A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
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
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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A couple uses each of "stupid" and "blockhead." Also "dumb" and "slug" (as in "to hit").
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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