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The Peanuts Movie
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Film information

Directed by

Steve Martino

Produced by

Paul Feig
Michael J. Travers
Craig Schulz
Byran Schulz
Cornelius Uliano
Chris Wedge (executive)

Written by

Bryan Schulz
Craig Schulz
Cornelius Uliano

Music by

Christophe Beck

Cinematography

Renato Falcao

Editing by

Randy Trager

Studio

Blue Sky Studios

Distributed by

20th Century Fox

Release Date(s)

November 6, 2015 December 21, 2015 (United Kingdom)

Running time

88 minutes

Language

English

Gross Revenue

TBA

Preceded by

Rio 2 (2014)

Followed by

Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

The Peanuts Movie (labelled in some other countries as Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie) is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated adventure-comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film is directed by Steve Martino and written by Bryan Schulz, Craig Schulz, and Cornelius Uliano. It is the fifth full-length feature film to be based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, and the first feature film based on the characters in 35 years. The film was released on November 4, 2015. The film serves as the finale of the Peanuts franchise.

The film was positively welcomed from both film critics and audiences, and was a box office success, grossing $246 million worldwide against it's $99 million budget.

Plot

When the Little Red-Haired Girl moves in to his neighborhood, Charlie Brown, the protagonist, develops a crush on her, but is frustrated that his long-running streak of bad luck will prevent him from ever getting noticed. Lucy tells Charlie that he should try being more confident. Charlie Brown decides to embark upon a series of new activities in hope of finding his niche--and to get the Little Red-Haired Girl to notice him. His first attempt is to try out for a local talent show with a magic act. His sister Sally Brown is in the show before Charlie Brown and when her act goes awry, he first sacrifices his time for her help and then with Snoopy's help, helps his sister's act while ending up on the front cover of the school newspaper hanging upside down half out of a cow costume titled "MOOOOO!".

Learning that the Little Red-Haired Girl likes dancing, Charlie signs up for the school dance and gets Snoopy to teach him all his best moves. At the dance, Charlie Brown starts to attract praise for his skills until he slips on a small puddle of spilled punch and accidentally starts the sprinkler system, which causes the dance to be cut short as all the other students quickly leave the room.

Charlie Brown is partnered with the Little Red-Haired Girl to write a book report. At first, he is excited to have a chance to be with her, but unfortunately, the Little Red-Haired Girl is called away for 1 week to deal with a family member illness, leaving Charlie Brown to write the report all by himself. Hoping to impress both the Little Red-Haired Girl and his teacher, Charlie Brown writes his report on the collegiate-level novel War and Peace. At the same time, Charlie Brown finds he is the only student to get a perfect score on a test. The other children congratulate him, and his popularity begins to climb. Unfortunately, when he goes to accept a medal at a school assembly, he learns that the test papers were accidentally mixed up and that the perfect score actually belongs to Peppermint Patty. Charlie Brown declines the medal, losing all his new-found popularity. Worse, the next day, his book report gets destroyed by the red baron, and he must admit to the Little Red-Haired Girl that he has caused them to both fail the assignment. For the rest of the winter, Charlie Brown did not fly any kites, did not practice his pitching and did not even try talking to the Little Red-Haired Girl.

Eventually, spring arrives and at the end of the school year, Charlie Brown is surprised when the Little Red-Haired Girl chooses him for a pen pal. Linus convinces Charlie Brown that he needs to tell the Little Red-Haired Girl how he feels about her before she leaves for the summer. Racing to her house, he discovers that she is about to leave on the bus for summer break. He tries to chase the bus, but is prevented from reaching it. Just as he is about to give up, Charlie Brown sees a kite fall from the Kite-Eating Tree. The kite string becomes entangled around his waist and sails away with him, quickly bringing him up to the bus's window. Amazed to see Charlie Brown flying, the other kids follow.

Upon reaching the bus, Charlie Brown finally asks the Little Red-Haired Girl why she chose him in spite of his failures. The Little Red-Haired Girl explains she admires his selflessness and praises him for his compassion from the Talent Show, his honesty from the Assembly and his bravery from the Dance. The two promise to write to one another. The other children (including Lucy) pick up to Charlie Brown and crowd around to congratulate him before picking him up on their shoulders and carrying him away with Charlie Brown finally feeling proud of himself.

In a post-credits scene, the red baron finally runs out of energy and falls into the pond.

Cast

  • Miss Little Red-Haired Girl
  • Nurse
  • Franklin
  • Marcie
  • Little Kid
  • Fifi
  • Red Baron
  • Woodstock's Friends
  • Spike (credits)
  • Belle (credits)
  • Marbles (credits)
  • Olaf (credits)
  • Andy (credits)
  • Background kids

Characters

Production

On October 9, 2012, it was announced that after two years of rights negotiations with the Schulz family, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios were developing a 3D computer-animated feature film based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz, which would be released on November 25, 2015 to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the debut of the comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the television special A Charlie Brown Christmas. Chris Wedge is announced to exclusive produced the film & Steve Martino is set to direct the film from the screenplay by Craig Schulz with the writing team of Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano, who are also producing the film. On November 8, 2012, Fox shifted the release date from November 25 to November 6, 2015. On January 8, 2013, Leigh Anne Brodsky became the managing director of Peanuts Worldwide and Brodsky was set to control all the global deals for Peanuts. On April 18, 2013, it was revealed that Fox had made an announcement at CinemaCon that the film would be released in 3D. On October 23, 2012, it was announced that Paul Feig is on board to produce and oversee the film for Fox and Blue Sky.

