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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 9, 2012 at 9:36 AM

‘Peanuts’ comes to the big screen

On November 25, 2015, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will celebrate its 50th anniversary — and a new animated feature film starring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, Lucy, Linus and the gang will open in theaters. “Peanuts,” the popular comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, is now a big-screen film franchise, after two years of rights negotiations with the Schulz family by Twentieth Century Fox Animation. Charles Schulz died in 2000, after drawing and writing “Peanuts,” for nearly 50 years. His son Craig wrote the screenplay to the new film, along with grandson Bryan Shulz and Cornelius Uliano; Steve Martino (“Horton Hears a Who,” “Ice Age: Continental Drift”) will direct.
As someone who grew up reading “Peanuts” and loved watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” every year — who didn’t? — I’m having a mixed reaction to this news. Could this movie possibly have the charm of the TV shows? Will Charlie Brown ever kick that football? Guess we’ll find out, in about three years.

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