The Peanuts Movie
2015
***
Director: Steve Martino
Cast: Noah Schnapp, Hadley Belle Miller, Mariel Sheets, Alex Garfin, Francesca Angelucci Capaldi, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Kristin Chenoweth, Bill Melendez

Charlie Brown is desperate to impress the Little Red-Haired Girl who moves across the street, but nothing seems to go his way. At the same time, Snoopy imagines himself as a WW1 flying ace who is out to rescue a girl from the Red Baron. The adaptations of Charles M. Schulz’s wry comic strip have been a regular feature on television since the mid-1960s. This one-off 3D animation was co-scripted by Schulz’s son and grandson, so it is understandably respectful and surprise-free. However, there are worse ways to spend 90 minutes than with these charming characters.