The "Peanuts" gang has gone Hollywood - and everything is refreshingly still the same.
Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios have unveiled a sneak peek at their upcoming "Peanuts" movie, and while Snoopy and Charlie Brown have been adapted for 3-D they still have the familiar hand-drawn quality that creator Charles M. Schulz gave them.
The music's the same, and so is Snoopy's red dog house. Charlie Brown, after all these years, can still be counted on for an under-the-breath "good grief."
"Our No. 1 goal was always to be authentic to (Schulz's) work and legacy," the cartoonist's son, Craig Schulz, tells USA Today of the movie adaptation. His father, Charles, debuted the comic strip in 1950 and soon found himself the purveyor of a classic that has become beloved by generations.
The "Peanuts" aren't strangers to TV, and have in fact starred in enduring specials like "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015.
Yet with the way many childhood favorites are appropriated for the big screen, Craig Schulz understands that the movie is a sensitive proposition.
"I'm way more protective than my father would have been," Craig continues. "The fans have been asking for a long time, but we held off until the time was right."
"Horton Hears a Who!" and "Ice Age: Continental Drift" director Steve Martino is directing the "Peanuts" movie from a script written by Craig, his son Bryan, and Bryan's screenwriting partner Cornelius Uliano. Paul Feig of "Bridesmaids" fame is producing, and promises that "Peanuts" will stay true to its roots.
"Snoopy will not be rapping, no one will be twerking, we're in good hands," Feig said.
The "Peanuts" gang - and that'll include everyone from Pig Pen to Peppermint Patty, USA Today notes - will arrive in theaters on November 6, 2015.
Peanuts is forever "context bound", in time and culture. The only way the movie will not suck is if we can physically turn back the hands of time 30 or 40 years. Newer, in this case, is definitely not better.
44 years old and will need to see it no matter how bad it is.
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