When 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios announced plans to bring Charles Schulz’s beloved and iconic Peanuts comic strip to the big screen by way of a brand new feature—complete with computer animation and a 3D presentation—the news was met with plenty of little squiggly lines of confusion (and even the kind of disdain befitting someone like Lucy van Pelt). Schulz’s comic strip has already been translated to plenty of memorable feature-length offerings, from A Charlie Brown Christmas to It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!, though previous incarnations of the material has always retained its classic (read: flat) look.
In short, a computer-animated 3D take on Charlie, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, Woodstock, and the rest of the gang didn’t necessarily appeal to the Peanuts fanbase, which is why the film’s latest trailer is so exciting: Sure, the characters may have a bit more dimension to them, but the heart of the strip is still very much in place.
You know what that means, don’t you? Yes, Snoopy will apparently be spending a portion of the 2015 feature reliving his glory days of being a World War I Flying Ace. (Question: When is the right time to explain to your kids that the lovable beagle served in the military during the Great War?) He will, of course, also get into lots of fun hijinks with owner Charlie Brown (clumsy as ever) and trusty sidekick Woodstock. We’ll admit it: This trailer is kind of heartwarming (beyond the threatened electrocution, of course).
The trail of the tape
Director: Steve Martino
Screenwriters: Bryan Schulz, Craig Schulz, Cornelius Uliano
Cast: Bill Melendez
Release date: November 6, 2015
Tagline: Next Christmas, never stop dreaming big. The movie event the world has been dreaming of comes to life.
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “Good grief.”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
Fun fact: Did you know that Woodstock’s official occupation is “secretary to Snoopy”? (Question: When is the right time to explain to your kids that the lovable beagle employs a murderous, vaguely canary-like bird as his personal valet?)