If you saw the words “Snoopy” and “Charlie Brown” written down together, you’d think you’d come across the shopping list of a Class A drug pusher. But for millions of people across the world, they are the names of two very popular characters from the classic newspaper comic strip Peanuts, created by the late great writer and illustrator Charles M. Schulz.
Today saw the release of the first still and trailer for Snoopy and Charlie Brown: A Peanuts Movie, who together will be making their big screen debut in CG animated 3D.
Peanuts, the daily four panelled gag strip, had been described as “the most shining example of the American success story in the comic strip field”. It ran from the 2nd of October 1950, with the final daily original Peanuts comic strip published on January the 3rd, 2000, shortly before Schultz’s death on February the 13th 2000.
The trailer gives very little away about what happens in the film, but from the look of the animation, particularly the detail of Charlie Brown’s expressions, it has stayed very true to the original TV specials which began in the sixties.
A Peanuts Movie is due for release on October the 16th 2015, and coincides with the sixty fifth anniversary of the comic strip.