Twelve years after the passing of its creator, Charles Schulz, the comic strip Peanuts remains of the most recognizable and beloved presences on the newspaper page. (Take that, "Classified" ads!) The holiday specials "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" are an annual staple of fall and winter programming line-ups. But believe it or not, it's been a whole 32 years since the last theatrical animated film, Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!!).
That's about to be remedied.
A currently untitled new Peanuts film has been scheduled for theatrical release on November 25, 2015, a year that marks the 65th anniversary of the original comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the first television special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas." The film has been written by Charles Schulz's son, Craig Schulz, together with his own son (Charles's grandson), Bryan Schulz, and short filmmaker Cornelius Uliano (The Space Race). They have chosen 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Films to develop, produce and distribute what will be the fifth theatrical Peanuts movie. Director Steve Martino, co-director of Horton Hears a Who and Ice Age: Continental Drift, has been chosen to helm the new film adaptation of the iconic characters.
Says Craig Schulz in the press release (via Coming Soon): "We have been working on this project for years. We finally felt the time was right and the technology is where we need it to be to create this film. I am thrilled we will be partnering with Blue Sky/Fox to create a Peanuts movie that is true to the strip and will continue the legacy in honor of my father."
While it's certainly encouraging that the legacy of Peanuts will be preserved by the family of the strip's original creator, we find ourselves unsettled by the phrase "the technology is where we need it to be." Will the new Peanuts movie be created with CG animation? If so, what kind of impact will that have on the characters' signature, low-fi charm? The concept makes us depressed. It's a good thing we know a psychiatrist who only charges five cents.
CraveOnline will be back with more Peanuts news after we race for our lives.