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Charles Schulz Peanuts gang to hit the big screen in 2015

Oct. 9, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Oh, brother...this is good news!  Well, it is to me, anyway.  As a lifelong fan of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang I can only say...finally!  A property worth exploration on the big screen has been found.  Iconix Brand Group, Inc. announced today that they will release a PEANUTS feature film worldwide in 2015 in a joint venture with Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates

The as yet untitled animated event will be released on November 25, 2015. 2015 will mark the 65th anniversary of the debut of the "Peanuts" comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the landmark television special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

The PEANUTS screenplay has been written and will be produced by Craig Schulz, son of Charles Schulz along with his own son, Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano. Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios have been chosen by the Schulz family to distribute, produce and animate the film.  Steve Martino will direct; previously, he brought to the big screen (with Jimmy Hayward) DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO! Martino also directed (with Michael Thurmeier) Fox's recent box-office smash ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT.

"This is a momentous step for the Peanuts brand. The beloved characters, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the whole gang resonate with multiple generations all over the world," commented Neil Cole, CEO, Iconix Brand Group. "This film will give us a new medium in which to engage consumers globally and showcase the power of the Peanuts brand."

Craig Schulz, President, Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, commented, "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."

Vanessa Morrison, President, Twentieth Century Fox Animation, commented, "We are thrilled to partner with the Schulz family and Iconix and honored to bring the Peanuts characters to the big screen. This all started with our love and respect for the work of Charles Schulz. We thank the Schulz family and Iconix for letting Fox and Blue Sky bring his vision to new generations of film goers."

I know some people will be leery of this and throw out the comparison to SMURFS or some other childhood-raping adaptation, but I'm confident we're in good hands here.  The Schulz family has kept tight reigns on this property for decades and I don't see them selling out Charles Schulz's original vision to potty humor and pop-culture referencing nonsense. I could always be wrong, but I don't see Seth MacFarlane's name anywhere on this.

The PEANUTS film will hit theaters on November 25, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: The Peanuts specials are some of my most beloved favorites. The prospect of seeing a feature that could potentially join their ranks is pretty cool. What's your favorite Peanuts story?
Source: Deadline

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11:36PM on 10/09/2012
Needs to be rated 'R' or I'm not there.
Needs to be rated 'R' or I'm not there.
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7:41PM on 10/09/2012
I'm on the fence. The original peanuts specials are absolutely near and dear to me. Not a year goes by where I don't watch each of them several times. I'll be watching the Great Pumpkin in no time. I am concerned however that they will be CGI or something of that nature. I agree with those who say it needs to remain hand drawn. A Vince Guaraldi score would be amazing, although nothing new because obviously he is long passed. I just think the problem with a lot of these kids movies these days
I'm on the fence. The original peanuts specials are absolutely near and dear to me. Not a year goes by where I don't watch each of them several times. I'll be watching the Great Pumpkin in no time. I am concerned however that they will be CGI or something of that nature. I agree with those who say it needs to remain hand drawn. A Vince Guaraldi score would be amazing, although nothing new because obviously he is long passed. I just think the problem with a lot of these kids movies these days are that they are made with the intention of making a quick buck, and they are made with the mindset that kids are idiots. Kids don't need to be played down to, they just need to be PLAYED to.
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4:45PM on 10/09/2012

Good Grief! It was just a matter of time.

I guess TopCat is next

I'm really REALLY trying to be optimistic here but newspaper cartoon strips to-movie adaptions haven't gone down that well: Case in point Garfield & Marmaduke

I love Peanuts but if there are going to make a cartoon based on a newspaper comic strip relevant to today's coming of age & pop culture politics, they should have gone with Wee Pals A.K.A Kid Power [link] I the only one who remembers this cartoon? Really?! Oh.

@Extratidbit: the X-mas special "My own dog ">
I guess TopCat is next

I'm really REALLY trying to be optimistic here but newspaper cartoon strips to-movie adaptions haven't gone down that well: Case in point Garfield & Marmaduke

I love Peanuts but if there are going to make a cartoon based on a newspaper comic strip relevant to today's coming of age & pop culture politics, they should have gone with Wee Pals A.K.A Kid Power [link] I the only one who remembers this cartoon? Really?! Oh.

@Extratidbit: the X-mas special "My own dog gone commercial.. I can't stand it!" - Charlie Brown
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4:29PM on 10/09/2012
My only concern is what way they would change things for a feature film. I'm sure there is a way to do it, but the Peanuts comics endear themselves so completely to two-dimensions at a time when that's going wholeheartedly out of style in movies.

I know they are going to go with cgi on this. If Warner Bros. went sgi on Wile E. Coyote, then FOX will go cgi on the Peanuts gang. And that's just because Charlie Brown and Co. are such iconic characters, real people couldn't embody them properly.
My only concern is what way they would change things for a feature film. I'm sure there is a way to do it, but the Peanuts comics endear themselves so completely to two-dimensions at a time when that's going wholeheartedly out of style in movies.

I know they are going to go with cgi on this. If Warner Bros. went sgi on Wile E. Coyote, then FOX will go cgi on the Peanuts gang. And that's just because Charlie Brown and Co. are such iconic characters, real people couldn't embody them properly. I just hope they go to extra lengths with the animation department to make them seem somehow compatible with the old Schulz cartoon, instead of the kinds of bastardizations that we've seen some lesser characters receive.
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3:15PM on 10/09/2012
As long as the adults sound like trombones and the kids aren't voiced by A-listers...

And traditional animation.

That's all I need.
As long as the adults sound like trombones and the kids aren't voiced by A-listers...

