Starring: Noah Schnapp, Hadley Belle Miller, AJ Tecce, Noah Johnston, Venus Schultheis, Alexander Garfin, Francesca Capaldi, Mar Mar, Mariel Sheets, Rebecca Bloom, William Alexander Wunsch, Anastasia Bredikhina, Madisyn Shipman
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle, and flying ace, embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest and tries to win the affection of the Little Red-Haired Girl, who just moved to the neighborhood.
Charlie Brown: Whenever I feel really alone, I just sit and stare into the night sky. I’ve always thought that one of those stars is my star, and I know that my star will always be there for me. Like a comforting voice saying, “Don’t give up, kid.”
Charlie Brown: [voice over] I just hope this new kid has never heard of me. It’s not often you get the opportunity to start over with a clean slate. This time things will be different!
Charlie Brown: [voice over] I’m going to change who I am and become a winner.
Charlie Brown: I just need to know the secret for doing something great.
Charlie Brown: [voice over] If there’s one person you want by your side at a moment like this, it’s your loyal dog.
Lucy van Pelt: Let me let you in on a little secret, Charlie Brown. If you really want to impress people, you need to show them you’re a winner.
Charlie Brown: A winner? Me? Lucy, you may be on to something!
Lucy van Pelt: Of course, when I say you, you know I don’t mean you personally.
Charlie Brown: [voice over] Step one, forget everything you ever knew about yourself.
Charlie Brown: Charlie Brown is not a quitter.
Franklin Armstrong: The new kid is coming!
Schroeder: She is pretty.
Lucy van Pelt: She’s not that pretty.
Charlie Brown: Snoopy, what would I do without a friend like you?
Charlie Brown: I can’t believe I’m about to talk to the Little Red-Haired Girl.
Charlie Brown: It’s moments like this when you need your faithful friend.
Little Kid: What are you in for?
Charlie Brown: Have you ever had that feeling when you can’t stop smiling? Your heart pounds inside your chest. You try to stand, but your knees become weak. And then that Little Red-Haired Girl glance at you and all of life’s possibilities become so clear. And then you realize, she has no idea you’re alive
Nurse: Wah, wah, wah.
Charlie Brown: Why am I here? Inadequacy.
Charlie Brown: You’ve got to help me, Linus! I’m not sure I can handle being partners with the Little Red-Haired Girl! How will I support her? I can’t afford a mortgage! What if I’m put into escrow?
Linus: Charlie Brown, you’re the only person I know who can turn a book report into a lifelong commitment.
Lucy van Pelt: Girls want someone with proven success. Have you won any awards? Like a Congressional Medal of Honor? Or a Nobel Peace Prize?
Charlie Brown: Uh…
Lucy van Pelt: What are your real estate holdings? Do you have a diversified portfolio?
Linus: You know, Charlie Brown, if you like her so much, why not just walk up to her and introduce yourself?
Charlie Brown: After the complete fool I made out of myself last night? Yeah, and why don’t I just fly to the moon?
Lucy van Pelt: Oh, Charlie Brown. I’ll hold the football, and you kick it.
Charlie Brown: You say you’ll hold it, but what you really mean is, you’ll pull it away, and I’ll land flat on my back, and I’ll kill myself.
Lucy van Pelt: But I feel I have really come to know you. I now understand that you are kind, compassionate, brave, and funny. No one would pull a football away from someone with all those qualities.
Charlie Brown: [to himself] She’s right. I would never pull a football away from someone with all those qualities. I am going to kick this ball all the way to the moon.
[as he starts running up, as expected, Lucy pulls the football away from him]
Lucy van Pelt: And gullible. I forgot to mention gullible.
Charlie Brown: A dog doesn’t try to give advice, or judge you; they just love you for who you are. It’s nice to have someone who will just sit and listen to you.
[we see Snoopy’s fallen asleep, snoring away]
Charlie Brown: Man’s best friend.
Charlie Brown: The whole world seems to be conspiring against me. I’m just asking for a little help for once in my life.
Peppermint Patty: Marcie just read off a long list of great novels. “Huckleberry Something”, “Catcher with a Pie”. But she said the greatest book of all time is “Leo’s Toy Store” by some guy called “Warren Peace”.
Sally Brown: [doing a guided tour into Charlie Brown’s house]And this is where it all began. As a youth, he passed many hours just sitting in that chair, keeping his deep thoughts to himself. And here we have his early kites, used in many aerodynamic studies. If we are lucky, we will see him in his natural habitat. And this is the actual bed where he lies and ponders life’s greatest questions.
Charlie Brown: [wakes up] Hey! What are you doing?
Sally Brown: I’m trying to cash in on your celebrity.
Linus: Charlie Brown, where have you been? It’s the first day of summer. You should be down there having fun with everyone else.
Charlie Brown: I can’t stop thinking about it, Linus. After all the humiliating disasters she witnessed this year, why would she choose me? Was she feeling sorry for me? I don’t want her to choose me just because she was feeling sorry for me. I have slightly more dignity than that.
Linus: Well, Charlie Brown, you know my advice has always been to…
Charlie Brown: Simply go up to talk to her! I’m going to go right over there and talk to her!
Little Red-Haired Girl: Oh, hi, Charlie Brown.
Charlie Brown: You remembered my name?
Little Red-Haired Girl: Of course I did.
Charlie Brown: Before you leave, there’s something I really need to know. Why, out of all the kids in our class, would you want to be partners with me?
Little Red-Haired Girl: That’s easy. It’s because I admire the type of person you are.
Charlie Brown: An insecure, wishy-washy failure?
Little Red-Haired Girl: That’s not who you are at all. You showed compassion for your sister at the talent show. Honesty at the assembly. And at the dance, you were brave yet funny. And what you did for me, doing the book report while I was away, was so sweet of you.
[the bus arrives and honks it’s horn]
Little Red-Haired Girl: Sorry, I have to go now.
Charlie Brown: Wait.
[he gives her her pencil]
Charlie Brown: I think this belongs to you.
Little Red-Haired Girl: Oh, thank you! I’ve been looking everywhere for this!
[she gets on the bus]
Little Red-Haired Girl: I’ll write to you, pen pal.
Linus: It must feel pretty great being Charlie Brown right about now.
Pig-Pen: You did it!
Peppermint Patty: Nice job, Chuck!
Marcie: Good job, Charles.
Sally Brown: Hey, big brother!
[blows up a balloon with Charlie Brown’s face on it]
Sally Brown: I’m proud to be your little sister.
Lucy van Pelt: You’ve really shown something new to me, you blockhead! You’re always full of surprises. Good ol’ Charlie Brown.
[everyone cheers and lifts Charlie Brown up into the air]