Good day to you people of the interweb, it’s time for a trailer review and this one is a surprising because it’s a teaser trailer for the upcoming Peanuts film. When I saw an image for the Peanuts film on the Snoopy Fanpage on my Facebook news feed I thought, “What’s this weird-looking 3D image. I don’t like it.” But then I heard on AMC Movie Talk that this was an image from a teaser trailer. I literally searched for it immediately and after watching the trailer I can say that I’m interested.
Have a look at the teaser below:
After having a look at the content on-show here I think there is a bit of hope for this film.
Now this is definitely the definition of a teaser trailer, it doesn’t give you any story or idea what the film is about. It is just a showcase of the art and animation style and getting a feel for what we can expect in 2015. And from what I can see it looks good.
The introduction to the trailer is quite humourous with the epic sphere that pans out just to see that it’s Charlie Brown’s fat head haha. He seems so happy and has the dumb, happy grin on his face, it’s his moment in time… Then Snoopy drops in and moves all over the place, waving, dancing, jumping around and constantly interrupting Charlie leading him to say his classic line, “Good grief.” Then we see the title of the film with Woodstock flying in to sit down and that bit at the end where Charlie hugs Snoopy is just adorable, and that’s pretty much it.
What the film has going for it if this teaser is anything to go by is that we’re gonna get a very nostalgic and faithful to the original comics and TV adaptations.
The obvious thing that sticks out is the visual style. It is clearly 3D animated and that at first is incredibly jarring and kind of off-putting because any nostalgic fan will know that everything Peanuts has always been 2D. And since most new adaptations have gone 3D (The Smurfs, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Postman Pat, etc.), it really looks odd and is a potential area of complaints for long-tim fans. That being said, there seems to be some kind of 2D aspects put into the facial animations and they seem good. Also even though the animation looks absurdly smooth and fluid, it still retains a lot of the same elements from the old animations. It is being animated by Blue Sky Studios who gave us the Ice Age films, Rio, Robots and Epic among others and since their work looks good for the most part I hope that they don’t mess up the look and feel of the source material.
Now I heard a few years ago that after the death of Charles M. Schulz died in 2000 that there would never be another adaptation of the Peanuts ever, but I didn’t expect there to be anything coming out, let alone have it show up next year. But apparently Charles Shulz’s son, Craig, his grandson, Bryan, have a hand in the creation of this film so hopefully that means the source material will be handled with care.
So in conclusion I think the teaser for Peanuts is alright. The characters sound the same, their mannerisms are spot on and while the new 3D CGI look is fairly visible, the combination of that along with 2D aspects makes it look nice. While the new look will take some getting used to and until I see a full trailer I can’t make any judgements, but so far I’m interested. 🙂