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"Peanuts" movie in development for November 2015 release

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Drtooth, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I greatly dislike the fact that everyone blames a medium outright due to the overuse by copycat studios. There were just as many garbage traditionally animated movies because of Disney as there are CGI because of Pixar. When it comes to any animated project the medium is just a way to doll up the story. A bad story will make a movie suck regardless of how pretty it looks. Even Disney made some really awful films with bad stories and good animation. CGI's the way to go only because of how successful Pixar and Dreamworks are. Meanwhile, the three stop motion films this year underperformed, and that sends a bad message to Hollywood. There are plenty of garbage CGI films that go nowhere as well.

    As for CGI... it's as good as it's going to get without becoming uncanny valley. Pixar and Dreamworks made it when they stylized the humans to look like cartoon characters instead of real people. I like Shrek, but I dislike the look. Madagascar, Megamind, and Kung Fu Panda all had a much better design overall.
  2. Hayley B

    Hayley B Active Member

    Yay! TMZ posted that video now. Here is what they had to say...

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  3. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    That's too bad, hehe.
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Hooray for trashing something before it's even in the script stage! :D I prefer more information before I complain the heck about it and then ultimately say it wasn't that bad.

    Had it been Sony, you know I would have torn that film a new one before anything happened. Though, I did like Hotel Transylvania. Best thing they ever did. That's not saying much.
  5. MrBabySpencer

    MrBabySpencer Active Member

    You Know What Won't Be The Same For Peanuts Though In CGI
    Woodstock
    You See Those Lines On The Yellow Bird Himself
    You Can't DRAW That In CGI!!
    So If There Gonna DRAW Woodstock
    THERE GONNA HAVE MAKE HIM LOOK GOOD!!
    So I'd Say 2015 Is The Most Impressive Time To At Least DRAW The Little Bird If He's In It!!
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  6. Hayley B

    Hayley B Active Member

    I started to think of what they did to Azrael in that Smurfs movie. I hope they don't make him like a real looking bird with animated features.
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  7. MrBabySpencer

    MrBabySpencer Active Member

    Yeah, I Agree, I Don't Want Woodstock Looking Realistic, Same Goes With Snoopy, There My TWO Favorite Characters And I Don't Want Them Being Ruined By Realism!!
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  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I don't think that would be the case. If they were going to "realify" Woodstock, they'd have to realify Snoopy and the kids, and it wouldn't look a thing like Peanuts.

    It comes down to this. The Schulz estate or family or whatever has been very strict as of late. The TV specials were directly based off of comic strips (existing Schulz written stories)... they finally loosened up enough with Boom's Peanuts comics. Though the staff was preselected and I can imagine anyone else had to pass rigorous standards. It seems that they have very high standards of trying to keep the integrity of the characters and the brand, and those standards would squash any attempt to make a standard poor kid's movie we're all fearing.

    Jim Davis may have signed off on the lousy Garfield movies, but he's signed off on a lot of things. Besides... everyone has seen Peanuts in some way shape or form. I don't think anyone wants to mess with that.
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  9. KirbTreelo05

    KirbTreelo05 Active Member

    That was actually pretty good! :O It makes me wonder now if the film will be done in a similar fashion, or will they change their designs to fit the CGI better...
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  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The difference is that it's a PS2 cut scene animation, where as a movie will most likely have a higher budget and better animation. Though there's a LOT of work involved getting Snoopy to translate to 3-D better than that attempt. How do you deal with a character that often is in profile, but you see both of his eyes on the side of his head? I know the creators of it managed to work something out with Homestar, but that involves only showing him in that 3/4ths view in everything. Mainly their puppet and figure line. Snoopy would look weird if they did a more literal interpretation, or else he'll be pretty inexpressive like in that clip.
  11. Teheheman

    Teheheman Well-Known Member

    I personally think if they made these characters like they did on those MetLife commercials, then the movie should be good. but 3D/CGI might work if they do it right. I guess it depends on whether the story is any good cause if you don't have a good script, the animation could be the best thing ever, but the movie will end up in the $5 bin a month and a half later. It's good that they aren't releasing this right away. They have time to get it right, and get it perfected. Did any of this make sense cause I tend to ramble.

