The year 2015 is starting to sound like a grand year for films. Along with the promised Justice League film and Avengers 2, we’ll also see Charlie Brown and his Peanuts buddies making their long-awaited return to the big screen—only this time it will be in CGI rather than traditional animation.
The Peanuts were created by Charles Schulz and first appeared in a newspaper strip in 1950, which continued for 50 years. The characters made the leap to animated cartoon form in 1965 when A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted on TV to critical acclaim and high rating. The characters have appeared in numerous forms of media entertainment including books, games, comics and theatrical animated films. Now, after a long period of legal debate, an agreement has been reached with Blue Sky Studios to create the first Peanuts film in 35 years, and the first to be done in CGI. The film will be written by Charles Schulz’s son Craig Schulz and his grandson Bryan Schulz. It will be directed by Steve Martino, who gave us Ice Age: Continental Drift and Horton Hears a Who.
This film will not only mark the 65th anniversary of the franchise creation but also the 50th anniversary of the first Peanuts animated cartoon. The release date has been announced as November 25, 2015. Three years to wait? Good grief!