‘The Peanuts Movie’ Embraces Trying and Not Giving Up
The classic Peanuts comic strip has great lessons on not giving up on your ambitions and keeping on trying and working hard to get what you want. The Peanuts Movie, the franchise’s first conversion to the CG world, doesn’t shy away from that lesson… in fact, it even embraces it.
That wasn’t necessarily the case with the 2011 television special Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, which felt more like an animated version of a ’90s Nickelodeon sitcom rather than a Peanuts special just to appease the modern Nickelodeon generation of kids.
The Peanuts Movie, in theaters November 6, finds Charlie Brown on a quest to impress a new girl that moved into her new neighborhood, while Snoopy imagines himself as the WWI flying ace set out to catch the Red Baron. With the former scenario, when Charlie Brown advises himself never to give up, he says this:
I don’t care what Lucy says. I may have had trouble in the past flying a kite, and I may have never won a baseball game, but it’s not for the lack of trying.