DETROIT (WWJ) – It was back in 1950, when Charlie Brown was introduced to the public for the very first time. He made his debut along with two other Peanuts’ characters in just seven newspapers. And now, 65 years later, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang are making their debut on the big screen in “The Peanuts Movie.”

What took so long for the beloved characters to make the leap from the small screen to the big one? Simply put, it’s because the Schulz family just wasn’t ready to see it happen. They changed their minds, though, when director Steve Martino expressed an interest in the project. Martino had impressed the family with his work on the film, “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!,” which they felt was true to Dr. Seuss’ style.

Director of THE PEANUTS MOVIE, Steve Martino.

And Martino doesn’t disappoint. Not one bit. “The Peanuts Movie” is fun right from the beginning up until the very end. This movie is a treat to watch and has audiences smiling, laughing and maybe even feeling a little bit sentimental.

What’s so endearing about “The Peanuts Movie” is that it doesn’t steer away from what audiences know and love about Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang. For example, who isn’t familiar with Charlie Brown’s angst trying to drum up the courage to talk to “the little red-haired girl?” Or Snoopy’s adventures going up against his nemesis, The Red Baron? Or Lucy sitting behind her psychiatrist sidewalk stand and frequently uttering her most famous line to Charlie Brown? True Peanuts fans surely know what that line is.

Just like, “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, “A Charlie Brown Christmas, and other longtime favorites, “The Peanuts Movie” is sure to become a favorite of families everywhere. For audiences of all ages, “The Peanuts Movie” is a treat you don’t want to miss.

Starring the voices of Noah Schnapp, Mariel Sheets, Venus Schultheis, Alexander Garfin, Hadley Belle Miller, Madisyn Shipman and Francesca Capaldi. Directed by Steve Martino. Written by Charles Schulz’ son Craig Schulz, his son Bryan Schulz and the younger Schulz’s writing partner, Cornelius Uliano, who also serve as the film’s producers. Rated G.

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