Based on Charles M. Schulz's wonderful comic strip characters, The Peanuts Movie is a sweet, fun and totally kid-friendly experience. The television specials have brought new young fans to the brand, and adults and children should thoroughly enjoy the antics of the kid with the large bald head and his friends.
Charlie Brown (voice by Noah Schnapp) is a regular kid trying to deal with the difficulties of growing up. He's nervous about taking tests, flying kites and just being accepted by the other kids. However, when the Little Red Haired Girl shows up in his classroom, a whole new set of problems arise.
Too shy to approach her, he decides to sign up for the school talent show so he can wow her. Nothing seems to go right, and he ends up abandoning his own act and helping his kid sister when her cowgirl act goes awry. He then enlists his dog, Snoopy to teach him to dance so he can impress her at the school dance. Not to give anything away, however all does not go as planned.
One character without any confidence problems is Snoopy. There's a few breaks in Charlie's story-line to showcase Snoopy's daydreams as a World War 1 Flying Ace who is engaged in aerial dogfights. Young kids will most likely enjoy the sight of the dog and his buddy Woodstock flying around on a big red doghouse, even though they can't really understand the meaning of it all.
The gang is all here, opinionated Lucy, Schroeder, Linus and Pigpen, however make no mistakes, Charlie Brown is clearly the star. Director Steve Martino's film has an innocent quality to it. It doesn't have super heroes, evil stepmothers or sword fights. What it does have is a good message that teaches honesty and perseverance will win out. But, most importantly, it shows that you can accomplish a lot, just by being yourself.