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Times of India
Charlie Brown (Schnapp) heads out on a fresh adventure. This time, it is the charming Little Red-Haired Girl (Capaldi) who has caught his fancy, and Charlie will do just about anything to win her over. Meanwhile, Snoopy (Melendez) while not daydreaming about being a World War 1 fighter ace who battles the Red Baron, remains the good friend that he and Woodstock always were, to Charlie Brown.
Unlike some of the animation film franchises we've seen in the last few years, which are relatively recent creations, Charlie Brown and Snoopy (immortalised in the Peanuts comic strip) have a history that dates back to half a century. Charles M. Schulz's immortal cartoon characters get a deservedly high-tech treatment here, while not sacrificing any of the original detail and nuances that made these characters so famous.
While the story is simplicity in itself - albeit with oodles of fantasy and flights of fancy - this does look like the best iteration of the Peanuts franchise seen on screen (be it television or the big screen) to date. Charlie Brown finds himself the centre of attention at school as he has - to his own surprise - topped a test. The other students treat him like a rock star but this means nothing to him because he will do absolutely anything to win the affections of the Little Red-Haired Girl. He will even help her with a book review, even if the book in question is a weighty tome like Leo Tolstoy's War And Peace, for which he has to write a thousand-word analysis.
Fans of Peanuts will also be delighted with Snoopy's own side-adventure. The Red Baron (in real life, a World War 1 German fighter pilot ace) is Snoopy's arch-nemesis and he hopes to rescue his own sweetheart Fifi from his clutches. Notwithstanding the breezy run-time, each of the characters get their due. Christophe Beck's soundtrack also helps in keeping the pace jaunty, even during parts without dialogue, of which there are quite a few. This one will both charm the adults and keep the kids entertained.
This is not only the first theatrical Peanuts movie in 35 years, but also the first one since the death of creator Charles M. Schulz in 2000.
Special efforts were taken to ensure that the animation resembles the original look of the comics as well as the previous animated specials.
In the film, Charlie Brown does his book report on ‘War and Peace’ by Leo Tolstoy, which incidentally was Charles Schulz's favorite novel.
This is the first Peanuts film to be made with computer-generated imagery and also the first to not mention Snoopy or Charlie Brown in its title.
Snoopy's noises and Woodstock's chirpings were recycled from old Bill Melendez recordings.
When the Little Red-Haired Girl moves into his neighborhood, Charlie Brown develops a crush on her, but is frustrated that his long-running streak of bad luck will prevent him from ever getting noticed. Lucy tells him that he should try being more confident. Because of Lucy's advice, Charlie Brown decides to embark upon a series of new activities in hope of finding one that will get the Little Red-Haired Girl to notice him. His first attempt is to participate in the school's talent show with a magic act and his beagle Snoopy helps. However, when his sister Sally's act goes wrong, Charlie Brown sacrifices his time for her and then with Snoopy's help, rescues his sister and her act, only to humiliate himself in return. Learning that the Little Red-Haired Girl likes dancing, Charlie signs up for the school dance and gets Snoopy to teach him all his best moves. At the dance, Charlie Brown starts to attract praise for his skills until he slips and sets off the sprinkler system, which causes the dance to be cut short and all the other students to forget his success.
Later, Charlie Brown is partnered with the Little Red-Haired Girl to write a book report. At first, he is excited to have a chance to be with her, but she is called away for a week to deal with a family illness, leaving Charlie Brown to write the report all by himself. Hoping to impress both the Little Red-Haired Girl and his teacher, Charlie Brown writes his report on the collegiate-level novel War and Peace. At the same time, Charlie Brown finds he is the only student to get a perfect score on a standardized test. The other children congratulate him, and his popularity begins to climb. However, when he goes to accept a medal at a school assembly, he learns that the test papers were accidentally mixed up and that the perfect score actually belongs to Peppermint Patty. Charlie Brown declines the medal, losing all his new-found popularity. He feels worse when his book report is destroyed, and admits to the Little Red-Haired Girl that he has caused them to both fail the assignment.
At the end of the school year, Charlie Brown is surprised when the Little Red-Haired Girl chooses him for a pen pal. Linus convinces Charlie Brown that he needs to tell the Little Red-Haired Girl how he feels about her before she leaves for the summer. Racing to her house, he discovers that she is about to leave on a bus for summer camp. He tries to chase the bus, but is prevented from reaching it. Just as he is about to give up, Charlie Brown sees a kite fall from the Kite-Eating Tree, and the string becomes entangled around his waist and sails away with him, quickly bringing him up to the bus's window. Amazed to see Charlie Brown successfully flying a kite, the other children follow.
Upon reaching the bus, Charlie Brown finally asks the Little Red-Haired Girl why she chose him in spite of his failures. The Little Red-Haired Girl explains she admires his selflessness and praises him as an honest, caring, and compassionate person. The two promise to write to one another. The other children catch up to Charlie Brown and crowd around to congratulate him before picking him up on their shoulders and carrying him away.
In a side story, Snoopy, upon discovering a typewriter in a dumpster, decides to write a novel about his alter-ego, the World War I Flying Ace, trying to save his lover Fifi from the Red Baron. He ends up acting out his adventure, coming across the Peanuts gang several times along the way. He successfully defeats the Red Baron and rescues Fifi. However, as Snoopy is celebrating his victory with Fifi and his siblings, he learns that the Red Baron has survived, causing him to furiously declare revenge.