This movie has great 2.5D animation (if that term exists in the animated realm). It manages to have 3-D animation, but keeps the spirit of the original cartoons and comic strips alive with the characters moving in a 2-D fashion despite being in a 3-D world.
For anyone who is worried that they changed many things in the Peanuts universe, do not fret, because this movie does a fantastic job living up to the Peanuts universe. You will remember who these characters are, how they interact, and what they do. Any newcomers will end up being interested in this (unless if you hate kids).
Plenty of great jokes here. There are great visual and dialogue jokes that work well for everyone, especially children.
The Snoopy subplot, while entertaining, is distracting. It may have been rooted by the main plot, but the subplot does not affect it in anyway other than they interact with each other.
Charlie Brown’s voice actor: Noah Schnapp is the weakest out of all the other voice actors. I understand that his character is supposed to be pessimistic, unconfident, and unsure of himself, but it sounds like he does not have that much emotion. Noah does fine, but he does stand out with the other voice actors (then again, that may be the point).
I have a problem with how the main plot is resolved. I am not going to spoil what it is, but let’s just say if “that” character actually interacted with Charlie Brown throughout the time that has passed in the second to last act, the movie would have been resolved in a much better way (albeit kind of short, but better).
The Peanuts. Remember them? It has been such a LONG time since I seen them. Remember the Great Pumpkin? The time when Charlie tried to kick a football, but Lucy moved it in the last second? Remember the Christmas Time? Man, those were such great cartoons and comic strips. How about the recent movie that came out? It is just as I remember these characters. Besides the nostalgia, how does this movie hold on its own? It does so pretty well. With some exceptions (i.e. the main plot’s resolve), The Peanuts Movie does a solid job on telling a visual story about a boy who lacks confidence, but has a crush on the new girl in school. It may have been done before, but one thing I do like is that these are child characters, and they do act like children, not adults (in fact, you do not actually see the adults other than their Wah-Wah-Wah voices). Show this movie to your entire family, not just for nostalgia, but for an entertaining movie about a boy who gathers courage just for a girl.
As for the Ice Age short, Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe, it is an all right shenanigan thrill ride, but how it ends…I think it is time to say goodbye to the Ice Age series.