Throughout all the innovations in CGI and celebrities-screeching-at-you technology, the original, hand-drawn animated Peanuts movies have retained a timeless charm that makes them popular, perennial favorites. So naturally, these musty relics must pay: Fox and Ice Age producers Blue Sky Studios have just closed a deal to update Charles Schulz's slightly melancholic, hydrocephalic creations for a new era, developing a feature film that's already targeted for release on the very futuristic date of November 25, 2015, remodeling them for our brave Space Age.
That date, of course, marks the 65th anniversary of the creation of the comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the A Charlie Brown Christmas Special—two monumental events that would someday allow Charles Schulz's son and grandson to piggyback on their legacy with a project launching because, in Craig Schulz's words, "We finally felt the time was right and the technology is where we need it to be to create this film," as digital animation has finally advanced to deliver the sophisticated special effects and disconcertingly spherical heads that a modern audience would expect from Peanuts, because we are no longer cavemen handed crude, hand-drawn animation that we can only attempt to rape. For example, perhaps when the technologically improved Linus says, "Lights, please," high-wattage lasers in every color will stream out in 3-D, before they're revealed to be the headlamps of an awesome spaceship. It is, after all, a bold future we live in.
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