“Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (2015)”: a truly love story!

A fantastic movie, “Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (2015)” will bring about a lot of adorable, vivid and delightful moments for whoever sought after something brightening and optimistic. This is one of the movies that made me giggle and laugh out loud with joy; then, memorable and life-loving emotions remains at the end.

The old-fashioned Americana plot is familiar: Snoopy pursuit his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies, while his best companion Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest to win the love of his life, the Little Red-Haired Girl.

I got to know Charlie Brown and Snoopy on the trip to Singapore when I was at the beginning of my twenties. That’s when sitting on the plane and reading the comic entertainment section. It was also the first time I got to know Calvin & Hobbes with Garfield the cat.

However, the most emotional memory for Charlie Brown was during the Christmas season of 2007, I decided to go on a roadtrip with two friends around the United States, this idea came to me in a flash of inspiration. In preparation for the trip, I download Christmas music album, and found the soundtrack of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” which is composed of classic Christmas songs. Perhaps because of this, whenever the snow falls, I always think of the first experience of touching freshly fallen snow in my life, along with the Christmas music tuning from that Charlie Brown movie.

This comic strip has a lot of critical comments and hidden sociological philosophy featuring a cast of children’s world. It focused on a main character: a clumsy, insecure but gentle, and lovable boy, Charlie Brown and his friendship with his loyal dog. Despite all of that philosophical implication, the animated movie Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (2015) still maintain a simple story line which is easier to understand, although there is occasionally humour, irony sarcasm (such as when Charlie’s younger sister planned to go into business with her brother’s aura before it would diminish).

Still, the movie maintains almost typical character traits in the comic – Charlie still fails to fly a kite, Lucy is still crabby, bossy and … never give up her cheat when playing football with Charlie, Snoopy still dreams about novel stories written in typewriter on the roof of a red house, and adults in the world of babies … don’t speak the same language.

The Peanut Movie revolves around Charlie who one day is suddenly “frozen” when the Little Red-Haired Girl moves into his neighbourhood. Charlie Brown is like Nobita – clumsy, bumbling, inconfident but good-hearted; however, he doesn’t have Doraemon’s magic, his pet dog is forbidden by his friends to go to school. On the contrary of the encouragement from Shizuka to Nobita, Charlie suffers from Lucy’s bullying. Nonetheless, we always love characters like Charlie Brown, because after all, we will always love good people.

Another interesting feature of the movie is that it tells two stories in parallel. Charlie Brown’s “love story”, and Snoopy’s “love story” in his imaginary world. In both troubling love stories, the film has no villains – a rare feature on movie, especially recent cartoons that need to depict the evil character to create a sense of thrill. Perhaps because of that, the Peanuts movie is much more inspiring other than dramatic. It is just enough to tell a few cute stories, to give children a cute educational lesson about friendship, courage and the value of an active, life-loving lifestyle.

I also love the 3D animation of this movie, while retaining the 2D traits of the characters’ faces, which created intimate feels (especially compared to recent Doraemon 3D movie last year’s, changing to 3D makes me feel lost in the emotional attachment to the characters of the movie).  And The Peanuts Movie opens in a scene familiar with the beginning of A Boy Named Charlie Brown, the feature that first helped Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip gain a certain notoriety on the big screen in 1969. In both movies, Charlie Brown sets out to fly a kite and fails.

Music with the melody of piano is also a point of making created these intimate feels. The dub is very lovely, the movie’s attempt to recover the tradition of casting actual children as the characters’ voices. Charlie speaks more clearly, but with a somewhat reduced vocabulary, which reflects the simplification of the movie. There are also many funny translations, such as including the classic literary works… In short, who wants to have inspiring and relaxing time, go to see The Peanuts Movie for a bright life….

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