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Good Grief! The Peanuts Gang is Coming to the Big Screen [VIDEO]

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Over the last few years we have seen cartoon classics like Yogi Bear, Winnie The Pooh, and many Dr. Seuss characters come to the big screen with success.  Should be no surprise that Charlie Brown and the gang are next to get their return chance to the theaters.

It’s amazing that nobody tried to give the Peanuts gang another trip to the big screen when you consider that these cartoon characters are a part of our culture and transcends generations.  This time of year is where everyone looks forward to the holiday classics It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

We also see the Peanuts gang as the most popular floats every year at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, plus the gang have made their way into video games (with Snoopy Flying Ace being a very popular game for Xbox when it was released in 2010), and are seen in many Met Life commercials today.

The last time we saw the Peanuts crew on the big screen was 1980 with Bon Voyage Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!) – sadly the movie bombed making barley $2 Million, which could be a reason why a return has taken so long.  Watching Yogi Bear be resurrected in 2010 and make over $200 Million worldwide, followed by a Dr. Seuss character The Lorax score over $340 Million worldwide, timing may be right for Charlie, Linus, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Snoopy and Woodstock to succeed on screen this time around (and maybe has Charlie finally kicking that dang football!)

20th Century Fox has acquired the rights today to this scheduled 2015 release, which has been by the Craig and Bryan Schulz (the grandsons of the Peanuts creator Charles Schulz).  Steve Martino will step in the chair that Bill Melendez anchored for decades as the director of this yet titled movie (Melendez passed away 4 years ago, and directed every significant Peanuts project over a 40-plus years period).

You cannot find anyone who is not a Peanuts fan, and this season is not the same without some Charlie Brown specials – starting with some Trick or Treats where Charlie Brown “got a rock”, and Snoopy battles the Red Baron while Linus is still waiting in that pumpkin patch.


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