A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN REVIEWED
“A Boy Named Charlie Brown” has the same issues that hammered the recent “Peanuts” movie. While everyone loves the characters and there’s a sense of member berries familiarity, why does this iteration exist? The first Peanuts theatrical release came 3 years after Charlie Brown and friends made their TV bow. Most of the same voice actors were moved over to the theatrical feature, but the extended running time makes question a few things. Why was it so important to dwell on extending their characters’ relationships?
The problem with introspective children is that adults project upon them. Try watching this 85 minute long film with a kid and see where they waver. They want to see Snoopy, they want to see the big moments. But, a healthy portion of this film is Charlie Brown moping and having deep conversations with Linus. What makes the difference between the Holiday Specials and the features? Is it just the timely framing device? In terms of tone, very little separates the two concepts. What worked in 1969 would never float today. But, I appreciate the effort. Very few modern animators can equal Melendez.
- 1.33:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 9/6/16