The festive celebration continues this January 8 (Friday) when "Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie" opens in Philippine cinemas nationwide.
At its core, "Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie" is about everyday anxieties we encounter while growing up, going to school, and dealing with the perceptions people have about one another. "We took that theme and changed the overall tone of the movie, which resulted in a stronger message, one that both adults and children can relate to," says Craig Schulz, son of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz.
The universal appeal of all Peanuts characters—encompassing Charlie Brown's eternal underdog status, Linus' heart, Franklin's philosophy, Marcie's introspection, Lucy's crabbiness, Sally's unrequited affection for her Sweet Babboo Linus, and Snoopy's many personas— is the reason the strip and its characters have remained relevant as Peanuts celebrates its 65th year.
The story's always been in the pen... Charles Schulz drew the most popular and influential comic strip of all time, which was read everyday by 355 million people in 75 countries. On October 2, 1950, Charles M. Schulz introduced the characters of Charlie Brown, Shermy and Patty in just seven newspapers, launching a 50-year journey for the cartoonist that forever changed the landscape of popular culture and humor that would be known as the Peanuts Gang. Schulz's comic strip was hailed as one of the greatest of the twentieth century, and his characters launched a bona-fide industry, while providing a much-needed voice for the underdog, via Charlie Brown.
As production geared up on adapting Schulz's Peanuts on the big screen, "Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie" wherein Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved PEANUTS Gang make their film debut, like they've never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world's most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron.
From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the "Ice Age" films, "Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie" will prove that every underdog has his day.
At the helm of "Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie" is Steve Martino, highly regarded pioneer in the field of computer animation who along with Michael Thurmeier, directed the global blockbuster "Ice Age: Continental Drift." Martino had a particularly memorable conversation with Craig Schulz (son of Charles): "Charles M. Schulz had a profound impact on me as a child and as an artist," says Martino, "and in one of our initial meetings, Craig stopped me and said, 'All of my dad's friends referred to him as Sparky, so if we're going to be on this journey together, that is what you should call him.' That was such a great honor."
Additionally, the look of "Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie" is a testament to the legacy of Charles M. Schulz. "I immediately fell in love with the film's design," says producer Paul Feig. "It doesn't challenge your perception of what PEANUTS should be like, but rather, it adds to it."
A warm, nostalgic and fun-filled movie for the whole family, "Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie" will open this January 8 (Friday) in Philippine cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.