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Start breaking out your zig-zag shirts and your security blankets, because it looks like we're getting a new movie featuring the Peanuts gang. No, sadly, this won't be another TV holiday special. During CinemaCon, which just wrapped out in Las Vegas, Fox revealed a teaser for a CG animated Charlie Brown film. The footage evidently showed the sun rising over what looked like a planet, only to reveal that it was in fact Charlie Brown's famous bald head. The beloved Charles Schulz comic strip will be adapted for the big screen by Blue Sky Studios, the company behind those 'Ice Age' movies. The studio has set Steve Martino ('Ice Age: Continental Drift') to direct. The new Peanuts movie will evidently also be in 3D. As of right now, Fox/Blue Sky's Charlie Brown project is set to be released sometime in 2015.
Why? Just...why? I'm not simply asking in regards to this new Peanuts movie. What is with Hollywood's interest of late in taking any and all beloved animated properties and trying to repackage them in CG? Yes, for some time it has been the m.o. of the major studios to seek out brand names in all forms, I point you yet again to the abysmal 'Battleship,' but it doesn't even seem like recent failures in this particular area have deterred Hollywood from trying to milk every dime out of these old-school hand-drawn cartoons. Remember a few months ago when the test footage was revealed for the failed Hong Kong Phooey and Marvin the Martian projects? But I guess those misfires pale in comparison to the cash machine that those terrible Alvin and the Chipmunks CG movies turned out to be. Oh, and let us not forget 'The Smurfs.' I guess this miffs me more than the others because I had no personal investment in The Smurfs or The Chipmunks, but the Peanuts characters are so indelible to my youth. That said, I don't think I'm alone on this. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the crew have been a national treasure for over sixty years. I would be 100% behind Fox doing a Peanuts TV special, provided it wasn't computer-generated animation, but a movie? No thank you.
What do you guys think? Could a 3D CG Peanuts movie work? Would you go see it?