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Blue Sky Developing a 3D Charlie Brown CGI Feature for 2015

by Jerry Beck
April 19, 2013 12:16 AM
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Word has come from CinemaCon, the movie theatre exhibitor convention now going on in Las Vegas, that Blue Sky is in development on a 3D CGI Charlie Brown feature. The question is, will it look any better than the old Viewmaster slides produced over 30 years ago?

The Charles Schulz estate has, so far, been very smart about licensing Peanuts for animation. The property was successfully adapted to animation by Schulz himself along with producer Lee Mendelsohn and director Bill Melendez from 1965 through 2000. The estate self-produced a very faithful animated special Happiness Is A Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown in 2011.  

Steve Martino (Ice Age: Continental Drift) will direct the new film, Blue Sky will produce and 20th Century-Fox will release it in 2015. 

Sharon Waxman of The Wrap quoted Fox Chairman Jim Gianopulos as he unveiled the first image of Charlie Brown's computer generated face:

"This will forever change the face of animation. Prepare to have your minds blown."

Let's hope it'll be little more exciting than this:



  • NAT | April 21, 2013 6:27 AMReply

    Hopefully they avoid the uncanny valley!

  • Alex D. | April 20, 2013 11:36 PMReply

    I'm disappointed no one got a picture of what CG Charlie Brown looked like. I really want to see how well it looks.

  • Deaniac | April 21, 2013 2:16 PM

    Seconded. I've been really anxious to see what the Peanuts gang looks like in CG since this movie was announced.

  • ParamountCartoons | April 20, 2013 11:14 AMReply

    Let's hope it won't have pop culture references, Snoopy with realistic fur, or anything to give it a PG rating. With "Horton Hears A Who", they made it well enough so the MPAA can give that film a G rating. Hope the Peanuts movie is the same.

    No fart jokes or Dreamworks face either.

  • Jeff Jacobson | April 19, 2013 10:35 PMReply

    Those ViewMaster images look like they're based on the very early Peanuts strips, where Snoopy looked slightly more realistic than he did in later years.

    Incidentally, the Peanuts characters have been rendered in CG before a few times in video games.

  • Chris Sobieniak | April 19, 2013 2:36 PMReply

    You shouldn't badmouth the ViewMaster reels, I loved them!

  • Jerry Beck | April 19, 2013 3:48 PM

    For the record, I love the Viewmaster reels with dimensional versions of Peanuts and other cartoon characters. I only hope the new CG film retains or betters the spirit of the Viewmaster 3D models. It has to be incredibly difficult to translate Schulz' two-dimensional line drawings into three-dimensional figures. Those of us who love Peanuts (that's everyone, right?) will be watching very carefully.

  • Chris Webb | April 19, 2013 11:54 AMReply

    Why do Charlie Brown in 3-D? Why? Why? Why?

    Snoopy with realistic fur? Lucy with thousands of strands of CG hair? Linus with pores in his skin? Really, what's the point of that?

    I don't want to go to a Peanuts movie and "have my mind blown."

  • Nic Kramer | April 19, 2013 1:42 PM

    Calm down, doc. I'm sorta skepital too, but let's wait till we see an actual image before judging wheather or not 'the sky is falling'.

  • JP | April 19, 2013 11:25 AMReply

    I need to see more of these Viewmaster slides! Those are a trip!

  • Wiztoonz College Of Media And Design | April 19, 2013 2:32 AMReply

    yes, am very much exited on your posts. Thanks for sharing.

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