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Bridesmaids director Paul Feig to produce and oversee Blue Sky's 3D Peanuts movie

Oct. 23, 2013by: Alex Maidy

While it was already announced that 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky would be animating a 3D version of Charles Schulz's classic comic strip PEANUTS for the big screen, there didn't seem to be much hope that it was going to be any good. Now we have the news that the studio has enlisted director and writer Paul Feig to produce the film and oversee it from a creative standpoint.

Feig is best known as the director of BRIDESMAIDS and THE HEAT. Prior to that he was the creator of the short-lived series FREAKS AND GEEKS. While his subject matter may skew a little older, Feig definitely has worked with similar subject matter on FREAKS AND GEEKS as well as the right tone with his directing work on PARKS AND RECREATION, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, and THE OFFICE.

Feig had this to say about working on the PEANUTS movie:

Growing up, Peanuts was my Star Wars, Feig said. Charles Schulzs characters influenced everything in my career, especially Freaks And Geeks. Im thrilled I finally get to be pals with Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

Charles Schulz's son Craig added the following:

As we continue on our creative journey to bring my fathers characters to life, collaborating with a talent like Paul is a great step forward. Knowing how Peanuts, especially Charlie Browns never-give-up-attitude has influenced him throughout his life, makes this partnership even more meaningful.

PEANUTS has always been a staple in my home. When Halloween rolls around we pop in the Great Pumpkin special and around Christmas the Vince Guaraldi score is always in heavy rotation. Some may say it is sacrilege to put Charlie Brown and the gang into CGI and 3D, but I am hoping that Feig and director Steve Martino will be faithful to the source material.

PEANUTS is slated to open on November 6, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: Check out Feig's book Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin. It is hilarious.
Source: Deadline

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2:07PM on 10/24/2013
Don't see what all the negativity is about. The Peanuts movies/shows were always fun, I loved watching them when growing up. As long as they make the story and humour true to the comic strip and tv movies then I don't see any harm in using CGI to make this movie. That being said, if the picture at the top of this article is a rendering of the CGI they intend to use, then no thank you. That sucks!
Don't see what all the negativity is about. The Peanuts movies/shows were always fun, I loved watching them when growing up. As long as they make the story and humour true to the comic strip and tv movies then I don't see any harm in using CGI to make this movie. That being said, if the picture at the top of this article is a rendering of the CGI they intend to use, then no thank you. That sucks!
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12:15AM on 10/24/2013

I'm trying hard to give this the benefit of the doubt

but, as others have mentioned, so much of PEANUTS' charm rests on Bill Melndez's brilliant interpretation of Charles Schulz's art - so much so that you'd believe "Sparky" drew every frame. Also, Melndez deliberately cast non-professionals to voice the main characters because they felt more real to the audience - the same reason Walt Disney hired Peter Behn as Thumper in BAMBI and Pixar hired Jordan Nagai as Russell in UP.

Somehow I doubt Blue Sky will be as brave.
but, as others have mentioned, so much of PEANUTS' charm rests on Bill Melndez's brilliant interpretation of Charles Schulz's art - so much so that you'd believe "Sparky" drew every frame. Also, Melndez deliberately cast non-professionals to voice the main characters because they felt more real to the audience - the same reason Walt Disney hired Peter Behn as Thumper in BAMBI and Pixar hired Jordan Nagai as Russell in UP.

Somehow I doubt Blue Sky will be as brave.
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9:20PM on 10/23/2013
There's something so inherently, sweetly old-fashioned about Peanuts that just looking at that 3D animated image at the top of the article felt...wrong.
There's something so inherently, sweetly old-fashioned about Peanuts that just looking at that 3D animated image at the top of the article felt...wrong.
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9:05PM on 10/23/2013
I'll leave judgment until I at least see a trailer but not keen on the 3D animation. I'm open to the idea but apart of what made Peanuts "Peanuts" is the cartoon drawing of it. At least Calvin and Hobbs is forever safe!!
I'll leave judgment until I at least see a trailer but not keen on the 3D animation. I'm open to the idea but apart of what made Peanuts "Peanuts" is the cartoon drawing of it. At least Calvin and Hobbs is forever safe!!
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8:44PM on 10/23/2013
really, the charm of the strip and the cartoons has been Schultz's charming drawing style. And as much as I love computer animation, this is one time it has no place. I hope the Peanuts estate comes to their senses and prevents this moronic money grab.
really, the charm of the strip and the cartoons has been Schultz's charming drawing style. And as much as I love computer animation, this is one time it has no place. I hope the Peanuts estate comes to their senses and prevents this moronic money grab.
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7:20PM on 10/23/2013

AGGGH

why cant they leave certain cartoons alone...they have not come up with a sucessful movie yet...but they go though the list....probably next up is Archie .
why cant they leave certain cartoons alone...they have not come up with a sucessful movie yet...but they go though the list....probably next up is Archie .
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6:04PM on 10/23/2013
well this is interesting. I'm not sure if I like the idea of a 3D Peanuts movie but if done right I guess it could be good. I hope Charles Schulz son doesn't just roll over and let them do what they want, but actually works hand in glove to make sure it's faithful to his fathers legacy. I also hope it's done as the strips and tv specials were. I have to admit hearing the director of Bridemaids is directing it is strange, and although I thought the movie was funny we don't need any potty humor
well this is interesting. I'm not sure if I like the idea of a 3D Peanuts movie but if done right I guess it could be good. I hope Charles Schulz son doesn't just roll over and let them do what they want, but actually works hand in glove to make sure it's faithful to his fathers legacy. I also hope it's done as the strips and tv specials were. I have to admit hearing the director of Bridemaids is directing it is strange, and although I thought the movie was funny we don't need any potty humor in the Peanuts.
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5:16PM on 10/23/2013
I hope they don't turn this in to another souless crapfest like Alvin & the Chipmunks or The Smurfs.
I hope they don't turn this in to another souless crapfest like Alvin & the Chipmunks or The Smurfs.
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4:58PM on 10/23/2013
I worked at Knotts. 3D Peanuts does not seem right at all...
I worked at Knotts. 3D Peanuts does not seem right at all...
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