NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 11:53 PM
Fifteen years after the last original strip, the whole gang is back for “Peanuts,” a remarkably faithful feature starring the idiosyncratic round-headed characters created by Charles M. Schulz in 1950.
Co-written by Schulz’s son Craig and grandson Bryan (along with Cornelius Uliano), “Peanuts” is technically an update, spiffed up by computer animation and incidental 3-D. It looks shiny enough to keep the kids engaged, but not so new and improved that it’ll alienate nostalgic parents.
The movie strikes that balance, adding a bell here, a whistle there, and what the heck, throw in the 3-D — the youngsters will like it and producers can charge a couple bucks more. But the plot — Charlie Brown tries to win over the Little Red-Haired Girl — is straight from the paperbacks I used to plow though on summer nights in the ’70s.
That lovable loser is still chasing footballs. Snoopy’s still up on his house, getting into dogfights with the Red Baron. And Lucy’s still the best mental health bargain in town, doling out solutions for 5¢ a session.
The kids at my screening loved Snoopy’s antics, laughed a lot, and even clapped at the end. I’d say that’s worth the price of admission.