'The Peanuts Movie' Posters Line Up Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and Linus

Thursday, 05 March 2015 10:16 Written by  iamrogue
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'The Peanuts Movie' Posters Line Up Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and Linus

A quartet of posters for this year's Peanuts movie keep it simple, sticking to the classic appeal of Charlie Brown, Snoopy (Woodstock, too), Lucy, and Linus.

The first 3D, CG-animated big screen take on the beloved characters isn't reinventing the simple, sweet nature of Charles M. Schulz's comic strip and cartoons it inspired.

"Snoopy will not be rapping, no one will be twerking, we're in good hands," producer Paul Feig promised last year.

Several of those hands belong to the Schulz family.  The Peanuts Movie is produced and co-written by the Peanuts progenitor's son and grandson Craig Schulz and Bryan Schulz, along with co-writer Cornelius Uliano.

Directing Peanuts is Steve Martino, co-director of Blue Sky's Horton Hears a Who! and Ice Age: Continental Drift. His style here is straightforward, using the original designs from characters from Linus on through the Little Red Haired Girl. "A little tilt of that eye shape can give you worry. A little stretch and raise of that little dot can give you surprise," Martino said of the simple designs.

These posters, courtesy of Yahoo!, show just how Schulzian the big screen Peanuts is.  The filmmakers haven't updated Charlie Brown and company for modern audiences.  Instead, they've reminded audiences why they care about these characters in the first place:

We have high hopes for The Peanuts Movie.  After all, Martino and company just seem to get it. "Charlie Brown is the guy who picks himself up after every fall and tries again," said the director. "That's what is powerful to me. These characters are known and loved worldwide, and now we have an opportunity to bring them to a new generation."

Peanuts is scheduled to open nationwide on November 6, 2015.

The 2015 release date adds a happy symmetry to Peanuts.  Next year is the 75th anniversary of Peanuts first appearing in print and the 50th anniversary of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which remains a holiday standby for anybody with two ears and a heart.

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