One of the ways that many people celebrate the fall and winter season festivities is to re-watch the classic Charlie Brown animated holiday specials; next year, though, we’ll be getting a brand new movie featuring Chuck and pals, in the form of The Peanuts Movie (known as Peanuts for short). Charles M. Schulz’ original comic strip universe will be brought to life via computer-animation in the 2015 film, and so far the general reaction to its trailer footage has been a positive one.
Peanuts isn’t just emulating the look from old-school Charlie Brown cartoons (with its cell-shading animation style), but also the practice of casting young newcomers to voice such precocious icons as Linus, Lucy, and Peppermint Pattie on the big screen. Producer Paul Feig (director of Bridesmaids and The Heat) unveiled the Peanuts voice cast on the Today Show on Thanksgiving morning, but the related press release from 20th Century Fox includes additional information on the project.
Here is the official Peanuts Movie plot synopsis, via Fox:
In the film, Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest.
“Epic” might be a bit of a stretch, as far as proper adjectives for the film’s narrative go. The Peanuts Movie screenplay is penned by Bryan and Craig Schulz, and director Steven Martino (Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Continental Drift) has indicated that the storyline will embrace the same simple, yet timeless, philosophical outlook and moral lessons featured in Peanuts comics, TV shows, and features produced in the 20th century. Then again, Snoopy’s high-flying fantasies promise to be “Epic” in their own way, so maybe the term is appropriate enough, as used here.
Moving along – pictured below, we have Feig alongside the Peanuts Movie voice cast:
Here’s the rundown of the Peanuts Movie voice cast, along with official character descriptions of the Peanuts gang (in case your memory needs a jogging):
- Noah Schnapp (Steven Spielberg’s currently-untitled Cold War thriller) is Charlie Brown,“the lovable loser who never gives up.”
- Hadley Belle Miller (Sofia the First) is Lucy, known for “being crabby and bossy and humiliating Charlie Brown.”
- AJ Tecce (Raising Ethan) is Pig-Pen, a fellow “who happily travels in his own private dust storm.”
- Noah Johnston (Monsters University) is Schroeder, a “mini musical genius who is rarely separated from his toy piano or his idol, Beethoven.”
- Newcomer Venus Schultheis is Peppermint Patty, the “fearless born leader and a natural athlete who is up to any challenge…except studying.”
- Alexander Garfin (Saturday Night Live) is Linus, the “benevolent, blanket-clutching philosopher who always has a kind word for everybody…even his bossy older sister, Lucy.”
- Francesca Capaldi (A.N.T. Farm) is the Little Red-Haired Girl, who “has captured Charlie Brown’s heart; now, if only he could muster the courage to speak to her!”
- Mar Mar (Austin & Alley) is Frankin, “Charlie Brown’s good friend and confidant, and the only one who never has an unkind word about our hapless hero, or anyone else for that matter.”
- Mariel Sheets (a radio/commercial voice actor) is Sally, “Charlie Brown’s little sister who believes the world owes her an answer for some of its most perplexing problems, such as: why does she have to go to school?”
- Rebecca Bloom (The Tonight Show) is Marcie, “Peppermint Patty’s best friend, loyal follower, and complete opposite.”
- William Alexander Wunsch (Saturday Night Live) is Shermy, Charlie Brown’s “straight laced and dependable friend.”
- Anastasia Bredikhina (a trained dancer) and Madisyn Shipman (Sesame Street) are Patty and Violet, “best friends who always side with the popular crowd.”
As for Snoopy and Woodstock (pictured in the latest Peanuts Movie poster below), it’s been revealed that archival recordings of the late Bill Melendez will be used to provide the sound effects that give those characters “voices” in this new big screen rendition of the Peanuts universe. That’s another respect in which this new Peanuts feature, quite literally, will be mixing the old with the new.
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The Peanuts Movie opens in U.S. theaters on November 6th, 2015.