‘The Peanuts Movie’ Trailer

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Ah, that dreaded holiday creep. Thanksgiving hasn’t even passed and already some people are trying to make Christmas happen. But in this case, it’s hard to mind too much because Snoopy and Woodstock are the ones getting a head start on festive decorating. Get a peek at the first The Peanuts Movie trailer after the jump.

Fox debuted The Peanuts Movie trailer on YouTube.

The Peanuts Movie trailer features a lot of familiar scenes for anyone who grew up watching these cartoons. There’s Snoopy’s red doghouse, decked out in lights and ornaments, and Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace. There’s Charlie Brown and all of his friends, laughing in unison as he sighs, “Good grief.” And after the trailer proper, there’s even a nice moment for Snoopy and Charlie Brown together.

At the same time, though, there’s no question this movie is opening in the 21st century. The hand-drawn 2D animation has been replaced by 3D CG work, and the World War I scene in particular seems designed to take advantage of the new format. (Apparently director Steve Martino even went up in a biplane to get a better sense of the experience.) Thankfully the artists haven’t gone overboard with the modern updates, so the result is a pleasant mix of familiar and fresh. As promised, there’s no twerking, no backwards-baseball-cap-wearing, and no Kardashian-style Internet-breaking.

All we really know about the plot of The Peanuts Movie at this point is it’ll send Charlie Brown “on a quest to get something he’s sure he needs, even though he discovers he’s pretty OK just as he is.” There won’t be any new characters, just all of the old ones you know and love so well. Even the voices haven’t changed much; archival recordings of the late Bill Melendenz were used to give voice to Snoopy and Woodstock.

The Peanuts Movie opens November 6, 2015.

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