• The Peanuts Movie Wins PTC Seal of Approval

    by  • November 10, 2015 • Family Friendly, Movies, PTC Seal of Approval • 2 Comments

    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
    Language: None

    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.



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    2 Responses to The Peanuts Movie Wins PTC Seal of Approval

    1. Bob Porrazzo
      November 16, 2015 at 9:36 am

      I think Mr. Schulz is smiling down from heaven at this. Way to go Peanuts! If there is a movie to really see, whether with family or because you want the innocence of a boy and his dog, this will be that film.

    2. Matt Norcross
      November 12, 2015 at 8:19 am

      I saw the movie last week, it was really good. At a time when families have disintegrated, children have lost their innocence due to government school systems indoctrinating kids into thinking America is a racist nation, and our culture has become hyper-sexualized by the likes of MTV and “geared for kids” networks like Nickelodeon, I think it’s refreshing to see something G-rated in theaters. Charles Schulz would be very proud of this movie.

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