My opinion right after watching film
My opinion right after watching the film is that it was a sweet, simple, but strong film. I do not think it is one of the greater films I have watched, but there is something about the simplicity of it that makes the film better. I was not that familiar with the Peanuts franchise, but still found a lot that was enjoyable about it.
In 2006, Craig Schulz (the son of the creator of the Peanuts franchise) wanted to keep his father’s legacy alive, and had an idea for a film. He pitched it to Blue Sky sometime in the early 2010s, and the company announced the film in late 2012. They did not want to add many newcomers because Schulz felt like the legacy of Peanuts would have been ruined, so it maintained important that he was in control over the production of the film.
So the story begins with the children preparing to go to school, and react to Charlie (Noah Schnapp) attempting to fly a kite in the middle of the winter, and to a new family moving in. They end up seeing that the neighbor ends up being a girl they call the Little Red-Haired Girl (Francesca Angelucci Capaldi), who enters the class, and catches anyone’s attention. Charlie ends up having this huge crush on her, and stumbles over his tests, and ends up writing his name on the wrong test to her. He ends up being embarrassed, since he could not catch her attention.
Snoopy ends up having another sub-plot, where he is having a dream about chasing a female dog named Fifi (Kristen Chenoweth). I guess that this is supposed to be a parallel of Charlie chasing after the Red-Haired Girl, but it is filler, since we get the point the film is trying to make, and the time could have been used in a better way. In another day, the Red-Haired Girl attempts to sit beside Charlie, but he crawls under the seats of the bus to get away from her. I get nervousness, but this is too over the top, and just makes me roll his my eyes. This continues when he rings her doorbell, but instantly hides in a tree when she opens the door.
Charlie ends up going to Lucy (Hadley Belle Miller) for advice when it comes to the opposite sex, and she tells him that he needs to be more confident in himself, which would be hard to do, since she sees Charlie as a failure. After seeing his sister Sally (Mariel Sheets) practice in her room for the talent show, Charlie decides to sign up for the talent show. He decides not to perform, since he sees everyone laughing at his sister, so he makes a fool of himself, to make his sister thrive in the talent show. I have to say that it is very nice of him to do that.
He decides that getting the golden star for the Best Report will start their relationship. The test results are soon posted, and he ends up being the first person to score a perfect score. This causes the school to treat him like a genius and a celebrity. Charlie ends up choosing her favorite book to create the book report on, and ends up doing all to it by himself, so she won’t worry when she comes back.
It is the time where he gets an award for getting a perfect on the test. Right when he is on the stage to make a speech, he sees his test, and recognizes that it is not his, so he decides to be honest, and tells everyone that it is a misunderstanding.
There is a bunch of filler with the dog (that lasts about 10 minutes), and we skip to the last day of school, where they are choosing pen pals. No one wants to be Charlie`s partner but the Little Red Haired Girl, which shocks him and everyone else. He cannot get it out of his mind as to why she chose him. Deciding to follow Linus`s advice to talk to her, he goes to her house, only for her mother to tell him that she is on her way to summer camp. He rushes to the bus stop before she gets on, and asks her why she chose him. She tells him that he is a good, compassionate, brave, honorable man, and that he is not the failure he sees himself as. The bus finally drives off, and people celebrate to Charlie.
I am not going to go through all of the characters, since there are only 2 characters that receive important focus, but I will say that as a whole (including the minor characters), they are very likable.
Honestly, I am really impressed with the animation. The CGI animation was made to look flatter (like in traditionally animated films) to keep the tone of the specials and shows. I felt like the textures were very unique, and made the world look a lot better. Some people may not have liked the choices that were made regarding the animation, but I found it floundering.
The music was pretty much the same that was used in the previous installments. It is by no way a bad thing, but it was expected. There is a lot of piano and classic music that was used in the show. They might have tweaked a few things here and there, but it was very similar.
Reception at Release
When the film was released on November 6th, 2015, it domestically made $126,600, 000, and made 44,600,000 internationally, which became a world amount of $172,000,000 as of December 27th, 2015. It opened at #2, but it seems like it has dropped considerably in the weeks since.
It receives positive critical reception, and seen as the highest-rated Blue Sky film. A lot of people liked it for nostalgic reasons, and had a lot of heart, while the few criticisms it had involved it being unambitious and simplistic.
= 31.5/40 =79%