Good grief! Hollywood has circled back to the animated realm of the late Charles Schulz, announcing today via Twitter that a Charlie Brown movie will be heading to multiplexes in 2015.
“See you at the movies!” @Snoopy Tweeted, with the hashtag #PeanutsMovie2015. No real room for guessing there. The Peanuts gang is back!
As you can see, the photo features everyone’s favorite blockhead, his best dog Snoopy, piano-playing Schroeder (wearing a striped Linus shirt, for some odd reason), bossy Lucy and sweet-natured Sally. Pig Pen, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Marcie and a few other key members of the gang are absent from the intro photo. Count on them being back in time for the animated movies.
Schulz, who passed away in 2000, started drawing Charlie Brown and the gang back in the 1950s. The comic strips ran for decades in daily newspapers from coast to coast, and the cartoons inspired multiple memorable holiday episodes, particularly the annual Halloween and Christmas stories.
But Peanuts never broke onto the big screen for a feature-length movie. So now, in a day and age where we have two Garfield films and a Smurfs sequel on the way, the creative forces behind Schulz’s cartoon empire are fixing that.
No real news on the Peanuts movie beyond the 2015 release date. I’m sure we’ll hear about a possible director, and maybe a few celebrity voices added to the cast. But for now, rejoice in the fact that Peanuts is coming back from the past. A Snoopy dance might be in order!