Entirely faithful to the spirit of Charles Schulz’s beloved characters and comic strip, this warm, wonderful G-rated picture is ideal for young children and nostalgic adults alike.
Release Date: November 6, 2015
MPAA rating: G
Starring: Voices of Noah Schnapp, Hadley Miller, Alex Garfin, and Bill Melendez
Recommended age: All viewers
Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Green
Violence: Mild Slapstick
Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, and the whole Peanuts gang are back in this crisply-animated story. Charlie Brown falls hard for a Little Red-Haired Girl new to the neighborhood. Hoping he can start fresh with the new arrival, who knows nothing about his past reputation for failure, Charlie Brown vows to put forth his best effort and believe in himself – something that’s not easy, with Lucy and the others quick to remind him of his past. Meanwhile, after finding an old typewriter, Snoopy embarks on writing an epic romance novel starring himself as a World War I flying ace, seeking to rescue the lovely French poodle Fifi from the clutches of the Red Baron.
The Peanuts Movie is a delight, and is ideal for families and viewers of all ages who appreciate gentle humor. It contains no negative content; “violence” is limited to characters occasionally slipping, falling down, getting bonked on the head, and the like. In Snoopy’s fantasies he engages in dogfights with the Red Baron, with gunfire sound effects being heard, but no bullets are seen, and Snoopy is shown flying his doghouse, not an aeroplane. The movie also contains powerful positive messages; while he is consistently unsuccessful at such endeavors as flying a kite or playing baseball, Charlie Brown is shown as a genuinely good-hearted, generous, and kind person – helping his sister when he could be aggrandizing himself, or admitting that he is undeserving of an award he receives by accident.
Most importantly, The Peanuts Movie honors the legacy of its creator. Unlike other children’s media, which are treated by their current owners as mere money-making “properties” or “franchises,” fit to be filled with adult content inappropriate for kids, The Peanuts Movie is true to the spirit of Charles Schulz’s comic strip and animated specials in every detail. Children who have never experienced Peanuts will find these new friends both funny and easily relatable; adults who grew up watching or reading Peanuts will be delighted by the return of these old friends.
The Parents Television Council is proud to award The Peanuts Movie the PTC Seal of Approval®. The PTC recommends this film for all viewers.