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|Charlie Brown And The Gang Are Heading To The Big Screen!|
Charles Schulz’ beloved Peanuts characters will be hitting theaters on November 25, 2015, sixty-five years after they first appeared in newspaper comic strips. This is exciting news for so many of us who grew up with the Peanuts and learned to read while immersing ourselves in their simple, innocent lives.
To this day, we can readily identify with Charlie Brown’s determination … and his depression. We warm to the love he has for his dog, Snoopy, even when Snoopy wakes him in the middle of the night with his supper dish in his mouth. We sympathize with Charlie Brown’s failure to win a baseball game, kick a football, or keep a kite in the air for more than a few moments. And our hearts ache with his at his unrequited love for the Little Red-Haired girl.
We understand Linus’ desperate attachment to his blue blanket and Schroeder’s devotion to his toy piano and to his idol, Beethoven. We cheer for Snoopy as he wages his unending battle with both the Red Baron and the unseen cat next door, and we treasure the enduring friendship between Snoopy and Woodstock. And even though she can be mean and annoying, we can identify with Lucy’s ever-simmering crabbiness.
The as-yet untitled film will be released by 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios and comes after two years of discussions between the Studios and members of the Schulz family. Those discussions focused on the film’s creative direction, testament to the family’s determination to preserve Charles Schulz’ original vision for his creation.
Craig Schulz, Charles’ son and President of Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, comments, “We have been working on this project for years. We finally felt the time was right and the technology is where we need it to be to create this film. I am thrilled we will be partnering with Blue Sky/Fox to create a Peanuts movie that is true to the strip and will continue the legacy in honor of my father.”
Craig Schulz, together with his son Bryan Schulz, and Cornelius Uliano have written the script and will produce the movie, which will be directed by Steve Martino, one of the co-directors on such films as “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” and “Ice Age: Continental Drift.”
The Peanuts debuted on October 2, 1950 in seven newspapers and at its peak was read by 355 million people in 75 countries every day. The last original strip was published only hours after Charles Schulz died on February 12, 2000. Yet, to this day, holiday specials like the Emmy Award winning “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” are still among the highest rated prime-time TV specials.