Peanuts is coming back to the big screen, with Apple ordering a new movie that sees Snoopy and the gang head to the Big Apple. The new film will be CGI animated.
Apple currently holds the rights to the entire Peanuts catalog. Steve Martino is set to direct an upcoming Peanuts film. Meanwhile, Bonnie Arnold will produce, and Karey Kirkpatrick will help pen the script. Kirkpatrick, known for his work on Chicken Run, Smallfoot, and Over the Hedge, will be adapting an original story by co-writers Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, and Cornelius Uliano. This same team previously collaborated on 2015’s The Peanuts Movie for 20th Century Fox.
Tara Sorensen, Apple’s head of children’s programming, weighed in on the project. “We can’t wait for everyone to experience this heartwarming new adventure with Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the gang in the big city,” Sorensen said in a statement. “It is so special to carry on my father’s legacy with an original story from me, my son Bryan, and his writing partner Neil,” Craig Schulz added in a statement of his own.
The Peanuts Movies and Holiday Specials Are All Exclusive to Apple TV+
For generations, Peanuts fans have watched all of the Charlie Brown holiday specials on broadcast TV. Streaming on Apple TV+ will be the exclusive method to watch It’s the A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas this year. However, there’s an opportunity to enjoy both specials for free. Here’s how you can do it.
Apple TV+ will also provide a special free window for non-subscribers to watch other holiday specials. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving can be viewed for free from Nov. 18-19. Meanwhile, A Charlie Brown Christmas can be seen from Dec. 16-17. Subscribers of Apple TV+ may access the entirety of the Peanuts catalog at any time.
Born in 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Charles M. Schulz, the creator of the beloved “Peanuts” gang, had a deep passion for cartooning. His dream came true when his first comic strip, “Li’l Folks,” caught the attention of a local newspaper in his twenties. The comic featured a group of precocious youngsters with remarkable maturity. Eventually, the series was named “Peanuts”, a name Schulz reportedly didn’t prefer.
In 1965, the cherished newspaper comic strip transitioned to television with the introduction of A Charlie Brown Christmas. This televised special swiftly captured the affection of millions, with more than 15 million households tuning in for its premiere. This led to other specials, TV series and the big screen 2015 movie.
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