• The ‘Peanuts’ movie is big on nostalgia

    Karen Kunawicz

    Karen Kunawicz

    The Peanuts movie is definitely a children’s movie but if you’re a parent or grandparent, this sweet and simple little film will totally bring on the nostalgia.

    Charles Schulz began making the comic strip 1950 and it ran until his death in 2000. A total of 17,897 Peanuts strips have been published. They’ve been collected in books, and TV specials and movies have been produced of the Peanuts gang. A whole lot of people with white hair have grown up with the strips.

    Peanuts chronicles vignettes in the life of a young child named Charlie Brown and his friends Franklin, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Schroeder, Pigpen and Violet. Charlie Brown is earnest and good-hearted but also shy and often clumsy and for the most part, it is his little adventures and misadventures we follow.

    By Charlie Brown’s side is his equally earnest and intrepid pet, Snoopy and Snoopy’s companion, the yellow bird Woodstock.

    This new film directed by Steve Martino (who has also directed one of my favorite animated characters ever, Ice Age’s “Scrat”) has Charlie Brown going through yet another existential crisis as he wonders if he is worthy of attention by the new girl in school or of any adulation from his friends.

    Fan-Girl20160108It is gentle, delightful, cute and warmhearted. Note how the kids are all playing outside—this is a world where there are no desktops, laptops or mobile phones. And it’s all rather amusing and charming until you realize in one tiny scene, the value of a back up copy of a book report.

    It’s good to know there’s still room the likes of Charlie Brown and Snoopy in 2016.

    Speaking of nostalgia and days gone by, I finally bid farewell to the British period series, Downton Abbey, which wrapped up after six seasons. It was a great run—much credit is due to creator Julian Fellowes and the great cast—which included a superb all around performance by Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley. Smith had many of the most memorable lines, quips and comebacks on the show. There’s also the stunning set of the show: Highclere Castle, the fashions that take us from England in the 1910’s to the 1920’s, the attention to detail and etiquette and to keep us glued, there are little stories, scenarios, melodrama and intrigue that wove itself around the staff and the family of artistocrats.

    At the end of the day, it was about “family” in its different forms and about sticking together throughout good, bad and rapidly changing times.

    The Peanuts Movie opens today in Metro Manila. Available in the 3D format.


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