Review: Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie

Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie is released on DVD on Monday 30th May 2016, just in time for half term.  Directed by Steve Martino, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the “Peanuts” gang make their animated feature debut in this heartwarming story. Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon a heroic quest to win the heart of the new girl at school, while his best pal, Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. 


In classic Peanuts style, Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie tells the story of Charlie Brown trying to impress the little red haired girl. She's a new girl at his school and he has a big crush on her, but becomes flustered and everything goes wrong when he tries to do things to win her heart. His beloved beagle friend, Snoopy, is busy writing a novel and we see the story of that play out in the movie as we follow Snoopy and Woodstock in a wartime setting as pilots trying to rescue a female dog. 

I watched this film with my stepdaughter who is seven, and my boys who are three and one. They were all glued to the screen although J did wander off halfway through. It's hard to capture the imagination of a one-year old for too long! My stepdaughter and Little N loved it and it really made them laugh. Little N adores Snoopy and he thought it was brilliant when Snoopy was teaching Charlie Brown how to dance, and it tickled me when Charlie Brown gets his own name muddled up.  

The movie features the same Peanuts storylines that we know so well - such as Charlie Brown being the accident-prone hopeless romantic - and the writers have kept the characters true to their original comic strip selves. Some children might not like this film because there are no fights, gore, violence or loudness, but that's what I love about it. It's wonderful to be able to watch a children's film that is about friendship, love and kindness, that is simple and fun. 

The DVD has some fabulous extras too; we especially liked learning how to draw the characters and Little N has gone to sleep every night with a little Snoopy picture that I drew for him. 

You can learn more about the film and watch the trailers for Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie here and you can order the DVD from Amazon.




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