Release

The film was released on November 6, 2015. It was originally scheduled to be released on November 25, 2015, to "commemorate the 65th anniversary of the comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas, before being rescheduled to November 6, 2015 in November 2012.

Marketing

On March 17, 2014, the first images were released, followed by a teaser trailer the next day. On November 17, 2014, new images were released, followed by a holiday trailer the next day. On January 5, 2015, a leaked trailer was released. On June 16, 2015, new images were released, followed by a new trailer the next day. On September 22, 2015, a final trailer was released.

Trivia

  • This is Blue Sky Studios' third film to not be scored by John Powell, as the film was scored by Christophe Beck; the first two being 2002's original Ice Age film (which was scored by David Newman) and Epic (which was scored by Danny Elfman).
  • This is Blue Sky Studios' seventh film with no opening credits (except for 20th Century Fox presents a Blue Sky Studios film), the first six being the Ice Age series, Epic and Rio 2.
  • This is the last of the four Blue Sky Studios films to be rated G by the MPAA alongside Horton Hears a Who!, Rio, and Rio 2.
    • It was also the most recent major theatrical animated film to have been designated that rating from the MPAA until 2017's Disney/Pixar film Cars 3.
    • It is also the only non-documentary film of 2015 to have been designated that rating from the MPAA.
  • In 2017, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment re-released this movie in a double feature with A Charlie Brown Christmas 1965 TV Special, making it the only Blue Sky Studios movie to be re-released by another studio, until 2019 since Disney now owns most of 21st Century Fox (including 20th Century Fox) as of March 20, 2019, making this the only Peanuts production owned by Disney, which eventually reprinted the film's Blu-ray combo pack on March 23, 2021.
  • This is the first Blue Sky Studios DVD to release in March
  • This is the first Blue Sky Studios film to be shot in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio since Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
  • This is the only Blue Sky Studios film to be released in November.
  • This is the first Blue Sky Studios film to be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu Ray.
  • The Peanuts Movie was released on 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu Ray, Blu Ray, and DVD on March 8, 2016.
  • The Peanuts Movie is the fifth Blue Sky Studios film to have humans after Ice Age, Rio, Epic and Rio 2.
  • The Peanuts Movie was released on Digital Platforms on February 12, 2016.
  • This is Blue Sky Studios' 10th feature film.
  • This is the second Blue Sky Studios film to have a human protagonist, (the first was Epic).
  • This is the fourth Blue Sky Studios film to feature humans after Rio, Epic and Rio 2.
  • This is the third Blue Sky Studios film to be directed by Steve Martino, after Horton Hears a Who! and Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • The third film from Blue Sky Studios to not have a soundtrack by Varese Sarabande.
  • The third and final film from Blue Sky Studios, after Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (3-D version only) and Rio 2, to have an altered version of the 20th Century Fox logo.
  • It is the highest rated Blue Sky Studios movie on Rotten Tomatoes with an 87% Fresh Rating.
  • Schroeder plays the 20th Century Fox logo fanfare in the opening logos.
  • This is the first and only Blue Sky Studios film to be based on a pre-existing franchise.

Soundtrack

The Peanuts Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released October 23, 2015
Recorded 2015
Length 47:18
Label Epic
  1. Linus and Lucy - Vince Guaraldi Trio
  2. Better When I'm Dancing - Meghan Trainor
  3. That's What I Like - Flo Rida feat. Fitz
  4. Skating - Vince Guaraldi Trio
  5. Christmas Time is Here - Vince Guaraldi Trio
  6. Snow Day
  7. Fifi's Theme
  8. Charlie Brown in Love
  9. Wingwalking
  10. The Library
  11. The Assembly
  12. Curse You Red Baron
  13. Spring Arrives
  14. Never Give Up
  15. Carnival Panic
  16. Pen Pal Partners
  17. Good Ol' Charlie Brown
  18. Skating
  19. Christmas Time Is Here / Christmas Is Coming

Trailers

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References

Credits

Directed by: Steve Martino

Produced by: Byran Schulz, Craig Schulz, p.g.a. and Cornelius Uliano

Produced by: Paul Feig and Michael J. Travers, p.g.a.

Executive Producer: Chris Wedge

Screenplay by: Cornelius Uliano, Byran Schulz and Craig Schulz

Based upon the comic strips by: Charles M. Schulz

Music by: Christophe Beck

Music Supervisior: John Houlihan

Art Director: Nash Dunnigan

Editor: Randy Trager

Casting by: Christian Kaplan, CSA

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