Honestly, when my friends on Facebook starting creating their Peanuts gang avatars, and posting them, I sort of rolled my eyes, and refused to participate. Why? The truth was, I couldn’t remember if I liked the Peanuts gang when I was a kid. I’m serious. I really am Dory, from Finding Nemo.
Tuesday, when I realized that the kids wouldn’t have school on a Wednesday, I thought, we should go to a movie. Since Tuesdays are $5 movies at the local theater, I quickly took a peek to see what I could take the kids to. We’d already seen Goosebumps, and the only other movie on the list of showings that would be kid-friendly was The Peanuts Movie.
A quick check on Rotten Tomatoes looked good, so I thought I’d start inviting a few of my kids’ friends and see if anyone wanted to join us. Of course some of our friends had seen it, and they loved it. This bode well for our evening entertainment.
We had some Mongolian BBQ before the movie, and then settled ourselves in with large buckets of popcorn and leftover Halloween candy.
As soon as the movie started, I really was taken back. I realized, I missed the gang. I’d forgotten all their quirks, and personalities, and I laughed out loud many, many times, partly because it was clever, funny, and well-written, and partly because it felt so good to be with the gang again.
The animation was true to the comic, and as a mother I often wonder what my kids think, and what they experience as they watch movies. I felt really good, that they were watching a fun movie that also espoused qualities of good character.
The beauty of The Peanuts gang’s comic strip, was how it taught truth, simply. It always did it with smart, wholesome humor, and sweetness. Not the saccharine sweetness we get toothaches from, but the kind that wraps you up with a warm throw blanket on a winter’s night, and hands you a cup of hot chocolate with cream, as you settle into the most comfortable sofa you’ve ever sat on, in front of a roaring fire.
In the end, compassion, honesty, and bravery are the messages every human can learn from, The Peanuts Movie. I personally, loved the nostalgia, and the goodness. I’m very grateful that the studio, director, and writers didn’t modernize it. They treated the material with respect, and gently let the gang shine on their own. Plus, corded telephones, typewriters and ringing the doorbell of your first love; those win in my book.
Stay for after the credits too, I think I started laughing before it ended, because… well, I won’t spoil it.
My girls and I are currently non-stop dancing, and singing along to the fabulous Meghan Trainor’s “Better When I’m Dancing” from the movie. Enjoy!
Have you seen The Peanuts Move? What did you think?
ps. Here’s my peanutized profile picture.