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TEASER: Blue Sky's 3D CG "Peanuts"Movie

by Jerry Beck
March 18, 2014 1:34 AM
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Above: The first teaser from Blue Sky Studio's eagerly anticipated Charlie Brown 3D CG Peanuts feature film. Fox will play this in front of Rio 2. From the look at this first peek - the fans can calm down. It looks great. The producers made a wise move, keeping the look faithful to flat 2D cartooning of Charles Schulz. Personally, I'm jazzed! 

Blue Sky Studios

(Thanks, Anthony DiPaola)

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  • Rendiferous | March 19, 2014 12:14 PMReply

    I wish the designs looked a lot more like Schulz's 1960's work - his best work, by far - and not the animated versions. I loved "Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown" precisely for that reason. Plus the animated was terrific. But this doesn't look as bad as I feared - and Snoopy was playful rather than obnoxious for a change.

  • ll | March 19, 2014 10:41 AMReply

    The guy at Cartoon Brew really lost it over this. That site has gone down hill fast. I won't be going over there - I'll stay here for great animation news.

  • Nic Kramer | March 19, 2014 5:31 PM

    That's what I said. I also thought it was stupid of him to bash a Disney animation panel that Jerry himself was a moderator on.

  • Nic Kramer | March 19, 2014 10:39 AMReply

    I should point out that Amid is discussing this on "Cartoon Brew". However, just like most of his posts, it seems he complaining about it just for the sake of bosting the number of comments. I rather he just spend his time trying to figure out a way of getting his book published.

  • Mukpuddy | March 18, 2014 8:23 PMReply

    So great... can't wait to see it!

  • Mark Kausler | March 18, 2014 7:15 PMReply

    The timing on the animation resembles drawn more than CG, but the rendering actually makes the images look flatter, not rounder, something about the contrast between the shading and the drawn shapes. Does anybody care that the continuous revivals of old characters takes up space that new, exciting characters and stories could occupy?

  • Chris Webb | March 19, 2014 10:48 PM

    Does anybody care that the continuous revivals of old characters takes up space that new, exciting characters and stories could occupy?

    Yes! I hate to see all of this generation's talent be put to work reviving characters that have already had their day. Instead, they should be doing something new, that addresses these times. Timid studios, timid producers - same old story from Hollywood.

    This is not good for the culture at large. I don't care how wonderful a revival of Mr. Peabody or Peanuts is, it's still a revival - which is by definition not original. Give us something new.

  • eeteed | March 19, 2014 2:18 PM

    snow white was made in 1937. toy story was made in 1995. which holds up better (art/animation-wise) today?

    cgi is great when it's used as a tool to assist tradional types of animation, but using it as a means to the end doesn't work. it's lifeless and artificial.

  • Nic Kramer | March 19, 2014 10:35 AM

    CGI does not stink. It just gets stuck into a rut. It happen with traditional animation before. I just wish we get some traditional animaton projects in the line someday. That way, it wpould be sorta of a moot point.

  • eeteed | March 19, 2014 5:28 AM

    animated features have a long history of retelling stories of others. they started out retelling classic children's tales like snow white and pinocchio; when that got mined out they moved on to retelling children's books like bambi and jungle book. I suppose it's only natural that they look for other sources to "mine".

    anyway, it's all moot, as cgi stinks, so it doesn't matter what they do with it.

  • Yvette Kaplan | March 18, 2014 4:52 PMReply

    It's given me a great big smile! Sure looks and feels like Charlie Brown and Snoopy so far to me! I'm jazzed too, really looking forward to seeing it. Thanks and good wishes to all involved!!

  • Nic Kramer | March 19, 2014 5:28 PM

    Lifeless, my eye. In your logic you would say the same thing with stop-motion animation and that pre-dated tradition animation by a few years!

  • Tim Lones | March 18, 2014 2:10 PMReply

    For CG, this looks really good. And I love the fact that at least at this point, they've recycled the original Lee Mendelson theme from the Peanuts specials.

