‘Peanuts Movie': CGI Snoopy Gets 3D Treatment

By Phill Powell

For nearly 65 years, children of all ages have treasured the lovable gang featured in the “Peanuts” comic strip. Now, lovable loser Charlie Brown, his wacky dog Snoopy and the rest of the gang are headed to the big screen, thanks to 20th Century Fox Animation. The Peanuts Movie hits theaters on November 6, 2015.

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Go to The Peanuts Movie website and you can make a Peanuts character that looks just like you! The author of this article is shown in the above photo of the gang out for Halloween fun.

A Legendary Comic Strip Goes 3D

The film marks the first time the “Peanuts” gang will be showcased in a full-length film as 3D characters created through CGI. Craig Schulz (son of the late Charles M. Schulz, who created and drew the strip for almost 50 full years) is President of Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates and has been working with 20th Century Fox on the movie.

“We finally felt the time was right and the technology is where we need it to be to create this film,” he said. Take a look:

THE PEANUTS EMPIRE

It may be difficult for today’s youth to understand just how much impact “Peanuts” once had on American pop culture. At one time, “Peanuts” was everywhere.

At its peak, the comic strip was read by 355 million daily readers (in 75 countries). Then there were the beloved holiday television specials—especially 1965’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (now celebrating its own 50th anniversary) and 1966’s “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

Add to that, the popular “Peanuts” Broadway musicals, ice-skating shows and all types of “Peanuts” merchandise, like toys, clothing, calendars, books. “Peanuts” became a billion-dollar marketing empire way before anyone had ever heard of Spongebob Squarepants…and this was back in the days when a billion dollars was still an astronomical amount of money. During the 70s, Schulz was personally earning up to $40 million each year from his “Peanuts” empire.

“Happy 65th Birthday, Charlie Brown”

The gently humorous vision that cartoonist Charles Schulz created has lived on well beyond his death, and shows no signs of going away any time soon. He continues to inspire a new generation of cartoonists and animators and anyone else who wants to learn how draw cartoons.

“Peanuts” remains popular. The comic strip ran until Schulz’ death, without interruption for almost 50 full years, from Oct. 2, 1950 until Feb. 13, 2000. One college professor called that 50-year run, “arguably the longest story ever told by one human being.”

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Joe Cool is just one of Snoopy’s many alter egos. Here he shows off his moves at the Winter Dance.

Inspiring the Artist in You

Today, the world of cartooning and animation is light years ahead of what Charles M. Schulz may have envisioned. Kids and teens that want to learn animation or cartooning can attend fantastic animation camps.

At Digital Media Academy tech camps, our animation students learn with industry-standard tools like Maya and Toon Boom Studio. Making a cartoon or learning to become an animator has never been easier. At DMA, we can show you how.