(CBS SF) – 20th Century Fox has released the 55 second teaser trailer of Blue Sky Studios’ “Peanuts” movie. It’s the first time the “Peanuts” Gang has been in theaters since 1980, with the release of the full length feature film “Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!!).” As announced in late 2012, the new movie is set to release late 2015 on the “Peanuts” 65th Anniversary and 50th Anniversary of the Emmy Award-winning Television special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
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Keeping within the family and staying true to creator Charles M. Schulz, the “Peanuts” movie is produced by his son Craig Schulz and written by Charles’ grandson, Bryan Schulz. Much to the chagrin of some diehard fans, the film marks the first time the “Peanuts” gang will be made using CGI and shot for 3D.
Taking on the task of bringing Snoopy to life is Blue Sky Studios, the animation house behind the films “Rio & Rio 2,” “Ice Age,” “Robots” and others. Steve Martino, who brought us “Ice Age: Continental Drift” and “Horton Hears a Who!” is taking the reins of directing the “Peanuts” film. It was his devotion to staying true to the original concept in Dr. Seuss’ story of “Horton” is what attracted Schulz to helm the movie.
“I’m way more protective than my father would have been. Our No. 1 goal was always to be authentic to his work and legacy” Schulz goes on to say about his father’s legacy. With the use of 3D and computer imagery, Schulz says his father would have “embraced the technology” according to an interview with USA Today.
Very little is known on the storyline. “…it’s about a round-headed kid and his dog, and that’s about as far as I’m willing to go.” Craig Schulz says. About using CGI on the film, Schulz says “…we’ll see that Snoopy has soft-white fur.”
Prior to the teaser trailer release, USA Today posted two photos (above & below) of Charlie Brown and Snoopy from the movie.
(credit: Blue Sky Studios)
The “Peanuts” Movie is schedule to release in theaters on November 6, 2015.