To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip as well as the 50th anniversary of the first special,
A Charlie Brown Christmas, The companies Peanuts Worldwide, 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios had
announced that a fifth feature film would be released as a celebration back in October of 2012.
The film is being handled by Charles Schulz's family with the screenwriters being Craig Schulz (son of Charles Schulz),
Bryan Schulz (son of Craig Schulz/grandson of Charles Schulz), and Cornelius Uliano, writer of several short films,
and directed by Steve Martino, director of the Blue Sky Studios film, Dr. Suess' Horton Hears a Who and will be done in
CGI with Blue Sky Studios handling the animation. This will be the first feature film since the fourth film,
Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!!!), released in 1980.
On March 18th 2014, the first Teaser Trailer for the new film was released, unveiling the new art style which combines
CG and Schulz's illustrations into one. The film is apparently titled Peanuts (by Schulz) and its trailer can be seen here,
in this video provided by 20th Century Fox's YouTube Channel:
No firm plot details have been revealed other than to say that the Peanuts gang will be featured in this film with Snoopy and
Charlie Brown being the central protagonists. The Little-Red Haired Girl and Fifi will be making an onscreen appearance,
being the first time they have done so since It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, Happy New Year, Charlie Brown and Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown, respectively which were all specials that Charles Schulz had worked on.
Info from USA today.
Snoopy and Woodstock will be voiced by the late Bill Melendez, with archived
Peanuts (by Schulz) will be coming to theaters on November 6th, 2015.
So what are your thoughts on the new art style and film?
You're a Good Plan, Charlie Brown:
A behind the scenes look on how the upcoming 2015 film
went into production:
You’re a Good Plan, Charlie Brown: A peek into the meticulous vision behind 2015′s ‘Peanuts’ feature film
Article also confirms that Vince Guaraldi's score will be present in the film,
being the first time it has done so since 2006's, He's a Bully, Charlie Brown.