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"Peanuts" movie in development for November 2015 release

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Drtooth, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Now, I'm very mixed about this considering what animation studio is behind it.

    I will say Boom has done a very good job with their comic book, keeping the characters completely in tact and pitch perfect in new stories. They're under heavy scrutiny from the Schulz children and Schulz legacy people to make sure of that. I'm sure they'll have a fine toothed comb through the process, making sure that it won't be like every CGI film out there. And I hope part of that is keeping the original character looks as well as personalities.

    But I have a mixed feeling with Blue Sky. They have very gorgeous looking movies, but the scripts are usually half done to almost there. Horton Hears a Who I dug, but it felt as schizophrenic as they portrayed Horton in the trailers. Sure, the "anime" sequence was beautifully animated, but made no sense, even in context (odd, since the movie was an analogy of post war Japan). And the person heading this film is the one behind the last Ice Age movie, which had a coherent script (possibly the most coherent of all the films) and a funny villain and crazy old sloth that stole the show, but just lacked something otherwise.

    Plus, how is this thing going to get made? Will it be a "Happiness is a Warm Puppy" type film made out of existing Peanuts strip stories?
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  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

  3. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    I know the Schulz estate is trying to make another big push with Peanuts (I think they relaunched the comic line last year), so I'm not surprised they're trying to make a movie. It's good that they are going to stay involved with the whole process and make sure everything looks and seems right. Hopefully something good will come out of this.
  4. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

  5. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    I knew this was going to happen at some point.
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  6. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Interesting that another classic family franchise will see a Thanksgiving release (like the Muppets). More people think about Charlie Brown around the holidays so it makes sense.

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  7. muppet maniac

    muppet maniac Well-Known Member

    As a Peanuts fan, I'm just relieved that they're not going to do a "modernized" live-action adaptation. Can you imagine the horror of how that would turn out?
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  8. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Heh, hmm, well I can't say I tend to enjoy these attempts at remakes/comebacks but we'll see, lol.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    There has never been nor ever will be a live action Peanuts (excluding the two musicals). It's hard enough getting 8 year olds to talk philosophically when reading a script at a recording booth. That's why we have the classic Peanuts delivery. I don't even think most of them realize what they said half the time.

    Though, if done right as a sketch or something, it would be fun to see, I guess.

    They seem litigious and involved enough for me to not worry too much about this. The only thing that sounds off is that this is potentially a CGI film, and I doubt the characters would look good at all. They'd forseeably look like animated versions of the Rotocast action figures from a while back. The Schulz estate really should push for a 2-D animated film.
  10. Hayley B

    Hayley B Active Member

    I heard a little bit about this morning while I was getting up. Kind of interesting. I kept wondering in the past if they would make a live action of them (with Little Rascals and what they did with The Flintstones being on the brain).

    I thought Charles Schultz didn't want anyone to touch the Peanuts? While he was alive he didn't want anyones ideas but his own. Because it didn't feel like it was his anymore if he did. He wanted the same after he died.

    But it's like why not. They will become forgettable if you don't air or think of them once the next generation comes around. They had it stapled in their minds that "people still know who Popeye is". But it's like nower days Popeye cartoons don't get aired anymore as to back then. So him and anything can be forgettable in time.

    So, I'm happy about this. Happy that they are still being thought of.
  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised there are loopholes. I guess the not letting anyone touch his work only meant he didn't want anyone to forge the comic strip (something that happened to most comic strips over time, the quality lags... but then again, that usually happens when the same guy still does it) or to make television specials that weren't based on his previous works. Boom's comic books have new stories with some Sunday Strips reprinted, and they're of pretty high quality and only available in volumes of 4. I just wonder what that could mean for a movie. Will they manage to make a new story line, or will it be based on months of strips, like Happiness is a Warm Puppy was.

    As for Popeye, at least he's having his own comeback. He's still beloved by classic animation fans and all, but he doesn't have anything near the exposure he used to have. No syndicated programing blocks of old Popeye cartoons for example. But Roger Langridge's IDW published comic is great... almost a Thimble Theater forgery with rare examples of references (and even then, the only references were to Tintin and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, fleeting ones at that)... and even respects to very obscure Thimble Theater characters like O.G. Whattaschnozzle in back up comics. I wish they'd take a cue from Langridge and go full on classic Popeye. Thimble Theater strips were the best.
  12. Vincent Liu

    Vincent Liu Well-Known Member

    Please let this be good…
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  13. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    Please don't let it be Scooby Doo.
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  14. muppetfan24/7

    muppetfan24/7 Well-Known Member

    I agree with you, Dom! I LOVE the Peanuts characters and I hope it isn't a total ripoff.
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  15. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    Oh no I mean not to be as bad as the terrible Live-Action Scooby Doo movie. I love the Peanuts too, and I also love Scooby Doo in his original form. That Scooby Doo movie is pure garbage in my opinion. Scrappy would never be a villian. I know some people dislike him, but I don't. And Shaggy would never sacrfice his friends out of cowardice. I'm glad the Nostalgia Critic reviewed it before he retired.
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  16. muppetfan24/7

    muppetfan24/7 Well-Known Member

    That's true! Sure Scrappy is not as smart as Scooby-Doo, but he IS not a villian. Shaggy likes his friends, not scrafice them. Also, I loved it in cartoon form when I was a kid.
  17. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    Right! Shaggy actually suggested "Let the monster eat Fred and Velma." He'd never say that.
  18. muppetfan24/7

    muppetfan24/7 Well-Known Member

    No way! Who ever suggested that is not good at keeping those characters in character. Ha!
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  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    The whole Scrappy being evil thing dates a little ways back before those movies... Cartoon Network seemed to like toying with the idea that Scrappy was so greatly an oppressed character, that he was on the verge of snapping... I even remember that particular little promo where he's like working like a watch dog/pup whatever outside the Cartoon Network headquarters, and basically goes off those who cross his path that day, even to the point of making Dexter cry. Finally, after the announcer announces, "Cartoon Network: home of the cartoon stars", to which Scrappy chimes in, "But not for ME! NOT FOR ME, MAN!!!"
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The Scooby -Doo movie suffered the Brady bunch effect. They were spending 90 minutes to make jokes about the original cartoon. I don't think this will be the case at all. The Schulz estate has very big veto power, and I'd imagine whoever writes this will be under heavy scrutiny to keep the characters' integrity. And if somehow the writer doesn't, we'll see the Schulz estate ban any other movies from ever happening.


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