  • Abby | March 19, 2014 4:50 PM

    Actually that's Vince Guaraldi, but I get what you're saying... :D I LOVE Peanuts and was REALLY sad when I heard this was being made. Until now. This teaser gives me hope that they HAVEN'T ruined some of my favorite characters.

  • Anthony DiPaola | March 18, 2014 2:01 PMReply

    I'm really surprised they went with this direction. Looks like this movie will be even better. ;)

  • Kip W | March 18, 2014 1:07 PMReply

    Deja vu — seems a lot like Disney's "Mickey Mouse Club House" program, which got the look of the View-Master models (albeit spookily lit from within), though without any sort of humanity or appeal: sterile, brittle, and empty.

    They've drilled and mined so much of Peanuts already, and now they seem to be fracking to get the last little bits of life out. Al Plastino did much better, and even he wasn't able to get into Schulz's head (or heart).

  • Nic Kramer | March 18, 2014 7:28 PM

    Are you just saying that because you don't want them to do a new movie at all? Look, I was worried too, but I'm lille less worried now. Just hope the story and writing will work.

    And does it matter about the merchandise? I mean, Fantagraph is doing a great job with "The Complete Peanuts" series. I honestly can't think of a better attempt of doing a complete collection of these strips.

  • Russell H | March 18, 2014 10:54 AMReply

    This reminds me (in a good way) of those Peanuts "Viewmaster" disks that used models to create the 3D effect.

  • Chris Webb | March 19, 2014 10:58 PM

    It's just one person's opnion, but a new movie is not necessary.

    Why can't we appreciate the Peanuts movies we already have, instead of having to make a new and most likely watered down (and disappointing) version? Does anyone really think that Charles Schulz's heirs are going to write a story as well as he did?

    No matter how many times they try to do something new with the Looney Tunes characters, the fact remains - Mel Blanc is dead. So are Mike Maltese, Chuck Jones and Friz Freling and McKimson and everyone else who were making those classics.

    I would prefer we honor their work by keeping it in circulation rather than "reimagining" it. Let today's artists create something new. CGI can be amazing - let's use it to create something new.

  • Max C. | March 18, 2014 9:51 AMReply

    While I'm not sure what the writing and directing team will make of the final film, the teaser still leaves me quite optimistic. That CG gives me a "cartoony feel of Get a Horse meets stop-motion feel of The Lego Movie" vibe.

  • Justin | March 18, 2014 8:47 AMReply

    Wow! I think this is going to be great!

  • eeteed | March 18, 2014 5:30 AMReply

    oh how I wish they had based their designs on the earliest versions of the characters.

  • Nic Kramer | March 18, 2014 7:22 PM

    Back when Dell Comics got the license to publish Peanuts comics in the late '50's, a friend of Schultz wrote and drew the new comics as Schultz was too busy with the actual strip. Schultz did, however, drew the covers for these comics.

  • Christian | March 18, 2014 5:40 PM

    "once *in* a while"

    I'm wondering about the whole recent comics thing. I've seen some and they are not bad but I thought Charles Schulz stipulated that nobody was supposed to carry on Peanuts after him. BUT... if someone is going to then why don't they run new 4-panel strips in newspapers to at least match Schulz' format?

  • Nic Kramer | March 18, 2014 9:28 AM

    Does it matter at this point? Personally, I'm getting tired of that early look in the recent comic books. I would like it if they mixed the designs for the comics once and a while.

    I should point out that I just saw a teaser trailer of the film on "Good Morning America" with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Woodstock. They had a somewhat misplace "2001" close-up of the round headed kid's head at the begining, but it looks good other than that. It looks like they recycled Melindez's vocal tracks for Snoopy in that teaser.

  • Cole R. | March 18, 2014 2:10 AMReply

    I think I need to see them move before I form an opinion, but I do really like the look of it. Somewhat reminds me of seeing all those Mickey Mouse characters in cg for "Get A Horse".

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