Good Grief! Charlie Brown will be in 3D
Ron Seifried | On 19, Mar 2014
This is a bit disorienting. The gang from Peanuts will be projecting drop shadows with next years feature film release. Charles Shulz never would have predicted this day would come when he first drew the daily comic strip over 60 years ago.
Imagine Charlie Brown’s round, premature bald head as a smooth, perfect circumference ball with dark brown curls projecting toward your uncomfortable 3D glasses, every strand of hair identifiable from each other. Add to that the slight, fuzzy texture of his mustard yellow with black jagged striped sweater, and the transition to a new dimension of the great pumpkin patch is complete.
Add a crane shot panning over Snoopy’s red wooden doghouse, with a brief glimpse inside his cavernous backyard dwelling, flying like a GoPro camera through the tree branches holding Woodstock’s nest. The nest will have layered branches; the doghouse will have shades of red.
Settle in a remote yard with Lucy holding that all too familiar football, promising again never to pull it away from a charging, somehow always trusting Charlie the field goal kicker. Now imagine a Skycam hovering over the same field like a televised NFL game, giving a different perspective of the same old gag that never seems to lose steam.
Linus on the piano with 5.1 surround sound. Pig Pen behind layers of volumetric fog. Adults barking out warbling comments with more clarity, yet still unintelligible dialogue. And will Peppermint Pattie finally come out of the closet?
Anything is possible with the long overdue upcoming reboot of the Peanuts universe. My contemporaries probably will scoff at the notion. But Peanuts was never for adults. It was always for children and if this is the format future generations will be introduced, so be it.
Like Mickey going from black & white to color; similar to Bugs Bunny and Woody Woodpeckers evolution of animation style, storytelling needs to move forward to attract new audiences. If and when newer generations discover these lovable characters, the older TV specials we grew up with will be discovered and cherished.
Produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox, the CGI studio best known for the “Ice Age” and “Rio” franchises, the “Peanuts” film will be out in theaters November 6, 2015, coinciding with the 65th anniversary of Charles M. Shulz creation.