This is why it is important to never like anything.
Why are they ruining something good which I remember from my childhood, like 3D CGI movies, by combining it with something stupid, like Peanuts?
On the plus side, this can't possibly be worse than the comic strip.
This ain't your Daddy's Final Fantasy Spirits Within son
I'm hoping this trailer is just some marketing bullshit to try and piggyback this onto all the animated shit that comes out constantly now, because Blue Sky SWORE up and down the movie would not make clumsy, shitty pop culture references (like putting in modern pop songs and such) and would not change the nature of the characters from how they were originally.
So if they reneged on that, fuck them.
Also it contextually fits in. I think I read an article with Roger Daltrey about how the song could relate to Peanuts characters, but fuck if I can find that either. Logically it makes sense this way. South Park already did the Peanuts thing in a movie, so you've got two options: either do regular 2D animation, or this if you don't want to seem like a crude version of Peanuts that parents wouldn't want to take their kids to because of the association.
Or option #3, go back in time and prevent this movie from happening, that's always an option.
You're thinking of Bloom County.
I really liked peanuts. I don't think I'm going to see this, though.
Yay thank you! It was Outland I was thinking of though, but wouldn't have been able to figure it out. That was more my generation.. I think Peanuts was pretty much in reruns by the time I reached any sort of ontological maturity that was beyond "haha he fell when Lucy moved the football" and didn't pick up on how relatable it would've been for a kid. Plus we only had the Sunday funnies and I don't think Peanuts was in there. So even though my lineup existed of Dunesbury and Outworld, it's interesting to think that none of this may have existed without Mr. Shulz.
Outland was OK but it paled in comparison to Bloom County in the mid to late 80s when it had really found its voice. You should check that stuff out, IZ.
I'd say the stuff collected in 'Toons For Our Times up through Billy and the Boingers Bootleg are the prime material.
As far as this goes, I'm surprised by how unoffensive it is visually, but concerned by the hints of a bunch of 21st century aspirational horseshit being shoved in there because everybody seems to think Malcolm Gladwell's* scrawlings are anything other than a complete sham.
But it might be fine, it could really go either way from this trailer, and those educational specials they did in the 80s that look like SNES Kirby games already shat on the Peanuts legacy enough that I won't be particularly disappointed if this sucks.
*Malcolm Gladwell is a genre at this point, not just the man himself
|Spaceman Africa |
this actually looks ok though
Looks like it might be alright. With the exception of Marcie, they've nailed all the voices to the point you'd swear it was the same cast from the Christmas movie.
Speaking of which, I wonder how long it will take for someone to condemn/praise some imagined lesbianism that isn't actually there.
I know a lesbian who is exactly Peppermint Patty. Her name is Katie. I have a huge crush on her.
Schulz was kind of amused by all the "Peppermint Patty and Marcie are lesbians!" conspiracies out there, saying something to the effect of "they're 8 years old, they don't even know what gay is." He also said that PP and Marcie both had huge crushes on Charlie Brown, and will likely stop being friends over him when they got older.
It's a cash grab, Charlie Brown.
Run for your bank, Charlie Brown.
What was the purpose of the "from the imagination of Charles Schultz" line? Anyone who knows who recognizes the name must be aware that he's been dead for 15 years, and thus couldn't have been involved with this, right?
Maybe they're saying it to establish some kind of dominance over his legacy. "From the studio that has obtained the legal rights to use Charles Schultz's name in all of our trailers! The studio that now owns every single thing he left behind on this Earth! The studio that can afford to do whatever it goddamn wants with one man's name and all his works! Charles Schultz Presents: Weekend at Bernie's Reloaded! Starring Adam Sandler! James Franco! And the corpse of Charles Schultz, as Bernie! His widow tried to stop this! Guess how that turned out?"
Made it 53 seconds.
This is fucking terrible.
3D Charlie Brown is a Thing That Should Not Be... is this what it feels like to be old?
Nah, getting old is when you can no longer keep up with the new and complicated ways the world solves problems that it didn't know existed before, spearheaded by intellects with an extra layer of abstraction wired into their neurons that seem to be biologically impossible for your generation.
This is what it's like watching the opposite of that happen. So you may, in fact, be the only one who's young.
What exactly is terrible about it? It's not like the original Peanuts comic strips or animated specials were any form of high concept art to be held sacred.
It's like when those people were crying about their childhoods being raped when the first live-action Alvin and the Chipmunks movie was revealed. I mean really? Yeah the movie sucks, but what exactly is there in the source material for them to ruin?
Rodents of Unusual Size
I don't think there's anything about this that really offended me, but then I used to show kids animated movie clips to get them excited about learning English, so I'm kind of biased. I saw this trailer and thought "Wow, this would make for great English camp lessons because kids would really like this."
It won't have the ending that it OUGHT to have:
Panning over a football field, as Lucy Van Pelt's head flies, in slow motion, in a perfect spiral fashion, over the adults, who are finally seen as surreal trombone faced aberrations, past the Agent Orange depository that creates an entire society of self-sufficient, hydrocephalic toddlers, and through the school football goal. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" rolls up with the credits.
Cut to a teaser where the Kite Eating Tree is gleefully eating all the children, and Linus Van Pelt recites an ancient Egyptian curse against demons, in reverse. Bill Murray in a Garfield suit descends from the heavens, and vomits a torrent of Woodstocks and blood.
And the Red Baron held illimitable dominion over all.
Rodents of Unusual Size
Are you guys referencing that choose your own adventure from hell that showed up here a few years ago? Because I still have scars from that.
This is going to make the Garfield movie look downright Oscar worthy and you all secretly know it.
You all know it.
There was a Peanuts 1?
OH for fuck's sake, forget the previous post, I misread the title.
I didn't know shitty Sundays comics had passionate defenders.
Agreed. He's great, especially when he rips on Mallard Filmore, Funky Winkerbean, and Mary Worth.
Call me crazy, but I actually kinda want to see this.
And for fuck sake, voice-over guy, it's *SCHULZ*! No T! *SCHULZ*!
no, it's with a t. that's how z is pronounced in german. why do you think they have ß?
|Binro the Heretic |
Fuck all the haters. This looks damned close to the spirit of the original source.
I'll go see it.
You guys seem to forget that Schulz was a ludicrous commercialist who imagined himself to be in direct competition with Walt Disney and built an ice park in San Francisco just because all cartoon auteurs have to have a theme park*.
*it closed in a year because nobody in San Francisco ice skates.
A lot of the merchandising was the decision of the comics syndicate, and after a while, Schulz found it easier to just write off on things than to fight them, since he basically had to sign over his soul to them to even get Peanuts (a name he hated) in newspapers to begin with. Can't find anything on this San Francisco ice park, but he *did* open an ice arena near his home in Santa Rosa with his own money and declared it open to the public when he could of just hogged it all to himself.
Rodents of Unusual Size
Also Knotts Berry Farm was a huge cash cow, but again its nothing that doesn't bring up fond memories for me.
|John Holmes Motherfucker |
I haven't really thought about Peanuts, something I loved as a child, in about 40 years. Now I can see the brilliance in the conceit. Snoopy was nothing like a real dog. He was part Water Mitty, part Marx Brother, an extravagent comic fantasy. But the kids were real kids. I remember when the first cartoon special came out (yes, I was alive) I was surprised when the character talked in real kid's voices. I don't know what I'd been expecting, but you never heard that. Together, snoopy and the kids gave Peanuts an enormous range.
I liked Pig Pen's dance.
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