And traditional animation.

That's all I need.
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4:24PM on 10/09/2012
lol!
lol!
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3:02PM on 10/09/2012

C'mon you naysayers

WTH??? I never understood why people think if they make a movie of a classic or a 'god forbid' Reboot, that its going to ruin the original. How can it??? It really makes no sense to me. The originals will always be there and 99% or even 100% of the time they will never be "George Lucased" So I say WHATEVER DOOD! I love the original Peanuts gang Specials....I remember as a kid, when we saw that CBS Special Logo come on the screen we knew it was going to be a Charlie Brown Special; only cause we
WTH??? I never understood why people think if they make a movie of a classic or a 'god forbid' Reboot, that its going to ruin the original. How can it??? It really makes no sense to me. The originals will always be there and 99% or even 100% of the time they will never be "George Lucased" So I say WHATEVER DOOD! I love the original Peanuts gang Specials....I remember as a kid, when we saw that CBS Special Logo come on the screen we knew it was going to be a Charlie Brown Special; only cause we never knew what was going to come on when back then and most of the time the CBS specials were a surprise, at least they were for us, we didn't read the tv guide and we certainly didn't have any internet or digital tv guides, mostly everything like that we saw was straight luck. Plus we only had like 12 to 13 channels. So I say do what you will, either it will be good or it won't but for gods sake it will never change the memories I had as a kid and those cartoons will always be around. CHEERS
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2:04PM on 10/09/2012
The only way this could work for me is if they kept the original art style and do it in 2D 2011 Winnie the Pooh style.

Extra tidbit : Great Pumpkin. Definitely Great Pumpkin.
The only way this could work for me is if they kept the original art style and do it in 2D 2011 Winnie the Pooh style.

Extra tidbit : Great Pumpkin. Definitely Great Pumpkin.
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1:22PM on 10/09/2012
Opps!! refreashed!
Opps!! refreashed!
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1:20PM on 10/09/2012
I'm all for this!! I just hope they dont use the CGI root.
I'm all for this!! I just hope they dont use the CGI root.
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1:12PM on 10/09/2012
Looks like we definately can't expect familiar voices from the old peanuts cartoons. The only voice actor from the old specials that's still working is Pamelyn Ferdin and she's always getting arrested at animal rights protests.
Looks like we definately can't expect familiar voices from the old peanuts cartoons. The only voice actor from the old specials that's still working is Pamelyn Ferdin and she's always getting arrested at animal rights protests.
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1:09PM on 10/09/2012
Please let this me a hand-drawn 2D cartoon like I used to watch, not CGI cartoon.
Please let this me a hand-drawn 2D cartoon like I used to watch, not CGI cartoon.
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1:05PM on 10/09/2012
Eehhh, the animated Peanuts stuff started sucking years and years and YEARS ago. There's just something about the original animation that just hasn't been replicated. That low-budget stuff from the Christmas & Halloween episodes just warm the heart. And if it doesn't have an all Vince Guaraldi soundtrack then forGET about it . . .
Eehhh, the animated Peanuts stuff started sucking years and years and YEARS ago. There's just something about the original animation that just hasn't been replicated. That low-budget stuff from the Christmas & Halloween episodes just warm the heart. And if it doesn't have an all Vince Guaraldi soundtrack then forGET about it . . .
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12:52PM on 10/09/2012
I really hope that this will be faithful to The Peanuts we all know; just like 2011's Winnie the Pooh was a nice surprise, but looking at Pooh's box-office does not fill me with much hope. Tidbit: The Great Pumpkin and Christmas are my favorites, but I've always loved Race for Your Life.
I really hope that this will be faithful to The Peanuts we all know; just like 2011's Winnie the Pooh was a nice surprise, but looking at Pooh's box-office does not fill me with much hope. Tidbit: The Great Pumpkin and Christmas are my favorites, but I've always loved Race for Your Life.
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12:48PM on 10/09/2012

Why Neil Cole is a douchebag...

"This film will give us a new medium in which to engage consumers globally and showcase the power of the Peanuts brand"

Translation: "We own this shit, and it's worth money, so we're gonna exploit the fuck out of it and to hell with how bad I rape your childhood memories."
"This film will give us a new medium in which to engage consumers globally and showcase the power of the Peanuts brand"

Translation: "We own this shit, and it's worth money, so we're gonna exploit the fuck out of it and to hell with how bad I rape your childhood memories."
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1:22PM on 10/09/2012
Oh my god!! Your childhood memories are going to be crushed!!! STOP THE PRODUCTION!!! Now lets never do anything related to Peanuts agian!!! FOREVER!!!!
Oh my god!! Your childhood memories are going to be crushed!!! STOP THE PRODUCTION!!! Now lets never do anything related to Peanuts agian!!! FOREVER!!!!
12:34PM on 10/09/2012

Please be real hand drawn animation but....

Please be real hand drawn animation but I saw the word technology which means it will probably be computer animation. That will be sad. I miss the world of a cartoonist hard at work drawing frame by frame. Peanuts would be grat idea to bring that back.
Please be real hand drawn animation but I saw the word technology which means it will probably be computer animation. That will be sad. I miss the world of a cartoonist hard at work drawing frame by frame. Peanuts would be grat idea to bring that back.
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12:28PM on 10/09/2012
I hope this turns out great but this news fills me with some dread. I'm worried Snoopy will be dancing to a Carly Rae Jepsen song before the credits roll.
I hope this turns out great but this news fills me with some dread. I'm worried Snoopy will be dancing to a Carly Rae Jepsen song before the credits roll.
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