As if the Ghostbusters reboot wasn't enough to worry about, director of that film, Paul Feig, is also producing an animated feature version of Peanuts, which promises to bring the original Charles M. Schulz comic strip to the big screen as its creator originally intended. That means we won't see Charlie Brown attempting to tweak or wearing a backwards baseball cap. This is pure, unadulterated Peanuts as we've always known them, and includes the return of the Red Baron and Snoopy as the iconic World War I Flying Ace, which is teased in a series of new photos.
Other photos offer our first look at Linus, Sally, Lucy and Peppermint Patty as they come to life in the 3-D CG animated film directed by Steve Martino, who promises to focus on the timeless quality of the beloved comic and TV specials.
Peanuts will follow Charlie Brown on a quest to retrieve something he believes he truly needs, even though he soon discovers he'd be okay without it. Snoopy will have his own story going on, which is triggered by what he sees happening in his owner's life. Snoopy will to Paris to battle the Red Baron, though this of course will be happening in his own imagination. Steve Martino describes how Charlie's own undying optimism has helped inspire him in his own life:
"I wake up every day and it's like, 'Today's the day we're going to win that game! I'm going to kick that football!' As you have more life experience, those things have more meaning."
Steve Martino also revealed more about Snoopy's plight in the film:
"We really get to go into his mind and see what this crazy dog is imagining every day of his life. [We'll] give the audience a little bit of that feeling when we're taking flight with Snoopy."?quote
Other characters set to make an appearance in the movie include Charlie Brown's crush the Little Red Haired Girl, Snoopy's love Fifi, his brother Olaf, and a whole group of Beagle Scouts. Linus also has a substantial role in the movie. Take a look at the latest images, which bring this crazy group of friends together: