The Peanuts Movie

Movie review by
Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media
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Gentle family-friendly comedy has sweet messages.
  • G
  • 2015
  • 93 minutes
 Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 32 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 44 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Intended to entertain rather than educate, but offers valuable lessons about friendship and self-confidence. Snoopy's fantasy sequences could introduce interested kids to a bit of World War I history.

Positive Messages

Believe in yourself, and be true to who you are; it may not always feel like it, but people see and appreciate the real you. As long as you try your hardest and persevere, it doesn't matter whether you're the best at something. It's important to be liked for who you are. Be kind and compassionate. If you want to get to know someone, talk to them.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Charlie Brown repeatedly talks about being insecure and a failure ("everything I try turns out wrong," "I'm nothing"), but it's very clear that he's really compassionate, honest, brave, helpful, and an all-around nice guy. He worries a lot but keeps trying new ways to improve himself and get the Little Red-Haired Girl to see the real him. Snoopy is extremely confident. Many of the supporting characters are true to their comic strip personas -- Lucy is often brusque and rude, Sally is flighty, Linus is serious, etc. -- but with slightly softer edges.

Violence & Scariness

Snoopy's World War I flying ace fantasy sequences include airplane dogfights, bullets, storms, crashes, and peril. Many slapstick moments/pratfalls as Charlie Brown wrestles with a kite, plays hockey, learns to dance, rides an out-of-control sled, etc.; some cause breakage/mess/chaos. Lucy yells at Charlie Brown.

Sexy Stuff

Lots of puppy-love crushes -- Charlie Brown blushes over the Little Red-Haired Girl, Sally calls Linus her "sweet babboo," Lucy always tries to get Schroeder to notice her, Peppermint Patty thinks Charlie Brown is flirting with her, etc. Snoopy "kisses" Lucy. Snoopy's fantasy sequences include the "love of his life," French poodle Fifi. One of Charlie Brown's falls knocks his clothes off; he shakes his butt when performing the "Chicken Dance" song.

Language

A couple uses each of "stupid" and "blockhead." Also "dumb" and "slug" (as in "to hit").

Consumerism

Nothing within the movie, but there are tons of tie-in products available (toys, clothes, books, and much more). Also lots of promotional deals with partners from Safeway to Target and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The gang celebrates Snoopy's victory over the Red Baron with a round of root beers.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Peanuts Movie is a sweetly nostalgic, mostly gentle take on the characters from the beloved comic strip/TV specials. Charlie Brown is still his same awkward, insecure self -- and Lucy is still rude and yells a lot -- but there's less of the insult language ("stupid," "blockhead") than in the classic specials, and there's no mistaking the movie's positive messages about being yourself, trying hard, and liking people for who they really are. Many characters have crushes on others (Charlie Brown blushes around the Little Red-Haired Girl, Sally calls Linus her "sweet babboo," Lucy flings herself at Schroeder, etc.), and you can expect aerial dogfights and peril in Snoopy's World War I flying ace fantasy sequences (which may feel even more intense in 3D), but it's nothing that most older preschoolers/younger grade schoolers won't be able to handle. Charlie Brown shakes his bottom briefly during a dance scene, and his clothes fall off as the result of one of his many comic pratfalls, but overall the movie has a slightly softer edge (and more upbeat tone) than some of the older specials.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySnoopy Joe Cool123 November 6, 2015

Has that happy Peanuts feeling!

So many modern versions of movies leave us feeling disappointed. The new Peanuts movie maintains the goodness that I recall from childhood movies, which is ofte... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 year old Written bysmgumke November 9, 2015

Good movie for first theater experience

My son is somewhat sensitive to loud noises so movies with a lot of intense action or "scary" parts are not good for him. Since most movies contain su... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 6, 2015

Pretty good movie

I just saw this movie in theaters, and while it didn't blow me away, I was still pretty impressed by it. The story revolvle's around Charlie Brown try... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byrebo344 November 8, 2015

A movie that actually remains faithful to the source material.

The Peanuts Movie is outstanding. Finally, a movie that actually remains faithful to the source material. There's no pop cultural references, no fart jokes... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE PEANUTS MOVIE, Charlie Brown (voiced by Noah Schnapp) is having a typical winter -- ice skating with his friends (and knocking them all over by accident), being berated by Lucy (Hadley Belle Miller), getting advice from Linus (Alexander Garfin), looking forward to kite/baseball season -- when his world is turned upside down by the arrival of the Little Red-Haired Girl (Francesca Capaldi). Immediately besotted, our insecure, accident-prone hero wants more than anything for her to see him for who he really is, which sets off a series of vignettes in which he tries to turn himself into a winner: performing at the school talent show, showing off his new moves at the winter dance, writing the world's greatest book report. Of course, since he's Charlie Brown, even the best intentions can't prevent things from turning out wrong. But then something unexpectedly goes right, and he becomes the toast of the school: Will the Little Red-Haired Girl finally notice him? Meanwhile, Snoopy (Bill Melendez) dreams of being a World War I flying ace -- when he's not helping Charlie Brown or kissing Lucy, of course.

Is it any good?

Sweet, gentle, and nostalgic in tone (there's nary a smartphone to be seen!), this movie does right by the classic comic strips and TV specials so beloved by fans. While it has a slightly softer edge than the older stuff (fewer disgusted uses of "stupid" and "blockhead," for example, and more optimism on the part of Charlie Brown), all of the touchstones are there: Vince Guaraldi's jazzy music, Snoopy's vivid fantasy life, Lucy's psychiatric advice booth, the classic Peanuts dance moves, Pigpen's dust cloud, Linus' earnest advice -- heck, there's even a zamboni.

A particularly nice touch is the way the characters' eyes are animated; they look and feel hand drawn, which makes them both expressive and reminiscent of the comic strips. That style also comes into play when the characters remember things (their memory bubbles look like the comics) and when Snoopy slurps Lucy's face with a big SMAK! The Peanuts Movie is true to its roots in other ways, too: Its humor is more thoughtful than laugh-out-loud, and there are lines that little kids were never meant to understand ("I just came down with a serious case of inadequacy" and "I'm cashing in on your celebrity," for instance). But while they may not always know why their parents are chuckling, kids will definitely get the movie's core messages about believing in yourself and trying hard.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what Charlie Brown learns during The Peanuts Movie. Why is perseverance more important than winning? What matters more: Being popular or doing the right thing? What's the danger of always thinking of yourself as inadequate/a failure? And what do the other characters learn about Charlie Brown? Why is it important to like someone for who they really are? How can you figure out who that is? Are first impressions always right?

  • Is Lucy a bully? Why or why not? What things does she do that could be considered bullying? How do the others react? Which characters show compassion? What would you say or do if someone talked to you the way Lucy talks to Charlie Brown? 

  • For those who love the Peanuts comics and/or the classic TV specials: How do you think this movie compares? What does it have in common with the comics and specials? How is it different?

  • Nobody says what time period the movie takes place in, but the characters use rotary phones (and don't have devices/screens everywhere). Did you notice the lack of technology in the kids' lives? How does that compare to what you're used to? Do you think one way is better than the other?

  • Kids: What made you want to see this movie: the story or all the product tie-ins? Do you want something because Charlie Brown/Peanuts is pictured on it? What's the impact of advertising on young kids?

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