    Daniel
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    2015 isn't too far off. We've past the mid point of October... that's barely 2-3 years away, depending on the release date. That seems par for when a movie's in development.
  13. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    I always find it frightning when seeing such a classic name in the animation / cartoon industry being revived into a movie, especially CGI. Just look at what happened with Scooby, Lorax and Yogi. Heck, anyone here about the Bugs Bunny and Woody Woodpecker CGI movies? I'm trying to get these projects to stop just seeing what happened to The Looney Tunes Show. Bugs means a lot to me and Woody is very simular being the two top trickster characters in cartoon history and just how Alvin and The Chipmunks and all these revived CGI films go with toilet humor, modern slang, modern music and break dancing, etc. I'm already steamed enough but Bugs and Woody, I want them to be left alone unless they are done respectfully and done in 2D animation. Space Jam I found respectful (except Lola Bunny, if Bugs was going to have a girl friend, let there be a female with the same personality type as his (ENTP if anyone studies Myers Briggs). Something like Tank Girl but in Rabbit Form in my opinion. But personally I like Bugs as he is. It already drives me nuts with all this PC on comedy where poor old Elmer can't be a hunter or Yomanite Sam with his Guns shooting like mad like he usually does.
    To Breifly but it, they already got such a strong legacy and hopefully this generation won't ruin it for the current generations who don't know the real classics. I'm just very thankful The Three Stooges got such strong respect with their revival. I was amazed. Even going deep on Moe's character, it was still in character, I LOVED IT and my best friend too and we are very old school fans. :)
  14. Ignatz

    Ignatz Member

    What I'm most worried about is the news of this is coming around the time older animated children's properties are popular and most of these revolve around the storyline of the animated characters now CGI entering the live action real world (Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Smurfs there are probably more examples). The last thing I wont a Peanuts films to be is that. I don't like feature film remakes of series that pull the main focus from the characters from the original product to a boring, usually celebrity character who interacts with them (I felt the new Muppets movie was guilty of this a little). I think this will be the worse thing that could happen to it. Other things I think they might do to it is to focus just on Snoopy and none of the other characters and/or add adults into the mix because the feel the film will set a bad example.
  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Let's wait for things to actually happen before we complain. There could always be an exception to the rule. I don't care too much for most of these updates (some are actually quite good for what they are), but at least when they happen, we usually get some DVD release out of it. We wouldn't have Smurf comics published in English for the first time ever if it wasn't for that dumb live action film, nor would we have a DVD release of the superior film, The Smurfs and the Magic Flute.

    Peanuts don't really need a movie to be relevant, as they always run the specials and they constantly crank out merchandise. Other things do. It's a sad fact, sure... Popeye's going to get a wave of popularity because Sony is going to have a CGI film based on that (that I'm pretty worried about), but Roger Langridge is writing a series of Popeye comics for IDW that are almost forgeries of the original Thimble Theater. That's a win in my book. Other than that, Popeye was dormant as a franchise for years. We got WB to release the old shorts, that was it.

    And I'm pretty sure they know if they screw this film up, they're never going to hear the end of it and the Schulz legacy/estate/whatever will refuse to let any of their characters out like that again. It's not like they're a sign out the characters with reckless abandon estate. Otherwise the TV specials wouldn't be based off of existing strips, and we'd see them in more than MetLife ads.
  16. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    But the thing is, I think the studios count on that attitude and hence don't make the effort they should. They know the audience will always come "just in case" a movie might be good. I don't like being manipulated that way.

    I agree that is the only good thing to come out of these remakes, lol.
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    But to think that whoever runs Schulz's whatever won't be rigorous to keep the integrity of the characters and franchise is a bit much. Most of these films are lousy because there is no hands on input. If the Boom produced Peanuts comics have a lot of rigorous, hands on regulations (and it does), I'm sure they'd double that for a movie. Plus, it's not like Inspector Gadget or something obscure. Ever man woman and child on the planet has seen Peanuts. There's not a lot of room for artistic license without REALLY upsetting anyone.
  18. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    They may have good intentions, that doesn't mean they have good taste or judgment when it comes to creativity.
  19. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    We are talking about the same guy who stipulated in his will that forbade anyone to continue the comic strip. I don't know how they were able to let comic book adaptions slide by, but there is nothing in the issues I've read that wouldn't have been perfectly in place in the strip, a TV special, or the short lived TV show. Of course, those people (the artists and writers) were hand picked by the estate and have collaborated with them on some projects (I don't know which ones). The guy who's writing the movie is a Blue Sky regular, though. That's the only variable in the equation.

    Plus, if they really were that loose with the license, we would have had a Peanuts movie by now (the other 4 were done under Schulz). I'm sure it took a LOT of convincing for them to grant such a license. And they all know if they screw this up, people will take notice. As long as the thing isn't as bland as "I want a Dog for Christmas Charlie Brown." They have no one but themselves to blame for that dragging on and being a dull pastiche of existing strips. Especially since some of those strips were an episode of the cartoon series.

    I haven't seen the entire "Happiness is a Warm Puppy," but that one seemed better.
  20. SuperGzilla12

    SuperGzilla12 Active Member

    Nice to hear this. I'll certainly see this if it does get made. :)


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