This is a kid’s movie, so I don’t feel like a huge plot synopsis (SPOILERS) are really needed. The animation was a nice mix between CGI and the classic structure that Schulz is known for. It was interesting being able to almost see the fur on Snoopy and the feathers on Woodstock. While the voices had changed, which was a little strange, I really did enjoy the movie.
The movie centers around Charlie Brown trying to work up the nerve to speak to the Little Red-Haired girl. For those of you that aren’t familiar, this is an ongoing struggle for Brown in the comic strips. I don’t remember ever seeing her in the comic, but the audience is treated to quick glimpses of her before seeing her fully. In most of the comic strips, Charlie Brown is the unlucky, unlike one. This movie took much of that away, which was an interesting dynamic. No longer was he the butt of every joke, but just unfortunate circumstances. In a wonderful scene at the talent show, he has to give up his shot to impress the Little Red-Haired girl to save Sally, his younger sister, from complete embarrassment. This isn’t the old Peanuts, but a newer version that somehow still felt right.