Good grief: Charlie Brown gets the CG, 3-D treatment

Everything else is going 3-D and CG. Why not Lucy, Snoopy and the rest of the "Peanuts" gang?

At least, that's what those behind a November 2015 release starring Charlie Brown and his beloved canine are hoping.

Directed by "Ice Age: Continental Drift" helmer Steve Martino, "Peanuts," which uses various 21st century technologies, looks to tap into the interest we typically have for "Peanuts" around the holidays, this time on the big screen.

Blue Sky and Fox's "Peanuts" reboot unveiled a teaser recently that didn't reveal much - a quick "2001" nod followed by Snoopy getting overly affectionate with his less-than-hirsute owner. Charlie's lightly seen love interest, "the little red-haired girl," will have a prominent role in the film.

But more important than the what is the how - specifically, how a CG-ified Charlie Brown looks. The answer? Slick and a little strange.

Those who remember Schulz's sly, sweet hand-drawn cartoons from the page and the screen may be a little taken aback to see their beloved characters so digital and crystalline, rather than with the minimalist, rough-around-the-edges look favored for decades. The handmade quality, and the resistance to new trends in animation and technology, is, after all, exactly what has made "Peanuts" so timeless.

Then again, this may also divide along generational lines. School-age viewers are already so conditioned to seeing animation in CG, and may primarily have been exposed to Peanuts characters through an occasional holiday special as well as those Met Life ads on their parents' shows, and who sheds tears over changes to those?

The film is scheduled to hit theaters Nov. 6, 2015.

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