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Peanuts (aka Snoopy & Charlie Brown: A Peanuts Movie) teaser trailer: in 3D CGI (good grief)

Commence the Charlie Brown-esque fretting.

The release of this flick is more than a year and a half away — and this is most likely not footage from the film — so we have plenty of time to worry whether the application of CGI and 3D will overwhelm the unadorned spirit of Charles Schulz’s original vision. (And also to wonder about the extra long title for the U.K.)

Of course, as was often the case for Charlie Brown, the worry may end up being unfounded. Or Lucy could pull the football away again.

US/Canada release date: Nov 6 2015 | UK release date: Oct 16 2015
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  • Bluejay

    (And also to wonder about the extra long title for the UK.)

    Yeah, what is it with the UK and the longer titles? OK, maybe Marvel’s Avengers Assemble to avoid confusion with the British Avengers show, and maybe A New York Winter’s Tale to avoid confusion with *that* Winter’s Tale (but seriously? really?)… Is there a British “Peanuts” thing that UK marketers are worried will cause a mix-up? Is the British Peanut Council threatening to sue?

    The 3D look is interesting. It’s almost like they didn’t want it to appear completely 3D: the characters still look like flat cutouts, and they still move and do facial expressions in the slightly jerky manner of the original cartoons. But if that’s the case, why not just commit fully to hand-drawn 2D?

  • All I can think re the UK title is that perhaps Peanuts as a title isn’t as well known as Charlie Brown and Snoopy as characters? I don’t have a good grasp on how well they’re known here.

  • Bluejay

    Maybe. But then why mention “Peanuts” in the subtitle?

    Come to think of it, all the previous Peanuts specials have all had “Charlie Brown” or “Snoopy” rather than “Peanuts” in the title: A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Snoopy Come Home, A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and so on. The UK title is actually in line with that tradition, and it’s the US title that’s making an (extra?) effort to remind us that the whole thing is called “Peanuts.” Huh.

  • Oh. You’re right.

    So: good grief (again).

  • Hmmmmmmm… a feature film being written by Charles Shultz’s sons? I don’t see any names listed on IMDB that were also associated with the older (classic) Peanuts specials.

    I guess I’d be skeptical if I thought I’d ever watch this.

  • Lowell Rapaport

    that’s because schulz hated the name “peanuts” which was imposed by united feature syndicate, apparently in an effort to create a faux connection with the “howdy doody” teevee show and its peanut gallery.

    schulz wanted to name the strip “L’il Folks”.

  • Bluejay

    schulz wanted to name the strip “L’il Folks”.

    Oh, yeah! I’d forgotten about that.

  • RogerBW

    Why is there this need to make an animated film look 3-D with rounded character models? They always look off, to me. Lots of Japanese animation uses 3-D models that don’t have this look about them, with inking effects that make them look like an actual moving cartoon rather than an old video game.

  • RogerBW

    I think Peanuts the strip was well enough known in the UK back when it was still happening. But that was fourteen years ago, before the main audience for this film was born.

  • Tonio Kruger

    But what about all the potential audience members who are not fans of Peanuts? How do we know this film will have any appeal to them? And who wants to spend money on a movie based on something you can see on TV for free? Especially if it has a dog and a little boy in it?;)

  • That would be true in the US, though, as well.

  • RogerBW

    Granted. I don’t know to what extent the various animated specials are still shown in the USA — I think they’ve gone out of fashion here.

  • bronxbee

    every halloween, thanksgiving and christmas, we have the return of Charlie Brown and the Gang. as someone who grew up watching them, i admit i never tire of them. my nephews and nieces watch the christmas one at least, and seem to enjoy it without any knowledge of its wider context as a daily/sunday comic strip.

  • LaSargenta

    You mean like A Boy and His Dog? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIi03IpVfpg

  • Jonathan Roth

    They’re doing some incredibly unorthodox work in 3d to avoid that here. The characters have a slight roundness and texture, but they’re popping between completely different models to avoid the awkward angles that the characters were never meant to seen at. It’s also shot on twos and threes, rather than using a single model animated on smooth motion curves. They’re also using a bunch of hand-drawn elements you never see in 3d to capture the feel of the comic/traditional tv specials.

    As an animator, this teaser is the most exciting thing I’ve seen in 3d in years.

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    I have no idea what any of that meant, but now I’m excited, too! :D

  • RogerBW

    I’m glad it looks good on a technical level — but I have to admit, to me it just comes over as more uncanny valley. Not quite as bad as Garfield.

  • Jonathan Roth
  • So they’re doing technical things to avoid a 3D look… but the movie is in 3D?

    My head hurts.

  • Jonathan Roth

    More like they’ve developed a hybrid which preserves some of the benefits of 3d (texture, shading, depth, model consistency) while eliminating some of the drawbacks (uncanny angles or models for characters never meant for 3d, moving characters that are anatomically impossible.)

    To me, this manages to be something new and radically different from a technical standpoint, while looking familiar from an artistic standpoint. I think that’s a great trick. :)

  • Tonio Kruger

    Actually I was making a tongue-in-cheek reference to Mr. Peabody & Sherman. As well as parodying the typical online response to the recent release of the Veronica Mars movie. But thanks for trying to make my last post seem more clever than it actually was.

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