November ,11 2015
The Peanuts Movie

Hello everyone! For as long as I remember, my Mum has been a huge fan of the Peanuts gang by Charles Schulz. I’ve seen all of the TV specials, even You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown and the horribly inaccurate Mayflower Thanksgiving special. Needless to say, there is a variety of Peanuts media in my house and not a day passes without me seeing Snoopy. Which is pretty sweet to be honest : ) As you may be aware, The Peanuts Movie was recently released in theatres. Expectedly, my concern over these lovely characters taking the big screen was high. The amazing thing about the Peanuts specials and cartoons is that they have the perfect balance of overarching storyline and short individual segments. Arguably, feature films usually require more of a defined structure. Yet, the film kept true to its form very well. The plot of the film was very simple: Charlie Brown is seeking to change his horrible luck in order to become a winner and impress his life long crush, The Little Red Haired Girl. Filled with almost every popular character in the Peanuts universe (except my beloved Rerun van Pelt), the inside jokes and iconic dialogue from the Peanuts specials. Yup, that’s right, mentions of the Great Pumpkin, the Christmas carol singing group, Lucy and Charlie Brown’s football kick, and the loveable bridge conversations of Linus and Charlie Brown. My favourite character is, without a doubt, Linus. So much that I have a statue of him holding his cuddly blue blanket with the life motivating quote: “Happiness is a warm blanket.” Trust in the wisdom of Peanuts. Why Linus? Probably partly because Linus’ speech in A Charlie Brown Christmas where he explains the true meaning of Christmas was my speech in a school Christmas pageant when I was a kid. What can I say, we have a special bond : ) Fun fact about Linus: Linus often sticks out from the rest of the Peanuts gang for being one half of the well-known non-reciprocal romance of Sally and Linus. Sally is in love with Linus, or should I say her Sweet Baboo, while Linus is not too keen on the idea of being followed around by a pestering love. However, in the original 1959 comic strips, Linus was the one who actually had a crush on Sally. The strip has him counting the years until the two of them would be able to date. So sweet! Pe590610Are you a fan of the Peanuts gang? If so, who’s your favourite character? xo Novellette

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