A CGI ‘PEANUTS’ MOVIE? GOOD GRIEF
Schulz & Peanuts, The biography of Charles Schulz by David Michaelis, is hands down one of the best books I’ve ever read. It also changed the way I viewed Peanuts forever. Schulz was a great man, a ridiculously hard and dedicated worker who often had Peanuts strips ready six months in advance, but he was also really, really depressed, haunted by a traumatic past, neglectful of his children, and he cheated on his wife a couple of times. Wait — where was I going with this? Oh yeah, right, a new CG Peanuts movie.
Apparently, Blue Sky Animation, the studio that keeps farting out Ice Age sequels, has secured the rights to produce and release a CG-animated Peanuts feature film in 2015, from a screenplay by Schulz’s son. It will be the first theatrical Peanuts film since 1980′s Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don’t Come Back!), where the gang went to Europe.
I’m having an extremely hard time wrapping my brain around what a 3D, CG-animated model of a Peanuts character would look like. Charlie Brown’s three-dimensional little bald head seems like it could be the stuff of nightmare fuel when it’s rendered and on-screen. I know that keeping these characters alive and flourishing within the modern cultural vernacular is a good idea, but this whole CG-animated concept just sounds too creepy for words, and I know I can’t be alone in that sentiment. What say you, Leaguers?