plays Beethoven on the piano, and Peppermint Patty defies logic with her academic achievements. And, no surprise, Charlie Brown longs for the attention of the little redheaded girl who moves into the neighborhood. Everything recreates a simpler time, even that telephone attached to a wall. With a cord.